Devotion 31/7/2016

Sometimes, I find meaningful words/verses/phrases and I do a screenshot of them. But somehow, an idea struck me today and I thought, “Why not just do a weekly Sunday thing?” Just in case the phone dies and the screenshots disappeared *choy!*

First week of school is finally over. Was it good? *shrugs* I remember when I joined teaching, I told myself that I will do my best to not stand out. Because I am tired of the politics that came along with being a vocal, efficient person. 하지만 학교에 입어서 그 약속을 잊었어. 파워스트라크 걸렸어. 진짜 미친해!

ANYWAYS! Everything that happened this week reminded me of who my friends are and it showed me once again that even when I am doubting myself, my friends are firmed in their trust and belief of who I am. Really thank you (:

My timetable looks unforgiving and it’s messy. Hopefully blur me won’t end up missing any lessons. Google Calendar, don’t fail me.  I’m still in ‘work’ mode and need to switch my ‘studying’ mode soon. Come on, Mugger Shan! You’re in there somewhere.

I miss my kids like crazy!

Lord, this coming week, fill me with your grace and your strength. Remind me that you are always with me. Guide and hold me in Your strong hands. Amen.

One wrong word can change the careers or destinies of people…The problem has increased in our modern world as a careless email or a posting on a social media site can cause great harm. It quickly goes viral and can’t always be retracted. King David tied respect for the Lord with the way we use our words. He said, “I will teach you the fear of the Lord…Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.” (Psalm 34:11, 13). He resolved, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth.” (39:1). Lord, help us to do the same. Our words have the power to build up or tear down. – ODB, 24 July 2016

As time drags on and answers seem faraway, teach me, Father, to find my help in You and Your presence. Enable me to endure, and empower me to trust in You. When your burdens overwhelm you, remember that God has His arms underneath you. – ODB, 25 July 2016

Holy Spirit, I realise that sometimes I need brokeness. It may not be comfortable, but I invite You to break off and get rid of anything that’s keeping me from You. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

I hurt, Lord, but show me where I need to change, show me where she/he’s right. – ODB, 26 July 2016

Lord, this shaping process hurts, but I want to submit to the process. Mold me and smooth me. The Lord allows our rough edges to be smoothed over through the sandpaper of life. – ODB, 26 July 2016

We may be flawed by unfortunate experiences we’ve gone through, but that doesn’t mean we’re worthless and good-for-nothing. We must have the kind of love that says, “God loves me, so I can what God choose to love. I don’t love everything I do, but I accept myself because God accepts me.” We must develop the kind of mature love that says, “I believe God is changing me daily, but during this process, I will not reject what God accepts. I’ll accept myself as I am right now, knowing that I will not always remain the same.” God, like Isaiah 43:25, You blot out my sins and accept me, which means that I don’t have to reject myself. I am free to love myself in a healthy way because You love me! –  Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

Dear Lord, many times my fear of being hurt keeps me from being honest about my struggles. Help me to remember how much You love me, and help me to be patient and loving with others. Being honest with our struggles allows us to help each other. – ODB, 27 July 2016

Lord, I am thankful that You have called me Your friend. May I ever be grateful for the privilege. What a friend we have in Jesus. – ODB, 28 July 2016

God, I want to endure like Jesus. Help me to get a vision for the joy of obtaining the prize that awaits me so that I can endure whatever trial comes my way. –  Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

Father, thank You for the love You shower on us day by day. Teach us, in turn, to care for others. Open our eyes to see their needs and respond as You want us to. We show our love for God when we love one another. – ODB, 29 July 2016

Give me a faith that trusts You wholeheartedly, Lord. Our greatest comfort in sorrow is to know that God is in control. – ODB, 30 July 2016

God, I know that Your timing is perfect, even when I grow tired of waiting. Help me to trust in You and rest in Your plan for me. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

Our Father who is in heaven, uphold the holiness of your name.
Bring in your kingdom so that your will  is done on earth as it’s done in heaven.
Give us the bread we need for today.
Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us. And don’t lead us into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. – Matthew 6:9-13

Amen.

 

Devotion 24/7/2016

Sometimes, I find meaningful words/verses/phrases and I do a screenshot of them. But somehow, an idea struck me today and I thought, “Why not just do a weekly Sunday thing?” Just in case the phone dies and the screenshots disappeared *choy!*

And it’s over! Can’t believe I am starting school on Monday.

