Friday, July 28, 2006

Latest news

Tai Yong is going to see a:

sports doctor (Lowell's idea)/ orthopaedic surgeon(doctor's idea supported by mom)/ Chinese sinseh (mother's backup idea)

Hopefully I recover by NS.

Or I'll be a sai-keng warrior confined to the severe military challenges of the clerk's desk.

Oh well.

Perhaps this is God's way of forcing me to sit down and study? It's working already...

Ankle

I'm pretty sure I've got ankle sprains.

Really minor. Can still walk and do everything. Just that it tires easily. And that probably means that it hasn't healed completely. So I guess I'll just have to rest it for a month or so and then see how. Wear ankle guard everywhere I go.

Might see doctor. Might not. Thinking Chinese Senseh now. Mom's finding one for me.

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Began thinking bout my not-too-comfortable ankles when Sam came over with his adventure racing buddies for a presentation at AJ. All those photos kinda reminded me how much I love the outdoors. Mustn't take my chance with these ankles.

And thus, my lower body training programme comes to a halt for the next month or so. Sulk*.

And I'll wear the ankle guards everywhere I go.

Wear another set of ankle guards when I sleep.

Thank you Lord that I have ankles! Thank you for all the times you let me use these ankles to run, to swim, to climb mountains. I only appreciate all that so much better when you let them become injured, and only slightly! Help me to rest them well and recover soon so I can use them again!

In the name of Jesus I pray, amen!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

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Send your rain Lord.

Been working late nights early mornings cuz I want to get my studies right for you. Yet today I didn't really feel like studying. C maths Common Test on Friday some more. Trigo and Vectors. I understand them Lord, but I haven't been practising enough, I know. Help me to get those chapters right.

I hate it when I sin against you, Lord. Help me to stop making you sad, Lord. I want to live a life for you. Not being stunningly successful though.

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One thing Aunty Cindy told me last Sat which really rang a bell with me was this. It doesn't really matter how well you do in your studies. But what matters is your character. If you have a heart that is good and you chase after God, God will give you what you need. What's the point if you have all As but you have no character?
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And HERE I'd like to address a common misconception.
Tai Yong is NOT holy. Repeat, NOT holy. Many people look at me and say hey! That guy is sooooo holy (whether that's said with a bit of sarcasm and codescension or not). Always see him reading the bible. Always hear him say things like "Thank God". Sometimes see him praying.
Come to me and I'll tell you a lil more about my life, bout the sins I've committed. Bout how I'm still committing some of them.
But I'll tell you also, that Christ has forgiven them all. In case you're wondering, my Lord Jesus ain't just part of a story. There have been times when I've heard God speak to me. And even better, seen prayers answered. Of course, then again you might go into Darwinian theory. But I ask you. Who created you? If you see the words "I love so-and-so" on the wall, would you say that they happened to be there by some scientific process?
And yet we have remarkable bodies. Around us are wonderful works of creation. Trees, sky, clouds. Who created all this I ask you? Is it all just an evolutionary process? If I saw grafitti on the wall, I'd have no question that someone put it there. Yet our much more complex bodies have been said to be of evolution.
Science can't even explain how a thought comes about. Science cannot be used to create and replicate a human being on its own. (cloning, for example is made possible only when you first have a human being to start off with). Science is limited. How can you use science to try and debunk God?

Friday, July 21, 2006

Guess the cry of my heart

Worst of Sinners

The reason He died on that cross
Was to take away my sin
Was to take away my sin

I come to you my Father
Ran away but now I'm home
I've hid my face
Knowing that I'm not worthy to be called your child
Why do you even run out to throw your arms around me
Take me back when I've sinned?

