Cherish Every Moment You Have

Hi everybody! Hope you are well! 🙂

Just wanted to gently remind you that everyday is a gift from God! =)

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I remembered the tragic deaths of 2 of my classmates from high school. (Even though 3 years have passed…) Our whole cohort was so shocked and numbed when we heard about it. It was a really sad time for each one of us. The 1st one passed away the next day after our Yr 12 Ball. I remembered being in the same cooking class as him in yr 9. He was always cheerful and friendly 🙂 . The next one passed away about 1 month later from another accident. 😦 R.I.P. boys.

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Here’s one of the trees planted at the back of our school near Memory Place. Photo taken from  https://www.facebook.com/RipPrestonBridge

 

So, I highly encourage each one of you to be grateful for each day that is given to you and make good use of it! 🙂

Hope we can all leave a good legacy behind! ^^

Annalisa ❤

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EOFY & Balance Sheet Of Life

Happy EOFY (End of Financial Year) everyone!!! 🙂

Today is the last business day of the financial year.

So… 1 year has passed! Businesses will take the time to look back to see whether they have achieved their financial goals.

What about you? How did you go? Did you achieved your goals? Did you plan your goals in advance or did you just plod along and hoped for the best?

Whatever your results may be, there is another opportunity to start again. Now’s your chance to plan for a successful goal-driven 12 months.

You should start by figuring out what exactly you want to achieve in that time frame and put in strategies to make it happen. Pray to God because when you “commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.” (Psalm 37:5)

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So who do you want to be in the next 12 months?

What do you need to do next week, next month, next quarter to get there?

Write it down and put it in a visible place where you’ll be reminded of your goals/plans!

Set timelines and accountability.

Don’t forget to monitor your progress regularly and ask God to help you to achieve your goals! 🙂

Remember, if you fail to plan you plan to fail!

Now I would like to share with you on the Balance Sheet Of Life that I received from my mum a few weeks ago.

Birth is your Opening Stock.

What comes to you is Credit.

What goes from you is Debit.

Death is your Closing Stock.

Your ideas are your Assets.

Your bad habits are your Liabilities.

Your happiness is your Profit.

Your sorrow is your Loss.

Your soul is your Goodwill.

Your heart is your fixed Assets.

Your character is your Capital.

Your knowledge is your Investment.

Your age is your Depreciation.

And finally :
ALWAYS REMEMBER, GOD IS YOUR AUDITOR. 

Have a perfect Balance Sheet for 2016-2017!

Above article inspired from EOFY what does it mean for you

 

Spreading the Good News =)

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Just saw this on Instagram. Thought it would be useful to share it! =)

“What good is it to have both ears and a mouth if what you hear, you do not spread. Useful but wasteful, two words to describe the common man who in commitment, can deal good works honestly but in insecurity underperforms on his word.
The ability to hear does not match the discipline it takes to listen. The gift of sight does not match the man who has learned to observe. Effortless and without commitment, can any man hear and spread what carries comfort through security, and even greater is he who lives by the words made law, as he is the example of which another is to follow, for he displays and spreads teaching through direct action.”

Taken from: https://www.instagram.com/motivated_intrinsically/

Jesus be the Center

It’s so good to be back at my usual church! For the last 2 weeks, I had a good time visiting another church and catching up with my fellow OCFers! 🙂

Today at church we sang this song. It’s a good reminder to put God first because nothing else matters, nothing in this world will do and everything revolves around You.

And now it’s time to enjoy this video! This girl reminds me of my childhood where the teacher asked me to sing “Jesus Loves the Little Children” at my playschool’s end of year concert! =)

Lyrics
Jesus at the center of it all
Jesus at the center of it all
From beginning to the end
It will always be, it’s always been You
Jesus, JesusNothing else matters,
Nothing in this world will do
Cause Jesus You’re the center,
Everything revolves around You
Jesus You

Jesus be the center of my life
Jesus be the center of my life
From beginning to the end
It will always be, it’s always been You
Jesus, JesusNothing else matters,
Nothing in this world will do
Cause Jesus You’re the center,
Everything revolves around You
Jesus You

From my heart to the Heavens,
Jesus be the center
It’s all about You,
Yes it’s all about You

Jesus be the center of Your church
Jesus be the center of Your church
And every knee will bow
And every tongue shall confess You
Jesus, Jesus
Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus

From my heart to the Heavens,
Jesus be the center
It’s all about You,
Yes it’s all about You

It’s all about You, all about You, Jesus

 

O Church Arise

Hello all! Hope you’re well! 🙂

Sooo excited when I received a notification from one of favourite artists David Wesley on one of my favourite songs by Keith & Kristyn Getty!