The past 10 months have been amazing. The kids filled a gap in me and chased away some of the jaded-ness that I have been carrying with me since forever. Also, I went in alone and left with colleagues-turned-friends (: Hopefully we’ll continue to stay in touch! And all the love and thank yous from colleagues, kids and parents… ((((:

As per usual, whenever I start a new chapter in life, I’ll be jittery so I’ve decided to hibernate this weekend (and trying to ‘fix’ my eyes). Don’t quite know how to feel about going back to school so I’ll just hang on tight and leave everything to God (:

Lord, please let the coming week be filled with Your favour and blessings. Help me overcome any doubts or fears that I have because You have a plan for me and You care for me. I will trust and not be afraid (: Amen!

It is more blessed to give than to receive. – Acts 20:35

The Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. – Proverbs 2:6

God, I won’t let the lies and doubts that the enemy sends my way get me off track. Instead, I’ll believe what Your Word says and take those thoughts captive. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

In a world of change, we can trust our unchanging God. – ODB, 18 July 2016

Don’t judge, and you won’t be judged. Don’t condemn, and you won’t be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. – Luke 6:37

(Patience) is developed only under trial, so we must not run from difficult situations. The waiting may be hard, but it will make you stronger. The benefits that patience brings are certainly worth any uncomfortable wait. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

Lord, give me grace to embrace the pauses in my life, and to be prepared to follow Your next command. Waiting on God is active trust in Him. – ODB, 19 July 2016

Show me Your ways, O’Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. – Psalm 25:4-5

But God wants us to become mature and stable that we act right even when none of our circumstances are good. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

Dear Jesus, I believe that You hear my prayers and that You understand my situation. You are the One who lights my darkness. – ODB, 20 July 2016

Loving Father, help us to recognize our busyness and distractions for what they so often are – disobedience and inattention to the work You have given us to do. Obedience pleases God. – ODB, 21 July 2016

Lord, I thank You for all You have given me to do. Help me to truly rest in You – physically, emotionally and spiritually. We do not rest because our work is done; we rest because God commanded it and created us to have a need for it. Gordon MacDonald. – ODB, 22 July 2016

God, I desire to be a good steward of all that You’ve given me. I decide now to only use my gifts and abilities for You. Show me how to use them with Your prudence and wisdom. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

The skilled mind is called discerning; and pleasant speech enhances teaching. – Proverbs 16:21

Lord, I’m aware of my worries and fears, and I place them in Your hands. Give me peace as I face the day. Ask God to free you from your fears. – ODB, 23 July 2016

Lord, I’m aware of my worries and fears, and I place them in Your hands. Give me peace as I face the day. Ask God to free you from your fears. – ODB, 23 July 2016

Amen.

Devotion 17/7/2016

Sometimes, I find meaningful words/verses/phrases and I do a screenshot of them. But somehow, an idea struck me today and I thought, “Why not just do a weekly Sunday thing?” Just in case the phone dies and the screenshots disappeared *choy!*

One more week till I start NIE. Seems like it was only yesterday when I started teaching. I’m going to miss my kids. They are stickier than usual (: And the P3s…Every time I walk into any of the class, they cheer. Seriously. Awesome. Haha.

After open house today, I bathed and crashed in my room. Been battling cold symptoms again. Damnit. Still battling it now. Need to sleep soon since I need to change my bedsheets tomorrow.

Last week in school. Woah.

Lord, thank you for bringing me through another week. This week was much kinder than the last. Thank you! Please let the coming week pass by peacefully, smoothly and restfully (: Guard my mouth such that I will only say words that build people and not hurt them. Help me to do good. Amen!