I know my sin is great but the blood of Jesus is greater
And just because of that blood that was shed
I may come
I may come

Create in me a clean heart
And put your Spirit in me to obey your decrees
Worst of sinners called to grace
Worst of sinners called to grace

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Create in me a clean heart O God
And renew a right spirit within me
Cast me not away from your presence O God
And take not your Spirit from me
Restore unto me the joy of your salvation
And renew a right spirit within me

-Psalm 51:10-12

I will sprinkle clean water on you and you will be clean. I will purify you from all your idols and from all your impurities. I will put a new spirit and a new heart in you. I will take away your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh . I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

-Ezekiel 36:25-27

Put to death everything of the earthly nature. Sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of things such as these the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the lives you once lived. But now you must get rid of all such things as anger, rage, malice, slander and every form of vulgarity from your lips.

-Colossians 3:5-8

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Flashback. During last year's Childrens' Camp, I asked God what He required of me. And this answer touched me. Just my heart, my hands and my mind.

O God. Let your annointing fall once again. Sinner I am, but Redeemer you are.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Ruminating

Verse.
I know my offering is meagre
I know my righteous acts
Their like filthy rags
Before your eyes
Trembling I come before your throne
Wondering how a fool like me deserves your saving grace

Bridge.
Oh Lord
I surrender
Into your arms of love

Chorus
(So)
Come like a rushing wind
Blow through this place
Come like a raging fire
And make me whole
Bring abounding joy
Into this place
And through all this
I wanna seek your face

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The one desire of my heart is to dwell in His house all the days of my life, to gaze upon His beauty and to seek Him in His temple.
That song up there is the cry of my heart. I don't know why God ever chose to save a wretch like me. I'm a bloody sinner. But still God chooses to rescue me. Why? Why? Why? Why when I sin and then repent, why I hurt Him, He still chooses to take me back, to restore me?
Not because I'm worthy. I know I'm not.
It doesn't make sense. It's not the Jews who crucified Jesus, you know. It's our sins.
But all I know is that I am forgiven. That I have an inheritance in heaven. That when I die I'll get to see the Lord.
My Lord died on that cruel cross that my sins might be forgiven. Day by day I live on borrowed time, given grace. And one day He'll return to judge the earth. I know there are those who laugh in their hearts at this. What Jesus? What God? Judge the earth? But yes, that day will come.
Hosanna. Come save, Lord.

Cute episode

A cute episode over the email. Took out some details though. Read carefully. Haha.

Dear Sir/Madame

Not too long ago, I received a survey form from your organization. It stated that filling it would entitle me to 6 FREE copies of the Financial Times, if I am not mistaken.

However, I have been receiving FREE copies of the Financial Times for more than a week now. I have no intention of subscribing as I have limited time on my hands to read the paper.

Although I enjoy reading through the FREE copies of the Financial Times which are coming to me ENDLESSLY, I do realize that it would be extremely unfair to your organization. Now, it would be pointless sending FREE> products to a happy, non-paying customer, wouldn't it?

Thank you for your kind attention.

Sincerely
Mr. Foong Tai Yong

P.S. The FREE copies of your excellent paper are much appreciated.

----- Original Message -----
Dear Mr Foony,

Thank you very much for your email.

Please note that we do offer you a 4 weeks free trial instead of 6 copies.
We are now sending you free copy effective from 3rd July onwards & it will be ended on 30th July 2006. Do you need to cancel as soon as possible OR after the end date ?

Please feel free to email back to me if you have any further queries.

Regards,
M. Woo


Dear Ms. Wooy

Thank you for your email.

I appreciate the FREE flow of papers.

It would be alright to let it continue.

Thank you for your kind attention

Faithfully
Mr Foony

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

title

"The reason why we often read nice-looking sentences in itialics, thinking that they're some famous individual's quote, is that they are made to look special. And if you think about it, this particular set of itialicised words are kind of lame."
T. Y. Foong

"Slow to learn their lesson are the ones who read this second line."
Un-famous Author

"All hope is lost! Weird are those who never learn their lesson, because they keep reading nice-looking, itialicised sentences."
Now Infamous Writer


Right. Down to business.

