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Real life experience to confirm God’s inspired Truths.

Proverbs 10:17-21 with poetry

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An anonymous poetry speaks to me during my devotion time. It is about a wise owl. It points to the book of proverbs 10:17-21. “He who restrains his lips is wise,” verse 11 is the emphasize of the whole verse.

Lord, grants us wisdom when to restrain our lips. Restrain our lips at the right time. May we be a good listener. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Do Wives Need to Work?

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This may pose a different light of the Bible to everyone. The question of women having career and work always intimidate the wives especially mothers. Even though it is wonderful to be with our children at home, I realize another element of the Bible often are laid aside. Proverbs 31, which is the Old Testament. May this impart wisdom to the women, soon to be wives and even mothers.

Do you believe in taking care of your parents financially and physically during their old age? My friends’ and my mothers are good examples and inspirations to my friends, siblings and I. Having enough money can

  1. Contribute to the house loan;
  2. Care our parents financially;
  3. Secondary income in case of husband unemployment.
  4. Touch wood in case husband passes away due to accident or sickness. Therefore, we need to pray for our husbands’ well being and protection. Our younger days were filled with the reality of the pangs of desperation. We have been observing the struggling widows making their ends meet to feed their children. Our parents discuss about the widows’ lifelong journey and succeed to care their children. This is a good news.

Then we can feed the children and provide them with good education to increase their employability skills.

Everyone, please read the Bible clearly who are at risk. The widows and the orphans. Does it mean the grown up children do not need to take care of our old aged parents who take care of us with love to grown ups? Remember who strengthen our feeble hands and legs during our younger days.

Some of my friends and my mothers work. When our dads are having a hard time to earn the money, our mothers use their money to provide for the family and continue our education. They can still help the poor who are in need. So that the poor can stand up and help others.

Does it mean wives no need to work? Please read and digest Proverbs 31 and share your feedback on this issue. I know this is the harsh facts of life I am sharing throughout my friends’ and my lives. It is the reality of life and we see God’s goodness and providence though we receive Christ in our late teens.

Many women of faith love to quote that earning money is the husbands’ responsibilities whereas house is the the wives’ responsibilities. Does this exempt them from helping financially? However, the book of proverbs 31 and my mother’s life inspire me. My bunch of friends have similar predicament too. Our mothers enable to continue our education from college to bachelor honours when our dads were going through financial difficulties. Our parents believe to equip us with the fishing rod instead of giving us the fishes. Their best efforts and fishes are spent to strengthen the feeble new generation. We thank The Lord for our parents and strive to be a blessings and inspire others. God bless you all for reading my poetry to minister.

Think Before Suicide

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Though suicide is a self destruction form, indirectly it brings hurts to our loved ones. The Suicide Fish* mainly is the decision of a fish who loses his hope and will to live. Suicide seems to be the best solution to the problems we face in everyday lives. Refusing to acknowledge the truth causes self-denial leading to self rejection. Probably, we misunderstand the concern from our loved ones. They either speak the truth harshly or gently with a certain body language. Misinterpretation is similar to filter. As the air carries their words into our ears, we miss out some words. Losing the connected words causes the head and tail to become the conclusion.

Speaking to younger children is a challenge to the adults. Many adults complain their kids’ misbehaviour and lack of obedience. Throughout my experience, I realized my son tends to capture the last words and acts it out. “Don’t jump!” He will jump.

Conversation between my friend’s mother and helper is another good case of misinterpretation. The helper ever mentioned to her that she (helper) wanted to have four children whereas her friend has six children. She said the same thing to my mother in the next couple of days. When my mother commented my helper wants to have six children, I don’t believe. After I check out their conversations, I explain to my astonished mother.

Whenever I am going to attend workshops, voice recorder is the first thing I often grab on. When I listen to it again, I realised the in-between missing words.

Let’s take this article’s title as an example. “Think before suicide” is the theme of my topic. For example, “before” is the lost word to the recipient’s ears. So it will sound “think suicide”. Obviously, the recipients definitely will be upset and feel devalued resulting in angry person who may or may not commit suicide.

Isn’t it good to really open our ears to hear the speaker?

Think Before Suicide

Think Before Suicide

Rather than, thinking suicide, why not think before suicide?

* School Animation by our friend.


Inspiration On: 12 February 2014
Inspiration Ends On: 6 June 2014 at 5:45am

External links: http://whysuicidebook.com/
http://m.psychologytoday.com/blog/happiness-in-world/201004/the-six-reasons-people-attempt-suicide
http://www.afsp.org/understanding-suicide

Power of Assumptions

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There is a tendency to measure someone else with our own thinking. But people’s mindset may not be according to our assumptions. It is essential for us to search out the truth. Our assumptions are like a water filter, to separate water from the noodle. Assumptions filter out people’s words. We only remember a few words and concluded based on own assumptions.

