What I’m Thankful for App Review (Randomizer)

10/19/2016: What I’m Thankful for App Review (Randomizer)

Around 5:30pm

I’m so thankful to have found this app. I’ve been searching for this app during my free time working at UTEP for more than an hour. This app outputs random string of words from a list. It has other functions, too, but this was the one I was looking for. I tried looking at flashcard apps but they weren’t compatible to what I was seeking.

With this app, I can write a list of things that I’m thankful for and, when I pray, the app can shuffle the list back to me. It is also great for prayer lists and random quotes. Many times, I forget what to pray for so this can help me.

Here are some screenshots of the app:

 

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Link to app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simon.randomizer&hl=en

I hope this app can help you as much as it helped me.

10/27/2012: My Oregon Trail

10/27/2012: My Oregon Trail

{S: 9:15pm}  I don’t feel like writing very much today but I feel inspired joyfully to write.  Writing should not be boring or mundane.  The writer is writing something that will endure for a long time, probably more than his or her life.  Writing should be like a story; a story with God.

I’m happy today only because I was able to get my Oregon Trail II game to work on Windows 7!!!  I love playing Oregon Trail and especially the second edition because, to me, today’s trail symbolizes our trail to the Celestial City.  For the occupation, I choose to be a pastor because I want to love God.  My party members are five people I prayed earlier today.  I never knew that the people I prayed for today would be the five members in my wagon train.

The journey was tough but praise God, none of us got sick with the exception of scurvy, and that’s only because I brought only mostly potatoes and used my hunting skills to get meat.  There were lots of wagon accidents but I lost only things.  And two people almost drowned but, praise God, their lives are spared.

And what kind of ending I got?  Let me type the whole thing down:

In 1840, Steven settled on 1,679 acres of land in an area that would later become part of the city of Portland, Oregon.

After several years of only moderate success on the farm, Steven decided to move to the growing population center of Oregon City, establishing a small business that proved more stable and satisfying.

During and after the Civil War, Steven became active in raising money for the widows of soldiers and disabled veterans.  For these and other civic activities, Steven was awarded a citation and commemorative plaque by the President of the United States.

I was in the Army, so it would make sense for me to help needy ex-soldiers.  And, speaking of widows:

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  James 1:27

A perfect ending for a social worker.

Another issue I want to write is about computer games.  Now, I consider games like wine or other fermented drink.  Too much of it is wrong in the Bible because “wine is a mocker and beer a brawler” (Proverb 20:1).

Of course, I know that the best course of action is to be like a Nazirite who cannot drink any alcohol.  God himself will be his wine and God himself will provide the sacrifice.  But, I am not strong enough.  I must have a beer or two and maybe three or four until I get drunk.

The problem with me is not because I play computer games, but because I played so much that I become drunk.  I realized this analogy today.  When it is time to relax, I will only have a beer or two and control myself.  I will maintain my balance and to obey God’s first commandment.

Which is another thing I want to write today.  I realized, for the past several weeks, that I did not put God first.  I had forgotten Jesus’ First Commandment which is to: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).  God said to love the Lord with all of these things.  Honestly, I forgot about that.  I did not love God with all of these things.  Now, I am memorizing and attempting to follow His First Commandment.

It is not enough to just love God, we need to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength.

I might not come to church today or I’ll come very late because tomorrow, I’m participating in the 5k Tour de Tolerance run!  I registered for it early and, today, I biked 2 miles to 3233 N. Mesa to get my running stuff.  I’m not running that race (I don’t really call it a race) to win, but to be there to show my support for Israel.  I think, to make an analogy, I love Israel as much as Danny loves Taiwan.  :)

PS: If you want Oregon Trail II, pm me and I can put that in dropbox or something.  The total size is about 280 MB.

1/29/2011: Bring people to God

1/29/2011: Bring people to God

S: 6:32am

E: 6:55am

Today, our battery played capture the flag for PT!!! I would have had more fun if I remembered one of the basic principles of evangelism.

