Dear God,
So far today I’ve done alright
I haven’t gossiped.
I haven’t lost my temper.
I haven’t been greedy, grumpy, unpleasant, selfish or overindulgent.
I’ve been very thankful for that.
But in a few minutes,
I’m going to get out of bed;
And from then on,
I’m probably going to need a lot more help.

I hope the above made you chuckle. I like to think that a new day is like having pushed the Restart button on life. A Reboot. God has given me a chance to start a-new, on a fresh slate. And yes, I am grateful for some divine help to get me through the day. Most times, I forget that God has plans for me. I think I planned it all myself.


Let the past be past

There are moments in our day, like TV dramas, we go into a Rewind mode. Past incidents play on our mind. Some are happy ones, some not so happy. Regrets, there may be a few. One way to not dwell in the past, is to sing John Newton’s “Amazing Grace”. I bet you know the words. It is said he wrote this when he was at the lowest point in his life, God’s grace reached him and lifted him up and set him free from his destructive bonds. You try it. Soulfully.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch, like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

Some say grace is the vehicle of God’s love that arrives at the door of the undeserving, offering forgiveness and a new life. Open the door.


Let the present be positive

Don’t throw in the towel when things get messy during the day. This quote I came across reminded me that I wasn’t alone in this: “Some days I amaze myself. Other days I leave my keys in the fridge.” Seriously, as I get older, or old, I forget things like walking out the door without my handphone or my glasses, or even worse, can’t remember where I put them. So it is good to have some handy helpers like St. Anthony. He helps me and helps others too.

Dear St Anthony, please come down
My handphone is lost
It can’t be found.

Truly he descends and I find my phone. Facepalm moments, I’ve had many.

Elisabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, says “Embrace the glorious mess that you are.” With the many saints and angels we can call upon, messy is not so scary after all.


Let the future be fabulous

Jesus came and said He would give us life abundant. So are we just trying to survive, or are we thriving? Are you thinking of trying something new or making a change? Believe that God is always trying to bring us to higher ground.

I will instruct you and teach you
in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye on you
~ Psalm 32:8

British author and theologian C.S. Lewis puts hope in our hearts for the future, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

Time to get out of bed.


Shared by Karen R-Fong, a wannabe tai-tai who wants to retire in a library of books and to read with our Lord to her last days.

Inspired by Everywhere you go, there’s a Zacchaeus up a tree by Roger Campbell