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Stream of Praise

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I  used to wonder why I enjoy singing praises to God so much; and recently I realized that worship songs not only show me the mightiness of God, but that they lift my spirit up and give me joy and gladness, which is an important aspect to my emotional growth.

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Recently, the Stream of Praise worship team was in town for a praise and worship celebration; It’s a real treat to attend their lively and worship-filled concert and I was lost in the wonderment of awe.

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The singers as well as the instrumentalists were so passionate in worshiping and pointing us all to the graciousness and love of God which helped strengthen our faith in God.

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Together with the children, we used our voices as a stream of praise to Jesus.

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At the concert, the children received a little gift to remind them who Jesus is
~~ the River of Life and the Anchor of our souls ~~ and that is why we cheer, sing, shout and dance to Him!

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A big “thank you” goes to certain “moh” who is such a “life-saver” for coming up with brilliant idea in short time creating 500 little goodie bags until 2 o’clock in the morning; Her labor of love will surely not go down the drain ;p

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May this sugary treat and the spontaneous songs of praise to Jesus from the children’s hearts and lips be never ending, like a stream that flows effortlessly. Praise be to the Lord. Yay!

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O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.

From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?

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You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings [and crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet:all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Psalm 8

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Happy Apple Day

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I was wondering why I was given mooncake as my birthday cake on several occasions; Then I realized it’s approaching mooncake festival.

Today is mooncake festival which is also known as the mid-Autumn Festival where family and friends usually get together for sumptuous meal, eating mooncakes, and thanking God for the fruitful harvest in the field and in their life journey.

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Autumn is a season loaded with a bountiful harvest.

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And apple picking at the orchard has always been on my birthday wish list.

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This year my apple wish was finally granted!

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What a joy it is to enjoy freshly picked apples!

Happy Apple Day; Happy Apple Strudels Birthday cake; Yummm!

The Wailing Wall

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Usually when I pray alone, I like to write my prayer thoughts on paper rather than praying out loud; I find that this method of praying is freeing and helps me express my inner emotions more easily.

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When I visited the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem years ago, I could hear the gigantic cream colored wall crying out loud: I noticed that many people were leaning against the wall praying in solitude, while others reciting scriptures and meditating on the Words of God.

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It was moving to see individuals creating a sacred space for themselves and pouring their hearts out to God in the midst of the huge crowd.

Paper and pens were available for people to write down their wishes to God and place them into the wall.

Since it is a popular practice to place prayer notes between the crevices of the wall, I joined the company and did just that.

As the years went by, I often wondered if the prayer that I put on the ancient wall was still there…

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This year I had the chance to revisit the religious site and I learned that the note I placed years ago was long gone. It had been collected and buried among the millions of prayer wishes at the nearby Mount of Olives.

Apparently the notes are being cleared at least twice a year: once in the Spring (before the Passover) and again in the Autumn (before the Jewish new year of Rosh Hassanah).

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One of the reasons for this is that thousands of pilgrims come during these Jewish High Holiday seasons to pray, so the Rabbi in charge of the site and his cleaning crews clear the wall to make space for new prayers and wishes, including mine!

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I know that whether or not I leave my prayer wishes in the cracks of the Wailing Wall, or wherever I may be, my prayers are heard by God from on high, and I await His comfort and guidance.

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You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.
Psalm 30:11,12 (NIV)

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Eclipse Moment

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I was strolling along the beach on this warm summer day with friends and all of a sudden we felt our surrounding dimming and solemn for seconds. We stood still and looked around and noticed many people were staring at the sun; It then occurred to us that today is the day of the total solar eclipse, which the news had been buzzing about during the past few days.

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We were so glad that people shared their “eclipse viewing glasses” with us. Through this special protective lens, we watched the moon gradually embracing the sun, and the sun forming a thin illuminating crescent shape. As the moon slowly slipped away, the sun came back to its original round shape shining ever so brightly again. This rare solar eclipse moment was a beautiful sight to behold!

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Hello, my name is “Uke Blue”.

I was amazed to get Janiecross into ukulele playing. She had never learned how to play a musical instrument before, but it was love at first strung!

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She would bring me to the beach– to practice her melodic pieces.

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I think I must have brought her so much excitement that she even took me on vacation half way across the globe.

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We serenaded to each other by the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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We jammed with King David on his harp in Israel.

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We worshiped God early in the morning as the radiant sunrise smoldered across the golden city.

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I am not sure if she is lucky to find me or was I lucky to have found her…

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these days, where she goes, I go… on outdoor adventures from the mountains high to the valleys low, and through crystal clear waters;

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Regardless of the different adventures, we are always enjoying, seeing, and experiencing God’s big beautiful world!

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Looking up, I imagined the gentle playful white clouds twirling like ballerinas in the pretty blue sky!

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While marveling at the sight, I remembered a friend who studied abroad told me that the place where she lived was so polluted that there was rarely a day where she could see a clear blue sky.

At first, I couldn’t comprehend how that could be! But recently I experienced the muggy, scorching weather myself.

Due to the severe forest fires in the neighboring cities, the weather has been so hazy and smoky that it has been days since we last saw a clear blue sky. Now, I finally understand what she means.

This experience has helped me to appreciate a lovely blue sky, which I have so often taken for granted.

Taking a moment to remember the spectacular blue skies I encountered in the past month.

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Peeping through the tall grasses and looking into the blue sky is most delightful.

I love the sky!

Sabbath by the Sea

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The sun is shining, the tide is receding, and I am enjoying a sabbath by the sea.

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The gentle whisper of the wind and the rhythmic sound of the waves, echo the soothing voice of the Creator of the Universe.

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The glistening light illuminates on the surface of the sea, looks like millions of sparkly stars dancing on water.

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Sabbath-ing by this splendid scenery, my soul recounts the oceans of blessings that this Lord of the Sabbath has bestowed upon me…

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indeed they are as numerous as the grains of sand on the seashore!

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The incoming tides splash over my feet; and I frolic joy-freely with the swirling waves…

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on this day of relaxation by the serene seascape in front of me.

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