When I saw this video poem “If tomorrow starts without me” and heard it read, it deeply moved my heart. “I have to post it,” I said. “And yes, immediately.
“It reminded me of how precious life is and how precious the people in our lives are, especially our love ones. Our lives are short and we need to live it well. We need to love and love much. We need to make our family time full, full of joy and full of laughter. Conflicts there will be, but let us resolve them all and most importantly forgive them all. Nothing fulfils us more than family, not even the riches and power of this world.
It also reminded me of how grateful we should be to our God who is willing to take us in – to His home, His eternal dwelling place, His grand palace where He lives and where there is no tomorrow. Every day will last forever. Every day will be a day of good memories. Every day we will live… and live forever… with our God and with our loved ones.[vimeo 105113459 w=601&h=338]
The poem is sad. It is a reminder of what is important to our lives. But it is also a victory poem. A poem for a life well lived because we will be welcomed to our home in heaven.
My admonishment to the marrieds – husbands “each one of you must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband (Eph 5:33).” Learn to forgive and cherish the days you have with each other. For the days are fleeting and will be gone before you know it.
And my encouragement all the saints – “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (Eph 5:8)” because there will be “a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Rev 21:1-5).
To read the poem, click this link “If tomorrow starts without me…”
Video created by Camille Marotte
Last weekend, 30th and 31st August, our churches were gathered together for the Malaysian Churches Conference 2014. Ipoh Church shared their good news of God’s work for the year 2014. Watch below our good news.[vimeo 101530960 w=601&h=338]
Psalm 34:4…7 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,and he delivers them.
“A dear friend of mine who was quite a lover of the chase, told me the following story:’Rising early one morning,’ he said, ‘I heard the baying of a score of deerhounds in pursuit of their quarry. Looking away to a broad, open field in front of me, I saw a young fawn making its way across, and giving signs, moreover, that its race was well- nigh run. Reaching the rails of the enclosure, it leaped over and crouched within ten feet from where I stood. A moment later two of the hounds came over, when the fawn ran in my direction and pushed its head between my legs. I lifted the little thing to my breast, and, swinging round and round, fought off the dogs. I felt, just then, that all the dogs in the West could not, and should not capture that fawn after its weakness had appealed to my strength.’ So is it, when human helplessness appeals to Almighty God. Well do I remember when the hounds of sin were after my soul, until, at last, I ran into the arms of Almighty God.”– A. C. DIXON.
Every parent would say “I want him to be the best he can be”. But sometimes, it’s not easy to know how to make this a reality. What is the right method to use? When will I see my teen change? How do I know she’s heading the right direction? What if I’ve made mistakes with my teen?
And as a young person growing up, you ask yourselves: “What are my best qualities? How can I maximise my potential? How can I make sure I enjoy life to the fullest?” I want to have fun and yet be my very, very best.
Join us for a great afternoon workshop that will answer these questions and more!
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Saturday Sept 20, 2014 • 4-6pm;
Sunway College and Extreme Park, Ipoh
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Troubles, we have many. They will come and go. However, when the problems are in our midst, we usually can’t see through the mountain. There is no hope, our hearts will cry. It is too difficult. I can’t deal with it. Helen Steiner Rice wrote a beautiful poem that can perhaps help us across the mountain.
This Too Shall Pass (written by Helen Steiner Rice)
If I can endure for this minute
Whatever is happening to me,
No matter how heavy my heart is
Or how dark the moment may be-
If I can remain calm and quiet
With all the world crashing about me,
Secure in the knowledge God loves me
When everyone else seems to doubt me-
If I can but keep on believing
What I know in my heart to be true,
That darkness will fade with the morning
And that this will pass away, too-
Then nothing in life can defeat me
For as long as this knowledge remains
I can suffer whatever is happening
For I know God will break all of the chains
That are binding me tight in the darkness
And trying to fill me with fear-
For there is no night without dawning
And I know that my morning is near.
I am driving aimlessly down Highway 44 (because I love driving a little too much, and it is one of my more expensive stress-relief methods) with my iPod on shuffle and Do What U Want by Lady Gaga comes on. Of course, being alone in the car means I can belt out pop songs in my full volume and not worry about being kicked out of society for disturbing the peace, and it also means my mind is free to come up with the most random associations to songs I listen to.
