~ Weekend Quotes #2 ~

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If you’ve had a stressful week, forget it! Tomorrow’s a new day to move forward and hope for better! Remember…hope never disappoints, even when things don’t go the way you expect them to.

Have a super smashing, fun filled weekend!x

 

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My Ocean Encounter – part 2

With each passing moment, my lungs scream and beg for air…desperate to cling to life. Suddenly, all is quiet. My eyes are wide open as I sink beneath the waves. With one last desperate attempt, I call out to him…at first a whisper, and then louder…Jesus, Jesus! I scarcely finish saying his name, and I find myself suddenly rising firmly and swiftly above the waves! His arm reaches out to me, grabbing hold of my flailing arm and pulling me up with such firmness and warmth that instantly I know…everything will be OK.


Do the seasons of life feel like that sometimes? How easy it is to get caught up in carving out our boundaries just the way we like it. In that place of comfort, life happens on our own terms just as we stand on the edge of the shore, away from what we perceive to be harm’s way. But what if even our defined place of safety isn’t really that safe after all? What if the only reason we’re still standing firmly on the shores of the ocean is because the lover of our soul is keeping us from harm’s way right there? See, on the seashore there may not be mighty and sinister creatures waiting to prey and pounce on us but there are lesser creatures not so easily seen, filled with as much venom and sting that are just as capable of inflicting great pain and damage upon us, if given the opportunity.

If only we had realized before we found ourselves in the deep that the only difference between those two places is our awareness and acknowledgment of the Lord Jesus with us in both places. It would certainly make all the difference to how we approach the deep. Yet, thank God for the deep because:

  • In it, His grace abounds.
  • in it His strength is perfected.
  • In it when we come to the end of ourselves and cry out to Him.
  • In it, His mighty hand saves by reaching down and pulling us up to be level with Him, giving us the power to walk on water!
  • In it, He sympathizes with our weakness, our humanity.
  • In it, He teaches us to trust in Him.
  • In it, we can look only to Him and not to the billowing waves.
  • In it, our faith is strengthened.
  • In it, our understanding is enlightened.
  • In it, all the dots begin to connect, because it all starts to make sense and we realize that He was with us all along.
  • In it, we realize that even when we stood on the seashore, we were not without danger but His hand of protection is always with us.

But most importantly, “In it, He is available to all who call on Him”.

When we are in the deep, we must remember that He has not forgotten us. On the contrary He calls us out to the deep, for in the deep we see Him like we never have because we can finally take the focus off ourselves and look to Him, the author and finisher of our faith!

So much of nature like the ocean speaks of the power and sovereignty of God. If we believe that He created all things including the ocean, how is it then that we don’t believe He will rescue us from it when the storm roars? Has He lost His power? Is He no longer the creator of all that is? Certainly not! We must remember that every storm has a beginning and an end. No storm has ever carried on endlessly, not even the tsunami that struck Japan three years ago and destroyed everything in its path. In the same way, the storms in our lives will cease just as they started. The challenge for us is keeping our head and eyes above the storm. Looking unto Him, the author and finisher of our faith. If our faith is a book in the writing, then there must be a middle and that middle point will include highs and lows but it is all part of what makes a book and what makes it a best seller sought after by all. As He is the author, He already knows what the middle will look like, and He certainly has a grand finish for the end, so let us not trust Him only in the beginning when faith and comfort abounds, but let us trust Him through the middle and let us finish our faith on the ultimate high, the end!

Therefore, let us boldly step out into the deep, the great unknown, and meet the Grace which abounds in deepest waters!

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This allegory was inspired by a song written by Hillsong United titled: “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”. It is one of my absolute favourite songs and you can check it out below.

 

My Ocean Encounter

An allegory to the roller coaster but beauty that is life.

Standing on the shores of the ocean, I fear not because my feet is firmly planted on the sands beneath the waters. I dare to sink my feet further into the sands to feel the smooth softness of the sand, allowing the water and pebbles wash over my feet as I enjoy the coolness of the ocean, the smell of sea salt and the beauty of nature all around me. I am secure in knowing that I need only take a couple of steps and I would be removed from the ferociousness of the waves crashing into the shores of the great big ocean. Continue reading “My Ocean Encounter”

~Weekend Quotes #1~

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“Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it empowers us to develop courage; to trust that courage and build bridges with it;
to trust those bridges and cross over them so we can attempt to reach each other.”

Maya Angelou

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Take the time to laugh this weekend, reach out to someone and tell them you love them; spend time with God.

Have a great weekend people!

Round pegs in square holes

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day (let’s just call him Bob – cliche I know!) and we got into a conversation about creativity (can’t remember how we got there!). Bob started telling me about how he’s noticed that he generally isn’t creative with anything! In summary, he feels that he hasn’t got a single creative bone in his body and instead he tends to create things out of other people’s work. So his m.o. is to take the best out of each piece of work done by someone else and use that to create his own…hmm. He also said that in times past, he has tried to be creative and delve more into himself to outwardly express that in whatever form he can think of but it felt forced and he couldn’t continue. In essence, creativity isn’t something that comes naturally to him. Continue reading “Round pegs in square holes”

From the moving carriage…

She stood placidly in the carriage as the train wheezed past several stations, carrying us to our individual destinations. From the corner of my eye, I couldn’t help but notice there was something about her. She looked like she’d been through a lot and her stand wasn’t quite as firm or as confident. Her back was hunched ever so slightly, giving a hint of a defeated look. Her hair or what was left of it was the colour of silver, with a few bald patches vying for attention amongst the now countable strands of hair left. Her face could tell a story with the visible wrinkles etched across it, but yet there was something seemingly meek about it. Continue reading “From the moving carriage…”

Pulling my hair out!

