Wednesday, July 1, 2015

TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS

When my boss agreed to let me start working from home, I was excited about the prospect and confident that I could do an even better job than working at the office, but he responded with a knowing smile, “Just remember, I may call sometimes just to see if you’re at your desk. Don’t let me find you in the kitchen!”—My boss knew my love for good food and cooking!—“Just be at your desk by 9:00 every morning, and everything will flow from there.”
This advice was the foundation of one of the best time management tips I’ve ever found: Set your boundaries and discipline yourself to stick to them.
However, getting to my desk on time every morning was only the start. I’d then find myself overwhelmed by dozens of messages, all relaying requests and things that needed to be done. It was hard for me to prioritize. Everything seemed to cry out to be done first!
Again, my boss came to the rescue. He suggested that I write down everything I had to do and send him the list. He would then go over it, prioritize it for me, and send it back. It was helpful to be able to draw on his experience, especially at the beginning. After a while, I was able to start setting my own priorities, but I have never gotten away from keeping a to-do list.
Once, after spending a morning on a low-priority project and failing to meet the deadline on something that was urgent, I learned another good lesson: “Do the important stuff first.” I’d been overly optimistic in estimating the time I’d need and thus failed to meet the deadline.
My boss had some more good advice: “At the close of each work day, take a minute to look over your to-do list. Then make a note of the two or three top-priority items to start on first thing the next morning.”
I found that at the end of the day, I actually do have the best insight on what still remains to be done, so it works well to start my day’s to-do list the afternoon before.
I ended up working from home as a personal assistant for many years, and I believe these tips and suggestions I received when I first started are what helped me build a reputation for being punctual and reliable.
Galatians 5:23 ESV / Gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
James 1:20 ESV / For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Proverbs 16:32 ESV / Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Salvation Army Today - 06.30.2015 - Boundless Experience; 'Covenant'; Corporate Magic


NEWS RELEASE: Congress Communications Connect the World

London, 30 June 2015/IHQ/ – AN international media team of 36 professionals is on site at The O2 in London, covering every angle of The Salvation Army’s 150th anniversary international congress, Boundless – The Whole World Redeeming. Under the direction of International Headquarters Communications Secretary Major John Murray, the Boundless media team includes communications personnel from New Zealand to Zimbabwe, the UK, Canada, USA and beyond.

The media team is producing a daily congress newspaper, Boundless Today, from 1-5 July to allow Salvationists and friends to keep up with all Boundless events. The metro-style daily newspaper will feature eight pages of behind-the-scenes content, profiling music groups, speakers and delegates, and reporting on the main sessions and other events.

At The O2, copies of Boundless Today will be available from the delegate information desk in the main foyer and from the Boundless Experience (the area that includes the historic display and information booths). An online version will be published daily at 9am British Summer Time at sar.my/boundlesstoday.

Throughout the day, Boundless 2015 news and information will be available at www.boundless2015.org, Twitter (@Boundless2015), Instagram (Boundless_2015) and Facebook (Boundless 2015). The www.boundless2015.org home page is worth visiting just to see the social media 'wall', which is constantly being updated with contributions from Salvationists and friends from all over the world.

'We’re using multiple social media and web platforms to engage Salvationists around the world,' says Major Murray. 'We want people to feel connected, to follow the happenings in London, and to share photos, tweets and Facebook messages from their locations. We're One Army united through Christ and sharing in a Boundless celebration!'


Report by Christin Davis
Co-managing Editor, 'Boundless Today'