As a twenty-three-year-old Psychology Major, Senior in college, and self-proclaimed guru on how not to be in a relationship, I was inspired to consider how not allowing people to “do what you want” with your body, mind, heart etc. is part of healthy self-love. In light of a recent breakup, I’ve been on a roll with existential questioning and more in-my-head pep talks than usual. The chorus of the above Lady Gaga song stuck with me all week, like gum sticks to ratty hair and refuses to loosen it’s hold no matter how hard you tug. It wasn’t until I started writing this article that it finally left my head. So thank you for the inspiration, Lady Gaga.
There has been a recent influx of articles all over the Internet about taking care of your heart and what self-love can do for your overall well-being. These are not new ideas, but in times where life becomes too fast-paced due to the wonders of technology and many of us forget how to be still, being reminded to listen to what your heart needs is vital. In my opinion, emotional well-being for men and women alike, takes precedence as it affects all areas of life.
A Harvard School of Public Health research article from 2011 finds correlations between a positive state of mind and better state of health. Laura Kubzansky, associate professor at Harvard and a forerunner of research on the positive state of mind and its impact on physical health believes that instilling “emotional and social competence in children… would help confer not only good mental health but also physical resilience for a lifetime.” She goes on to warn society that it is not simply a one-step method and that staying positive and working towards a less stressful life despite predisposed living circumstances is a work-in-progress for each individual. We are cautioned not to buy into a one-size-fit-all theory and to find out what personally helps us be at our most healthy emotional state.
The happier your heart, the better you feel physically, so start looking out for it!
Here’s are some steps that I live by, and have to be reminded of by loving friends on days when all I want to do is wallow in self-doubt and negativity:
- Feelings are normal. Be okay with feeling. There is no such thing as a wrong or negative feeling. Validate the way you feel in the moment, acknowledge it and then move forward with what is important to you.
- There is no set amount of time for grieving. Do not let anyone tell you when to start or stop grieving. Only you know when enough is enough, and it is time to move on. A healthy heart is one that is allowed enough time to process grief (or any emotion).
- Forgiveness of others and oneself is a key step to a healthy heart. That does not mean going back to someone who does not respect you or treat you right, it simply means freeing your heart from the burden of anger and grudges.
- Let healthy people in; cut out people who aren’t. I used to think cutting people out of my life was the harshest thing I could do. But over the years, and after many painful, unhealthy relationships and friendships, I have learned that this is part of deciding to love oneself. Healthy people encourage, respect, love you, tell you the truth and help you to grow. Unhealthy people bring you down and hinder any type of positive growth. (A good read: Safe People by Henry Cloud and John Townsend)
- Do what YOU want with your body. Allowing yourself room to say no to people and things that you know are personally damaging to you is a powerful thing. Harmful activities or people may seem to fill a void in the beginning, but after a while it only wears down your heart. Everything in moderation is a healthier way to go.
- Have relaxing hobbies. Set aside time weekly to do whatever you are passionate about, be it painting, hiking, or watching a favourite TV show. I found that doing something that makes me happy a few times a week that is not work-related, and doing it alone improves self-confidence and strengthens one emotionally. Helping others is a great hobby that not only makes others feel better but helps your heart stay content too.
- Be by yourself more. I surround myself with busyness daily and sometimes this busyness is to keep me around people so I don’t feel lonely. Lately, I have seen the benefits of taking time away from people and learning to be content on my own. It is entirely uncomfortable at first and takes time to work up to longer periods alone, but it becomes extremely rewarding and empowering once you make it a habit.
- Be Mindful. Take note of your surroundings. Notice small things that make you smile. Write things down. Be in nature. Meditate. Breathe deeply. Be in a place that requires you to be still. Take stock of what is good in your life.
- Be Active. Exercise at least fifteen minutes a day. It can be in the form of working out at the gym, yoga, a short walk during lunch break, biking, a swim or anything that gets your body working. Endorphins are released when you exercise. This chemical interacts with the pain receptors in your brain and triggers positive feelings. It’s the body’s natural Morphine!
- Let go of control. This is the hardest step for me. I am a perfectionist and a worrywart. Learning that nothing in life is actually in my control has helped me work towards self-love and a healthier outlook.
Remember that taking time to love oneself is important. All these steps require a conscious, constant effort. No one can make the decision to nurture your heart other than yourself. It’s a beautiful, empowering process. Begin working hard to love the most vital organ you have, and you will be grateful as time goes by.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
– Proverbs 4:23
Written by my daughter, Erica Lee
Who loves to have fun? We do! We had our Youth Devotional outdoors at Sunway Extreme Park, Ipoh on Aug 2nd, 2014. We played fun softball. There was lots of laughter as we enjoyed the game.
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At the end, we also learned a spiritual lesson about our own race just as what Paul says in 1 Cor 9:24-25 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.…