Thursday, December 30, 2004

Somebody Loves You...

Somebody loves you more than you know,
Somebody goes with you wherever you go,
Somebody really and trully cares
and lovingly listens to all of your prayers.
Don't think for a minute that this is not true,
for God loves His children and takes care of them, too.
And all of His treasures are yours to share
if you love Him completely and show that you care.
And if you walk in His footsteps and have faith to believe,
there's nothing you ask for that you will not receive.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

A lil' update on my Services Director and the Tsunami incident. The whole family has been evacuated from Khao Lak with military aircrafts and are now at Bangkok airport. They are all fine but shaken. They will be arranging for paperwork and getting on the first possible flight to Sweden. It's coming to the end of the year now. Maybe it's a good idea that you spend sometime to ponder on the following questions: 1) What are 3 things that I have done well this year? (in relation to my character, my spiritual walk and my talents) 2) What have I not done well? How can I improve? 3) What would I like to thank God for for this year?

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Blessed Christmas...

Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! I never wished to come to this, but here goes. "It's been a while since I last blogged." Yeah, yeah, I know, no excuses. It's been a rather rough couple of weeks for me. Besides just enjoying the holidays and watching the whole season of the O.C., my life has been rather preoccupied with work. Been working hard to meet my target for the year. Just another week to go and I really wanna make sure that I hit my target and get my bonus next year! Then can belanja some of you makan! *wink* *wink*

Christmas was fun. Thanks everyone for the Christmas wishes and gifts. Thanks for taking the time to remember me during this joyous occasion and thanks for being a friend. To be honest, I value special occasions like birthdays and special holidays like Christmas and New Year. It's really important to me that people remember my birthday for example. It never fails when someone SMSes me and wishes me happy birthday. It never fails to bring a smile. That's probably why I make it a point to remember people's birthdays as much as possible. Well, if you want me to remember your birthday, just add your birthday to my birthday alarm. I'll make sure that I at least wish you a Happy Birthday next year!
...And I got this email from my Managing Director this morning,
With some 23,000+ people killed around the region from this disaster on Sunday this event is colossal on the scale of world disasters. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those directly or indirectly affected by this freak of nature. From what I have been able to ascertain so far as far as the direct Intentia family is concerned is that Jakob Numler, his wife and son (not Albert who is with us in Singapore) who were on holiday in Phuket have been badly shaken by the impact of the tidal waves and Jakob's wife is in hospital in Phuket under observation. Thankfully reports are that they are OK but have lost all their possessions. I have not been able to make direct contact but Jakob's son Albert will let me know should any further information updates come through. I hope that there is no one else that has been directly affected to this extent from across the region but the full extent of the tragedy is only now coming to light. I will keep you updated in the event of further news comes to hand.
Jakob Numler is my Services Director in Intentia. When you know someone who is involved in this disaster, it makes all the difference. My prayers are for the families who have suffered because of this disaster. Let's continue to pray for them and that God's love would prevail amidst this tragic incident. My parents are here in KL and I have to entertain them as well. Going over to my sister's place for dinner tonight.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Bangkok Blues...

Just touched down in Bangkok International Airport! The flight was good, manage to catch up on so sleep on the way here. Anyhows, will update more later. Need to go to customer's place now. How's everyone? So quiet one?

Monday, December 06, 2004

Psalms 139:13-16 Rewritten...

Original post from 22 November 2004, rewritten...

13For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 15My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. (Psalms 139:13-16 NKJV)

Know Your Existence

You are unique! There is only one you. God has made us all different. Doesn't that make you feel special? Besides, just differences in our physical appearance, our thought patterns, behaviour, character, personality are equally different. Two children born within the same family, with the same amount of care and concern plus the same education and yet they are both different. So what makes us unique? What makes us special? In v.13, David beautifully describes how a baby is formed within a mother's womb. How God "covered" him in his mother's womb. To cover, is to protect, to overshadow. God was thinking of you while you were being formed in the womb and He was protecting you and overshadowing you.

