Remember Me App Review

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Remember Me App Review

3/8/2017

“… do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19

I have been trying to memorize scriptures in the Bible, however, it is harder than it seems. It’s not easy nor is it efficient to just crack open the Bible and start memorizing lines. I have to find the correct verses and it can be a pain. Searching online for Bible verses is better but there is no review, no follow up. Enter Remember Me.

This Bible app is amazing. It keeps track of the Bible verses you selected and reminds you to review them after a certain amount of time is up and is based on levels. For the Bible verses, you can select multiple versions of the Bible and they even have the 1984 New International Version! Selecting the right version on a verse is important because I feel each version may portray the truth or clarity of a verse differently.

The app also contains a repository where you can select verses to remember. It also contains a cloud where you can sign in to store your data. I find this feature very useful because just a few days ago, I had to factory reset my phone but, thank God, my progress is saved.

But it is the testing and the infographic on the scores that makes the app fun. For testing, the app feature modes such as multiple choice, line by line, fill-in-the-blank, and keyboard input. And for each verse that you master for the day, you earn a score based on how many words are in the verse. You can check your progress and all time-best in the scores section.

This app is very motivational, versatile, easy-to-use, and helpful for anyone wanting to memorize Scriptures. Below are some screenshots of the app.

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Remember Me App Website:
http://www.remem.me/

Download for Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.bible.remember_me

Download for iPhone
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/remember-me/id504171445?mt=8

Other Downloads
http://www.remem.me/download-app

10/19/2011: My notes during CQ shift

10/19/2011: My notes during CQ shift

S: 1921
E: about 2100

Today I have charge of quarters watch (CQ)!!!! yay. Nah, just kidding. I really hate CQ or staff duty or any other duty that requires me to be awake for 24 hours straight, so, I’m just going to write whatever is on my mind. I can always have a lot of things to write and writing helps me pass the time.

I’m tired, like always, and I know that I should be trying to sneak in naps instead of writing but I’m still going to write. I have a lot of things to write in my heart.

First off, even if nobody loves me, cares about me, or have anything positive about me, I must still be able to love, care, and do anything that is good or right. Even if everybody only receive, I must still give. I need to do this because my life and my circumstances are not dependent on what happens to me in this world, it is not like shifting sands, but it must be like the solid rock of Christ. I must love because God is love. I must care because God cares about us.

I have so many worries, and yes, so many problems and faults. But, I can tell, and thus give, my worries to God, and ask God to change me, to transform me, and although the process may be long, someday perfect I will be.

When I think of an angel, I sometimes think of Archangel Tyrael in Diablo II. He has two wings, yes, but he also has many limbs. These limbs are useful to fight against evil. I also want to be like an angel and, like him, I also want to have many limbs.

To me, these limbs symbolize my efforts to change the world for good. I have my music creation limb, which I play Christian music on my guitar and publish it on Youtube. I have my “my story with God” limb which enables me to share with whoever wants to read my life experience but, more so, with God. I have my music video making channel on Youtube which enables me to post Christian songs I love but are not found on Youtube. I, too, need to share with the world God’s songs. Some of my less-used limbs involves my commenting on Yahoo! News. I want to share with the world what Jesus would do and to help change other people’s opinions not just about the revelent topic, but also about God, and to be a voice of wisdom and of truth. I also have a limb that enables me to help people on Yahoo! Answers. I read questions and the user’s answers and I’m disappointed how so many of them lack God’s wisdom and are even destructive. I choose to answer their questions with love and concern.

Oh and my computer got hacked. So many things happened during the last two weeks that could of made me easily want to give up: My guitar broke, I lost all my personal files (the windows backup I did did not contain the files I truly want), I cracked my toenail while playing soccer last Thursday and over-extended my foot ligaments. But, I don’t know. In a way, my sky is falling, but in another way, I somehow find the strength to continue. I find the answers in God alone.

It’s ok if I lost all my personal files. Just give me my basal needs and my Bible. That’s all I need in this world. It’s okay if my guitar broke. I have other worlds to sing in. I can focus my effort on doing other productive work I never had time to or thought of like making Christian music videos, or helping people through Yahoo!. It’s okay if my feet is injured. My toe-nail managed to fuse and I’m healing without pain. My ligaments, although it hurts, is not severe. Plus, I get a break from excruciating regular PT. I dislike regular PT now because it is so hard. And it’s okay I have this CQ shift because I will then have a four-day weekend! I just have to get through the last 13 hours….

