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The Life Look

"O GOD,
I bless thee for the happy moment when I first saw
   thy law fulfilled in Christ,
   wrath appeased,
   death destroyed,
   sin forgiven,
   my soul saved.
Ever since, thou hast been faithful to me;
   daily have i proved the power of Jesus' blood,
   daily have I known the strength of the Spirit,
        my teacher, director, sanctifier.
I want no other rock to build upon than that I have,
   desire no other hope than that of gospel truth,
   need no other look than that which gazes on the cross.
Forgive me if I have tried to add anything to the one foundation,
                   if I have unconsciously relied upon my knowledge,
                         experience, deeds and not seen them as filthy rags,
 if I have attempted to complete what is perfect in Christ;
May my cry be always, Only Jesus! only Jesus!
In him is freedom from condemnation,
               fullness in his righteousness,
               eternal vitality in his given life,
               indissoluble un…

画蛇添足·

I was journalling this bit of reflection down and thought it would be wise to blog it for easier access- I need to be reminded of this constantly.
That is: Knowing myself, and with people affirming that I am capable, I must never give myself over to the lie that I am of greater worth. 
My worth is not in skill or name In win or lose, in pride or shame But in the blood of Christ that flowe At the cross 
[My Worth Is Not in What I Own]
"According to the bounty of his land, They have embellished his sacred pillars." (Hosea 10:1)
The last thing I want is for my thinking to be so fixed and so closed off to others due to pride that I become like the person I have difficulties with now. I'm pretty sure there is a lot of room for examining my thoughts about this person but that is for another time.
On a brighter and totally different topic- met up with 3 friends from JC today! It was our first meeting together in like 5 years?! I am filled because of how we each in our different sph…

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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This 1960s children's show is super lit.

So so so much goodness, genuineness and the sense of neighborly love modeled in Fred Rogers and the other characters. Truth in a simple way too- 

What if I were very very sad, And all I did was smile, After awhile, I wonder what might become of my Sadness
What if I were very very angry And all I did was sit, And never think about it, What might become of my Anger?
Where would they go,  And what would they do, If I couldn't let them out?
Maybe I'd fall, Maybe get sick, Or doubt.
But what if I, Could know the truth, And say just how I feel?
I have been watching this show ever since coming across a FB post on how Fred Rogers intentionally modeled the equality of man by persuading brown-skinned Francois Clemmons to join his show- just when battles over integration of 'blacks' and 'whites' were raging.
Teared when watching that episode where Fred Rogers welcomes 'Officer Clemmons' into his home, invites him to soak his feet in th…

Surprising Myself

More than one person has told me that I constantly surprise them.

I think I surprise myself too. Crazy crazy thing I just did- Sent a long email to Prof Teo YY and telling her about my intention to apply for PhD. What on earth. But I'm glad :) I read the research proposal on community development I sent in 2 years ago, and although some of the language has become quite abstractly unfamiliar, the essence of it still excites me.
So here goes... Let's see where this leads.

Isle of Man

Today is day 3 of the SWSD conference and my mind is one swirl of new concepts, ideas and ideals.
So I'm going to hold my horse on it (haha can it even be used like that never mind lah hor I am proud of my Singlish).
I was in the Isle of Man alone yes, but contrary to what image friends might be having in their minds when they say I am on a solo trip- I have been far from going at it alone. I needed others so much. The kindness and warmth of another person- there was this gentleman who walked me to the railway station, or especially the smiles/short exchanges with passer-bys. They were as important as the sun and glimmering sea.
So yeah. In a small way through my reflections I want to foster a culture of community, of vulnerability (which requires humility, which actually needs courage). So the thing I most want to get out there is how much insecurities I have, even though I am at this place where some people look up to me and think how confident I am. Throwback to GoForth confere…