For example:
A spoke gently to his son, “Be careful! Don’t jump when you climb the tree because you will fall.” Then A noticed a cockroach was walking towards his neighbour and A shouted, “Ah! A cockroach rushes to you. Stomp on it! Kill it!” B was daydreaming and woken by A’s shout. So B looked outside the window. A’s neighbour is out of sight and B only heard A’s words. So B concluded A jumped the tree and fell, but cockroach kills him. Isn’t this story is a good example.

Small to Mountain

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This sharing may sound quite absurd and extreme. This was during my teenage years when I was 17 years old and pre-believer phase of life. Playing cards is fun with my family. Whoever loses will shuffle the cards and/or drink water. But when I play with my friends, the one who lose will drink water. After three rounds, they choose to play with money by betting ten cents. The winner will get ten cents from every player. From then on, I refuse to join whenever it involves money. So I just sat there and watch them play. This is because I feel that gambling starts from small.

Sin also starts from small. Saving money also starts from small amounts. Small amounts accumulated consistently will make a big mountain.

With the rise of casino in a few countries such as Los Angelos, Macau, Malaysia Genting, and recently Singapore, don’t we need to take extra- measure of carefulness and vigilance to guard our heart and mind? What do you all think?

Comparison between Labour & Rest with Sluggard & Slothfulness

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Refer: Psalm 46 and Proverbs 6:6-11

Why do people tend to dislike work and feels that enjoyment is better than labour? Seems that they can not relate and find pleasure in what they work for. The book of Proverbs describes a comparison between the hard worker (diligent) and the lazy (slothful) very well. It doesn’t mean we work without rest.

Without rest, our productivity level will drop. Somehow, we need to balance rest with work. I do enjoy my work, but I am also guilty for not letting my body rest. My migraine relapses whenever I work too much with enough sleep. Vomit and my mind can not concentrate are the side effects of migraine. So my whole day is spent on bed feeling guilty without being able to do anything. My mother has been telling me to have enough rest, but I tend to ignore it.

We use our hands to do the labour that is pleasing to God, not abusing it for wrongdoing. Proverbs 6:6-11 speaks to us as a metaphor of the ants’ hard work was not done at the eyes of their overseer. But I often hear from my friends that some of them tend to work hard when their supervisor is around.

After our labour, we need to let God do the rest while we have a good sleep (Ecclesiastes 5:11-13).

Throughout the Bible, the description of the slothful and emphasize to be diligent can be found from Judges 18:9; Proverbs 12:24,27; 15:19; 18:9; 19:24; 21:25; 22:13; 24:30; 26:13-15; Romans 12:11; Hebrews 6:12.

We as a worker need to keep The book of Colossians 3:23-25 in mind. The verses are explained much clearer in the version of King James Version than in New International:

KJV
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

NIV
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

Another Scripture we need to take heed is God’s displeasure in earning money unjustly. Refer to Leviticus 19:34-37; Proverbs 20:9-11,22-24; Micah 6:10-12. There are many verses more in the Scriptures.

Safety Belt

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Saturday, 9 June 2012

Refer: Genesis 2:6-8 and Psalm 139:12-14

Oxford dictionary defines Safety Belt as “a belt or strap securing a person to prevent injury, especially in a vehicle or aircraft.” Therefore, safety belt is meant for our own safety. It is available in baby trolley, baby chair, car, van, truck, and rides for children, helmet, and many others. The belt at the helmet is to prevent the helmet from falling out of your head.

How much more do we need to listen to God’s Word, His principles, statutes and commandments into our lives. His guidance is likened to a safety belt to prevent us from hurting ourselves spiritually and physically.

God is the creator of the universe and all that is within it including humans. He knows how we are made and formed – dust (Genesis 2:6-8) and when we are in our mothers’ womb (Psalm 139:12-14)

Why can’t we listen to God’s instructions?

We can read from Jeremiah 7:22-24 (KJV) showing God’s heart towards the Israelites to listen to His Word for their own good, “For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.

Let us return to God,
The creator of all,
An Infinite Being who
Cares and loves us
His creation.
——————————–~ Tojiru Yoshiko

Repent of our sins
Repent of our stubbornness
Receive His salvation through Christ
Receive His instructions and follow it whole-heartedly.

~ Hikari Yori