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

THE POSITIVE MINDSET

During a recent course I took on counseling, my classmates and I were exploring the topic of negative self-talk, and it quickly became obvious this bad habit had served as a damper to success, suffocated great ideas right at the start, and influenced reactions and perceptions about situations in each of our lives.
Negativity, ranging from regret over lost opportunities to bitterness, comparing unfavorably with others, jealousy, to little phrases like, “Oh, how clumsy I am,” “How could I be that dumb?” or “How could anyone like me?” seems all too common. Even my classmates who described themselves as generally positive admitted to regularly entertaining the habit.
I decided to embark on changing the way I think and made an effort to tune in to the messages that go through my mind. These are some of the strategies I have been learning about and trying to implement:
• When a negative message pops up, replace it with a positive one. “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”
• When faced with an obstacle or bad news, pray for a solution and imagine the good that God can bring to pass even out of a messy situation. “All things work together for good to those who love God.”
• When things seem to go all wrong remind yourself that, no matter how small, there is always a ray of hope in each situation and a light at the end of every tunnel. “I may have fallen, but I will get up; I may be sitting in the dark, but the Lord is my light.”
• When going to sleep or doing exercises, instead of wandering off into negative self-talk, count your blessings and meditate on all the things in your life that have worked out. “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
• When you’re feeling overwhelmed, fill your mind with thoughts of God’s goodness and love toward you. “‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Even though progress may be slow at times, each step gets me closer to my goal, and I am already catching glimpses of “the new me.”
Romans 8:28 (AKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Micah 7:8 (AKJV)
Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy:
when I fall, I shall arise;
when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.
Philippians 4:8 (AKJV) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Boundless 150th Anniversary - International Congress


The moment we have been waiting for is here.

We pray that God will raise up The Salvation Army with Holy Spirit filled soldiers to continue it's mission.

To keep in touch with Boundless International Congress news, event and etc, please visit the link below.

http://www.boundless2015.org/

Monday, June 29, 2015

SELF-CONTROL—THE LIBERATING FRUIT

The secret to building self-control is to yield our lives to God and let His Holy Spirit guide our thoughts, our actions and our life. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,” Paul advises, “but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
That doesn’t mean we won’t face temptation or continue to work to overcome bad habits and weak areas in our lives. We need to do our part, of course. We need to put up some resistance when temptation comes knocking, and we need to work on strengthening our weak areas. But the fact of the matter is, we all sometimes fall prey to temptation, give in to our personal weaknesses, and over-indulge in some things that would be fine in moderation. The apostle Paul could have been speaking for us all when he wrote:
I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.
I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.
Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?
But then Paul hit upon the answer:
Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 12:2 (AKJV) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 7:18-19 (AKJV) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Romans 7:25 (AKJV) I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

TAKE ME TO YOUR MASTER

Children—and many adults, including this one—love the story of Aladdin. Adventure, magical artifacts, good versus evil, and the ultimate success story of a beggar boy being transformed into a prince by an awesome genie. There’s something appealing about that easy success. Instead of having to discipline himself and work hard to succeed, Aladdin uses magic.
In real life, however, wish fulfillment takes on another form. We may not be blessed with Aladdin’s genie in a lamp, or Cinderella’s fairy godmother, but each of us has the means to make many things that we want and need happen. In the real world, things like passing a test, acquiring a skill, or achieving some worthy goal happen as the result of mastering one object alone—ourselves. It’s not as glamorous, and success doesn’t happen overnight; and yes, it may seem like a poor replacement for a genie, or a few magic words and fairy dust, but it’s much more likely to have a lasting effect on your life.
Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, writes, “The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites, and passions.” I only need to look at the past few days to be quite convinced of this. I like to think of myself as an independent being, completely in control of my emotions and desires, but—looking at the past two times I skipped exercising because the temperature wasn’t right, or when I “accidentally” started watching the latest episode of So You Think You Can Dance when I had a writing deadline to meet—I have to admit I’m not always as “in control” of myself as I would like to be.
If I were living today according to my “moods, appetites, and passions,” I would begin by sleeping in, due to last night’s late movie watching. I might wake up at around 3 PM, and then would probably decide that I don’t feel like working right away. If I were hungry, I’d head to the store to treat myself to a pack of my new favorite flavor of potato chips. Upon coming home, I’m pretty sure I’d decide that with so much of my day already gone, there would be no point in starting anything, and instead that more relaxation was in order. …
The thing is that even in the depths of a self-inflicted movie-viewing coma, and even when I decide to forgo this day’s exercise routine, there exists in me an opposing desire to not be a couch potato. I want to do more with my life than be a slave to my moods or impulses. I want to travel; I want to start my own business; I want to write books; I want to eventually be a fit and healthy 90-year-old lady who still enjoys every day. The difficulty lies in delaying my desire for immediate gratification to achieve long-term gain. In other words: I need to learn how to control myself in the present so that I can have the future I desire.
Through learning how to control our impulses, we become the kind of person that others want to get to know.
People who can control themselves usually:
• have better relationships with others, because they have learned to control their temper and feelings of annoyance over petty things.
• are generally physically healthier as a result of good exercise and eating habits.
• have disciplined their minds and have learned how to use knowledge to help them succeed.
• are filled with a healthy sense of self-worth, because they value themselves too much to indulge in negative or self-destructive habits.
• are often happier, because they’re getting what they want out of life.
Conversely, the Bible tells us “a person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.”
Learning to control your impulses and desires is a skill that can help you succeed in life. You may want something very much, but never do anything to achieve it. The “achieving it” part is what requires hard work, putting in the hours, gritting your teeth, saying no to other things that might try to distract you—in a word: self-mastery. After all is said and done, the biggest key to achieving what you want—as well as the biggest hindrance—will likely be you.
The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours—it is an amazing journey—and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.
—Bob Moawad (1941–2007)
He who makes himself his own master subjects himself to a fool for a master.
—Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153)
We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can—namely, surrender our will and fulfill God’s will in us.
—Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)
I surrendered unto Him all there was of me; everything! Then for the first time I realized what it meant to have real power.
—Kathryn Kuhlman (1907–1976)
Titus 1:8 ESV / But hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.
2 Peter 1:5-6 ESV / For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,
1 Peter 4:7 ESV / The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.