I need to spend time with God more. I need to do more prayer walks. I really want to buy a acrostic guitar so I can sing and smile and walk.. and pray.

I’m making good progress on my educational front. I was able to update my home college through the Army education center and I got most paperwork done. I’m planning to take Spring semester at EPCC (El Paso Community College) and work on my associates in Social Work and then transfer to UTEP for my bachelors.

Oh, and another thing. Today, a few of our battery NCO’s came and one of them began to talk about making web apps for mobile phones. While they were talking about it, I remembered my desire to make an improved version of Spiritual Warfare, a Nintendo game. I began to share my idea to him and while I was still speaking, he told me to hush and then told all two sergeants to listen. I repeated my idea to them.

It’s kind of hard for me to explain on writing but I’ll do my best. In essence, it’s kind of like a Legends of Zelda game but instead of throwing swords, you throw fruits, spiritual fruits at unbelievers. Each fruit is like a weapon and it represents different things. An apple symbolizes patience. It travels in a straight line, far range, and travels slowly. A banana represents faith and it has long range, travels straight, and goes very fast. Each time a fruit hits an unbeliever, he “converts” and you get points. He may also drop money, but in this game, it is called “faith.” You save up faith points to buy more and better fruits and also items. There is also kind of like a world map. You start off in a relatively tame area, the park, and you work your way into the city, then the slums, then the jails, and then Satan’s stronghold. Each key area offers an Armor of God piece. In the park, for example, you pick up the Belt of Truth which enables you to move boulders. You move that boulder to get into the city. Each armor piece has a special function. That is Spiritual Warfare, the Christian computer game I loved and played long ago.

In addition, I want to add a “talent” tree, like an RPG game. The name of each talent would be from the fruits of the spirit. There will be a spiritual gift of “patience” or “love” or “faith,” etc. Each talent would help the character in that area. And instead of a one-hit KO on unbelievers, they would have different hit points and it would take multiple fruit hits to win them over. It’s going to be so fun! All I need is someone who’s good a graphic design, and someone who can program in flash.

My sergeant from my battery told me if the game developer likes the idea, he/she may do it for free. Of course I would split the profit from the game with him (from ads), but the game must be free so everyone can play it. I want everyone to be a Christian soldier!

Gosh, I hate CQ. It would be impossible for me to write for the next 12 hours. If I am able to write this long, this blog would be more like a book! Lol.

Again, in the Army, everyday is hard. I can’t wait to get out of the Army. I have just 6 months to go but those 6 months feels like eternity. I’m not sure if civilian life would be just as hard as the Army although I hope not. In a way, I may be able to treat my experience in the Army as basic training for civilian life. Maybe God is preparing me in the Army so I can follow His will when I become a civilian.

I can’t wait! I will use my post-9/11 GI-Bill and get my tuition, hosing, and basic needs taken care of. I may even have my room for myself! It would be freedom; I would be truly free. No more formations, 24-hour guard shifts, feeling like I’m wasting my life going to work (I’m only going to work just to get paid..), and having to deal with people who think they are better just because they served more time in the Army (rank). In the civilian world, there will just be Mr. and Mrs. and maybe a few Dr.’s but that’s alright. They earned it.

Okay, I’m done writing for now and God bless!

Okay, I’m actually not done yet. I just remembered something important I want write. In almost all Army units, down to the battery level, there is sign that counts how many days since a alcohol-related incident has occurred. Units with more than 90 days gets a saber award on their guide-on (banner). I’m thinking to apply that military concept into my own life. Just instead of drinking alcohol, because I don’t drink, it would be how many days since I last checked pornography. That is an issue I struggle with. And it has hurt me tremendously. Only the One who is able was able to lift me out of the mire. It would be embarrassing to display it publicly but I may decide to for accountability reasons.

And speaking about how my computer got hacked because I opened a scam “UPS package” e-mail, it made me wonder about my spiritual life. How many times has Satan “hacked” my life? For computers, it’s e-mails, malicious programs, spywares, etc, but for humans, it’s temptations. Temptations to do it my way instead of God’s way. How many times have I let viruses, spyware, and trojans of the heart into my life? I do have an anti-virus program and, luckily, I have the only one that truly works because it is “sharper than a double-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). I must increase my spiritual firewall by being like Joseph and flee from sin. I must increase my scanning capabilities by increasing my wisdom through the Word of God. I must increase my spiritual protection by spending more time with God.