I came to PT and my NCO told me the time and location of the first order of business for the day. I knew my NCO don’t like me asking questions, but, I wanted to know for what reason, so, I asked my best friend in the Army. He told me, with a “are you stupid” tone, the same thing my sergeant said. I asked why but he just ignored me. I went away but I felt hurt. I felt hurt because there is no love. I should have left it to that, if I knew that basic principle. However, I didn’t, so I decided try to share my feelings and try to change people.

I told him, “D, I don’t know why you are so mean. I just want to know for what reason (so I can prepare, but I didn’t say that).”

He replied, “Since you are so butt-hurt, don’t talk to me.”

My sergeant, who is in the vicinity, told me why do I want to know? Since I know my sergeant, I didn’t answer him but gave a “hooah sergeant.” Then I went away.

I thought about being completely rational with them but, no, I can’t. I still need to do Christ’s best to love people, even people who hurt me. Then our battery played capture the flag and I tried to be friendly with him. I had fun, and it was intense. I did what I can to help my team. I shout out every time an opponent cross the line (to prevent surprises). Since I see that most players either attack and on all the way or stay behind and defend, I played the role as a multi-fighter. I take defense first, and if I see most of the attacking teammates tagged, I go on “search and rescue” missions and go on the offense. Depending on the situation, I try not to put myself in great danger, so I can retreat and save my teammates again. I call myself the “rescuer.” Heh. Yea, our team won 3-2. Go 14 series :)

It is after the game, when walking to chow, that I remembered the basic principle of evangelism. I tried, without knowing, to change people, to bring God to people, but, as what Watchman Nee wrote, I need to bring people to God first before I bring God to people.

I find that I always try to change people’s behaviors, whether they are too mean, too judging, or too conceited. I find that I cannot change people. I cannot even change myself. None of us can. Only God can change people. I should not be trying to change behaviors or attitudes but to be praying and, with wisdom, leading people to God.

Luke 5:31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

I remember my “Operation Los Angeles” and how much of the days I planned is in prayer. People need to seek God first. They have to have a need for a savior before they can accept Jesus into their hearts. Once that is done, God does the work of changing people. Then they become more loving, caring, patient, understanding, honest, etc. We should not worry about changing people’s outside behaviors or trying to change social issues like the economy, universal healthcare, or even abortion, because like an individual’s behavior, these are simply society’s behavior and beliefs. We need to bring people to God before we can bring God to people.

And also, before I take a dump and shower, I realized that my prayer life has been weak. I spent most of my time praying outside, when walking to and fro. I spent most of my time praying on my “junk” time. On my free time, in my room, I find that I spend a lot of time on Star Kingdoms (the only game I authorized myself to play) and college, but little on prayer. And the times that I do pray, I do something else also! I cannot do that! God says we cannot worship both God and money and that we have to love Him so much that everything else is like hatred compared to God (Matthew 6:24, Matthew 10:37). How dare me to add other things and concerns in my own time for Him! I need to repent and spend more time with Him. Without Him, I am nothing. I cannot be “too busy” (from Little Reflections) for God.

 

11/29/2010: Free-writing

11/29/2010: Free-writing

S: 7:38am

E: 8:21am

I love journal writing or writing on my discovery because I get to free-write. I love free writing because I get to put my thoughts out. It doesn’t have to make sense; it just has to make sense to God :) .

Well, actually, it’s quite hard to free write when I’m also trying to defecate. Heh, but it’s okay, what matters is that I do my best to worship God.

This world is so messed up now. I can sense it every day and it seems to be getting stronger. I can feel more hate when passing people. I still try to say “hi!” or “good to see you.” They can hate but I will love because love comes from God.

It’s sad that when times are hard, people tend to be meaner to each other. They love others less while they love themselves more. When times are good, if you say “hi” to them, most likely they will say “hi” back. Now, if I say “hi” to them, they just ignore me. I can sense the increased amount of stress. I think this is what distinguishes Christians and non-Christians. When times are hard, Christians tend to rely more on God and seek spiritual help from other Christians. They become more loving, happy, patient, peaceful, because these heavenly gifts comes from God. Non-Christians, however, transfer the love they had for people back to themselves. They become more selfish, more self-centered, meaner, and they do more evil things. When a disaster comes, Christians tend to help people while non-Christians tend to destroy people. And yes, there are good people outside of Christianity too, but that is self-righteousness. The Bible says there is no one good but God alone (Mark 10:18). The good things that we do come from the flesh and since they come from the flesh, they are like “filthy rags” to God (Isaiah 64:6). The flesh can do both good and evil but because it is also capable of evil, the flesh is hostile to God (Romans 8:5-7). His standard is perfection (Matthew 5:48). Only our spirit, through God’s Holy Spirit is acceptable to Him because it is completely good. We can only worship God in spirit and in truth.

