About fruits and ways

 

    This short text is about flowers, fruits and ways, mainly because today I took a lot of photos of roads and plum tree flowers.

   Every day is a new day. You wake up, and you see the sun up in the sky, or maybe just the light that comes from the sun. Let’s imagine you have a nice day, with bright sun and clear sky. A new season has begun and the nature seems to be alive again. You might be happy for it, but don’t take it for granted. It didn’t appear there because of a chance. It was God who brought a new life in all the plants. He takes care of his creation, and has a special place for it so that everyone can admire it.  

     ‘The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.’ Psalm 19:1

‘For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.’ Colossians 1:16

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These flowers are beautiful but their journey is not over at this stage. Soon they will become fruits. That’s what their purpose was from the beginning. However, not all will become fruits because only a small percentage has the right conditions to grow big.

     I also said I will talk about roads. There are roads at every step we take, if you think about it. These are the decisions you take. It might feel like a bifurcation every time you think what to do. When you decide to spend a day by yourself or meet your best friend. Likewise, when you chose not to work on the project you started a long time ago but instead you watched another episode of your favourite TV show. Let God lead all your ways, and you will be sure to make fruits. I still remember the biggest decision I took, and the words that I heard were that there is only one way ahead, and that was following Jesus.

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‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ John 14:6

 ‘He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.’  Psalm 23:3

‘Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.’ Psalms 86:11

 

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How I missed a flight on the New Year!

 

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Taipei 101, Saturday-30th

 

 

This is funny and has to be told. I missed my flight to Tokyo on the last day of the year 2017. What a unique way to start a new year, right? Even though I got to the airport 4 hours before the departure time I was too comfortable to move to the check in area in time. Now, on the top of being a really funny experience this will always remind me of several things. God was teaching me something even in the most critical situation. It was so important for me to be on time that I forgot who was in control of this things. It was Him and not I.

The day I left Taipei was Sunday and so I decided to go to a church in the city to connect with the Taiwanese Christians and to hear what God had to tell me for 2018. I have to say, I enjoyed the Church very much. The pastor was almost the same age as me, a young Australian boy named Levite. I was so glad that there were people of my age. He was teaching the word of God with boldness and passion and his message was inspiring. In fact, he kept saying’ Do you feel encouraged this morning?’ What a good reminder that this is the place we go to grow and get stronger in our belief.

On that occasion, as we were entering 2018, Levite was preaching on what attitude we should have for the beginning of the new year. Do we feel we are ready to start something bigger and more daring?

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine..” Ephesians 3:20

One question kept repeating. What do we see in 2018? Because what we will see we will also be able to do. If we have a clear image of what that will be then we will surely arrive there. I am aware it is is very difficult to see in the future, and I’m not a fortune-teller nor have I developed any special skill for doing this, but I know that by trusting in his plans for me, the future is clear and safe. In fact, whatever I can imagine, all my detailed plans for 2018, by trusting in Him, they will be even greater. I’m planning to go on a trip to Africa or Israel, also I will try to meet more Japanese people and learn more about Japan. I know my direction but I still need more clarity. However, I’m very excited about this year.

I want to use these last lines to thank Him, for teaching me this important lesson that I need to give up what I already have in order to receive more.

So, I found a flight soon and booked another ticket. I paid an expensive price, 112 euros to be more precise. I didn’t feel well about this, as I already paid a similar price for the missed fare, and for a few hours after, I was still regretting that I could have saved money, if I were more careful. The guilty thoughts disappeared when I remembered what was said in the Taipei church.  Let the regrets behind, and stay focused on what is coming.

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead”. Philippians 3:12-13

So maybe I wasted some money but the lesson was a lot more valuable, maybe invaluable. I will go on into 2018 and make it my best year yet and I will not let the small things to separate me from what I am going to receive.

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Are Japanese people really polite?

MA by So Shi Te

Please note that this article is not based on any particular research, but based only on my personal perspective. I had always been vaguely thinking about this, because Japanese people can be very nasty and I have confronted those Japanese people who are considerably rude. When I was surfing on wordpress articles the other day, I found some others have also been talking about it in the same way I had always been feeling, so I decided to express my thoughts on my blog too.

My favorite question to the tourists visiting my store in Tokyo is what do you think about Japan? They, of course, make positive comments about this country especially because I am Japanese and not many people are brave enough to make negative comments when someone standing in front of you is the native person.

They always say how beautiful Japan is and how clean Tokyo is…

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Silence

The short-story of ‘Silence’.

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Silence.

The word itself gives connotations of peace and tranquillity.train.jpg

The oxymoronic quality of the word combined with the sibilance of the slow, hissing ‘s’ gives one the impression of steam escaping from an old railroad train as it sets off from the station into the idyllic countryside. It’s amazing how we can forget how wonderful quiet can be sometimes.

We all find ourselves craving it in some way or another. Whether it is escaping through going on a scenic walk, blocking out the world with ear plugs on a plane journey, or curling up with a book beside a fireplace, each of us in our own ways needs to find that moment of solitude that brings rest.

For myself, I more often than not, do not like silence. I am fully aware that clashes with almost everything I said above – but for some of us silence can only be…

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Look out! Hurry up! Phrasal verbs for giving instructions

About Words - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog

by Liz Walter​

look outOne of the difficult things about phrasal verbs is knowing where to put the object. The great thing about the phrasal verbs in this post is that you don’t have to think about that because they are all used as simple, two-word phrases for giving instructions or orders. In other words, a single phrasal verb can make a whole sentence!

Several of these phrasal verbs are used for encouraging someone to improve their mood. If a person is very miserable, we could tell them to Cheer up!or if we think they are taking something too seriously or becoming too anxious, we could tell them to Lighten up! or Chill out!You might tell someone who is very angry or anxious to Calm down!, although this one can be dangerous because it often sounds like a criticism and is likely to have the opposite effect! David Cameron…

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Academic Writing and stylistic issues

So, academic writing is something that is required usually at UNIVERSITY but it is a valuable skill to have in almost any area of expertise.

In language and Linguistics, academic is very important and it can take different forms more or less different than the other types of writing. First of all, the language that is used has to be linguistics or language related. That means terminology is accepted but used in the right proportion and in the right situations.  A second thing that has to be said about academic writing is that it is required to be clear and written in a concise manner for the reason that it must be easy for any reader to understand the details that you, the writer, want to convey through the text. For example, when trying to explain your thoughts, try not to use many complex sentences when a simple one could do the same thing. Keeping it simple is many time the best thing to do. It is at the same time easy to follow the ideas put in and also an economic writing.

Another thing that the writer might think about is the clarity of the message that wants to be transmitted. Leaving the reader with a clear understanding of what it was meant to be said depends very much on the clarity of the ideas that were initially thought of.

 

First person singular ‘I’ is recommended not to be used as it shows a lack of academic style and it gives the text a personalised appearance. Personalising the text is not was is intended in academic writing but, on the contrary, it has to reflect a neutral position. Many scholars have changed their opinions about this recently and now it becomes more accepted. Yet, the safe run would be not to be used.