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Rain

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Whenever I have a lot to do and things start to get a bit stressful, I like turning to classical music to de-stress. Piano music, in particular, is my favourite.

This song has a slight sad feel to it, but no sooner do I feel sad from the song, different blessings pop up in my mind, and I am reminded that God is here with me.

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” – Matthew 6:26

That’s a small update from me, during a busy time 🙂


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#Firstworldproblems – a Reflection on Gratitude

Hi guys!

I was watching some of Elainemokk’s vlogs (I’ll post the links below) and it’s made me realise how ungrateful I am sometimes of what I have. Her positivity makes me think “if she can do it, why can’t I?”. I think because she’s “walking the talk”, people are more likely to believe that you can still stay positive in each and every situation. It reminds me of something someone close to me taught me.. “You can’t control how other people act, or what happens, but you can control your own actions and how you choose to react to the situation.”

http://youtu.be/JYDcBfQEa64
Anchor – Hillsong Live

Elaine’s story reminded me of this verse.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

— 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Then I felt guilty. I don’t think I’ll complain as much about certain things in life any more.
God’s grace is so good. It’s not what I did, but what He did for me.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.

—  Ephesians 2:8-9

My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood in righteousness..
http://youtu.be/nZq9xTfHvgo

Does anyone else feel like they’re overly unappreciative sometimes?
Everyone has their own struggles I reckon, despite the strong front they may put on;
but I am content with what I have right now. It’s going to be a good day.

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Elaine’s blog: http://elainemokk.wordpress.com/about/
Elaine’s vlog: http://www.youtube.com/user/ElaineMokk


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Praying for you

Hi there!

A new post is long overdue, but after going to a cool event I came up with the idea of posting a mini series of posts about things I’ve learnt or heard. The series mainly to act as achievable goals to motivate me to post things on a more regular basis, but also to make reading my posts a bit easier. After my first 5 posts in this series I’d like to post another series on a particular issue, eg. Suffering, or time.

I’m so excited to be posting this! It really is a blessing and a privilege to share my work with you. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.

On a different note, I think my writer’s block is over 😀

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When I first heard this song I was surprised at the lyrics. I haven’t heard such a positive song about waiting for the right person before. Mandisa’s “Praying for you” is about waiting and praying for our future other half. It reminded me of the unhealthy pressure and stress, to be with someone. Sometimes society and the media exerts so much pressure on us to find love, get a boy/girlfriend, or find a lifelong partner but there is a lack of emphasis on celebrating singleness, or even love without lust.

So often in this world the two appear synonymous. That’s the thing though – looks are deceiving. Then things don’t work out. He wasn’t the person you were looking for, or she is coming of age and wrinkles appear on her once smooth and supple skin.. then suddenly s/he doesn’t seem that attractive anymore. This is what I’ve observed. Or maybe s/he says “if you do this, I’ll do that for you” so that your love becomes conditional and you end up using each other for your own self-fulfilment. I’m not saying this is everyone, but from observation, this happens to some people.

What do “he completes me” or “she completes me” statements mean to you? Appreciating someone’s role in your life is good, but I personally believe that when you rely completely on someone else for your happiness, satisfaction and fulfilment, that isn’t the healthiest relationship you could have. You’re worth so much more, and he or she is worth more too. If you’re in it for yourself, and the other person’s in it for themselves, then how suffocating would it feel? I’ve met people who can only see from their perspective and only look out for themselves. I’m not attracted to them at all, whether they are a potential lover, family or friends. Personally, I really can’t be with someone who’s in a relationship just for themselves. The desire to love and be loved is not unhealthy, but the desire to be satisfied and expect someone else to meet your every need is.

And that’s where the whole love vs lust thing comes in. Is it my body she’s after, or my heart? Is he in it for me or for himself? Why are you in a relationship, or more importantly what is the purpose of your relationship?

Why the rush to get a boyfriend? Is it really the most important thing you need right now?

I think there can be so much pressure to get married before a certain age, that singleness or courtship becomes this ugly, unattractive disease everyone wants to get rid of. And it’s as though part of your success is defined by your relationship status. I respect everyone has different views on this, but to me that definition is so unstable and there is so much more to life and success. Do you want someone – anyone – for the sake of solely meeting your needs? Is it for status, a “everyone has a girlfriend so I want one too” desire you have? Because if it is you may not be seeing her for her unique self, but seeing her as a way to meet your desire, whether it be conscious or subconscious.

Today I really challenge you to think about what the purpose of your current or future relationship is (ie. you’re single and would like to be in a relationship, dating but want to be married etc), and what your partner’s purpose for your relationship is (or what you’d like your future partner’s purpose to be). Are your purposes the same? Are you happy with that?

God bless 🙂 I hope this blog post brings a positive message into your life.

Note: this is my personal opinion only. I respect that everyone has different views so I ask that you also respect mine. Thanks.

Comments and constructive criticism welcome, as always!

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My thoughts behind this post:

I believe God has a plan for my life. Be it singleness, courtship or marriage, I choose to entrust this into my God’s hands. But I do know one thing: whichever stage I’m in now, and in the future, I will use it to worship and praise God. Part of my goal in life is to encourage and instil hope in people’s lives. I’m very clear that no matter where I am, whatever life throws at me and regardless of my relationship status, I’ll continue doing my best to meet that goal in my everyday life. My relationship does not define me, nor does my relationship status. God defines me. I am a child of God. In Him I find my identity. What’s your identity?

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Update:  just saw this post and thought it touches on something similar to what I wrote about.
Enjoy.

http://convergemagazine.com/26-unmarried-and-childless-8736/


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I’m still alive!