Prayer Points

1. Please intercede for Corps family:
Bro Tan Hock Hin, Sis Grace and Mathew

2. Please intercede for the Boundless The Salvation Army International Congress 150th Anniversary 1 - 5 July 2015.

3. Please intercede for the TSA Penang Children's Home - Staff, Residents and Management.

Announcement

Cell Group
Date: 03 July 2015, Time: 8:00pm Venue: Community Hall

Workshop - "Understanding Our Faith and Other Religions & Cults"
Speaker: Major Lee Kong Yee & Irene Chang
Date: 10th July 2015, Time: 8pm - Youth & Young Adult
Date: 11th July 2015, Time: 9am to 1pm - Youth & Young Adult
Date: 11th July 2015, Time: 7pm - Adult, follow by Potbless
Venue: Worship Hall/Community Hall

Open Day 2015
Date: 10 October 2015 Venue: PCH
Please do pray for this fund raising event and also helping hand.

Explore Weekend
Date: 14-16 August 2014 Venue: Johor Bahru
By invitation from THQ only.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

THE LAUNDRY BASKET

A while back I read some tips on how to get along with people:
1) Speak cheerfully.
2) Smile.
3) Address people by name.
4) Be friendly and helpful.
5) Communicate openly.
6) Be concerned about others.
7) Be generous with praise, encouragement, and appreciation.
8) Be genuinely interested in the feelings of others.
9) Avoid arguments.
10) Be helpful.
These are great tips, I thought, and I resolved to try to put them into practice in my daily life. Little did I know that an opportunity to do so would come along the very next day—but not exactly as I had expected.
My wife got annoyed with me for not helping her carry the laundry basket up to the roof. In our house, there are six flights of stairs to go up before reaching the top, so it is quite a strenuous task to carry up a basket full of wet laundry to hang.
I tried to explain that I would have been glad to carry it if she’d asked, but she seemed to be convinced I was avoiding the job on purpose. How unfair! I was upset, and as hard as I tried, the only tip for getting along that I could remember right then was #9, “Avoid arguments”—but it was already too late for that one.
I remembered that when Julius Caesar was angry, he mentally repeated the entire alphabet before speaking, but I was going to need more than 26 letters to keep me from doing or saying something rash. Then I remembered the poem, “Let it Pass.”
After a while, our tempers calmed down, and we made up. I apologized to my wife with a gift and a kiss, and somehow, the laundry basket incident quickly seemed insignificant. Now that the issue was brought to light, though, come next laundry day, you bet I’ll be sure to practice Tip #10—“Be helpful.”
Let It Pass
Truly great folks never stoop
To answer petty things;
The unkind word, the bitter cut
That rankles deep and stings.
They are too big to notice them,
They simply pass them by,
And even with a smile sometimes
Or twinkle in the eye.
For they have found that after all
’Twas better in the end
To meet it with a smile, and then,
Just let it pass, my friend.
—V. B. (1886–1968)
Galatians 3:28 ESV / There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 14:34-35 ESV / The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
1 Corinthians 14:34 ESV / The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says.

