Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerHave you heard of this cliché, “ Just leave me alone”? The first time I heard it, was from a Hollywood movie, which eventually became part and parcel of everyone’s common quote.
Can we really live in isolation and have no relationship or interaction with others?
I think sometimes we are guilty of treading a little too much into another’s private zone, and end up irritating the hell out of the person. The normal response by the guilty party is, “ Oh, it’s because we care”.
Each playing their part to make the event a success
Recently my home cell had a Christmas party and we invited some of our friends over. We all worked together doing our part to make the event a success. Just one individual could never have done it. We need each other.
I think one must understand the caring nature of another. Sometimes they do not know what to say, but does it with good intention. We need to be more tolerant and patient with them, because ultimately we live in a world of interaction and not isolation.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerIt’s been 5 years since I last celebrated my birthday. Some reasons being that I was too busy at work or just not interested in celebrating one. Of late I begin to realize that life is a gift from God. What better way to appreciate what you have been given by him, by celebrating the day you were born.
Some of the guests
I began to reflect on all the goodness of God in my “ufliqwifq” (mumbled on purpose) years of life. There were times I went through hardship in life, but they were a period of time that shaped me to be who I am today. He has been faithful to me and I appreciate him very much.
having a ball! John and Pauline
On my birthday just like any good dad would do to his children, God was extra kind to me on that day. Everything I did went well and smoothly. I found favor wherever I went. All my close friends I invited to the party, turned up except for a couple were traveling.
Shiva,( a friend who runs a salsa school) teaching some salsa moves
We really had a wonderful time
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This term was initiated or coined by the media to denote a man who creates a positive image of himself and one who not only dresses well and trendy, but takes care of his physical appearance. He begins to use facial products, body care stuff, goes to the spa occasionally and even gets a manicure.
Well most people think it’s a vain attempt to over project oneself, but why shouldn’t one care about his personal appearance? Don’t women feel attracted to someone who looks good and takes care of himself?
Metrosexual man? Or just plain vain?
I was surprised to note that the metrosexual image was not something that appeared in the 21st century, but existed during the Egyptian and Babylonian times. Historical findings show men and women using special oils and lotions on their bodies to protect against harsh weathers.
In the book of Daniel in the bible, a great prophet by the name of Daniel who served in the king’s court in Babylon a few thousand years ago, was a metrosexual man. He would not take the food served in the King’s courts as it would affect his health and complexion, so he requested to test him by giving him just vegetables for two weeks. After the two weeks, it was evident that he was better in appearance and complexion compared to the others in the King's courts.
Later in one occasion, Daniel mentions that he never used any lotion on his body during his 21 days fast.
Daniel was a man who found great favor in the eyes of the king and God.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerThe biggest problem most parents face is the ability to let go of their children when they have reached adulthood. They continue to make decisions for them even to the extent of whom they should or should not marry. Much tension has happened between families in this area. So how does one come to a compromise?
You definitely don’t want to get married without your parent’s blessings even though they may not approve of your choice.
To your parents, you will always be their little child
I recently saw a true story of Miss Potter, the famous children’s novel writer. Her parents, especially her mom had decided whom she should marry and the life she should live. Miss Potter pursued her dreams of writing her novels despite her mother’s objection. She eventually married the man of her dreams with the blessings of her parents despite their disapproval.
One must understand its difficult for parents to let go of their child. They always think whats’ best for them. Even though the approach can be sometimes wrong. For that reason, do not despise your parents, but come to an understanding with them and make it clear, ( with respect) that you are old enough to decide for yourself.
Your parents will always be there for you for life, anytime you need them for anything. Don’t loose that relationship.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerWell, that’s the name we have decided on our Atone ministry drummers gathering. There are in total 7 drummers in SIB worship team and one of the drummers, Rudy suggested we meet together to share ideas, challenges and how we can work together to serve the Lord, the worship team and the church in a united attitude of oneness and excellence.
Time to tuck in
Our first gathering was at my place, after a home cooked meal of chicken curry, vegetables and papadams we had a great time of fellowship, sharing ideas as we adjourned to the drum studio to showcase some of our creative skills. We learned from each other, watched some videos and tried our hands on some difficult grooves called the famous half time shuffle popularized by the late drummer, Jeff Pocaro of Toto.
Dinner is served
I thank God for this great bunch of drummers, who have an attitude of excellence and servant hood.
A time of fellowship
I look forward to our next meeting, fish curry this time? Hmmmmm…
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerMy home cell, which is a group of friends from the same church meet regularly in one of our friend’s home each week for a time of fellowship, teaching and worship. Our group maybe small, but we have learned to become very close over the past few months. The usual question among the married is, why am I not married as yet. The new question last night was, “ what am I looking for in a partner?”
Can one really list down the choice of a partner, as if like buying some product in the market? Once a friend of mine said when you are about to purchase, lets say a television, you have to decide first what you are looking for, such as the size, definition, type etc. If you don’t, you will be lost in a myriad of choices and everything you see in the shop will look nice.
