Great Site for Music / Awesome playlist

 When there's lots of work and you feel like listening to music which can keep you going, I think this is one good site that streams awesome songs.

Try it!

The link below is one of the many playlists for instrumentals. (coz songs with lyrics can be quite distracting)

http://8tracks.com/lamusette/carpe-diem

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Lazy Blogger

I've been pretty lazy to write blog posts..I guess Facebook has been the main platform for sharing stuff.

Not sure if I should continue blogging? Or maybe change platform liau?

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Standing Out

There are moments in life when we have to choose to stand out or blend in. They can do it, why can't I?

I will not go into details and neither do I want to boast of what I have done. Choosing to stand out and do what is right before the eyes of God has been really tough.

An article I read reminded me there are others out there who are doing the same:
http://www.proverbs31.org/devotions/standing-apart-everyone-else-2013-03/

One thing I would like to remind myself or hope to say it one day:

"What I have learned through making the hard choices is they come with a great reward: enjoying the pleasure of our heavenly Father."

 

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Do you wanna be rich?

The answer to that question is yes. But in what way? I would want to be rich financially but I have always thought of those poorer and less fortunate than I am.

Would we consider a person to be successful just because of the material possessions they acquire? Often times, yes. I do feel lousy compared to them.

How then can the poor relate? When we say that God wants us to prosper, do we mean financially only? There's a verse saying "It is God who gives us the power to gain wealth". But I feel this is often misused.
If you read it carefully, it actually means "God chooses those whom he wants to be rich" (referring to material wealth). That means, God has the right to allow people to be poor or better to say, not rich.

The rich will then have the opportunity to bless the poor, not lavishly spend on themselves only.

Now, what about us who are not poor but just surviving? We dream of being rich or owning a business but can we? Should we?


It is good to dream but meanwhile, let us have the right perspective of true riches.

We need to be rich INSIDE! I feel this can be applied to all.

I don't have time to summarize so I hope you will spend time reading an article and listening to the message below.

Article link: Asking the wrong question.
http://authenticmanhood.com/2013/02/asking-the-wrong-question/

Sermon Link: Recipients of His Riches
You gotta download it first.
itm.edgeboss.net/download/itm/audio/radio/2013/itm20130305.mp3
22.4 MB
Taken from http://www.intouch.org/broadcast/audio-archives

The greatest treasures of God cannot be bought or sold, and their value cannot be calculated. Nor can they be traded or bartered to acquire more. The Lord has already deposited His riches into our spiritual bank accounts, and as believers, we need only to utilize what is ours. In this message, Dr. Stanley talks about some of the many treasures we have in Christ that we often fail to recognize.

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Answers

It can get really frustrating when you can't give or find answers to tough questions.

I have been bombarded with all sorts of questions within a sort time and the worst part, I'm questioning myself and God. I can't even help myself and now I have to help others? It does feel like being a hypocrite

- a Muslim friend asks about Jesus being God..it takes so much time to even study this
- a friend going tough times and all we can say is I will pray for you???
- at my work place, customers ask all sorts of questions
- questions about life , what success is , am I at fault to be where I am?
- am I on the right path?
- apologetic questions
the list goes on

God, I need help!


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Under Attack

This post will only apply to Christians, who are trying to walk with God, who try to follow Him.

It seems that we tend to fail in so many ways. I get very frustrated that I have battles that non-Christians don't have to fight. It's like we have so much to do(and not do) and the burden gets so heavy.

But, I am reminded that we are constantly under attack. We are tempted to give up, to give in, to complain, etc etc. Every time I fail, it feels like it an impossible task to try again. Somehow, I get up and ask God for help. TRY!

I don't want to use the excuse that men are not perfect to go on doing what is wrong or do not do what is right. In my imperfection, I can go to Jesus and ask Him to lead, one step at a step in the road to holiness. This is the hope we have, that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

Are you doing anything about this? When was the last time you read a Christian article or listened to sermons?

The link below is something related to "being under attack".

http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/watch-out-or-the-devil-s-gonna-get-you

 This sermons also really speaks a lot:
http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/resist-the-devil

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One Thing

How's 2013? Tough right from the start. We all have many things we want to tick off in our goal and to-do list.
Well, 2012 was really filled with so many challenges and setbacks. But, I'm glad God has given me the strength to start again. I repeated some old habits in Jan 2013 but I found that I was fed up of being ignorant and lazy and selfish.

So, I began a new journal (2012's journal didn't go quite well but better than the year b4) and started listening to sermons related to or reading about how to get things right with God and how I should start my year.

One thing to learn from the past is: never think you are too smart to do it all on your own or that you have read or gone through enough. Seek help and reminders (from the right sources, pls) . For me, my help was from books/articles and mostly sermons online.

We often fail because we aim to do too many things. If you have been failing, try doing one thing at a time this year.

Here's one example.
 ONE THING

To listen online:
http://www.touchinglives.org/multimedia/audio-broadcasts/?showAud=404

Download Link:
http://www.touchinglives.org/uploads/tx_wecsermons/3300_One_Thing.mp3

Did you start this year with a Resolution?  Most New Year's Resolutions fail, often because we don't know the best way to achieve the goal we hope to accomplish.   As we start 2013, James Merritt talks about the Biblical way of keeping that New Year's...

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To Bribe or not to bribe?

Ever been in situation whereby you were "forced" to take a ticket or pay a "smaller amount" to escape?
 It was really a challenge as I had my 1st SAMAN. In the past, I had escaped once because the officer was "too lazy" to book me when I told him I would rather pay the saman.

This time, there was no escape. I made a turn into a one way street coz I was rushing and didn't pay much attention to the sign. How blur can I get?
This officer kept wasting my time by asking me " You mahu saman? You mahu saya tulis? Kalau tidak, macam mana? Tiga Ratus Ringgit tau, boleh??'
@#$%!!!! argh!!

This particular incident kind of affected my mood as finance is a very sensitive or big issue in my life. Money seems to fly away so fast and now this???!!
I was in the Ignite Youth worship team, playing the guitar that evening. I had to surrender to God although it was tough. Guess what? The first song significantly was, I Surrender All.
The "down" feeling was still there but I had to continually battle that feeling.

Whether Christian or not, I'm sure we have heard of people complaining about about our officials taking bribes. They complain so much but in the end, they themselves contribute to this. Yes, I understand that it would be worth it to "pay less". However, this has become an issue of integrity.
For a Christian, it has become as issue of TRUST and obedience. Do we trust God enough that he will honor those who honor him? I know I still make mistakes but I can still choose to do what's right whenever I can.

But when it comes to ourselves, will we also give in to bribery when caught for breaking the law? It may be something "small" but it is the little things in life which count.

A test like this couldn't come sooner enough as I have been listening to sermons related to obedience.
Obey God and leave the consequences to Him.

You can read or watch more at this link .





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