It’s a good reminder for us as Christian Soldiers to put our armor on and put our hope on Jesus Christ despite our struggles to fight the good fight of faith.

Here it is! Enjoy your Sunday! 🙂

Annalisa ^^

Lyrics
O church, arise and put your armor on;
Hear the call of Christ our captain;
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies;
An army bold whose battle cry is “Love!”
Reaching out to those in darkness.

Our call to war, to love the captive soul,
But to rage against the captor;
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole
We will fight with faith and valor.
When faced with trials on ev’ry side,
We know the outcome is secure,
And Christ will have the prize for which He died—
An inheritance of nations.

Come, see the cross where love and mercy meet,
As the Son of God is stricken;
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet,
For the Conqueror has risen!
And as the stone is rolled away,
And Christ emerges from the grave,
This vict’ry march continues till the day
Ev’ry eye and heart shall see Him.

So Spirit, come, put strength in ev’ry stride,
Give grace for ev’ry hurdle,
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful.
As saints of old still line the way,
Retelling triumphs of His grace,
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When, with Christ, we stand in glory.

Taken from: http://www.gettymusic.com/hymns-ochurcharise.aspx

Pain with a Purpose

Good morning all! Hope your day is going well! 🙂

I just read my ODJ devotion. The message really spoke to me today! It reminded me of how my blog got started! You can read it here: My Reflection – Looking back at how it all got started. And also part 2: A Reflection on Cease Striving and Know (which is more related to today’s post!) 🙂

The key thing that stood out for me is how God can use our suffering/pain/trials as a chapter of a larger story!!! 🙂 I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, if it wasn’t because of my skin allergy that God allowed me to suffer, I don’ think this blog would even come into existence! So Praise be to God!!!

“May we rest in God and His infinite power and love, knowing that He can work through even our deepest pain!” – Peter Chin

Pain with a Purpose by Peter Chin

Read: Hebrews 12:1-3

I recently watched a viral video in which men were voluntarily subjected to pain similar to what women experience in childbirth. The men began the experiment in good spirits, joking around as electrodes were attached to their abdomens. But as the pain began and eventually increased, they started to grimace and wince in pain—eventually screaming and clutching each other’s hands for emotional support. As I watched the video, I thought about my own wife—the mother of our five kids—and couldn’t help but wonder: How do women endure that kind of suffering?

The answer is that although childbirth may cause intense pain, there’s an invaluable point to the pain: a baby! It’s the baby that allows women to place their experience into a larger context and to realize that, as painful as childbirth is, it results in the birth of a beautiful new life. In that way, their pain isn’t an end unto itself, but a chapter of a larger story.

Although Jesus is fully God, His human suffering on earth was far more profound and severe than what we might face, as evidenced by His night in the garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:44). What allowed Him to endure suffering of this magnitude was the joy that would come after it: His great victory over sin and death (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus knew that His pain, although indescribable, was only part of the larger story of salvation. And so He was able to endure.

How important it is for us to take the same approach—choosing not to “give up” when we face trials and tribulations (Hebrews 12:3). They aren’t the entire story of our lives, but merely a chapter.

May we rest in God and His infinite power and love, knowing that He can work through even our deepest pain.

NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: John 1:1-18

More:

Read Luke 1:26-38 for the account of Mary who was able to endure the scorn of those around her because she knew the full story: She carried the Hope of the World in her womb!

Next:

Have you ever had a painful experience that was overshadowed by what came afterward? How might your current pain be part of a larger story or work that God is doing?

 

 

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