William MacDonald wrote, "In a speck of watery material smaller than the dot over an 'i,' all the future characteristics of a child are programmed ? the color of his skin, eyes and hair, the shape of his facial features, the natural abilities he will have. All that the child will be physically and mentally is contained in germ form in that fertilized egg. From it will develop 60 trillion cells, 100 thousand miles of nerve fiber, 60 thousand miles of vessels carrying blood around the body, 250 bones, to say nothing of joints, ligaments and muscles." To illustrate how highly complex protein molecules are: one molecule of hemoglobin, in the blood cell, may have in it 758 atoms of carbon, 1203 of hydrogen, 195 of nitrogen, 3 of sulphur, 1 of iron, and 218 of oxygen, making a total of 2378 atoms. All of the other 100,000 protein molecules are also highly complex and ALL of them are different! Imagine the amount of detail God placed into creating you, YOU ARE INDEED ONE OF A KIND!

God knows you before you were even born. The word "cover" in Hebrew also means to protect, to overshadow. This demonstrates that God has you in His mind from the very beginning, before the world even existed. For God knows every single part of you and everything that there is to know about you. You were here not by accident.

Know Your Purpose

Rick Warren said, "Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason. Without a purpose, life is trivial, petty and pointless". After realising his existence, David's next verse praises God and declares that he is fearfully and wonderfully made. Our beings are to praise God and everything in this world is for His glory. Just as in Romans 11:36 (Living Bible) it says, "Everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by His power, and everything is for His glory." Once we know why we exist, we know what our purpose is. Even our soul knows very well, that is why every person on earth has a yearning desire to find a "god" in their lives. There is an innate sense of wanting to be in His presence. We are here for His pleasure and to give God all the glory. Even before we were formed, just like the "substance", the potter knows how to make a beatiful jar out of unformed clay. Before we even exists, God knows how exactly we would turn out to be.

Know Your Destination

When you know your purpose is to be in God's pleasure and to give God all the glory, we begin to start our journey. Running the race and not looking back. By following God's perfect will, we would then know how our days would unfold before us. How they are fashioned before us.Something to ponder about...Have you thank God lately for your uniqueness. For making you special and for making the people and things around you special? Have you thank God for the air you breathe and for the loved ones around you? Do it today, thank God for something in your life, for you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are unique!

Take some time now to thank God for making you unique and for creating you. Spend some time to thank God for the loved ones around you.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Long Silence...

Shhh... Quiet... *Squeak* *Squeak*... Yeah, yeah... Shhhh.... *pause*.... "What happened, Ian, you okay?", "Why never blog?", "Why never write anything?", "Where's the Yahkid?" I've been dying to write something for the past week but man, was I busy. First, work has been horrendous. Been working day and night, plus I've been busy working on a side project lately. Last Thursday was rehearsal night and boy, we talked till 2am at mamak. Was very evident the next day because I had dark eye rings. This weekend was our play, Unforgiven. Didn't get to go, decided to give my tickets away to other people, since there were other people that needed to hear the message more than me. Yeah, my friend couldn't make it. Maybe next time, yeah! *wink* *wink*. Weekend celebration was excellent. Really sense the presence of God in the sanctuary but best of all, it was Pr. Daniel! Man, he's a totally changed man since he came back from the US. Yups, I believe he was trying to audition for our next punctuations production. Haha, I laughed my head. He's getting more creative, which is really good, not so serious anymore. Keep it up, Pr. D, we love ya! So how's life people?! Let me know the details! Next week would be much better for me, as I'll have a few days which I would be working from home again! Yippee! It's been almost 2 months since I last worked from home. Gosh, miss those days. ;) Had MAG this afternoon, at Cafe Melise, DJ. If you've not been there, it's what we call Western Chap Fan. The cook was from Cordon Bleu and he has like over 300 recipes. Each day, you get to try different kind of food. I had BBQ ribs the last time and with a drink and other side dishes, I only paid about RM20. Talk about value for money! But apologies to our Muslim friends, this place is NON-HALAL. Will blog more later, promised! P/S: Auds, if you reading this, have fun back in KK! Missing you already! Christine, thanks in advance yeah! Deb, sorry couldn't make it for Christmas @ The Park. Will make it up to you the next time. Josh, can't wait till you come back man! Malaysian FOOOOOOOOD! Ch3l, yes, Malaysian FOOOOOOOOOOD! Bwahahahhaa! And the rest, be safe and God bless!