Are We (Dis)connecting?

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I had my day off today, but scheduled to see my physiotherapist very early this morning. I have known him for years. He is in his forties and he picked up an interesting topic to talk about today during the appointment time. We talked about how technology makes us disconnected to our surrounding rather than connecting. I think this is something that everyone is aware off now. But what really strikes me today is when he talked about how generation nowadays constantly seek assurance from devices and other people. He was using the analogy of flat battery and how it makes us react. We would normally tell the party who we have appointment with that our battery is running low and we will see this person at X time at Y place. We know we will be there in time, but we would not be sure if the other party will appear. But if we are the person who are receiving the text, I know that I will make sure that i get there on time so my friend will not need to wait alone. As the younger generation who tasted both world before and after smart phones, this example happens around me all the time. My peers make appointment as 3pm-ish, rather than at 3pm and expecting to contact people around 3 to find whereabout other people are, and sometimes (not always), people don’t turn up and might cancel last minute.

On my way home, I thought about the conversation I had, where people are constantly distracted by phones while catching up with friends. What we forget was that not being in the moment with the people we physically spent time with is the same with disrespecting the other party. Because we did not respect the time that he/she has especially made to see us. We are all busy, only have 24 hours a day. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone respects each others effort to see each other and make the precious short moment worthwhile?

So my homework to take home today, is to be fully present in the moment, pay more attention to the people I share my time and space with, and absorb the moment that we share together get to know each other even deeper. Before long, we will reach the end of our lives, so let’s make our time in this world to be more meaningful to other people and to ourselves.

To be present, to listen and be heard, the missing compassion.

blessings

//

Irene

Why We Should Pick Up the Broken Pieces

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Yesterday, on my way back from work to home, I walked pass a slab of white board lying in the middle of a quiet alley. The board looks new and I can see the wheels marks on it, showing how it has been ran over by a car. I could also spot a broken  pieces of corner of this board. But overall, the board is still in a huge slab with only tiny chipped corner. The board was not mine, nor I can be bothered to move the board so it could stand on the side of the road preventing it from being ran over again by other cars. So, I left the board where I saw it.

The next day, I walked passed the same alley and I could see that there were more wheels mark, and the board was broken into more smaller pieces.

This makes me think of what we could have done to ourselves in our daily life. We are all broken people. Some managed to pick up their pieces, safe it from more damaged, and even carved it into something more beautiful and creates strength, or what we called resilience. Some are not so strong nor prepared nor be bothered to pick up the pieces, and they become more and more broken, with no resolution.

Likewise in solving problems in our lives. We need to nip problems in the bud, when it is small and manageable. Leaving it might make things worse, harder to solve, or even create a more uncomfortable experience of life.

Those are the two lessons I learnt today, like a reminder to be more agile in life.

 

Could you relate to this story?

 

//

Irene

 

Points

In your highest point

too high, that you have no words to describe your contentment

In your lowest point

too low, that you have no words to describe your obsolescence

 

Maybe then, we make peace with all the things that we couldn’t accept

in between these points of our life.

 

//

irene

 

Around and Surround

I found it very interesting how God work around me to show me the answer to my uncertainties and anxieties.

I just posted a blog last week of what I would tell you if we were having coffee together. Littlest that I know that on the same week I will receive an encouragement (read: answer) from God.

I wrote about my fear, and this part of this song, ‘No Longer Slaves’, is like a gentle nudge to remind me why I shouldn’t feel that way.

I’m no longer a slave to fear

I am a child of God

 

 

You split the sea, so I could walk right through it

My fears were drowned in perfect love

You rescued me so I could stand and sing

I am a child of God

 

Blessings to all

//

Irene

If we were having coffee..

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I would tell you that I have this fear that I cannot quite explain.

I fear of failure

I fear of making the wrong decision

I fear of being judged

I fear of being imperfect and not accepted because of it

Most of all, I fear of being judged. I fear that my decisions in life is not the best that I could have made and I will be judged for it. I fear that my imperfections caused inconvenience to the people around me and they will be judged because of me and my competence due to this imperfections. I feel that I am always being chased by this so called ‘Judgements’.

I felt like I have spent my whole life trying to get people’s approval and I am not even sure why  I started becoming like this.

Did you see that I always start my sentences with I. I sounded so selfish because I always talk about ‘I’, but isn’t it ironic that ‘I’ always depends on other people’s “yes”?

This surely is something that I will never tell you all. Because we may not have the chance to have coffee together.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee together?

 

//Irene

 

 

 

U plus Me Equals Love, U plus Me Equals Us

 

Current music obsession goes to *DRUMROLLS* Gnash!!

I started listening to I Hate You, I Love You. The music and lyrics were sad, tallied well together to create the unspoken emotions that moved me in some way. Not really because I can relate to the lyrics, but its just such a beautiful sad music.

Then, i started listening to more of his song and pretty much likes them all. I want people to listen and appreciate his music too, so here I am sharing my new obsession 🙂 and here’s hoping he won’t stop making great music (that’s not mainstream) you know what I mean. 🙂

‘leave a message’

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Irene

Even When It Hurts

 

Take this mountain weight
Take these ocean tears
Hold me through the trial
Come like hope again

Even when the fight seems lost
I’ll praise You
Even when it hurts like hell
I’ll praise You
Even when it makes no sense to sing
Louder then I’ll sing Your praise

– Even When It Hurts (Hillsong United)

I found this song when I was browsing for some worship song. The song shouts desperation and the will to keep believing and praising the Lord, even when we are at the bottom of our suffering, loneliness, uncertainties and the state where we can no longer do anything but to lift up our worries and life into His hand.

I was asked last night to let go of my life completely into His hand, to prepare myself that our plan may not be in line with His plan. Despite having encountering God in many ways in my life, I am scared. I am still scared. I am scared that I will have to leave all the expectations and hopes that I had for our future life.

I cried and I cried.

And I cried again today.

To be honest, it is not easy to trust in God completely. I am sure I am not the only one who is feeling this way. This song really hits right home at this very moment, and if any of you are feeling the same, let us pray together to lift up all our worries and praise Him.

Here is to keep reminding ourselves to keep on praying and praising.

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Their Legacy of Prayer

Reflect On: Genesis 12:1-9

Praise God: For His sovereign ability to plan and control life and for having a distinct plan for your life. 

Offer Thanks: That God’s plan is for your good and His glory, no matter where He leads, and that He is always with you to guide and instruct you. 

Confess: Your unbelief in God’s goodness and ability to work on your behalf when you cannot understand your circumstances. 

Ask God: To give you the gift of faith that will allow you to trust Him and His word, and to give you a calm willingness to accept where He is leading when doubts arise. 

Listen: “Dear children, I have a great and wonderful plan for you — a plan that was established for you long before time began. Walk in My ways and follow My leading. I will be with you always.” 

Pray: Father of our lives and future, we know that You have a wonderful and specific plan for us. Whether that means ministering right here in our home or going to the ends of the earth, we want to trust and obey You. Help us to be faithful to Your call, no matter what fears or doubts arise. Strengthen us with Your truth so we may go forward in faith, even into the unknown, and accomplish what You have planned for the future. Amen. 

Excerpted with permission from Couples of the Bible by Robert and Bobbie Wolgemuth, copyright Robert D. Wolgemuth and Barbara J. Wolgemuth.

Taken from : http://www.faithgateway.com/god-plan-life/#.Vzm_NKvFfP5

 

love // irene