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Seizing Joy

Joy - get in my pocket!

Things I said 'Wow, that's true' to:

- Pst Ulf: 'not being super-high and happy all the time doesn't mean you are living in defeat!' (I'm freed!)

- Pst: give out of what you have; sacrifice by giving what you normally set aside for yourself. (I'm freed!)

- Pst Ulf: be an authentic Christian. Meaning you acknowledge the suffering that you need to go through, but you still do it.

it's amazing that every time you think you've already given the best you know how, stepped out as far as you can take, achieved as much as anyone else would be proud of doing so

in God there's always more

I used to be frustrated by this cos i didn't like the constant going and pushing on to greater things. Like, seriously, though you know better, your emotions just want to sit down and 'clap up little patty-cakes' to God, so to speak.

one thing that pst ulf said (out of many *grin); it's not abt the talents, ur personality, how sporty u r, how outwardly pretty and savvy..
NOT to downplay the talents God gave to everyone because you should have heard my jaw dropping when i surfed up, from across the island.

but that's another thing.

i know the frustration tt when u draw somethg, it's nothing or never exactly what u envision in ur head. even when u're an expert, there's always the boredom of what else is there to challenge u now tt u can draw anythg within an hour.

so there's always this frustration tt comes when u use ur talent outwardly, to try to express or, i dunno, capture the hopes of who u wanna be inwardly.

but i want to use my talents because it flows from something inside.

i guess really what i'm saying is that i saw today what it meant to have joy flowing OUT from within someone, not because they've finally attained everythg they wanted, but because of something more lasting and unchanging than that. God. Wow oh wow - I really that in my life!

me God! remember Joanne!


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beauty and the beast

Best movie ever!

I admit, I was totally sceptical at what I thought was another attempt to spoil a good thing. But musicals... haven't regretted watching a single one, from Chicago, Burlesque, Les Miserables (though I only found out it was fully a musical midway)! We live and we learn :)

Ok, here's how good it was. I went back to watch it a second time. Hee.

It's definitely one of those movies to watch alone - so you can cry at all the odd moments. I gather from the odd chuckles and silences from my fellow movie-watchers, that we were all touched by the movie in one way or the other. None of us wanted to live till we saw the end of the credits. You have to leave immediately when the lights come on though, so you can go remove any traces of the tear tracks.

Loved Belle for being both feisty and just lovely. Emma Watson, you danced beautifully; I was half-in-love with you myself! And of course Beast and the eye-rolling, bumbling-ness of him.

The best of it all was the famili…