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A dream or not a dream? August 22, 2010

Posted by Donovan in Interesting, Personal, Random.
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Had a strange experience when asleep.

I got up from bed one time. Took my I-pod and its charger and went out of my room and put it in a basket near the bathroom and then went back to bed. What’s even weirder is that it was like I was conscious I was doing that (like in a dream), but couldn’t control my actions…so weird. So I couldn’t tell if it was a dream or not, because usually I can.

Have had similar experiences in the past where I will switch off the my lamp/clock at the powerpoint and wonder who turned it off the next day…

Wonder if anyone else has experienced this…?

Blackout? September 5, 2009

Posted by Donovan in Amusing.
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haha really late last night/very early today (some time after 2am…lol) there was a blackout!

Went to sleep at like 2am…for some reason I woke up at 6am…looked at my clock and it said 2:00…

looked at mobile and it said 6…

without even thinking, I fixed up my clock time and went straight back to bed! lol

(whenever there’s a blackout, and the power comes back on, my clock’s time blinks for some reason. So I know when there’s been a blackout)

Didn’t know there was a blackout until my brothers told me! haha

So glad I went to sleep when I did! Didn’t have to go through the blackout! :D

Priorties June 23, 2009

Posted by Donovan in Ablaze, God, Personal, Uni.
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Wow, it’s been a while since my last post, hasn’t it? haha I’ve had a few ideas in mind to write about, but never got around to it :P

Being on visuals last Friday sure was a doozy.  Managed to set up everything in time, but really wished I could’ve been there the Friday before to see how the visuals stuff was set up.

However, it was during the service when it really became a doozy. After service, I was reminded of last week’s lifegroup discussion. Do I put more priority to study than to God? I’m afraid it was true in the midst of all the exams and assignments. It really reflected during the service as I was slower than usual during praise and worship and even missed some slides. I think it was even more apparent during the sermon, as I was pretty slow and even sometimes lost where Torch was up to.

I must say it was caused by lack of sleep, but tracking it back even further, I can see it was because of misplaced priorities. Trying to study as much as possible leads to no time for quiet time and sleeping really late.

Just listened to a sermon recently that talked about the best question ever. “What is the wise thing to do?”. In light that I will be in God’s house, what is the wise thing for me to do, especially when I’m serving? Praying that this will change how I approach service.

Quote of the Day April 25, 2009

Posted by Donovan in Christianity, God, Interesting, Personal, Quotes.
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“Be uncomfortable with your comfortableness

- Me! haha…(this quote makes sense, right?)

Still alive… January 9, 2009

Posted by Donovan in Amusing, Uni.
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haha I haven’t posted here in ages…

With some pressure from people I recently went out with, I’ve decided to post something :P They know who they are.

They wanted to know how I managed to get a 4,5,6 and 7 two times in a row last year.

The first time it happened, it was a huge surprise,  check http://donham.wordpress.com/2008/07/07/uni-marks/ for the full thing.

The second time I was of course surprised again, found it funny and then after a while wasn’t really surprised, because I kind of knew what marks I would get for each subject.

It’s not like I’m doing it on purpose, I don’t have some kind of strategy to get these marks :P. Although, if it keeps happening throughout uni, it’ll be great for conversations and I’ll be laughing so hard…lol

Also, I’ve been sick lately…I was sick, was getting better and then it became worse…:( Hopefully I’ll recover soon!

Quote of the Day August 31, 2008

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“Our mess is our message”

J. John

2nd Testimony at Service August 1, 2008

Posted by Donovan in Ablaze, God, Personal.
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Another year, another testimony. Wow, throughout the year I’ve always been anxious of what I would talk about if I was asked to do a testimony at Ablaze service. It was no different when I was asked. Funny thing is, I actually had something in mind, but the topic I was asked to testify about was something different than what I was thinking of, but in writing this testimony, it helped me to realise other good things that have happened throughout my life :)
Was still a little nervous this time round, my legs felt like they wanted to give way haha glad I managed not to move too much :). 8 months, I believe since my first one. Well, here it is:

Hello. My name’s Donovan. I am currently doing a Bachelor of Games and Interactive Entertainment at QUT and am part of the uni group, Powerhouse.

Tonight, I’d like to share with you on the topic of reaching out to our friends.

From the beginning, I’ve never thought of myself as an influential person or one that could make an impact on people’s lives. I used to think of myself as just the average, everyday person. It was after discovering my identity in Christ that I truly realised my value, that I could do so much more than I ever thought possible. It was thanks to people in my life who have helped me realise this, especially from Ablaze who’ve invested into my life.

