Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Alive

Well it's been a while eh? That is down to many things, but the main one being I simply don't have all that much time at home to update, especially when it comes to pics!

Anyway, I recently finished a 'detox' which was 2 weeks with nothing but water, some veg, no carb, no sugar, no fruit and meat. The first 48 hours were a nightmare, when you fast it is ok because you are not digesting but when you are digesting you have no high-energy foods in you then you really suffer. But after about a week it became great, my diet is very disciplined now and I feel fantastic! It makes a big difference! The reason I did it was because I felt very bloated and rather down about the food I was eating. But now I am really feeling good, I eat some carbs now, fruit is back in as well as a little more caffeine and meat is down more now but overall this has been an excellent boost in self-control as well as the way I feel, RECOMMENDED, there, that's my stamp of approval, though if you want to do it I recommend you visit Cliff's blog and talk to him...

The Vine is starting a month of fasting and prayer and boy am I excited! All this fasting will mean I can go to the rugby 7's on the money I save from not eating!!! You see not only am I on big budgeting scheme right now but also I am saving up cash for mission trip to Cebu, Phillippines in April. This means $200 a day, now for some that seems a lot BUT I spend $110 on transport alone!!! Anyway God is really stretching my finances so life is good.

My new year's resolution was to get so much closer to God than I had ever been. Now I know it sounds kinda lame cos for most people it's a given that as we live we get closer to God as long as we maintain a certain lifestyle. But I see people in the Bible, I hear of people and then I see peole in real life and I want to be like them! I don't gauge my relationship with God on other people but they can really inspire you. I spend about a month on 1 Samuel 16 (or is it 15?) where the Lord tells Samuel to go to Bethlehem and to anoint the one that He tells him to. Now in this verse we see some young shepherd whose heart is after God's come into the picture. God picks David because of his heart to be king over all of Israel, from shepherd-dude to king in one easy step. So I see this heart, how pure it is and how much it beat for God and I think 'I want that heart!' I want to be so close to God so that I may be considered a friend like Enoch was and Adam who both walked with God.
Then I see what God did with a man like David who sought after Him, David was the greatest king Israel had AND was the ancestor of Jesus. I feel like I am doing some right things but I really want to be used by God in ways that will bring about some good. I figure for someone who has been brought back from a horrible place and given a new life with God, whose selfish-ambitions are replaced by wanting to do anything they can for God, I do not seem to leave lasting marks. When you invest financially most likely you invest solely for financial gain but when you invest into people you help build the kingdom of God, you start storing treasure in heaven. I guess I just don't feel like I do enough of that. So I am mulling over all of this withoug a solid conclusion as to my POA.

Before I goes I shall leave you people with some pictures, some current and others not so current!

Spot Donald...




Ouch




Vine Picanic




Fireworks from Joshua's place...




Teet Bahn




Some guys like it hot!





Talking about hot...






Valentine's is in the air!




If I'm feeling lonely I look at this picture and smile...




Tom Read: failed acrobat




Hilarity at work...






It got a wee bit cold at work...




Just call him 'Hot Potato!'





Old and new...






Youth Alive!:rained out. Even the hawkers stayed away...




Some people love to display their wet-weather-wear...




Rain, rain, go away!




Where do I start...




The 'Still' drummer




Spot the difference...




Oh yeah...




Classic Mandy...




So scared...




Peas in a pod...




Pile-on!!




Duty calls...




SUKI!!! In uniform...




GABBY'S BACK!!!




I'll miss Miss Ong




One of my favourites...




Worship @ the Fringe Studio (courtesy of one_eighty )






I had a beard once...