This hacking incident may actually be a blessing. Thanks to this incident, I am actually organizing and taking care of my computers. It woke me up and helped me to re-prioritize my time to God. It helped me change my small notebook laptop (the one I’m typing now) to Linux, which so far, is superior to Windows. It helped remind me, thanks to last Sunday’s sermon, to build God’s house first before building mine. The first files I’m going to organize is not my pictures or discoveries but His music. I will finish building God’s house in my computer before focusing my attention to building mine.

Okay. Now I’m officially done. May the blessing of God be upon you.

7/12/2011: Craft-time: Bible verse decals

7/12/2011: Craft-time: Bible verse decals

S: 5:13pm
E: 6:41pm

Hello everyone! I want to show you a godly and cheap way to decorate your room.

All you need is a:

Computer with printer
Paper
Scissor
Glue stick

1) Choose a Bible verse

Choose a Bible verse that means a lot to you. For me, I choose Bible verses that remind me to follow God and verses that comforts and gives me hope.

If you only know a part of the verse and not the chapter or the book, try using www.biblegateway.com/keyword. There, type in the part of the verse you know and the search engine should find the correct verse, chapter, and book. A very useful tool. I use a Bible search software that has the same function.

2) Write the verse on Word.

Write the verse on Word. Use narrow margin and landscape orientation to maximize font space. Once the whole verse is typed, adjust the font to 72 or greater. Then, choose a font type. For default settings, I use Calibri or freestyle script. Microsoft Word comes with a set of stock fonts, however, you may want to add and install more fonts. To do this, go to www.fontspace.com. I googled “cute font” today because I want the Jer. 29:11 verse to be cute and, yes, I found a lot of cute fonts: http://www.fontspace.com/category/cute.

After you have selected your font type, resize the verse by selecting all (ctrl + A) and choosing a size that is appropriate.

3) Print

Print the page (ctrl +P). Printing a lot can drain your ink, and thus, your money. I found a way to making my printing even cheaper. Instead of buying cartridges every time my printer ink runs out (which can sometimes run out as fast as a car runs out of gas), I found a website that sells quality ink in bottles so that instead of reloading cartridges, I can just open the ink bottle and inject ink into the empty cartridge using a syringe. For the price of buying a new ink cartridge, I can buy 4 oz ($12). of black ink which equals to 10 refills (4 oz = 118 cc, typical printer cartridge holds 10-15 cc). Very good deal.  Here’s the website: http://www.printerfillingstation.com/.

4) Cut it

Using the scissor, cut the verses. Since, I’m not very skilled at cutting; I just try to cut it into cloud or leaf patterns. Make sure that when you cut, cut it in a way that a whole idea is on one line. That will make it easier to read.

5) Post it

Select the spot you want the verses to go and pre-position it. Then, apply gluestick. Make sure it covers at least 80% of the surface. Then, lightly tap the paper onto the wall. Pound firmly with the palm of your hand using up and down motions only.

Boom! And there you go. I followed these instructions and had Jer. 29:11 pasted:

Jeremiah 29:11 using “star-crossed lovers” font.

Here are some of my other decals.

Before, I used tape to post. As you can see, using tape makes the verse “stick out” which can sometimes be ugly. As idea I have is you can use tape to show emphasis on words. But, then again, it doesn’t matter if it’s ugly as long as it gives glory to God.

Later on, you can insert pictures to go with the decals. I plan to put yellow stars (symbolizing “dream” or “wish”)  about the Jer. 29 verse and leaves for the 1 Peter 1:24 verse.

Psalms 51:7

1 Peter 1:24-5

Genesis 18-25

Romans 12:19

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, and when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 11:18-20

5/23/2011: The dangers of false predictions

5/23/2011: The dangers of false predictions

S: 7:56pm
E: 8:44pm

Few months ago, when I was still in Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, I read the Army newspaper titled something like “End of the World.” It caught my attention so I flipped to that section and began to read it. It says that the world is going to end on May 21, 2011. I saw other soldiers reading the same page and I wondered if the world really is going to end. I know, intuitively, that we are living in the end times and that Jesus is coming back within my lifetime, however, is it this soon?

As the predicted Judgment Day comes closer and closer, I began to be a bit afraid, and I did some research to find out whether that day is correct. It was inconclusive, but I felt that it is unlikely for Jesus to come on May 21. What about the Arab-Russian invasion of Israel (Ezekiel 38:2-23)? What about the two witnesses (Rev. 11:3)? What about the one-world government and money system (Rev. 13:7,8)? What about the mark of the beast on the unbeliever’s foreheads (Rev. 13:16)? What about the two hundred million army from the kings of the East (Rev. 9:16)? What about the “abomination that causes desolation?” (Matthew 24:15).

