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Brevity of Life

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Life expires. That’s a fact that most people never thinks of. Now I realized why we have funeral ceremonies. I think the purpose of that is to be aware and be reminded that human life is short. We don’t even know when our time will be. Like, who’s next? Let me quote one character in the bible named Solomon, this is what he said about death “ .. sadness has a refining influence on us”.  Every time a loved one dies, we fell so much pain, grieving all day, and sadness becomes so strong. When sadness becomes so strong, we tend to realize important things in life, it’s like telling ourselves, “Hey don’t just hear when people say life is short, you have to understand that truth. Life is short, so start doing things that matters most. ” No one knows what will happen tomorrow. Every time I remember that one day we will face our death, I start checking my life. And start asking questions like, “Am I living a meaningful life?” “Am I living a self-centered life”

See Matthew 24

“It’s in the face of death that we make serious and true evaluation of the way our lives have been lived and how differently we want to spend our hours today. It’s the wise who learn from the brevity of life – in the light of the reality and inevitability of death.” – K.T. Sim

So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 Amplified Bible


Devotional: ‘Sowing and Reaping’

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"Seeds of Faith"

‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’ (Hosea 10:12 NLT)

God often takes the blame for things that are not His fault. Though He is all-powerful and may do whatever He desires, much of what He does is His response to our actions. The Bible says – ‘…for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.’ (Gal 6:7 NKJV)

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Devotional: ‘Staying Open to God’s Plan’

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"Seeds of Faith"

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Many times in life we have preconceived ideas of how God is supposed to work. We try to put God in a box by telling Him what to do, how to do it, when to do it and who to use. Yet the Bible reminds us that God’s ways are not always our ways. God’s thoughts are not always our thoughts. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so are God’s thoughts and ways higher than ours. Paul tells us that God is able to do ‘exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.’ (Eph 3:20) When we try to make God do everything ‘our…

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5 Essential Things to Do After Finishing Reading a Book

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Delighting Grace

Before putting your recently finished book down and telling it on Facebook, here are some tips to do after devouring a book. Bona petit!

  1. Catch the lesson it is driving- not just knowing the theme of the book but what additional wisdom can it give us and put us in action.
  2. Think of someone who will benefit in reading it- if it really made a great impression to you why not share it to someone and make an impact to that person’s life.
  3. Put it in your giveaway list- keep it on the list so when a friend’s birthday, Christmas or any occasion will come, it will be a great gift.
  4. Promote it- write a book review; post in on Facebook or Twitter make some noise about this newly read book.
  5. Re-read it- if you won’t get the lessons of the book or some parts still doesn’t sink in, re-reading…

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Editors’ Picks of the Year: The Best of in 2013

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The Blog

This week, our editors dove into the archives to find and rediscover notable posts published this year on, from nonfiction to poetry, and photography to illustration. These posts have been especially resonant to us and the community, and represent the diversity of voices of our users all over the world.

An Open Letter to the Girl I Pretended to Have a Crush On in Eighth Grade at Rottin’ in Denmark

You were the first girl I pretended to have a crush on so no one would know I was gay. I didn’t intend for it to happen, for it to be you, for it to be so easy. But it did, and it was.

From the opening lines of his epic open letter to Tracy Dolan, Michael Hobbes at Rottin’ in Denmark mesmerizes readers with his sharp and thoughtful storytelling, describing his strategy for surviving adolescence as a gay teenager…

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Grace, Stay.


One lovely peaceful sunny day, Grace is in her room, kneeled down, seeking God’s face desperately.  For some reasons, she stood up, opened her door, went out and checked her phone. Her mom sent her a message asking if Grace wants to go with her Auntie Cris together with her cousin to watch a movie. Grace loves movies! She wanted to go! But she doesn’t want to rush her devotion time. She sent her Auntie Cris a message saying that she will go. She went back on her room, opened her bible in Matthew 2. “Stay” that one word was so powerful. God spoke! God didn’t want grace to go in the movie house! God doesn’t want Grace to rush and sacrifice her devotion time! Let’s see if Grace obeyed or disobeyed God.

Grace told God, “God, you know I love going in a movie house! God, the class will start 2 days from now. I love to watch a movie and forget all our final requirements before graduation day! God please let me come”. God kept quiet. Grace got the same answer. God wants her to stay. With a disappointed heart, Grace stood up, went out her room, checked her phone and read her mama’s message saying “Grace, don’t come, just stay there and rest”. Grace honored what her mama said. Grace knew that God wanted her to stay. God used her mama to confirm what He wants Grace to do. Finally, Grace obeyed.

Another  message from her mama telling her they will go to salon for a manicure and pedicure! Her mom’s treat! Whoa! Cool for Grace! She loves going to salon more than actually watching a film in a movie house! This is the reward Grace got from obeying God’s command. Instant bonding time with her mama and an instant make-over for her fingers!

See Matt. 2:13, Ephesians 6:1-3, Jeremiah 29:11


If God says, stay, you stay. You must trust God with your all. Though sometimes, you think that what is in front of you now is the best, well you are wrong! God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts! His plans are better that our plans! Grace thought that watching a movie is fun, but God made her realize that being with her mama in a salon is a lot fun! No rush. Just chilling. Relaxing intimately with God. That is how much God loves us. Be sensitive in His voice. God may speak through the Bible, even through your parents, brothers/sisters, through posters, animals, gadgets, television, and even through nature and dreams.