February 28, 2010
Please pause for a moment to pray for the people affected by the latest earthquake. There are warnings of tsunami around the Pacific. May all of us find our safe place and security in God's hand.
Click on the link to read Naomi's post.
February 26, 2010
These pictures were taken during my recent trip to Penang, Malaysia. I just love its the gorgeous sky!
Enjoy skywatching around the world here!
February 24, 2010
This verse is sometimes hard to swallow. But it always comes to mind. Just like troubles in life, they come no matter how we avoid them. So better welcome them with a brave heart......for no one is "troubleproof" in this side of life.
I thank God for all the trials I've been through and the challenges I'm facing now. They made my faith stronger. I don't ask for them but I know they come with a purpose. I recall that each time I have trouble I'm drawn closer to Him, and each time I am in great need, miracle happens.
I thank God for His grace that abounds especially in times of trials and persecution. His strength made me endure.
2 Corinthians 12:9
I thank God for His comfort in times of sorrow. I continue to praise and give thanks to Him regardless of my circumstance. "Weeping may remain for a night but rejoicing is sure to come in the morning".
I Thank God for He is gentle with His dealings with me, though many times I fail and fall short from His standard. If I fell seven times, He would pick me up eight times. That's how abundant His patience is for me.
I thank Jesus for His comforting words. His loving character is so revealed in His words. I take comfort in His promise each time I'm weary and tired or just feeling down.
February 18, 2010
I got hooked on the page dated August 3, 2005, where I wrote...
February 17, 2010
I thank you Lord for you always come right there to rescue me from any trouble. You lift me up from feeling so low this week. I've seen your strength carried me though the days when I was physically and emotionally exhausted.
He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;...
Thank you Lord for your protection upon me and my family. Thank you for healing dear husband and my 2 daughters from symptoms of flu.
The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life. Psalm 121:1-7
I thank you Lord for once again You've shown me how true You are to Your word and indeed You are my present help in times of trouble.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble .
Have you experienced God's help and blessings this week? Judy, the grateful hostess of this meme every Wednesday is inviting everyone to join her in nurturing a thankful heart by writing a list of things we are thankful for each week. Click here ~A Thankful Woman's Book of Blessings~ to read more....
February 12, 2010
I remembered how shocked I was when dear husband gave me only one suitcase to pack all my belongings when we decided to live overseas in 1998. And I was even more shocked when I heard I was to share that with my 5 year old son. His would be full of books and all our important document.
What about the wedding gifts? My scented candle collection? My baking paraphernalia? My.... My world suddenly was compacted to a suitcase. So, we left our country with our very few belongings. Dear husband was right. We boarded on 4 flights before reaching our destination and it would have been more exhausting had we not agreed to bring not more than that.
The family grew over the years moving from one country to another. The number of suitcase also multiplied but not quite much for five people. I know, anytime we need to move to whatever country (who knows?) we'll have to squeeze everything into them again.
For now, we are happy settling down in our host country. There is always the desire to accumulate more things, beautiful things that this world can offer. But I must have to remind myself that even if I' were not to move again I'm only a pilgrim here on earth and I'm not to store up treasures for myself here.
This is all what I had in mind, never noticing that I finished the work in shorter time than expected. I gathered 2 sacks of stuff to be given away. I felt light. My heart was again emptied with cares of this world. But I know it will be easy to throw things again behind that curtain... so this "work" must be done regularly.
For homeschooling families: Maybe you would want to check our brand new meme for homeschoolers here.
February 4, 2010
Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up, Lord!
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!
Chorus from Fill My Cup, Lord
by Richard E. Blanchard, Sr.
This is the chorus that is played repeatedly in my head right now. I was in a rush to get things done and it always happens not just today but most of my days. Life can be oftentimes draining. And it shouldn't be, right?
Please join me for tea with other ladies in my other blog. This light talk that I share with my friends has always made my heart light.
February 3, 2010
Thank you Lord for blessing me with friends who are always there to remind me of Your love.
"Are you upset my little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don't worry...I'm here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and i will always be here to take care of you."
~Charlie Brown to Snoopy~
Thank you Lord for friends who bring encouragement to my life.
"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together..there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart..I'll always be with you."
~Winnie the Pooh~
Thank you Lord for friends who see beyond my present weakness and believe in me that I can be better; friends who embrace my failure and cheer on my potential.
"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, "What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
Thank you Lord for bringing friends to my life with whom I can share many things in common. Friends of kindred spirit, they're such a joy to have. Their friendship reminds me that we have One Creator.
I am a companion of all those who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts.
February 2, 2010
More than the things she sent me, what touches my heart was the dedication she wrote on the book. Words of affirmation. My friend's heart is like a fountain full of that.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
"It's simple acts of kindness that women remember", she wrote, and I totally agree with her. This act, my dearest friend, will be remembered.
So, that afternoon I had a restful time browsing the book and was inspired to add a bit of excitement to the Tea Talk meme that I host every Thursday. As we share about the kind of tea we're having, let's try sharing a bit about our teacup/mug. What color is it? Is it chipped by time? Is it a treasure found in 1-dollar store? Oh, I already look forward to hear about your teacup.
So, see you on Thursday for aTea Talk.
February 1, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Outside my window...
Lovely morning with 2 tents pitched in the yard.
I am thinking...
how time flies. January swiftly past by.
I am thankful for...
how God's strength gracefully carried me through the whole busy month. I almost crashed towards the end but prayers of friends picked me up before I fell.
I am wearing...
bright green shirt, gray color capri and a new hair-cut.
I am hoping...
to continue a restful scheduling that I had last week. I tend to burn candles from both ends.
my son's poem that he wrote last week. I was so blessed to see it the first time and I just love reading it again and again.
In the Great River of Fire
With its flames always in a flurry
There is a Place many Men strive to reach in a hurry
For a Great Price may be received
But only to Those who believe
In the Great Tree of Immortality
A single bite of its Fruit one can live for eternity
This Great Tree is the Zenith
Some say It is real, to others, a myth.
To cross the River of Flames, One must not be afraid
For on the Fire a Great Bridge was laid.
At the Great King's Command
The Great Prince went straight at hand.
To build the Bridge, it was not simple
To finish the Work, He must be humble
He completed the Work at the cost of His Life
So that everyone may have Eternal Life.
Truly Great was His Sacrifice
But His Great Deed alone would suffice
To Save every Man to Eternal Life.
I'm pondering on.....
this verse in the Bible:
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
I need to keep this in mind until it becomes an attitude.
I am hearing...
DH and the campers' chattering while learning different kinds of knots.
From the kitchen
fried egg and homemade buns for breakfast.
Around the house...
camping gadgets and many other clutters. Need to do de-cluttering after sports today.
From the learning room....
kids will have show and tell about their favorite trees. I heard one prepared a power-point presentation.
One of my favorite things...
A few plans for the rest of the week:
make a new bulletin board for the learning center, organize pictures in my desktop, send emails, and revisit my diaries!!!!
I took this picture at midnight from our balcony. Campers are soundly asleep.
What a joy to see them smiling early this morning.
Have a lovely month everyone!
Thanks to Peggy for hosting this meme where I get to meet many amazing women who share the same simple joys with me every week.