Sunday, 18 January 2015

jiak liao bee x child of God

i haven't actually had a decent blogpost up since like 5000 years ago so to my imaginary friends billy and bobby:
(maybe i'll blog about school and 2014 soon! lol talk about fast)

and now i have fallen into the life of a JLB (jiak liao bee) as said by my friend si xuan
jiak liao bee
(jia'h leow bee)
Hokkien phrase literally meaning to "eat rice till it's finished". It describes something as useless or a big waste.
"You spend so much money on tuition and still always fail your exam? You damn jia'h leow bee!"
typical JLB

The JLB life can be customised.
In Jodie's case, it revolves around....

1. Korean dramas

a) Pinocchio
Going to watch the last episode after I type this up. Hohoho
edit: i watched it!!!
Personal opinion: This show is pretty amazing. Definitely the best drama the writer has come up with.. I Hear Your Voice and Dream High was written by the writer of Pinocchio as well but those were pretty boring to me - either a lack of plot or too draggy. 
Pinocchio however, is pretty much maybe a 8/10 for me. (That's pretty awesome)

Sorry, I didn't explain the story. Go on dramawiki or something.

b) Healer

I don't even know what to say about my obsession with Healer (& JCW) but oijgsodfjsod!!!
TBH the beginning is so draggy (I get it, they want to build the characters up) but that doesn't last too long before everything just blows your mind and 8ASHUFIJOSDFM(*W!!!!!
Ya, go on dramawiki again. 

2. Excessive lepaking anywhere and everywhere
 87.% of the time at home with gramps watching crazy korean soap dramas (I KILL U I WANT THE COMPANY OH WAIT MY SON IS MY ENEMY'S ADOPTED SON kind of thing) but also chats on food, life, gods and God (or er light hearted arguments?)

 went to bkk to eat sleep
 got a new house with Cheryl to just nua and do nothing
(jk we're actually in muji - free living room for you to use!)

 catching up with people i love also, of course
(This is Mrs Koh! My Primary 6 form teacher)
TBH I don't lepak at home too much cus I find energy in people and my mum calls me 'all rounded' so I need to go out and walk. 
My workout atm is just cardio - walking around orchard (as depicted above, this was with prawn)
(1000% effective her fitbit said we walked a solid 10km for the least during our time there from 4pm)
(4.30. i was late.)

3. Baking
look at this! nestum cookies!
Alright I had better cookies but i don't have them on my computer - I only have photos taken on my phone camera on here, but not the ones on my whatsapp, vscocam etc. so no fancy shpancy photos of our choc chip chunk and gingerbread ones :'(

ATM we're fundraising for easter camp 2015 for OCF, and we're pretty much halfway to our goal. Praise be to God!
(also if anyone is intd in buying, i.e. billy n bobby contact me)

(also excessive money spending because i really don't see anything to wear for each day SOB and carousell SOB so addictive SOB)

BUT you see, I'm not here to brag about my JLB life because it's nothing new and it's also nothing good. 
In a way, it's because even more than being a JLB I am a Christian. And...

Ephesians 5:1-20

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a] Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
    rise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So here are some goals I am implementing for myself because there really is no time for me to keep being a JLB. In documenting this whoever reads this (billy, bobby) and myself are witness to the goals I want to make and I guess that makes everything more solid. Also I hope it is of some help to the other friends falling into the JLB life (I mean, how easy is it to live like this?)
Jodie's step-by-step to living wisely 
(for Jodie, Billy and Bobby too I guess)

How am I supposed to live as child(ren) of the light when I myself don't know the light?
How do I show others God's love when I myself don't know it enough?
Or Christ-likeness when I don't even know what Christ is like?

Honestly I've been struggling with QT because of this JLB lifestyle. If you noticed my JLB routine excludes sleep because I watch so much nonsense and waste so much time in the night I often sleep at ~ 5.30am, wake up in the morning (WELL 10 or 11 is still morning) and so times spent in silence end up as nap time.

TBH: Just today I had to slap myself several times reading my Bible Q_Q 

In the words of Jesus (to his disciples zzz-ing off) : Matthew 26:41
"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

So, dearest Jodie... 
a) Keep up with the One Year Bible and do it everyday! Faithfully!

This is what I use, and I recommend this to the others as well. What better way to know more about our God than reading His word? The great thing about the One year Bible is that it has organised the Bible into 365 day readings, in which in a day we read approx 2 chapters of OT, 1 chapter of NT, 1 chapter of Psalms and 2 verses of Proverbs, taking approx. 15 - 20 minutes. 

I have been doing this since two years ago, but not too consistently. Reflecting back it really is essential to read the word knowing what it means to us, so for myself and whoever reading this (that's right, billy and bobby)

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

2 Tim 3:16-17
 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 

 I'll read it faithfully. :)

Honestly though, I really thank God for this. 
Being able to read the OT I believe is especially important for all of us in an era where many choose to forsake it. You see, His story began in the beginning, right from Genesis. I won't go on about this, so 'Billy and Bobby', it's your own journey!

A tip when it comes to this if you don't have the actual one year bible in hard copy is to just get it from the bible app.. but the even better thing about this is that you are able to listen to the audio! 

b) Memorise memorise memorise

Okay so I have bipolar memory. Actually maybe it's pretty normal that it's pretty bad. I don't know.
Anyway. As before, the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, fore correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
The question is not why, but why not?

Jodie will endeavour to do this through actual palm cards. 

I think in the end it goes back to the first goal of knowing God, and then praying in the knowledge of how great our God is. Having been in a Christian family all my life, idk why but it is so easy to take my own prayers for granted, sometimes even others. Without realising our words become a routine, and then we are no longer praying faithfully but muttering mere words that really hold no value in the end. Or maybe it's just a common case in my life. I don't know.

A few verses that came into mind....
1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
Matthew 6:7
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they  think they will be heard because of their many words.

 Thus the goal!

Was browsing through adam4d the other day and above was an advertorial for PrayerMate so I have just begun using it. It is just as important we keep our promises (hahahaha) and really pray for those around us, so PrayerMate helps keep us up with that. Not even that, but we are able to pray for situations around the world, and regarding our own walk. Quite a useful app I must say. Not that we are to be dependent on it, but it is good!

no but srsly, sleep is important
if not i'll be falling asleep at the most important times of the day!!!
and let us not abuse our bodies!

Anyway, if the post sounded out of sync by the second half of the second goal, it is because right now I am sleepy... goodnight internet.
(oops, took this a solid 10 years ago)
(ok maybe half a year ago)

(actually my next goal was to learn korean also)

Thursday, 15 January 2015

i'll be back!

for now tho brb feels
perhaps i'll make good use of my holidays, a little bit on blogging
but how do i make good use of blogging? 

ok i will think and get back to y'all 
(and when i say y'all, i'm probably referring to imaginary friends milly and bobby. thanks both of you!)