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{ 19 okt 2017 }

Throwback to my visit to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam! It wasn’t my first time, nor my last time there but I did enjoy it very much! The rest of the day we spent by strolling through Amsterdam and by shopping ‘til you drop. 🌌

(look at the cute teabag)

Nilai dari Waktu

Nilai dari Waktu

Ternyata jadi punya banyak waktu saat bisa log out Intagram.

Hal yang selama ini aku hampir tidak pernah lakukan sebelumnya. Thanks to Netflix dan program dokumentasi Minimalism yg aku tonton beberapa hari yg lalu, aku jadi belajar kembali tentang nilai.

Nilai dari kehidupan kita, nilai dari orang-orang yang ada di sekitar kita, nilai dari semua barang yang kita punya, yang kita beli, juga waktu yang kita pakai.

Sebanyak 150 kali rata-rata seseorang mengecek handphone-nya dalam sehari! Nilai angka yang cukup besar kan? Setelah mendengar penelitian itu, aku langsung mereflesikan diri dengan apa saja yang aku lakukan dengan 150an kalinya aku mengecek handphone ku dalam 1 hari.

Handphone untukku selain untuk tahu jam, dan timer, yang paling top dari yang paling top adalah Instagram. Kemudian Pinterest, lalu Tumblr. Selebihnya galery dan aplikasi edit foto dan chat.  

Si Aplikasi Gratis yang muncul di tahun 2010 dan dulunya hanya bisa di akses di Iphone merubah kepentingan semua orang. Dari yang tadinya hanya Myspace, Friendster, Facebook, Twitter, kini Instagram jadi salah satu applikasi sosial media tak terpisahkan di kehidupan sehari-hari. ( Ini berasal dari pengalamanku ) ps : aku mendaftar di Instagram di tahun 2012 - and yes this app changed my life completely too.

Dunia berubah, prioritas orang berubah dan topik argumentasi hari ini berputar di poin positif dan negatif dari keberadaan media sosial. Alat dan tempat dimana kita bisa terus terhubung dan berbagi hidup dengan teman, kenalan atau orang-orang di belahan dunia manapun. Apa ini bagus? atau tidak?

Kali ini aku berusaha merenung, bagaimana jika sosial media tidak pernah ada? atau tiba-tiba di hapus, hal apa yang aku bisa lakukan lebih banyak lagi dengan waktuku selain ‘menghabiskan'nya di social media.( most of the time )

Apa yang akan aku lakukan jika aku berada di masa mamaku muda mungkin? the 70′ 80′ ?

Mungkinkah aku akan menulis lebih banyak? membaca buku lebih banyak? menyanyi dan melatih keahlian musikku lebih banyak? menulis lagu lebih banyak?

Ya - ku membayangkan diriku. 

Aku tau aku bisa melakukan lebih banyak saat aku tidak terkoneksi dengan media sosial.
Don’t get me wrong, tidak masalah dengan media sosial, yang masalah adalah berapa banyak nilai yang kita berikan. Dan sekarang aku disadarkan dengan nilai waktu ini.

Kita yang harus mengontrol dan tidak di kontrol.

I know i can do it better and more.

I need to push my limit. Though it’s not going to be easy, karena kita butuh konsistensi dan ketekunan.

I’m gonna talk myself into it. And I really want to create more.

I hope you too.

Bises

Debora

12 janvier 2019

using our weakness

A new day and many opportunities have come our way. Yesterday I asked you to find the thread through several verses, and I will encourage you to do the same today.

Psalm 136:23  NLT

He remembered us in our weakness. His faithful love endures forever.

Romans 8:26  NLT

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.

2 Corinthians 12:9  NLT

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

Hebrews 4:15  NLT

This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.

I am guessing you have found the thread in these verses.  Yesterday we spoke of strength and God’s way of giving us life, wisdom, guidance and strength.  Today we step in a similar direction as these verses remind us that our weakness is the highlighter to understand how His strength works in us.

When I am weak, He is strong.  Our weakness reminds us of His strength and of our need for God!