-Ankle is still painful. That despite Rinjani being a full month back. I'm like. "Oh shit. So how, Lord?". I thought it was over and done with, until I started running short distances (3km ++) again. Then it was painful. Yikes. Some injury that needs to be cured. I know God can heal me just like that if He wants to. Somehow He doesn't. Will see how it goes, no use worrying about it. But I AM concerned.

-Made some progress studying. Not today. Today was doing some mushy, sentimental stuff that I have never done in my entire life. Writing cards! Oh man. The wonders of what 2 years in a co-ed school can do to a guy.

-Was under some rather heavy spiritual attack yesterday. Real intense bombardment. Asked Caleb to pray. By this morning, it was better. Even better after Jie Hau prayed for me in school. Wonderful. This attack's been called off (temporarily, I presume. Do not underestimate the enemy, Tai Yong). Thanks to reinforcements... thank God for these brothers, and anybody else who prayed for me. Know that many a time God does that. Tells someone else to pray for a certain person.

-Daniel Yim's back for reservist. Praying that he'll be able to share Christ effectively and that he'll have a wonderful time in the outdoors.

-Applause to Pam for responding with boldness to God's voice.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Draw Me Nearer

Draw me nearer to you
Nearer to you
Fill my life with your presence
The way you want to
Till my soul is ablaze
Each and everyday
Draw me nearer
Nearer to you

-Did spectacularly badly for my mid years. But not as spectacular as some other guys in my class. Got 28.5 for C maths and 45 for History (it might interest you to know that the lowest score in my class is 0.5 marks- not an excuse though)

-Seeking guidance on a few things in future. (Pam: Thanks for the book again! The guidance principles do work!).

-NS after A's. Wonder if it's January enlistment or April enlistment. Used to want April, but right now I'd rather have January. Better to have spare time after NS than before.

-My ankles still haven't completely healed. Oh Lord!

-My mom wants to use this computer now, so I'm stopping for now.

-I think Italy will win.

P.S. Sorry Caleb (For your info, Caleb asked me to go and study, and bring my C maths exam paper so he could do. And I faithfully did so. Trouble was, I brought the exam paper. And left the question paper at home. Ooops.). But you got

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Hmmmmmm

Certain things have well, cropped up lately. Ain't gonna say what exactly till I get a clear sign from the Lord.

But as you can see, there are a couple of things that I need to inquire of the Lord. A couple more that I really need help in.

Oh Lord, a couple of things are going to turn out real ... interesting.

(Apologies for the cryptic language)

Sunday, July 02, 2006

...

Lord. So how?

Wk

Wed- Went for a nice 32 lap swim after my morning Econs paper. The start of a 5 day HOLIDAY! (Thurs and Fri no papers, Monday is Youth Day). Went home and played some computer game. (But hey! Tai Yong has no computer games on his com mah! Well, I downloaded a demo of Galactic Civilizations of the net and deleted it after I was finished... =) Now THAT sounds like Tai Yong again right?)

Thurs- Exercised a bit, slacked at home for most of the day.

Fri- Went for another 32 laps in the morn. Afternoon went to school for my Odac friend Teck's birthday. Ended up rock-climbing (not bad, managed to go for 3 climbs within one hour). Then was supposed to go for dinner with Daniel Yim, but then he had to work overtime, so I had dinner with Samson at BK instead (and a second dinner with Joseph Tiew, Aaron Lim, Gideon and Boss (Aunty Lynda)). Attended the CM Cell Group that night. Bible study was cool.

Saturday- Morning. Went back to good ol' Montfort for NPCC POP. Met up with the 05 and the 04 seniors. My batch of guys almost the whole PDS team came, save 2. Had lots of fun. The juniors. Real funny. Told to bring food for potluck. 90% brought potato chips and soft drinks. Oh well. Evening I went to church for YPM. Dr Bill Allen. Hmmm. Still thinking some things over bout that message.

First time that I copied sermon notes in a sermon book. God's been telling me things about humility. Philippians 2:3 -"In humility, consider others better than yourselves", for instance, keeps popping out.

