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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.

——

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


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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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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.


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My life is singing its own song

Lately it seems God’s filling me more and more with a zest for life -it’s really refreshing and exciting xP I don’t think I’ve ever felt such a strong desire to live for Christ and carry out his work throughout each day 🙂 of course life still has its struggles, and I have my moments of weakness, but it’s just so exciting following Christ 😀 it’s like I’m filled with such a huge sense of.. motivation and energy? that I can’t help but feel I need to do something with it!! this really is what life is all about!! xP

Today I woke up filled with a huge sense of energy and motivation to do things. It’s as though I’m slowly starting to see things in a different light.

The word “hosanna” is used to express adoration, praise, or joy.
When I thought of a song to listen to, was it a coincidence that the lyrics of “Hosanna” sang themselves into my head? The song sounded very different today.

I feel as though God’s trying to tell me something. I’m slowly beginning to share his visions, even share his passions, maybe.

“I see a generation
Rising up to take the place
With selfless faith, with selfless faith

I see a new revival
Staring as we pray and seek
We’re on our knees, we’re on our knees”

I can see that same vision – other people following Christ, other people living lives to the full.. it’s such an amazing vision to see. I didn’t really believe it before, because I thought “how can you have a whole generation worshiping Jesus? that’s basically impossible. There’s just so many people.” But it’s as though God turned my shoulders away from my perspective on the left, overlooking empty plains, to a view on my right, overlooking the city below, on top of a mountain. Same place, but different perspective. It’s really refreshing.. very mind-blowing.

http://youtu.be/_ajFnnKFivY

I believe I’m hearing the first few notes of a melody.. the beginnings of a song.
Sometimes the tune is uncertain. Other times it’s foreboding and harsh, with jumbled notes played at random.
Sharp tones replace harmonies and the wrong tempo is followed.
At times other instruments join in, and there is a duet, a trio. The orchestra plays for a while until it’s time for a solo or acapella again.

But the conductor never leaves. He continues to stand out in front, waving his baton no matter how bad the tune.

Your life is singing its own song..
the question is..

can you hear it?


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2-in-1

Hey ya,

Looong long time no see!

I know I probably should be in bed now, but since I came online to read what I’m about to show you, I thought I’d make a quick post before I head to sleep 😀

http://iduagain.blogspot.co.nz/

(Read the most recent post before you read on – it’s a real eye-opener).

I really admire her courage. Even now, I’m in  awe at how people can continue on so strong even in the midst of trouble. How can they remain so deeply rooted in their faith despite everything that goes on around them?

It’s something I wonder if I’ll ever be able to understand. I do hope I can, someday.

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I was reading Romans today, and one verse really stuck out to me…

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

(Romans 1:21)

It was so convicting.. in particular the part I put in bold above.
It was as though God was speaking to me, asking me what I’m doing with my life. I’ve received eternal life, I’ve had many prayers answered, miracles performed and yet I’m not really putting what He’s given me to good use. As I was walking out of my room, a question popped up in my head… “what are you doing with your gifts?” No, really. What are you doing with the gifts I blessed you? It was a question I didn’t want to answer, because truth is when you’re young you feel you have all the time in the world. Family feels like they’ll be around forever, education feels like it’s your life and all you need to do is study study study… the gifts you get given? yeah, I’ll use them tomorrow… after I sleep. I dunno, just this one verse was really convicting. It’s making me question where most of my time goes, and whether I really am making the most of my life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVv8AlKv2sY&feature=share