1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6 The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD's love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children's children-
18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Praise the LORD, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the LORD, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the LORD, O my soul.
In all the hoo-hah of the week, leaving God out was the easiest. It's that easy to 'stare into nowhere, and can't feel the chains on' my soul. At the end of the day, life's just not worth living without Him. I can run, but I can never avoid the inevitable God. There is no other jealousy more terrible than that of God, who constantly chastises and confronts me whenever I veer towards other 'gods'.
The danger perhaps is not so much about doing too many activities at a time, but rather that of leaving God behind.
As close a heartbeat or a song on our lips
Someday we'll trust Him and learn how to see Him
Someday He'll call us and we will come running
and fall in His arms and the tears will fall down and we'll pray,
"I want to fall in love with You"
It seems too easy to call you "Savior",
Not close enough to call you "God"
So as I sit and think of words I can mention
to show my devotion
"I want to fall in love with You"
"my heart beats for You"
Here's a prayer request from my pet-sister and true sister-in-Christ from Hong Kong. Please pray for her:
Hey, I hope all of you have a GREAT summer!!!! I have a little favor to ask, I need you all to pray for MY MOM. Yesterday the doctor found a tumor in my mom's organ and we really hoping that it is not cancer. The doctor took some specimen to test, and the result won't come out till my birthday. My aunt had cancer in the same organ, so the chance of my mom having it is real high. So, I need you all to PRAY that it's not anything serious!!!! I'm so glad to have you guys as my close friends, and I thank YOU.
P.S. Oh, pray for Cecily too, she went throught some testings and had to stay over night in a hospital, I don't think it's too serious. I can give u an update on it later.
BTW: Cecily is our friend. She's not a Christian and we've been praying for her lots.
2) They poop strategically that you would drive your car with your feet all covered with crap.
And it's certainly true when I swept one of my friends feet off the ground, literally, when I got him a quite expensive gift. For all the pranks that I've pulled, this one is THE most emotional. Truthfully, there's just no reason why I would go high and low to get him that present. There's no check list of what good he has done to merit that gift -- although, out of 'pai seh'-ness, I would have to digress. It's just one of those "Happy Random Present Days", where you'd just get things for people on your whims and fancy. Of course, like my Dad, I have to give it a lot of thought to it before buying and yes, I have to work my butt off for a long, long while. But it's worth it, I suppose. Sometimes, it's nice to pamper friends, sneakily and it's definitely worth it to endure their pleas of, "Ah, you shouldn't have".
At the end of the day, I realized amidst all the fun of giving, I too have been given a gift.... an even greater gift than the one I have given -- one that I've been neglecting all too easily. Apart from being EMO the whole day because of my mutt's destructiveness (
Next time I receive any gifts, I will try not to be swept off my feet so as to displace this gift as less that THE greatest gift. Next time I choose to give, I will try to remember that I can never give enough to actually give myself in the process. This is the greatest and most awesome-mest gift: Jesus Christ.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son..." John 3:16
The prospect of going back to the States scares me a little. Maybe that sort of says a lot about me -- yes, I'm enjoying my time here. Oh well, the part of growing up is to, sometimes, do the things seemingly contrary to our feelings. I've never quite grasp the idea of letting go and letting God. I feel vulnerable and yet I know I'm helpless without Him.
Psalm 139:16 says, ' In Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me' Is there a reason not to trust in the God who not only shapes me into who I am but also the One who actually molds each and every single day that I live in -- both the good days and the EMO days?
It's hard but I'm gonna give it a shot. For all I know, I might repeat 'Kaeri taku nai yo!' just before coming back to Malaysia next year.
Soul Calibur tip no #253: Never use Taki's air lunge attack near the edge of any stages.