God is a Natural Giver, not a Taker

Last week, I was greeted with a pleasant surprise from my mum when she told me of her intentions of blessing me with a certain amount for my marriage plans.

The Arise & Build

Prior to this news from my mum, I had actually pledged to God an amount for the Arise & Build project by City Harvest Church (CHC) in last November.

I recalled I was contemplating on the prompted amount (by the Holy Spirit) to give. Apart from this being the largest one-time giving I would ever be giving, I was also weighing the practical aspect of my marriage plans.

But in the end, I decided that God’s kingdom had to come first, not mine. Thus, I gave in faith to His vision.

The divine surprise

Moving back to last week. I found out that my mum was going to give 50 per cent more than what she had originally intended. And the surprise was that the increased quantum was exactly the amount I had pledged!

How coincidental can that be?!

In fact, this is not the first time I have experienced God’s blessings through my giving in faith. But I will save the others for future sharing opportunities.

Finally, I would like to say that this experience has shown me another aspect of who God is; that He is not a debtor to man.

With this deeper understanding that His nature is that of a giver and not a taker has increased my level of trust in Him.

Great is the Love of God

I look at your heavens,
which you made with your fingers.
I see the moon and stars,
which you created.

But why are people even important to you?
Why do you take care of human beings?

You made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.

You put them in charge of everything you made.
You put all things under their control:

all the sheep, the cattle,
and the wild animals,

the birds in the sky,
the fish in the sea,
and everything that lives under water.

Lord our Lord,
your name is the most wonderful name in all the earth!

Psalm 8:3-9 (New Century Version)

My Valentine’s Day SMS

During the Valentine’s Day weekend, I was greeted with a SMS from MINDEF!

As a guy growing up in Singapore, it is as if we are married to our government.

This love-hate relationship begins when we are at the ripe old age of 18 years old. That’s when we go “honeymoon” for two years serving National Service.

After ORD, we still have our regular 1-2 weeks “tryst” or reservist training. If that’s not enough for her, then there’s remedial training!

Damn tough being a guy in Singapore sia… No wonder we don’t make enough babies… LOL

But on a seperate and serious note, read about this latest disturbing news about the world’s youngest boy dad with daughter at 13 years old in England.

Valentine’s Memo Joke

To: All Staff,

As you know, the realities of the downturn have hit home and I am forced to introduce the following cost-cutting measures to help shore up our beloved company.

I know you will understand that the pain is temporary and the gains will be there for all of us to reap when the company comes through these difficult times stronger… and ready to ride the next big wave.

So with immediate effect, all staff will be required to adhere to the following:

a.      The cups on the two vending machines are to be recycled.   Annabelle has already sterialised them.

b.      Sabbatical leave: Executives booked for New York will now go to Kukup in Johor Bahru instead. Senior executives can go further – up to Yong Peng.

c.      Our chalet lease in Pulau Ubin has ended. However, as the management takes a keen interest in staff welfare, we have arranged with Francis (from Admin Dept) to rent out one of his rooms at Blk 923, Pasir Ris Drive. His flat was chosen for its proximity to the sea and you can still see Ubin from the window.

d.      Entertainment claims: Staff will be required to go for a 30-min demonstration by Raj from Finance Dept, who will show you how to withdraw your credit card slowly from your wallet (58 secs), so that others at a business lunch will inadvertently beat you to it when the bill comes.

e.      The Valentine’s Day white chocolates (Deluxeur) which I gave out in January : Those of you who have yet to open the box, please return them expiry date: Dec 2009).

f.      Monthly Best Employee Award : The $1000 cash award will now be replaced by a box of Deluxeur white chocolates.

g.      Annual Best Employee Award : The 14-day Disneyland/Hawaii tour and solid gold Rolex Oyster watch will be replaced by TWO boxes of Deluxeur white chocolates.

h.      Medical: The Oxfordshire-Hopkins Medical Group will no more be on our panel. Annabelle will give you the address of Hong Tong Hong Medical Hall in Sungei Road. Bring you company pass for a 10% discount.

i.      Country Club Memberships : Senior executives must return their membership cards to Annabelle, who will then register your name with Bishan Community Centre.

j.      Transport Allowance : No reduction of rate! However, it will be paid on alternate months.

k.      Gifts for clients : New choices. The Bohemian Crystal list will be replaced by the one from 7-eleven.

l.      Annual Dinner & Dance : No change (March 20, yay!), but the venue is switched from The Ritz-Carlton to the void deck of Annabelle’s flat in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10.

m.      Bonus : This time, staff welfare comes first! Instead of the usual amount, we raised it up to $2 million. Each employee will be given a Singapore Sweep ticket. The draw is on March 5.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

From:   Chief Financial Officer

How to Get a Car for Valentine’s Day

Now with the COE at an ultra low price, it wouldn’t be so bad to get a car right? Might even make a great gift for Valentine’s =P

Watch how this girl got her boyfriend to buy a car for her. Fierce sia…

This will serve as a good warning for us guys… LOL

Some Jokes about Love and Marriage

With Valentine’s approaching, below are some jokes on love and marriage to set is in the mood amid the doom and gloom:

  • It doesn’t matter how often a married man changes his job, he still ends up with the same boss
  • My wife and I always compromise; I admit I’m wrong and she agrees with me
  • A couple was having a discussion about family finances. Finally the husband exploded, “If it weren’t for my money, the house wouldn’t be here!”
    The wife replied, “My dear, if it weren’t for your money, I wouldn’t be here.”
  • When a newly married couple smiles, everyone knows why
    When a ten-year married couple smiles, everyone wonders why
  • A little boy asked his father, “Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?”
    And the father replied, “I don’t know, son, I’m still paying for it.”
  • The most effective way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once
  • First Guy (proudly): “My wife’s an angel!” Second Guy: “You’re lucky, mine’s still alive.”
  • Boring husband: Honey, why are you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger? Bored wife: Because I married the wrong man!
  • When a man opens the door of his car for his wife, you can be sure of one thing: either the car is new or the wife
  • If you do NOT have a wife – You are missing Some thing in your life
    If you have a wife – You are missing So Many things in your life