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. – James 3:9-10

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. – Psalms 141:3

Lord Jesus, take control of my mouth today. Forgive me for careless, thoughtless, and angry words. Let my words bless You and others. May the words we speak point others to Jesus. – ODB, 10 July 2016

God, I choose today to give my finances to You. Even in hard times, I know that Your financial principles still apply and that You will take care of me. You are my source! Choose to be a giver today, and you not lack anything. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

God doesn’t always change our circumstance, but He will change us. – ODB, 11 July 2016

Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Holy Spirit, I know I’m not built for guilt! Every time guilt tries to rise up in me, bring it to my attention and remind me that I am forgiven and made whole by the sacrifice of Jesus. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

Lord, we cannot see the path ahead, so we must trust that the way is right and that it is the best road for us to take. Please encourage us, and teach us as we let You direct our path. God’s timing is always right – wait patiently for Him. – ODB, 12 July 2016

We may not understand the reason for the path we are on, but we can trust Him to help us grow in faith and maturity along the way. – ODB, 12 July 2016

…forgiveness is based on your decision – not a feeling. But there’s healing for you. God, it might be hard, but I know I need to pray for and bless those who have hurt me. I realize that forgiveness is a choice, so I ask you to help me as I choose to forgive. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

Taking time to be with God is the best place to find strength. – ODB, 13 July 2016

Be tolerant with each other and, if someone has a complaint against anyone, forgive each other. As the Lord forgave you, so also forgive each other. – Colossians 3: 13

God, I want to find rest in You. Instead of constantly going and snapping under stress, show me how to follow Your pace for my life. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

When we face loss, we shouldn’t run from the sadness, but neither do we want to become bitter or hardened. Father God, You turned Jesus’s pain on the cross into our best gift ever. Deepen my faith that I may welcome Your life-changing love into my life. God can bring times of growth out of our times of heartache. – ODB, 14 July 2016

Lord, thank You for picking me up when I fall down. I know that my struggles mean that You are helping me overcome my negative mindsets and bringing me more and more in line with Your way of thinking. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

Loving Father, teach me the heart of Christ, that I might more fully appreciate the sacrifice He has made for me and be willing to sacrifice myself for others. Nothing is really lost by a life of sacrifice. Henry Liddon – ODB, 15 July 2016

God, I want to keep Your river for living water flowing in me. Show me what the debris is that’s blocking the way and then show me how to clear it out. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

God, no matter how bad my messes get, I choose to praise You in my prison. I know that You will suddenly free me and come through in Your perfect timing. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Amen.

Devotion 10/7/2016

Sometimes, I find meaningful words/verses/phrases and I do a screenshot of them. But somehow, an idea struck me today and I thought, “Why not just do a weekly Sunday thing?” Just in case the phone dies and the screenshots disappeared *choy!*

I’m exhausted. Being a relief teacher is tough. On average, I have about 6-8 periods of relief per day. If you multiply them by 5, that’s more than the number of periods I have when I was teaching my class. Madness. Oh and…that’s probably more than the no. of hours I sleep.

I’m exhausted because I caught a cold AGAIN. And…it’s the time of the month. I need to decide if I want to change my bedsheets tomorrow OR just snuggle up to read/snooze. Meh.

Some pretty intense thing happened this week. I feel the need to retract into my shell and just be left alone. Sigh.

Things will be better this coming week!

Lord, please guide me and lead me through the week. Shower me with your blessings and grant me the strength and wisdom that I need. Help me to bring joy to everyone around me. Amen.

There are stories and details God knows that I don’t. It reminds me to trust Him and to remember that the story isn’t about me. It’s about God’s plan to give time to others who don’t know His Son (2 Peter 3:9). – ODB, 3 July 2016

Lord, we pray for the peace of our nations. We ask for Your intervention as we turn to You in confession and repentance. We praise You for Your blessings and Your provision. Prayer for those in authority is both a privilege and a duty. – ODB, 4 July 2016

God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving and self-controlled. – 2 Timothy 1:7

God, I’m so glad that You can work out all of my knots and get my life straightened out. Help me to develop steadfastness and patience as You work continually in my life. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

May the Lord lead your heart to express God’s love and Christ’s endurance. – 2 Thessalonians 3:5

Father, we are grateful for every reminder of Your faithfulness and loving care. May we honor You by obeying Your Word. Daily blessings are reminders of God’s faithfulness. – ODB, 7 July 2016

I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us. – Romans 8:18

Lord, I know that Your Word has something for me today. No matter what I’m dealing with, I’m going to find out what Your Word says about it. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

Father in heaven, help us to see each individual as uniquely made in Your image and worthy of our love and respect. Show Your love through our lives in some small way today. Love people; love the truth. – ODB, 8 July 2016