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I have had one of those “pulling my hair out” days today at work! I’m sitting at my desk writing this (it’s nearly 7pm!)…and I know what you might be thinking (it’s not that late) but it is to me if you know what my usual work hours are like. There seems to be no end in sight to my work today, arrghh! I have the worst headache ever and my faithful ibuprofen doesn’t seem to be responding today 😦 #what’stheworldcomingto?!

In case you’re wondering, I work in Technology for a global investment bank and we are in the process of a regulatory overhaul to put it mildly. it’s been about 6 years on from the global financial crisis but we’re still dealing with the aftermath and repercussions from it. In the long run, the aim is to provide more transparency and hopefully restore faith in the banking system, which is a good thing in my honest and humble unsolicited opinion! However, the part I did not take into account is that I’d be caught smack in the middle of it trying to understand endless pages of regulatory jargons from countries scattered across the globe. Now if i’m jetting off to these countries, that’s a whole different ball game 😉 (sign me up please)! I have flipped through more documents and emails than I can care to count today in an attempt to collate all that information into an easy enough to understand format for the tech guys (the nerds…shhhh please don’t tell them I said so) to work with.

If you ever want to see grown adults whining and whinging about work, you only need spend an hour or two in technology! Sometimes I feel like I’m dealing with 2 year olds who have to be appeased, coerced and cajoled to obey mama! But hey, nothing like the satisfaction every mum faces when they win and the little one obliges them right? To be fair though, they always deliver after all the foot stomping, head banging antics. My policy when it comes to work has always been “do as much as you can and leave the rest for tomorrow because the work never ends and there’s always another day”. But that policy ain’t gonna fly today because girl is up against a hard deadline here and I’m not about to be scolded at for not delivering. Hence (as my twin likes to always say) the work continues! But don’t get me wrong though, I enjoy my job with all it’s complexities. Funny thing is, I never started out choosing a career in technology, it just sort of happened although I’m a big believer that everything happens a reason. Some of my friends have said to me that they can’t reconcile  technology and me i.e. we don’t seem to go together! I don’t know whether that’s a compliment or an insult…but I’ll choose the former in any case.

Right, time to get back to work before I drift off here in my thoughts and bore you with nerdy details! I’ll leave you with the following tech cartoon from Dilbert:

Cartoon from Dilbert
Cartoon from Dilbert

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Curveballs

Have you ever been at a place in your life where you’re just tired? And I don’t mean physically tired from work, play, running after toddlers or working out? I mean tired of everything and dare I say it…even life? Yes it’s scary and morbid perhaps. It seems to be a topic that we are afraid to make mention of, as if by mere mention of it life will be ebbed out of us.

The sad passing away of Robin Williams on 11 August (which happens to be my birthday) 😦 got me thinking about what could cause one to get so desperate to the point of taking one’s own life. It’s easy to hear such a story and immediately think of how selfish it is for someone to take their own life and leave behind grieving loved ones. God knows I’ve been guilty of thinking the same myself. But what happens when there’s nothing left on the inside of you and all you feel is a deep, black, empty hollowness that grows deeper and deeper by day? On the outside, you’re the picture of success! Record deals, blockbuster movies, awards, accolades, fame and money oozing from every fiber of you, you don’t even know what to do with it. Who knows what drove Robin to such heights of desperation that he felt the only way out was death…

Maybe he just got tired of life. I know I do sometimes and before you think I’m depressed, let me make it clear that I’m not. I happen to love life and believe in living life to the fullest but sometimes we go through seasons that literally knock the wind out of us and it’s at those times that it’s hard to see the wood for the trees. I’ve had a few of those recently and it has been painful. I call it my season of growing pains! 🙂

So my question to you is this, what do you do when life throws you a curve ball or two or many?

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Do you pounce on it like Federer or do you cower in fear,ducking to avoid the painful blows which you know are inevitable when it hits you?

Would love to hear your thoughts…

At last!

It’s been a long road to this first post but at last here it is! Just so you know, I’ve spent every night the last few evenings trying to put this blog together, fiddling around with WordPress :). I work in technology but I have to tell you, it took me a while to get the hang of this one, lol (I know…don’t judge me ;)!

For so long I’ve wanted to pen down my private inner thoughts and make them “public”, bring them to life and keep them before my eyes because it is my attempt at understanding the world around me and the everyday nuances and conundrums of life that we’re faced with. I’d like to be able to claim that I’ve always journaled these thoughts but at last, I haven’t! As many may be able to attest or relate to, life happens and so there have been times when I’ve been diligent with writing in my journal and there have been times when many blank pages have stared me in the face! You cannot imagine my mortification (slightly exaggerated) when I pick up my journal and realize that my last post was 2 years prior, sometimes even more! Where does the time go though, seriously?!

So dear blog, I’m hoping you can help me change that and be better at capturing and articulating the random and abstract thoughts that roam within these brain cells of mine.

Here’s to our future together, may the words that we write satisfy our souls, stir our minds and illuminate life with all its intricacies, complexities but most importantly beauty!

Selah.