2 Corinthians 12:10  NLT

That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Colossians 1:11  NLT

We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,

[ 17 jan 2019 ]

12/100 days of productivity.

Hellow! Currently enjoying my salad and a book! I got off school early and this afternoon I will do some chores at home and study for my finals. I’m also very pleased because I started writing again for my story! My writersblock is finally away 😌.

I’ve never had to study

I know this is such a stupid thing to say and may make me seem like an asshole, but it is true. Not once in the 9 years before now have I ever studied. The teachers in 2nd grade told me I read at a 12th grade level and that I would go far in life, and it ended there. They put me in the easy classes, they told me I was smart but never nurtured it. They told me I would do great things but never told me how to work for them. So I went 9 years of school in “normal classes” they were easy. I was able to do the math in seconds and my grades were great. I’m now in 10th grade, last year I decided I wanted a challenge because I’ve never really faced many challenges academically, so now I’m working etxra hard and I don’t know what I’m supposed to do because I’m so used to starting something and being extremely okay at it not good but not awful. Now i need to study but I don’t know how. I want to go to med school but idk if I’ll be able to make it through highschool at this rate please nurture your kids love of learning as soon as you can. Don’t over push them and make them hate learning in general, Don’t push them so they think learning is the most important  thing they’ll ever face, teach your kids to be kind, teach them to be curious, teach them how to love the fact that they can do multiplication before the other kids but don’t make them feel bad because they aren’t the best in the class because when the love learning they’ll do it more and more 

Brave

We need the courage to face all kinds of life problems. Every now and then we dare to step in to meet at the battle.
However, there are times when we have to retreat. This is not because we don’t brave enough to face it. We are just too precious to do a fight. Or the opponents we face are not worth it, so this fight will be of no use at all.

Knowing our worth is important. Not to boast, it’s just that we are too valuable to serve something trivial.

Three Religions, One Place

I want to take a moment to talk about the weather because I thought Maryland weather was bi-polar, but I think Israel and Palestine might be worse.  In the last few days, the weather has gone from bright and sunny to hazy to raining to snowing.  I kid you not.  Even just today, it was nice and warm in the sun until the wind came in, then we moved up the mountains and it started raining, back into Jerusalem an now it’s snowing.  Needless to say, my body doesn’t really know what to do with this weather anymore.

(A Beautiful sunrise over Bethlehem)

While we had the sunshine in our favor this morning, we left Bethlehem and headed over to Jerusalem.  We left during rush hour, so what is normally a short drive, took rather long. There were cars stopped as far as the eye could see.  That meant we had lots of time to learn about the city.  Jerusalem is the biggest city in the country because of the three monotheistic religions that “share” the holiness of the place.  It was a Canaanite city until David conquered it and united the country.  David moved the capital from Hebron to Jerusalem.  Today, most of Jerusalem is in Israel, East-Jerusalem is in the West Bank, and the Temple Mount is technically under control of Jordan.

We spent the day around The Temple Mount visiting The Western Wall, also called The Wailing Wall, The Rabbinic Tunnel, seeing the top of the Temple Mount and looking at the ruins of the Second Temple with the Southern Steps.  A bit of history about the area where we were:  The Temple Mount is the place where all three monotheistic religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) believe Abraham went when God was testing him during the sacrifice of Isaac on Mount Moriah (Genesis 22: 1-19).  Each religion has its own beliefs on what else may have happened in that spot, but for the sake of simplicity, we will leave it at that.

(The Temple Mount with ruins from the Second Temple)

David was the first to build an altar on Mount Moriah (1 Chronicles 21:26) and Solomon built the First Temple (2 Chronicles 3:1), which was destroyed in 587 BCE.  It wasn’t until Herod the Great (remember him?) came around and built the Second Temple in 516 BCE, which was destroyed in 70 CE.  The Second Temple is where Jesus went to make sacrifices with his family and where he preached and taught the people in Jerusalem. When the Second Temple was destroyed, just the buildings and walls on top of the plaza were destroyed, the retaining walls and courtyard remained, making it possible to rebuild.  In 637 CE, Muslims conquered Jerusalem and built the Dome of the Rock on top of The Temple Mount.  (Insert a thousand years of history and conflict) After the Israeli State took back the land in 1967, control over the Temple Mount was given to Waqf under Jordanian authority to care for and maintain the site while Israel provides security.

