Thursday, July 23, 2009

Why Does It Take So Long?

Another inspirational reading that clears up the cloud skies in my mind.

Thank You Lord. You are indeed wonderful & knows me through and through. :)


“The Lord your God will drive those nations out ahead of you little by little. You will not clear them away all at once” (Deuteronomy 7:22 NLT).

Although God could instantly transform us, He has chosen to develop us slowly. Jesus is deliberate in developing His disciples. Just as God allowed the Israelites to take over the Promised Land “little by little” so they wouldn’t be overwhelmed, He prefers to work in incremental steps in our lives.

Why does it take so long to change and grow up? There are several reasons.

We are slow learners. We often have to relearn a lesson forty or fifty times to really get it. The problems keep recurring, and we think, “Not again! I’ve already learned that!”—but God knows better. The history of Israel illustrates how quickly we forget the lessons God teaches us and how soon we revert to our old patterns of behavior. We need repeated exposure.

We have a lot to unlearn. Many people go to a counselor with a personal or relational problem that took years to develop and say, “I need you to fix me. I’ve got an hour.” They naïvely expect a quick solution to a long-standing, deep-rooted difficulty. Since most of our problems—and all of our bad habits—didn’t develop overnight, it’s unrealistic to expect them go away immediately.

There is no pill, prayer, or principle that will instantly undo the damage of many years. It requires the hard work of removal and replacement. The Bible calls it “taking off the old self” and “putting on the new self” (Romans 13:12; Ephesians 4:22-25; Colossians 3:7-10, 14).

Growth is often painful and scary. There is no growth without change; there is no change without fear or loss; and there is no loss without pain. We fear these losses, even if our old ways were self-defeating, because, like a worn out pair of shoes, they were at least comfortable and familiar.

Every change involves a loss of some kind: You must let go of old ways in order to experience the new.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Loving Singapore, Loving To Be A Singaporean

The older I get, the further I've travelled, the more pride I feel about our country, Singapore. A tiny dot, with a loud presence. We get to travel to many places without the need for a visa. We have products and services known for its uncompromising quality, distinctive performance internationally. We are a legend of what may be small and limited in natural resources but definitely not limited in living beyond our dreams.

I am proud to be a Singaporean like never before, as I walked through the photo journeys that shows our first National Day Parade at the Padang. I saw the eager crowd waiting to witness the parade by the sides of the roads along the 5 foot walk ways. These are such precious memories of Singapore, precious reminders of how far we've come to be where we are today. And also, understanding the bigger challenges ahead of us.

Looking at our nation, we are truly blessed by great leaders who have made many right decisions for us. They have made it possible for us, Singaporeans to achieve the many dreams that we've set. Or to even make it possible to set dreams. One of the pillars of our nation is our investment in our youth, our next generation through Education. Every child is given an opportunity to learn the english language, their mother tongue, math & science. Not every child in today's world can be so fortunate to attend school.

We have a tremendously safe environment. Try leaving your bag on a chair in any other parts of the world, you'll be amazed at how fast it'll disappear before you! A friend recently shared his experience of traveling in europe. A "mother" threw her "infant" in the air, so that the tourist around her would raise their hands to catch the falling infant. And neglect their belongings for a few brief secs therefore losing their possessions in the process. He witnessed it with his own eyes just as his tour guide was warning them about it!

Here's some links to great NDP Celebrations coming up in Singapore!
Singapore NDP site

Photo Gallery of Singapore NDP from 1966

NDP Songs!
My favourite is still We Are Singapore after all these years!

And I'm so going to recite my pledge at 8.22pm on the 9th August 2009 Singapore time! Will you join me?

Enjoy my photo journey that was taken today at the HDB Hub:

Mr. Wee, you are still the BEST president in my heart! Love your smile, love your grandfatherly nature. :D

Mr. EW Barker, I'm all grown up now! From the days of sharing a photo moment with you when I was 5, I'm delighted to share another photo moment with you again today! *hugs*

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I love Wet Market Food!

Need I say more? *slurp*

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Biker Cats

The cats in our neighborhood is pretty fascinating, we had whiskers the cat that looks so pretty. A really fierce tom cat usually spotted with scars on its face. Then, there's this two pretty new cats that really knows how to integrate into our neighborhood.

Cute cats! Rock On!

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Fun with Shoes!

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Peak Hour Train traffic

On this evening, we thought that we'll have a better chance of reaching Changi Airport via train. We had to do a transfer towards the East-West line at City Hall and guess what?

The train at the station was already jammed packed with passengers while there's a massive crowd waiting to board the next train. The crowd seems to be used to this situation as most were armed with either newspapers or a book or music player or some game machine. No one was pushing, no one was mumbling about the wait.

Interestingly, even though the next train was scheduled within the next min, the current train was stuck in the station for more than 5mins! ha ha ha....

We watched the clock nervously, sensing that the train is not going anywhere, we left the station to grab a cab towards the airport instead.

Gosh, I wont wanna be stuck like this on a daily basis. Hope that was a rare situation that we happen to meet!

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Lucky Me!


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Thursday, July 16, 2009

How God Builds Your Faith: Difficulty

Now we know why we are given so much shit... :D

July 16, 2009
How God Builds Your Faith: Difficulty
by Rick Warren
"This means tremendous joy to you, I know, even though you are temporarily harassed by all kinds of trials and temptations. This is no accident—it happens to prove your faith, which is infinitely more valuable than gold" (1 Peter 1:6-7 PH).

In order to build your faith, God will give you a dream, then He'll urge you to make a decision, but then He'll allow a delay, because in the delay He matures you and prepares you for what is to come.

The truth is you'll have difficulties while God delays. This isn't because He doesn't care about you or that He's forgotten your circumstances; rather, it's one of the ways He pushes you toward the deep end of faith.

As God delays, you'll face two types of difficulties: circumstances and critics. This is a natural part of life. God designed it this way because He knows we grow stronger when facing adversity and opposition.

When Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt into the desert toward the Promised Land, he had one problem after another. First there was no water. Then there was no food. Then there were a bunch of complainers. Then there were poisonous snakes. Moses was doing what God wanted him to do, but he still had problems.

David was anointed king, and then for the next several years he was hunted down by Saul. Joseph had a dream of becoming a ruler, yet he was sold into slavery and thrown into prison on a false charge where he languished, forgotten. Imagine the difficulties Noah had building a floating zoo!

The Bible says that when Moses died, Joshua was appointed the new leader. Moses led the people across the desert and then Joshua led them into the Promised Land. Did he get the easy part? The Bible says that when the Israelites entered the Promised Land there were giants in the land. Even in the Promised Land there were problems!

God does this because He is building our faith and character. When we finally come to a place where the difficulties become so bad, where we've reached our limit, where we've tried everything and exhausted all our options, it is then that God begins a mighty work through us: "I know, even though you are temporarily harassed by all kinds of trials and temptations. This is no accident—it happens to prove your faith, which is infinitely more valuable than gold" (1 Peter 1:6-7 PH).


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Some videos r lost forever!

Not sure when the settings were changed... but we've lost some precious videos dating from Dec 08... boo hoo hoo...

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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Good morning Sg!

Its almost 6am and yes, I cannot sleep! Mind is too wide awake!

Guess what? 5mins to 6am and I can hear the birds chirping! Never before in my home here! So cool! Except that the weather is not as cool.... *bleah* so hot!

But yes, Good Morning SG!

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