10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out

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mom’s take on working out:

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Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me.  She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over.  “Come on!  Get that body ready for your winter beach vacation!  Think about how you want to look at those holiday parties!  PICTURE HOW YOU’LL LOOK IN THAT DRESS!

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Happy Thanksgiving

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I started making a Gratitude list. .got it from Roanna Ruiz of Jam88.3 while on my way to work. She said that according to a study, keeping a ‘thank you’ list makes people happier and more successful…in a Christian’s point of view, it helps us to not forget the great Giver, especially when we are so overwhelmed with so much blessings; it also teaches us to always appreciate the Giver more than the gift. And with this, we can learn to be content as we learn to always look at what we have, and not at what we do not have. Count your blessings. :-)
Psalm 103:2 (ESV) – Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

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On Lining Up Praise & Worship Songs (How many/how long)

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Hi! As a worship leader, I’ll share something about lining up songs for a Sunday worship service,particularly how many songs would be appropriate for a corporate worship? Now this may not be true or applicable to some, but I’d also like you to think of this.  Last Sunday there is this lady who approached me after our worship service,she’s a visitor.  Then she said, “You know what, in our church we sing 6 songs for Praise&Worship” and I was like “6 songs?!” Then she said “Yes, 3 Praise songs before the message and 3 worship songs after it, some sort of a response” Then she went on saying “I guess you should try it too” Now in our church, we just sing 2 to 3 songs (1 Praise and 1 or 2 worship) But a couple of years ago, we used to do the same “worship festival” format, sandwiching the preacher’s message, which obviously made the service longer than it ought to be. We later realized that there’s something wrong w/ that. Alright, Praise&Worship is also important as the message but in a way, it should not sugarcoat or lessen the weight of the message by singing more songs and creating emotional stirs at the end.  If we put it in a wedding ceremony, Praise & Worship is just the entourage, and the Lord’s message is the ceremony itself. It’s like that.  What Praise&Worship does is to prepare the congregation to hear the Lord’s message, then leave the message as it is to them for them ponder on, when they go home, something to reflect on, and not wipe it out by instilling in their last memory the songs that you sang after the message.
Congregational Praise and Worship
Congregational Praise and Worship
Let me just add something to this.  Praise and Worship is our response to what God has done in our lives, or to express our adoration to Him.  However, it is also important to take note that songs lined up for a worship service should be somehow related to the preacher’s message.  It’s like giving the congregation  a hint or idea on what the Lord’s message is about and it therefore prepares their heart and ears to listen further (I will soon blog about this in more detail).  Now, if you are able to think of 2 or 3 songs (fit for a congregation to sing) that would do that job, then that is totally fine! Don’t try to squeeze out more and stress out the band and the dancers by rehearsing 4-6 or even 8 songs for the entire worship service.  That’s too unnecessary.  Unless it is for a worship night or worship festival.  If it is, I won’t care how many songs you plan to include in your repertoire or how long will you stay for it (it can be overnight!).  But for a corporate worship set up, there has to be some sort of a cliff hanger at the end of the Praise and Worship for them to long for the real meat – which is the MESSAGE! – the thing that God wants His people to know that day, through the pastor/preacher.
A response song/psalm is okay too after the message, but please, one song is enough.  And that one song can also be taken from the 2-3 songs you’ve lined up, or sometimes, a preacher would ask the worship team to sing a particular song which he may have deemed fit for a response.  Do not try to add more to it.  Let the members of the congregation chew the Word on their own and have their own response when they get home.  Don’t try to overkill or choke them by playing more songs and stirring emotions at the end till their eyes well up with tears.  Worship service is never about emotions; it’s all about God and His message to us.  I guess that’s something very important to bear in mind.
So if we are to quantify the Praise & Worship songs and measure the time it covers in a Sunday mass/service (considering the above-mentioned factors), 2 to 3 songs will do, running for 15 minutes, or 20 minutes the most.

Help Raise a Village (Guidan Gado, Niger)

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Meet the people of Guidan Gado, Niger. Get involved. Pls repost and help increase awareness. @SamaritansPurse launched its 10-day campaign to raise enough fund to help sustain this village and to empower its people by the life-changing GOSPEL of Jesus Christ.

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Did you know that “More than half of Nigeriens live on less than $1.25 per day. They struggle in hopeless situations, unable to even supply enough food for their families.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwniTNLfXQU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

For more information, kindly go this link: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/animals-and-agriculture/
God bless us all!

“Waiting in God…

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“Waiting in God’s time is the sweetest agony there is.” – LLPD

People, most likely, are skeptical to the idea of “waiting”.  Who likes to wait anyway? If we want something, we tend to find ways on how to get it the fastest way possible or the soonest possible time.  But sadly, more often, it would just take us longer if we stick to our stubborn crappy ways, following our own timeline.  There are even some times when we don’t get it at all or even get an inch closer to it.

The thing is, we can’t force things to happen because – we don’t hold our lives; God does.  We don’t control the time; God does.  We don’t know everything; God does.

Therefore, waiting should not be a painful task at all.  Yes, there is agony in waiting and in enduring the idea that we don’t know the end result but the biggest comfort is that there is Someone far greater than us who already knew what will happen in our lives (every single detail of it), from the very beginning.  Isn’t that just amazing? Sadly, many people, yes even Christians, miss this thing because of being too worried, thinking “God, you’re running late, come on…what’s next?!”

So whether you’re applying for a job, or say you’re in the process of starting your own business, or (let’s not go farther) waiting for that special lover, remember that “waiting in God’s time is the sweetest agony there is.”  Remember the line in a song “He makes all things beautiful in His time.” And I suppose everyone wants a “beautiful” ending.

Let me leave you with these verses and quotes, I hope they inspire you:

Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:30-31

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Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. – Luke 12:7

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Those who do not hope cannot wait; but if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. – Charles Spurgeon

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Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be. – John Ortberg

 

Soli Deo Gloria!

The Greatest Comfort in Life and in Death

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Jesus will come back for me and take me to Himself.

JESUS: Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going…I am the way, and the truth, and the life. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.John 14:1-4&6

Lord, thank You for making Yourself known to us through Jesus Christ. And thank You for the assurance that You have prepared a place for us and will come back for us. This is more than enough to feel safe and secure in Your hands. You hold our future. There is no greater comfort in life and in death than this.