Lord, even when I am grieving and depressed, I will choose to praise and trust in You. I believe that You can and will make everything work out for my good. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

Dear Lord, forgive me for overlooking Your power and truing to live my own strength. I can’t do it. Thank You for providing everything I need. God has unlimited power. – ODB, 9 July 2016

God, thank You for the gift of a new day. Instead of focusing on the frustration things in life, I choose to be at peace in You and rejoice and be glad in it! – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

God, I’m so glad that You can work out all of my knots and get my life straightened out. Help me to develop steadfastness and patience as You work continually in my life. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

Amen!

Devotion 3/7/2016

Sometimes, I find meaningful words/verses/phrases and I do a screenshot of them. But somehow, an idea struck me today and I thought, “Why not just do a weekly Sunday thing?” Just in case the phone dies and the screenshots disappeared *choy!*

And…the month has changed again! Can’t believe we are already at the second half of the year! Well, school has started for a week. I am going into the class more frequently than I should because I miss the little monsters! Relief-teaching has been pretty okay but it’s not the same. Other than missing my little monsters, I actually miss preparing for Doodle & Jot. Ideas are swimming in my head right now. Maybe I’ll jot them down, maybe I’ll not.

I was telling JY and Nurul on Friday about how I realised that I have bonded with my class. How my students now rely on me. Like how one of my kids actually waited for me to pop into class and asked him why he was scratching before he told anyone that he ate some peanuts (he has peanut allergy)! I almost panicked because I was worried that his airway is going to be blocked at any moment. Thank goodness for my co-form and that his allergy was nothing more than rashes *phew* Really glad that I walked into class that day (:

Next week is going to be a short week but I foresee loads of relief teaching happening. I am going to give the first of three farewell gifts to the class (: I hope they will be as excited as I was when I tried it ;p

Lord, thank you for guiding me through another week. Please continue to guide and hold me with Your hands. Cover me with your blessings and help me to do good every day. Amen!

Father, You love all Your children, but so often we fight and disagree. Help us to learn to interact with love and respect in all our relationships so the world will see the difference You make. Teach us to pray. Prayer is simply an honest conversation with God. – ODB, 26 June 2016

As long as we allow hatred, prejudice and division to continue to have a place in our lives, we’ll be powerless to stop it. Holy Spirit, help me to not waste my time worrying about gnats. I realize that I must defeat hatred and prejudice with Your love and be unified with others. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

Little children, let’s not love with words or speech but with action and truth. – 1 John 3:18

It’s obvious that God doesn’t always stop tragedy, and we honestly don’t always know why bad things happen. We have to remember that faith will always require us to accept unanswered questions, and we must come to the place where we’re satisfied to know the One who knows and place our trust in Him. God, I may not always understand why bad things happen, but I know that You are good. When I don’t understand why, I will find my comfort in You. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

Return the joy of your salvation to me and sustain me with a willing spirit. – Psalms 51:12

We need times of refreshment and recreation as well as work and accomplishment. You should be diligent in whatever task God has placed in front of you, but make sure that you find a balance by learning to reward yourself and enjoy life. God thinks you are worth it. God, I realize now that You want me to enjoy life and reward myself. Instead of feeling guilty and never stopping for a break, I choose today to experience the joy that You planned for me. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

Father, help us to be a friend first before we offer advice to others. Thank You for the privilege if sharing our hearts with You in prayer. Thank You for sending us Your Holy Spirit so that we will never be alone. Before people hear what you say, they want to know that you care. – ODB, 1 July 2016

If you’re hurting from the pain of unforgiveness today, ask God to help you stop keeping score. You can let go of your bitterness today. God, I don’t want to keep score anymore and let my unforgiveness hurt me. I release it to You and ask You to help me walk in Your love, which keeps “no account of the evil done to it”. – Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life

It (love) isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantages, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints. – 1 Corinthians 13:5

Dear Lord, as I look around at those who share this life with me, help me to make time to spend with them – for encourage, for challenge, and perhaps just plain conversation. The best gift you can give to others may be your time. – ODB, 2 July 2016

Little children, let’s not love with words or speech but with action and truth. – 1 John 3:18

Amen.