What you are looking for may be right next to you
Some of the common criteria’s a guy looks for in women, are faith ( if necessary), character, looks, body shape and or race. So what is your choice? Its good to think about it, but one doesn’t spend much of their time investing in such endeavors. Here you are talking about a person in question. I have many a time thrown my list out when the right one came along.
The bottom line is, if you like a person, you like the person, period. That’s why I am not into recommendation and proposals. How do you size up a person in a short encounter? Looks? Personality?
You grow in love with someone, by first starting off as a friend.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerStatistics have shown that the divorce rate in the United States is dropping. Not because people are more committed to their marriage, more like the incidence of couple staying together out of wedlock has increased.
I could not quite understand the Christian analogy of God referring to the Church as the bride and Christ as the husband. I was reading Bruxy Cavey’s book on, “ The End of Religion" and it opened my mind and heart to a few things.
He went on to explain that religion is like a set of rules and regulations just like our traffic laws. We don’t try to abide by it because we love the system, but that we don’t get punished for breaking it. Infact, we will even go to the extent of trying to push it to the limit as to how far we can get away, bending the rules without breaking it.
God created us so that we can reflect his nature, have a relationship with him and with one another
In a marriage, even though there is a legal binding contract between the partners, the partnership is not based on rules and regulations, but relationship. They grow together and serve one another through their love bond relationship.
I believe this is how God had intended from the beginning with mankind; a love relationship, like marriage, not a set of rules and regulations in order to please him.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerBefore one can think of it, its around the time of the year again for the most celebrated festive; Christmas!
My worship team in my church called "Atone" is throwing a party on December and the organizers have planned a countdown tasks to be done by all members who are put into groups. Mine is called Snowball.
the tree is up! Again
The first assignment is to take a creative group shot and I graciously offered my home for the shoot. So I went last night to do some last minute Christmas deco shopping. I planned to set up the tree and decos by this evening but I woke up at 4 am and couldn’t sleep.
The staircase deco
So after an early breakfast and a short time of worship, I started on the Christmas tree and decos. It took about 2 hours plus to complete the work but it was worth it all and the Christmas spirit is in the air at my home.
Hmmmm, something new.
I Love it!!
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerHere are a few points picked up in the seminar;
1) Read your food labels; Fructose in soft drinks is highly processed sugar which the body converts to fat immediately, because it can't recognize what it is.
2) Our body has a natural appetite control called Leptin hormones, it triggers the hypothalamus part of the brain to stop eating. MSG which is found in most foods with long shelf life, also fast foods, hawker stall foods, increases your appetite for sweet food. It also contains Exitotoxin that stimulates the brain till it dies. It destroys the hypothalamus part of the brain's ability to listen to the Leptin hormone that tells you to stop eating.
3) Alcohol stops fat burning, the body uses fuel from the alcohol instead.
4) Fatty foods such as butter, oil etc has a higher calorie burning rate per measurement compared to other foods.
5) Take as much fresh foods as possible and avoid too much eating out or processed foods.
6) Eat your breakfast heavy, lunch medium and dinner light. Space main meals 6 to 7 hours and snack between main meals in 3 hours intervals that is low in GI contents such as cashew nuts,( about 8 to 10 nuts) almonds etc. Also fruits such as apples and pears are great. Last main meal should be 2 to 3 hours before sleep. No suppers.
Set Goals; what a man thinketh, so is he.
7) Exercise should incorporate cardio, weight exercise, (Resistance) and stretching
8) Take supplements during weight loss such as CoQ10, L Carnatine, Omega 3 fatty acids (Blocks fat storage) Protein and milk Thistle (Recommended you get organic ones such as Nutralite)
9) Your purpose is to increase you BMR by increasing muscle mass, ACC by having your weekly exercise between 3 to 4 times and your DIT by having 2 snacks between meals which will stabilize your blood sugar and burn calories as digestion requires energy. Snack even if you are not hungry.
10) Safely loose between 0.5 kgs fat to 1 kg each week.
I have just started, and have lost about 0.5 kgs of fat.
All the best!
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerI just attended a seminar by Dr Ignatius on how to loose fat and keep it off permanently. I was quite surprised as to the amount of information we were unaware of regarding what we consume and what makes us fat.
I was watching history channel recently and discovered that we were designed perfectly to inhabit the earth. The size of the earth is the exact size required to put 1 G gravity on our bodies. The bones and muscles are supposed to hold up our frame. Excess weight can put a lot of strain on our body frame. That’s why animals like elephants have bigger and denser bones.
Is what you are eating, safe for you?
Also look at http://fsh.moh.gov.my, the home page has three listings on Melamine. Check the green label box which are products that are Melamine free. The second listing is on permissible levels of Melamine and the last exceeded levels of Melamine, avoid products on both those lists, there is no such thing as permissible levels of Melamine. There should be no melamine in your food at all.
In the next posting, I will list the information on how to loose fat