During my Christian walk, I’ve discovered that it’s not your talents, skills or abilities that determine your impact on people, it’s your heart. When God sees a heart that yearns to make an impact on people’s lives, God moves so powerfully through you. It was the beginning of this year that really started it for me. The burden of reaching out to my friends was not originally on top of my priority list. I remember hearing a question that went along the lines of “You have received salvation, now what are you going to do with it?” I heard this quite some time after my own salvation and it really struck me, as I used to be more of a spectator Christian, one that would be more reactive and not so much proactive.

Before I received my salvation, I used to drift through life, taking things as they come, and not thinking much about life. Having received salvation, my life has taken a turn for the better. One of the big things was direction in life, but the main thing is the fulfilment that comes from salvation. There’s nothing else that I’ve experienced in life that’s like it. I’ve seen people wonder through life seeking for something that will fulfil them and I know that only through knowing Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour, that they can find true fulfilment

The result of impacting other’s lives is two-fold, I’ve found. Not only do they feel valued and loved, but the joy you receive is unparalleled. Through simple acts of kindness such as opening the door, serving food or helping clean up, these things can be used to show the love of Christ to reach out to them. One of the ways we have been outreaching in our unis is through our lunch time groups called Link. Link is a time where we come to hangout once a week and is a great way to introduce our uni friends to people from Ablaze. Through Link, I’ve seen the impact we’ve had on the friends I’ve brought along. One time, I couldn’t make it, but my uni friends still went to Link, which I seriously didn’t expect to happen. Praise God.

I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage you to really invest into other people’s lives. For nothing is as important as giving people the assurance of knowing that they have value. I’ll never forget that someone went out of their way in reaching out to me.

I’d like to share a word with you from the book of Acts 20:35
‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ “

For I have found this to be so true in my own life and I know it to be true for you as well.

Uni Marks July 7, 2008

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First year, Semester one has gone so fast, I can’t believe how fast it went. And with it comes the dread of results…Dread that turned to absolute delight! :D

DEB101 INTRODUCING DESIGN 4 PASS 57% COMPLETED
ITB001 PROBLEM-SOLVING AND PROGRAMMING 6 DISTINCTION 80% COMPLETED
ITB002 IT PROFESSIONAL STUDIES 7 HIGH DISTINCTION 84% COMPLETED
ITB750 COMPUTER GAME STUDIES 5 CREDIT 73% COMPLETED

I never expected a high distinction, that’s for sure, especially for first year. Also, the cut off for a high distinction is meant to be >=85%, so I was completely taken aback. Praise God for His favour!! :D

Contrary to what some might say *cough* Trung *cough* haha, those marks were not easy to attain. I really thank God for helping me focus when I was doing my assessments. I am usually one to put off assignments until the last week. For those ones, I was able to continually work on them throughout the weeks leading up to the due date at a steady pace. Praise God!! At times, I was actually enjoying doing my assessments too! Imagine that! I tell you, whenever you enjoy doing an assessment, that is a good sign.

Part of the enjoyment was the balance I had doing my assignments while talking on MSN at the same time. Although, if you want to try this, I’d recommend not talking to too many people at one time. Maybe just a few at a time lol And don’t go on Facebook, MySpace or whatever, they’re like procrastination central haha

Other highlights from this semester:

  • The first time I got a perfect mark, 15/15!! Praise God!!
  • The weirdest mark I’ve gotten, 24.95/25. I think I was more like ‘what the’ than happy when I saw that lol
  • The friends I’ve made at uni, making the transition to uni a lot easier.
  • The best oral I’ve ever performed.

P.S If you’re wondering why I only got a 4 for the Design subject, it’s because it’s my least favourite subject and not my strength either :P

Quote of the Day June 26, 2008

Posted by Donovan in Christianity, Quotes.
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Christianity is a faith, not a system.

Ps. Ian Grant

This was a really profound statement as I see so many people fall into the world’s trap of seeing Christianity as just another ‘religion’. He was explaining that you can destroy the system, but you can never destroy the faith. Christianity doesn’t require systems to flourish, it can flourish in any cultural context. It reminded me of the OC2008, that it’s the principals behind each action and not the program, that brings people to Christ. It can be so easy to be wowed by a flashy program, but after a while, it can lose its substance from a lack of wholeheartedness and commitment.

Bottom line: it’s not the action that matters, but the principal and heart behind each action.

Any thoughts on this quote or my interpretation?

Mobile Phone. May 10, 2008

Posted by Donovan in Amusing, Random.
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My phone’s weird.

When I go to bed, it periodically lights up. No message, no call etc.

Kinda freaked me out the first time lol.

[edit] My mobile’s alarm went off by itself… fully scared me.

Does your phone do anything random? i don’t want to be alone in this… lol

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