Sunday- Went church (sudden flashback- Caleb+Amelia+Pam+Ming En: But I thought you didn't come church?). Oh well, tomorrow's Youth Day. Since I don't intend to study for this hols, might as well come correct? Had a good chat with Chris, before I came home and started typing. And I typed:

"Wed- Went for a nice 32 lap swim after my morning Econs paper. The start of a 5 day HOLIDAY! (Thurs and Fri no papers, Monday is Youth Day). Went home and played some computer game. (But hey! Tai Yong has no computer games on his com mah! Well, I downloaded a demo of Galactic Civilizations of the net and deleted it after I was finished... =) Now THAT sounds like Tai Yong again right?)

Thurs- Exercised a bit, slacked at home for most of the day.

Fri- Went for another 32 laps in the morn. Afternoon went to school for my Odac friend Teck's birthday. Ended up rock-climbing (not bad, managed to go for 3 climbs within one hour). Then was supposed to go for dinner with Daniel Yim, but then he had to work overtime, so I had dinner with Samson at BK instead (and a second dinner with Joseph Tiew, Aaron Lim, Gideon and Boss (Aunty Lynda)). Attended the CM Cell Group that night. Bible study was cool.

Saturday- Morning. Went back to good ol' Montfort for NPCC POP. Met up with the 05 and the 04 seniors. My batch of guys almost the whole PDS team came, save 2. Had lots of fun. The juniors. Real funny. Told to bring food for potluck. 90% brought potato chips and soft drinks. Oh well. Evening I went to church for YPM. Dr Bill Allen. Hmmm. Still thinking some things over bout that message.

First time that I copied sermon notes in a sermon book. God's been telling me things about humility. Philippians 2:3 -"In humility, consider others better than yourselves", for instance, keeps popping out.

Sunday- Went church (sudden flashback- Caleb+Amelia+Pam+Ming En: But I thought you didn't come church?). Oh well, tomorrow's Youth Day. Since I don't intend to study for this hols, might as well come correct? Had a good chat with Chris, before I came home and started typing. And I typed:

"Wed- Went for a nice 32 lap swim after my morning Econs paper. The start of a 5 day HOLIDAY! (Thurs and Fri no papers, Monday is Youth Day). Went home and played some computer game. (But hey! Tai Yong has no computer games on his com mah! Well, I downloaded a demo of Galactic Civilizations of the net and deleted it after I was finished... =) Now THAT sounds like Tai Yong again right?)

Thurs- Exercised a bit, slacked at home for most of the day.

Fri- Went for another 32 laps in the morn. Afternoon went to school for my Odac friend Teck's birthday. Ended up rock-climbing (not bad, managed to go for 3 climbs within one hour). Then was supposed to go for dinner with Daniel Yim, but then he had to work overtime, so I had dinner with Samson at BK instead (and a second dinner with Joseph Tiew, Aaron Lim, Gideon and Boss (Aunty Lynda)). Attended the CM Cell Group that night. Bible study was cool.

Saturday- Morning. Went back to good ol' Montfort for NPCC POP. Met up with the 05 and the 04 seniors. My batch of guys almost the whole PDS team came, save 2. Had lots of fun. The juniors. Real funny. Told to bring food for potluck. 90% brought potato chips and soft drinks. Oh well. Evening I went to church for YPM. Dr Bill Allen. Hmmm. Still thinking some things over bout that message.

First time that I copied sermon notes in a sermon book. God's been telling me things about humility. Philippians 2:3 -"In humility, consider others better than yourselves", for instance, keeps popping out.

Sunday- Went church (sudden flashback- Caleb+Amelia+Pam+Ming En: But I thought you didn't come church?). Oh well, tomorrow's Youth Day. Since I don't intend to study for this hols, might as well come correct? Had a good chat with Chris, before I came home and started typing. And I typed:

P.S. That Tai Yong ah... tut tut tut.