Okay, I finally took a dump! Mission accomplished! Heh. I remember while I was still on the say, I thought of the verse:

James 1:15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

I need to be careful. It’s not what I want; it’s what God wants. I think I thought of this because to me, taking a dump is like giving birth. It’s not easy and once the movements come, I have to go! I can’t just give birth any time I want.

I remember my mom also has this problem. Sometimes, she would say, “Praise God, I was finally able to drop a big one!” or “Aaah, I feel so good now, now that I took a dump.” I would be surprised that she said it but, now, it makes sense. Once I feel what others feel, it makes sense.

I think the ability to pray to God is such a wonderful gift. When this world gives me the hates, I can always talk to God in prayer. I know that God is the ultimate judge and power comes from Him. I feel peace in the midst of chaos because I can always talk to God about my thoughts and troubles. Anxiety

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

I will always pray, pray, when things go wrong till in your heart rings heaven’s song, the loving God, His voice will hear come back to Him he’s always near.

Communication with people is important, but communication with God is more important. Everything that has to do with God is always more important because God is always important. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and He created us.

There is still so much I want to write such as the “trial-and-error” logic. Human reasoning is very flawed because there is always something that humans don’t know. On the other hand, God’s Word is always correct because God knows everything. One reason why I love free-writing is because it also allows me to a preparatory phase before writing a paper on a topic. Maybe that’s what I’m going to do! When I get an essay assignment from English class, instead of using outlines, and drafts, I will just write about it. Free-write. Then, I can reread and harvest the gems to put on my essay, after some organization. To beat an essay I will write about it. To win a war, like what Winston Churchill did, he just talked about it!

10/4/09

10/4/09

S: 7:53pm
E: 7:58pm

Sigh. I am just so weak. I was about to check porn and I’m praying to God to help me. Just then, my room mate entered the room. So close. He (Jesus) saved me. Then, I decided to play Noctonial Illusions, a adult hentai game. After a short while, Milisia from church called me to check on how I’m doing. You know, my excuse for checking porn at that time was because I was stressed out and I don’t have a girlfriend yet. I hate myself, forgive me God. Thank you for saving me. My excuse for playing that Noctonial Illusions was because I wanted some fun. I want to have fun, I’m so bored. I don’t want to read the Bible or learn about God becasue I’m just too bored and too stressed out. What? Worsipping God shouldn’t be a stressful event, it should be freedom, for it is in Christ that sets me free. Forgive me God.

S: 8:28pm
E: 8:32pm

It is when I’m weak when I’m attacked. I don’t understand. Praise God, I was still able to hold my ground. I wasn’t able to attack effectively though, due to my sins and my failing for tempation. Forgive me God. As a Christian, I need to be battle-ready at ALL times. I cannot let down my guard, I cannot willfully sin. I’m so stupid, so weak. Lord, help me and forgive me. Your ways are higher than mine. Your thoughts are higher than mine. Help me God, protect me and watch over me. My father and mother may forsake me, but the Lord will receive me. It doesn’t matter what I do, what matters is that I trust in God.

Prayer Request

Prayer Request

9/25/2009

 

Sup friends! I overstretched my left thumb while playing basketball during PT this morning. My left thumb muscles are swollen and I am in pain constantly. I am typing with one hand as my left hand can hardly do anything. Maybe I should have a nursing assistant to help me dress lol. If it is still swollen, I will go to sick call tomorrow.

And also, thank you for your prayers on my coughing! I hardly took any medications, but my coughing has largely subsided, and I tested negative for asthma. Jesus is my doctor!