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It all goes back to God

1 Unless it is the LORD who builds the house, the builders’ work is pointless. Unless it is the LORD who protects the city, the guard on duty is pointless.

2 It is pointless that you get up early and stay up late, eating the bread of hard labor because God gives sleep to those he loves.

It all goes back to God. Everything is pointless if it is not for God. Oooooh.  If I teach Math to my pupils just for the sake of teaching and doing my job, it is pointless. But if I teach Math to my pupils so that they might experience the love of God, well then, it would be meaningful. If I toil all day and all night just so I could earn money and help my parents and buy the things I want, it would be pointless. God wants us to rest in Him. He does not want us to spend hours and hours on our job and neglect our family life, or our relationship with other people, or more so, our relationship with Him.

It all goes back to God. It all goes back to whether we are doing it for God or just for ourselves. It goes back to our motive, to our intentions. Are we doing what we are doing for the glory of God? Are we doing these with a pure heart? Are we doing these things so that other people might know God? Do the things we do point other people to Jesus? These are the questions we should ask right now. Do the things we do really matter? Are all these for the glory of God?

These past days, I am thankful that God has given me a fresh start. By God’s grace I was able to manage my classrooms way better than I do before, and I was able to plan and prepare for my lessons. Thank God! Yehey. 🙂 I am also learning to love my pupils more and more each day. I have told myself not to be angry at them nor shout at them or whatsoever that would not benefit me nor them. I choose to let them feel the love of God while I am inside the classroom. Yes.

 

Dear God, thank You for the reminder to live a life for Your glory. Thank You for letting me assess what I am doing. Yes, Lord, may everything I do point the world back to You. May the words I say and the things I do lead others to You, Jesus. As the song goes, I don’t wanna say a word unless it points the world back to You. I’m sorry Lord for sharing not-so-sensible stories to my coteachers which does not point the world back to You. Forgive me, Lord. I’m sorry po. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Be with me throughout the day. May I be able to accomplish everything that I must accomplish today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Not just another noise

“Words”
by Hawk Nelson

They’ve made me feel like a prisoner
They’ve made me feel set free
They’ve made me feel like a criminal
Made me feel like a king

They’ve lifted my heart
To places I’d never been
And they’ve dragged me down
Back to where I began

Words can build you up
Words can break you down
Start a fire in your heart or
Put it out

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

You can heal the heartache
Speak over the fear
God, Your voice is the only thing
We need to hear

Words can build us up
Words can break us down
Start a fire in our hearts or
Put it out

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

Let the words I say
Be the sound of Your grace
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

I wanna speak Your love
Not just another noise
Oh, I wanna be Your light
I wanna be Your voice

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

Let the words I say
Be the sound of Your grace
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

Words can build us up
Words can break us down
Start a fire in our hearts
Or put it out

I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You


Yes, Lord, I don’t wanna say a word unless it points the world back to You. I wanna speak Your love, not just another noise. Oh, I wanna be Your light, I wanna be Your voice. Let my words be life, let my words be truth. Let this be my prayer and commitment for this 30-day blogging challenge. 🙂 Amen. ❤

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Prayer Time

Mama left for Singapore early this morning and she’ll be back on November 8. As usual, we prayed together before she left. Mama was about to start the prayer when Papa said, “Okay, Jas, lead the prayer.”

Oooh, that was something new. Mama seconded that I lead the family in prayer. She told me to pray for her.

Yes, of course, I thought.

Then she said, “Pray also for the patience of all of you here at home.”

And so I prayed. I prayed for Mama’s safety and fulfillment on her travel. Then I prayed for a productive weekend for all of us left at home. I hesitated to pray for more patience, concerned that they might get offended. I wanted to pray for more love at home, but I held back my words. It was kind of awkward to say it aloud. I mean, how would everyone react if they hear the phrase more love at home? (We don’t usually talk about love at home hehe.)

The prayer ended without me saying all that I wanted to lift up to God in prayer. Oh, next prayer time if I’ll be asked to lead again, I hope I could say my prayer without reservations. 🙂

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Upon writing this, I realized we should start talking about love little by little so that it won’t keep on being a taboo inside our home. Maybe by saying and hearing the word love more often, we could be able to express our love for each other more naturally. Oh yeah! HAHA

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Writing what I think, Thinking what I write

“Writing is a way of finding out. By objectifying his thoughts in the medium of language, he gets a chance to see what is going on in his mind.”

Indeed, writing helps me clear my thoughts. Whenever I need to speak in front, it helps that I write what I’m going to talk about – may it be a birthday wish, an announcement, a short talk, or a sermon.  I am a lady of many words because I want to share ALL my ideas and so seeing my thoughts objectified through words makes me figure out what I really wanted to say and omit extraneous words.

Reading this article, I remembered when I was asked by a friend to send a greeting for the birthday of our common friend. We communicated thru txt and so my words were limited. It took me more than thirty minutes composing my message mainly because I’m not that close to the celebrant and because, as I said, the number of words were limited.

Choosing the right words is a tedious but fulfilling task. I picked the best words, combined phrases, and deleted words. It also led me to go straight to the point, with no sugarcoat, but with utmost sincerity. That was one of my shortest but most meaningful birthday greeting of all time haha! This reaffirms what I said earlier, writing helps me clear my thoughts. And that clear thinking helps me make my writing clear. 🙂