Today, this is still the site of Arab-Israeli conflict as evident in some of the interactions we experienced today.  Jews are not allowed to go to the top of The Temple Mount and only Muslims are allowed to pray on The Temple Mount. Jews can pray at The Western wall, making this an important place, and the holiest place for them to pilgrimage to.

We spent some time at The Western Wall visiting and taking time for prayer.  I took a pen and a small piece of paper to write a prayer on and per custom, I shoved it into a crack in the wall.  People bring prayers from all over the world to place at the wall.  The custom started when people were unable to make the journey, they would send their prayers with those who visited, asking them to place it in the wall so they could pray by proxy.  The prayers are gathered twice a year and buried on the Mount of Olives.

After visiting the wall, we ventured up to The Temple Mount to visit the space.  As we are not Muslim we could not go inside the Mosque, nor bring any religious books that could be used for prayer, nor could we pray.  We were purely allowed to walk around and look at the space.  The mosque was beautiful but it was cool to imagine what the Second Temple would have looked like and imagine the experience Jesus might have had there.

(Dome of the Rock)

We left the Temple Mount and ventured through the Muslim quarter of the city where we passed some shops and homes on our way to see the ancient ruins of the Second Temple.  We got to see the original steps (Southern Steps) where it is likely Jesus sat and gathered people to teach.  We also could see the remains of shops where money changers might have been.  We know Jesus flipped tables in the Temple Mount (Matthew 21:12-13 or Mark 11:15-18) but we don’t know if it could have been these shops at the base of the Temple or further up.  Regardless, it was cool to walk on the stones where Jesus walked.


(Sitting on the Southern Steps leading into the Temple Mount)

After some time in devotion on the steps, we went to the Rabbinic Tunnels which were excavated underneath the Muslim quarter along the Western Wall of the city.  It was cool to see the foundation of the Temple and marvel is the beauty of Herod the Great’s work.  Of the two groups who went through the tunnel, one of the tour guides was a Zionist which provided a very interesting perspective, on the whole area of the Temple Mount. I was not in that group, but it was a subject of conversation around some of the comments the guide made in relation to the tension/relationship between Islam and Judaism in this place.

When we finished in the tunnels, we moved on to visit Herodium, the site where Herod the Great was buried.  Let me tell you, this guy was a real jerk, but he sure did some amazing things during his time on earth.  I mean, the Temple Mount is exquisite (what still remains today at least), and some of the cities we’ve been to Sepphoris, Meggido, Cesarea Maritime they’re all just outstanding.  Herodium was home to another first-century synagogue, a water system, and Herod the Greats tomb which was discovered recently in 2007.

It was cool to see, but the wind was getting insanely out of control while we were on top of the mountain and it started to rain a dirty muddy rain.  The wind was so strong I felt like I was getting blown away and I had a terrible time trying to keep myself warm.  It was definitely a crazy experience; especially because everyone said this weather comes for one day a year, so we lucked out on that one.

These days are so amazing and full of new learning opportunities, but I’m getting more tired with each day.  Now we are entering into the present day conflict enmeshed in the time of Jesus and it’s getting harder to put together my feelings on everything.  To think The Temple Mount - something so holy to three of the world’s major religions is a huge site of conflict, isn’t surprising, but it does kind of hurt my soul.  We went through 5 checkpoints today just to get around the area of the Temple Mount, Western Wall, and the Plaza at the Western Wall. I wish there was a way for the world to live at peace, to recognize our differences but not let them define everything.

We are in Jerusalem for the next few days and I’m excited to continue exploring the footsteps of Jesus and learning more about this place that is so holy to so many people.