Friday, June 26, 2015

GAINING CONTROL

Self-control is the ninth fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22–23. Though it’s listed last, it’s clearly an important one. It takes a lot of self-control to manifest the other eight fruits.
I recently read about the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment, conducted by Stanford University psychologists in 1972. During the experiment, a marshmallow was offered to each of the participating children, with the promise that if they didn’t eat it for 15 minutes, they’d be given a second one. The researchers analyzed how long each child resisted eating the marshmallow, and after follow-up studies in 1988 and 1990, suggested that waiting longer—exercising delayed gratification—was correlated with future success. The findings are not considered conclusive, but it makes sense that having self-control is a positive factor in our lives.
My daughter Audrey is not yet two, but I can already see the struggle that takes place daily in her young mind with whether to yield to her anger and frustration or not. I take seriously the responsibility of helping her cultivate positive traits—patience, courtesy, consideration, respect, kindness, honesty—that all require self-discipline but will shape her character and prove valuable throughout her life.
Some of us have easier circumstances than others. For instance, Audrey currently finds chocolate and cake revolting—and if that continues into adulthood, it might fool some people into thinking she must be really self-disciplined (at least as far as sticking to a healthy diet). Unfortunately, being able to resist something we don’t care for is not the same thing as self-control.
Each of us is unique and has a personal path for growth, so there are no obvious secrets to gaining self-control. However, if we commit our lives into God’s hands, He will help us know what to do and not do, and the voice of our conscience will safeguard us in our weak areas.
Colossians 3:5 ESV / Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
John 14:6 ESV / Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 6:53 ESV / So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

THE THORN FACTOR

I don’t think that God intended any marriage to be perfect. I think of it as the “thorn” factor that He allows into the equation—that element that we shrink from, but that He knows we need. You may wonder, Why would we need differences of opinion, sensitivities, misunderstandings, jealousies, resentments, comparing, sacrificing, arguments, emotional upsets, fears, heartbreaks, and adversity? Those things don’t sound like they would build a very strong marriage.
This reminds me of the adage, “It’s your attitude toward adversity that counts.” We can’t escape the fact that character and moral depth are developed through difficulties. If we didn’t experience the trials of life, we wouldn’t learn how to exercise the qualities that make us better people—patience, understanding, forgiveness, and more.
Misunderstandings, disagreements, hurts, even wrongs force us to respond to them. We can choose to stretch, to become better, to reach out to God for more of His love, to forgive, to make a conscious decision to learn what we can from the situation. Marriage is full of such opportunities.
It’s how we face the circumstances that come into our life and what we do with them that counts. Will we learn from our difficulties and become better or will we become hardened? Will we become humbler or prouder? Will we become creative in solving problems or will we sink under them in despair? Will we become desperate to become what we should be in order to handle the difficulties, or will we become accusatory and critical? Will we become more committed, or will we be tempted to quit when the going gets difficult?
Even when we do our very best and we grow and learn and mature, there are always more challenges ahead, because that’s the way God created life to be. We overcome one difficulty and then we go on to another one. But each victory is a step forward. Each victory is fulfilling. Each victory takes us further along the road of progress.
But what about when we can’t overcome something and it seems that we’re doomed to permanent frustration in some area? If we’ve done what we can and we’ve prayed all we can pray, God’s word to us is that we are not a failure and all is not lost. “Having done all, we can still stand” and allow the Lord to lead our hearts into His patient perseverance.
The Lord may know that these rocky areas are actually more beneficial to us in some way than a smooth road would be. As we communicate with Him about our relationship, He will motivate us to do better in the areas we need to, He will encourage us for the good we are doing, and He will help us to keep His flame of love burning in our relationship. With His power behind us, we will have strength and grace to meet the next challenge.
Genesis 2:24 ESV / Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Proverbs 18:22 ESV / He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.
Hebrews 13:4 ESV / Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.