In Matthew 24:36, Jesus said that “no one knows about that day or hour… but only the Father.” How then can man know? I looked to their website http://worldwide.familyradio.org/en/ and they claimed that a secret book in Daniel (Daniel 12:4,9) was sealed until the time of the end. And though that book, and various calculations and assumptions, they managed to find the date.

Some soldiers, before the Judgment Day, asked me if it really is going to happen. They know I’m spiritual and they asked me for advice. I told them that although I cannot give a definite answer, most likely, it is not going to happen. But, I told them that what’s more important than knowing when is to be prepared. Are you prepared for the end? It’s sad that these soldiers say, “no, I’m not prepared, but it’s too late for me.” Some soldiers say that the predicted day is just a scam; that it will just be like the Y2K scare. Thus, I want to describe the dangers of a false prediction:

1) Unbelievers may think that the Bible is wrong.

The Bible is never wrong. It is some misguided Christians who are wrong. By boldly proclaiming a date in God’s name and for it not to come true, they become false prophets. People don’t see that. They see it as Christianity is wrong, that the Bible is wrong in the end times. One of the soldiers loudly said, “Jesus is wrong!” It hurts for me to hear these words but they were tricked. They were told by Christians that the world is going to end and it didn’t happen.

2) Unbelievers may increase their wickedness just before the end

It was Friday, May 20 2011, the last day before the supposed end will come. I heard remarks from soldiers that “the world is going to end anyways. I might as well party and have some fun before the end.” Instead of using the end date as a reason to be saved, they will use it as an excuse to be more wicked. I heard everything from soldiers going to wild parties and getting drunk, to having sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. If more false predictions come, non-believers will not take these end dates seriously and will just use that as an excuse to sin more.

3) It will be harder to convert people to Christ

To non-believers, this will just be another reason why not to be a Christian. Why? Because they are wrong. It never happened. The Bible is full of errors and mistakes. It is written by man, not God. It’s very sad that one of the side-effects of well-intentioned Christians proclaiming a false date is a more stony ground to sow seeds for Christ.

It is very dangerous for Christians, or anyone, to prophesize something and be wrong. It hurts the gospel; it hurts everyone involved. It is better not to say anything than to say something falsely. That is why the Bible gives false prophets the punishment of death (Deuteronomy 18:22).

Lessons in Narnia: Talking Animals

3/18/2011: Talking Animals

S: 12:58am

E: 1:41am

I know it is very late now, but, as I said, when an inspiration comes, I cannot blow it off. If I do, it will go away. I would like to start my first “lesson” in Narnia on Talking Animals.

While reading the Vertical Thought magazine, I came across an article titled, “Porn Causes Brain Damage.” In the article, I was shocked to find that Jack, a person mentioned, is suffering from brain damage not from trauma but from pornography. After viewing porn regularly for 20 years, most of his brain no longer functioned normally. He can’t even remember simple things or hold a simple conversation. And, I feel that in this modern age where pornography is readily available, Jack will not be an isolated case. As more and more people are drawn to the desires of the flesh, I’m afraid many more will be like him. I say this because I also struggle with pornography and it already caused great damage to me. In the case of Jack, he had gone so far down the road that he ceased to be a Talking animal but rather, a dumb animal.

In The Magician’s Nephew, when the children Digory, Polly and a myriad of other people accidently tumbled into a new world called Narnia, Aslan started to create the world and the animals. When he finished creating the animals, or rather, singing the animals into existence, he touched a few with his nose and they became Talking Animals.

“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified” (Romans 8:29-30).

Aslan told the Talking Animals, those he selected, that the land of Narnia is forever theirs and their also, all the dumb animals. However, Aslan warned the animals, “not [to] go back to their ways lest you cease to be Talking Beasts” (Chapter Ten).

In the last book of Narnia, The Last Battle, we see a cat, named Ginger, betray his own kind and do a foolish thing. He thought he can go in the Stable Door, pretend to see Tash or Aslan, and be alright afterward. We know that in the Bible, no one can see the face of God and live (Isaiah 6:5). So what happened to the Cat? Well, he played his part alright, but the cat sadly, lost its ability to speak.