Quick Update

Hey guys!

Sorry for not posting for ages. So ya, for those who wondering where on earth I’ve been, I was on a trip and it was hard getting internet access. 

So yes, I’ll be posting up some drawings soon 🙂
How has your new years been? Feel free to leave a comment! I’d be interested to hear what you’ve all been up to 😀

Take care!

– Inspiiral


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Injust Ice

hey ya!

Just a heads up, coming up is another busy period in my life,  so you may not be hearing from me for a while 🙂

So last week I felt challenged to pray using a different way, and what better way to pray than listening to upbeat music and blog? xD so yup, I’m giving myself about 5minutes to write as much as I can before I get back into what I need to do!

Today I’ve been thinking of all the injustice  in this world, all those hurting from the consequences of others. And I just knew that today I had to pray for all those who are broken in the world. I was searching for some music with Christian lyrics on youtube, and found these songs in the recommended videos on the right side 😛 

May you be encouraged by my prayer, and these songs.
If you are suffering, remember that you are NEVER  alone. There are people who can help you – I warmly encourage you to seek those who can help you. I am praying for you.

Enjoy 🙂

DISCLAIMER: The intention of this post was not to offend anyone unreligious. Different people choose to respond to injustice differently, and this is just one way I choose to respond to it. If reading prayers offends you then feel free to not read my blog. Thank-you.

 

Sanctus Real – Alone   (Such an upbeat song for a sad title :P)

you are not alone
know that I will fight the tides to be together
when you feel alone
listen to this song
to make your heart feel better

 

and a slightly sadder song..
Broken Girl by Matthew West
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X6h6QiFqi4&feature=related

you’re not the worthless they made you feel
There is a love they can never steal awayy
you don’t have to stay the broken girl


All this time – Britt Nicole
http://youtu.be/nNcx209-vrA

Speak Life – Toby Mac

Lord, I pray for all the injustice in this world. The injust that glazes like ice and hardens and breaks people’s hearts. I pray that you may help those affected by the broken, and those reaping the consequences of others’ actions. May you bring hope into their lives, and help them out of the hole they feel they’ve stepped into. Show them a way out, Father. Bring healing to them, and mend their broken hearts. Whatever they may be suffering from, whatever they’re going through – Lord, be with them. Place people in their lives that will help them out of their hurt. I pray for all who are hurt, all who are in need, that they may have newfound motivation, purpose and meaning in their lives, and be able to continue on.

God, may You instill inspire these individuals in different areas, and help them uncover their talents and put them to use. There is so much injustice in this world, and it’s disheartening to see, especially when our abilities are so limited and also when it seems not much can be done to undo the past.

May the past not hold the individuals back. Lord, bless them each and every day. Although I don’t fully understand why these things happen, I still pray that you’ll continue to watch over them and love them. Don’t forget them, Lord. Though I have faith that you won’t 🙂

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.


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Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

Behind closed doors

I hear a knock

so faint, can’t tell

if it’s real

or not

 

this knock I hear

getting louder,

still.

 

Loud, then soft

and at times,

strong-willed

 

The door is shut

its padlock

clamped tight.

 

The door

doesn’t open

Things just aren’t

right.

 

The knock

gets weaker,

the signal more

faint.

 

The door

changes from

shiny brown

to taint.

How I wish

she’d come

to be consoled,

the door-knocker

that’s so lonely,

and tell me all

she’s the one

I wish to help

if only she’d let me,

I’d help her myself

-to be finished!

Any suggestions?-

P.S
Any ideas on how to link the 2nd to last and last stanza?

I intentionally left no full stop at the end – it means there’s no end to this poem.. it’s to be continued.
And also that there’s no end to this. Even though the narrator can’t help the person knocking on the door now, the narrator wishes to – and hopes to – do so in the future.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. – Joshua 1:5


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At whose own pace?

Hey ya,

Was just reading through a book, and thought post a quick update 😛
For some reason a song I used to sing in sunday school popped up in my head.
I kept hearing the lyrics in my ears.. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end” and there was a desire to hear the song again.

I youtubed the song, but couldn’t find the one I used to sing in sunday school.. then I stumbled across this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePlbVYOjwoQ

It’s quite a slow version, and I almost got so annoyed with the pace that I wanted to close the browser tab. I couldn’t find a better version, so I just kept listening.. and you know what? I realised that sometimes we race too fast in life, we’re at too much of a hurry that we miss what God wants us to focus on. (Before you say “whatt, you only just realised now? I realised that ages ago!” Yes, there’s been countless posts on slowing down and enjoying life, but we all hit that heartfelt moment of realisation at different times and I suppose this is mine.)

Even something as simple as listening to a song – the lyrics may be sung too fast, or the beat pumping away through our eardrums so quickly that we miss the meaning. When a song is slowly spoken out, its meaning becomes clear. We notice things we don’t usually hear, and the singer can communicate through that clear channel without obstructions in the way. The “noise” in music is taken out, and the melody is pure indeed.

Perhaps God wants me to slow down for a moment and just bask in his love. Maybe he wants me to walk with him at his pace, after he’s been running beside me this whole time..

“The steadfast love of the Lord
Never ceases
His mercies never
Come to an end

They are new every morning
New every morning
Great is your faithfulness
O Lord

Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord…
Great is thy faithfulness…”

P.S
Please excuse my grammar mistakes 😛
Sometimes it’s nice to be able to write whatever’s on your mind without worrying about grammar or editing everything so it’s polished. So here’s my writing at its most raw form; writing I’m sharing with you.