Some time ago, I was working through the night shift
with a colleague. She mentioned about her new house up in the hills. I asked,
“What is it like to live in a beautiful place?” The answer surprised me, as she explained
how she had gotten used to living in the mountains, she didn’t pay attention
Another time, I asked another colleague at work how she
kept her youthful look and she simply replied with the sweetest smile on her
face, “I take time to smell the roses.”
Two people with two very different outlook in life.Different strokes for different folks, so
they say.But really, can we choose the
same option with the same result? What do you reckon?Regardless of the turn-outfrom these two responses, I chose what is
best:I chose to take time and smell the
been a wild and chaotic year for me: too noisy, too doubtful, too blurry, too
stressful, too many hats!
talking to the first colleague at work since that day, I’ve been careful. I don't want my heart to devastate! (Read about it here.)
This coming year, 2013, will be the opposite. A soaking of God's presence: to listen, to pay attention, to be more thankful, to be positive, to keep still to rest and to do less.
I will stay out of the trap of ignoring God’s
blessings. I WILL PAY ATTENTION and be aware of God's riches and glory around me. When I am aware of God’s blessings in my life, it prompts me to stop and look, listen, and feel more.
I WILL BE MORE THANKFUL.I will be reminded of God’s amazing grace and faithfulness. All the more I will thank God in all things: the good and in my troubles. Having a thankful heart is reflected in our
prayers, as well as every aspect of my life. I will “rejoice always; pray without
ceasing; in everything give thanks” (1 Th. 5:16-18).
I WILL BE POSITIVE.A positive attitude results from
smelling the roses.If anyone had a
reason to have a negative attitude, it was the apostle Paul. He had been in
prison, beaten, scourged, beaten with rods, stoned, shipwrecked, and poor. But
through all this, he remained positive—he focused on good things rather than
Paul had “learned the secret of being filled and going
hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need” (Phil.
4:12). “I can do all things
through Him who strengthens me,” he proclaimed to the Philippians, and everyone
who observed his life (Phil.
4:13). Paul’s attitude was, “God causes all things to work
together for good to those who love God” (Rom.
8:28). Paul knew that God used
everything in his life for good, even when suffering greatly for the cause of
Our God works all
things together for good to those who love Him—no matter what happens.
A QUIET HEART.Now this is
MAJOR!I want to be an instrument of
peace, calm and not be anxious (Phil. 4:6).I will not only be quiet in heart, but also quiet with my mouth!I will speak and proclaim life (Prov. 18:21) to myself, to my family, to my friends and to the people around me. I will only open my mouth when it’s necessary to build someone up and be "quiet" when I don’t need to speak.
I WILL ENJOY LIFE. I mean enjoy life! I will laugh at the days to come and not worry for God has already settled my concerns of my tomorrow (Matthew 6:25-34). God is the One from whom all my blessings flow—“Every
good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the
Father of lights” (Jas.
I WILL GIVE
MORE. As the giver of all our blessings,
God teaches us to enjoy them while doing good—“Instruct those who are rich in
this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty
of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.
Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to
share” (1 Tim. 6:17-18).
prayer for this year is to slow down... to take time and smell the roses: to smile often, to listen to the chirping of the birds, to feel the soft breeze on my
face, and to bask more on God's amazing grace.
start our year right, shall we? May we make an effort to make Jesus more real
in our daily walk with HIM!
New Year's fireworks display at Burswood, Perth, Western Australia
HAPPY NEW 2013 family and beloved friends! The best is yet to come!
"... my quest toward patterning my life after the woman "far above rubies" - the administrator, seamstress, nurse, chauffeur, hairdresser, and chef par excellence, among others, the one whose children blessed her and whose husband praised her!
Hi! My name is Jenny and welcome to my blog. I am an accountant by profession, now a registered nurse as my second profession. I am a mother of four wonderful children and wife to a devoted christian husband.
Here, you will find excerpts of my personal life journey: the places I've been, my random thoughts, selected poems I have written, recipes I have cooked, my quilt projects, my ministry work, unique experiences, impossible dreams and desires for my family.
"You create your thoughts, and your thoughts create your life. Do you like what you have created? Comtemplate yourself each day and you will unravel the mystery of not only what you are but who you are." Ron Rathbun
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships,bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
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