When I read this part, I felt sad. I really wished the cat can repent and speak again, but, “every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven” (Matthew 12:31). The Cat did an awful thing against God, which is the Spirit, by claiming that he can see God. That is blasphemy against the Spirit and is irreversible.

So now, we Christians are Talking Animals. We know God, we have a relationship with Him, and we can talk to Him. We are selected and chosen. Be careful that we do not revert back to the ways of this world, or else, one day, you may find yourselves dumb to God.

1/20/2011: My Father’s Garden

1/20/2011: My Father’s Garden

S: 8:37pm

E: 8:55pm

小小花園裡,紅橙黃藍綠,每朵小花都美麗,

微風輕飄逸,藍天同歡喜,在天父的花園裡,

你我同是寶貝,在這花園裡,

園丁細心呵護不讓你傷心,

刮風或下雨,應許從不離開你,

天父的小花成長在他手裡,

別擔心,你的成長在他手裡

Father’s Garden

 

I’m tired and it’s getting late for my bedtime but I want to make a last attempt to write something that is meaningful to me.

I want to learn about other people’s lives and experiences (by reading blogs) because all of us are like in our Father’s garden. It’s not just my flower that counts but every one of the others. By learning about other people’s lives and experiences, I can make my flower that much prettier. People learn a lot from learning about others. I learn so much thanks to the stories in the Bible. I learn about Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joshua, David, Jonah, Daniel, Solomon, Jesus, Paul, and many others. Knowing their stories and their struggles have greatly enhanced my life. The Bible, however, is the only book we need in this world. It’s biographies, autobiographies, and teachings taught me “the way, the truth, and the life.” However, learning about other people, about their struggles and their lessons in following God can also help me grow spiritually, and it’s interesting! (I hope more interesting than computer games, but that remains to be seen).

That is what brothers and sisters in Christ should do. We should help each other, love each other, and learn from each other. In my Father’s garden there are many flowers just as in “my Father’s house there are many rooms” (John 14:2).

 

23 Jan 2010

23 Jan 2010
12:35pm

I need to stop reacting negatively when people treat me inferiorly. I need to submit to God and let Him be the judge. We are all inferior to God. The Bible says there is no one who does good. People are trying to think they are part of the “elite” class, they try to rely on their own strength and smarts. Their strength is limited, but if I trust in God, my strength will be unlimited. With a donkey’s jawbone, I can make donkeys of them. Amen. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Amen.

25 Jan 2010
12:45pm

These days are hard for me. It’s hard to do both God’s work and man’s work at the same time. I get tired; I don’t get enough rest. During the work day, of course I do the best I can. The Bible says pretend I’m not working for man but working for God. I always try to volunteer, try to be useful, but it’s tough. Few days ago, I was so discouraged that I prayed that the girl I love could send me a message. I don’t care how. Either by e-mail, phone call, etc. Everyday, I feel God gives me just enough. Just like basic training. It was awful. I would hate to go back to that time. When I came back to my room, I found that my internet is down! I later found out that the friend I’m using the internet from, is ETSing (leaving) tomorrow. I knew about that, but I didn’t know it was that soon. So, I’m stuck without internet, and have to rely occasionally from my friends or bike to a CeeZee café. It’s okay, cause I’m still pumping out music videos for God. I have a lot to do and not so much time.

I feel writing more is wasting time, but I’m going to the range next week to qualify for my weapon (M16). I shot sharpshooter in basic. I was very surprised that I shot sharpshooter. In basic, I suck at everything lol. It’s awful. I feel all someone needs is a cocky attitude towards me and he wins. The drill sergeants were so surprised that I shot a sharpshooter that they thought my babysitter shot the targets for me. He was pissed off too, because he didn’t pass and he denied that he was helping me. Who wants to help me anyways? Only God can help me. So we took the qualifying test again and I got sharpshooter again. My babysitter passed this time; he got a marksman. When I was shooting, I knew I have to shoot by faith. I was wearing two glasses: my normal civilian glasses and my eye protection. Due to that, I can’t see clearly. The eye pro presses against my eye brows which causes sweat to drip down my glasses. It gets even worse to see through the tiny sight picture. To make matters worse, I still have some double vision, despite my surgery when I was a child. My eyes now just LOOK normal. I get a little nervous every time I go to get my eyes checked. I prayed that the doctor won’t notice my double vision and so far, they haven’t. My whole military life teaches me that I can’t trust or depend on my own strength. I would be dead by now. I have to rely on God. I was born 3 months premature. I would have died, but  no, God saved me.

I also feel everyday is a life-threatening day for me. God saved my life everyday. I need to be happy when I’m weak because when I’m weak, then I’m strong.

10/22/09

10/22/09

S: 7:38pm
E: 7:49pm

I should not fear man, but fear God. Sigh, it’s depressing that I have to endure so much. The pain of weakness, of tireness, of legerthaic. I also have to endure the smiles and jokes of evil ones. Yes, evil ones. They say things that are funny, but wrong. It really isn’t funny. God doesn’t think its funny. Providing strangers with hospitality is pleasing and like a joke to heaven. The Bible said that there is no one who does good, on one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become corrupt. That is true, so true. It is in times like this, when I am surrounded by evil, that I long for peace. I long to be by myself, praying, seeking, worshiping God. Sigh, that is what I should be doing right before the field. Surely I do not have the things of God in my heart. I hate evil because God hates evil. I hate evil because it is against life. It is against love. It is against fairness and justice.

I am just so tired. I want to sleep, to rest in sweet peace. You know what, I’m going to sing along some of my Christian music. I must have Jesus. I cannot bear my burdens alone. I am weary and weak.

You know, many times, I wish I can be weak forever. By being weak, I seek and acknowledge God. I tend to seek the Lord if I am weak. If being weak helps me to seek the Lord, then I would rather have provety than riches, for I know that I have nothing apart from God. It is not my money but God’s. God owns everything I have. If someone steals from me, they are not stealing from me, no, they can have them, I will gladly give it to them, but they are stealing from God. Let God be the judge; let God be my judge. I will not resist evil men, for I know who holds tomorrow. Because Jesus lives, I can live again. Because Jesus lives, I can live tomorrow.

9/16/09

9/16/09

S: 5:33pm
E: 6:08pm

There is a very important event that happened to me today. I am sitting down, just finished with my devotations to God, and am preparing to rest in the afternoon. We finished all our tasks and duties and are just waiting for our platoon seargeant to release us. A fellow soldier next to me said, “…Yeh should go to bars and strip clubs and we should rape him.. no sorry Yeh, I mean they will rape you….” I waited for a moment, prayed, and asked God how to respond to this. I can’t just let him say it with no response from me. So after some time in prayer and thinking about what to say, I told him, “You could force me to bars or strip clubs, or make me have sex or rape me, but the God of Peter is my God. *finger pointed to heaven* I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. And the Lord is my light and my salvation. I will not be afraid. You can force me, but I will not sin against God.” Praise the Lord! All this time when I was talking to him, he kept saying “I’m just kidding!” But no, it is not a joke to me or to God.

These are the things I have to deal with almost everyday. Everyone is doing it, so why don’t you come with us to these bars or strip clubs or get a hooker? I’ll even pay for it. But no, I cannot sin against God. Although I’ve been to hooters a few times (I was “pressured” to go since it was a platoon event, and.. I really wanted to try a Sherily Temple), I was resolved to just enjoy the food and not lust after the girls. But then, I remembered a verse in Psalms saying that I will not delight in the food of the wicked for that food is deceptive.

It’s sad for me to tell you what my fellow soldiers talk about everyday…. Yesterday, they were having a conversation about how the Bible has so many flaws and how you can prove it. Today, they were talking about gays (you could be discharged if the military found out that you are gay) and sharing stories about other people. And then they talk about amazing facts like smoking 20 packs at the same time can kill you. After that, they joke about Chuck Norris. I still don’t know why soldiers in the military worship Chuck.

All this time, I cannot rest. If I rest, I would be tuned in to their conversation. So I had to distract myself by reading the Bible, taking notes, and singing songs. And also, I really tried not to listen to their conversation.. but the part when the elephant can outrun a cheetah got me.

Ok, if I do post this on facebook, please forgive me. I don’t mean to talk bad about my fellow soldiers. We still respect and love each other, but I hope posting this can give you a glimpse of what I am facing right now, and I have to get this off my chest.

9/12/09

9/12/09

S: 3:17
E: 3:21pm

There is an event yesterday when I was helping my battle buddies (I hope to call them “Bible” buddies soon) move. While in the midst of helping them move, I had my arm halfway in the car hood. Suddenly, the hood slammed shut on me. However, my arm was fine! I didn’t feel any pain. The wooden boards outside the hood prevented the hood from closing completely. Praise God! It is he who delivers me from the snare.

“A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.” (Psalm 34:19-20)