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Wintry Joy

A walk in the wood


blanketed with pristine white snow on this sunny blue sky


is sheer wintry joy.

You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11

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Beauty in White

Fresh snow falling bountifully from the sky

and covers the park with beauty in white

Young and old, as well as animals, reveling in this snowy delight

Two snowy scripture verses brought to mind as I step into this dazzling white trail…

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; 

wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7) 

“Come now, let us settle the matter,”   says the Lord.


“Though your sins are like scarlet,  they shall be as white as snow;


though they are red as crimson,  they shall be like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

Growing in Creativity

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Over the past few months, a friend has given me several of her own paintings to hang on my walls.  I really adored how creative she is with her artworks.  And she suggested that we have a painting party!

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I was a bit apprehensive about actually painting myself, but she said the technique she would show us is so easy even her 2-year-old niece can paint.

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Sure enough, after her tutoring, my friends and I were thrilled to discover that we did have room for growing in creativity.

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Since I had to lead a couple of workshops on “The Story of a Tree’,

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I thought why not include the newly found skills to inspire the participants to do a tree painting project.

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Like me, many didn’t have confidence that they could paint beautiful trees.  

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But after they took the first step, their creativity flourished and they became artists whose works were admired by one another!

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Vietnamese Salad Rolls

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A friend commented that he could make really good Vietnamese salad rolls.

I was curious how the refreshing rolls were being prepared and we said let’s have a demo party!

And tada, what a colorful and delicious dish!

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It was a foggy day and I looked forward to enjoy a cool and misty stroll up the mountain.

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The sunset above the cloud was glowing with delight;

and the thick blanket of fog that covered the city skylines looked like a fairyland.

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Renewed Strength

The morning sun is shining, the fresh snow is falling, and the mountains are calling…

for me to come and enjoy their snowy splendid.

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As I am huffing and puffing up the snow trail, I grow exhausted and have to stop every so often to rest, and to contemplate whether to go higher or to turn back down.

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After a sip of drink and some tasty snack, I look around and in awe once again by the magnificent white, my strength is renewed and I am able to march upward.

As I am climbing, suddenly, the well-known verses from Isaiah 40 come to mind:

He giveth power to the faint;
and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.
(Isaiah 40:29-31)

Oftentimes, when I think of these verses, I think I would only experience this renewal when I grow older.

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But today while grinding up the slope, I suddenly have this spiritual epiphany and could totally relate to the rich meaning of these Isaiah verses.

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Just like how I need rest and food to renew my energy hiking up mountains,
I also need to rest and wait on the Lord to nurture me and renewed my strength when I am weary, so I can soar again and again.

Upon the water

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I usually go paddling at least once a year; This year I had the opportunity to go paddling twice: one under the city skylines of Vancouver, and another in the serene slough at Mapleridge, BC.

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It was fun to paddle in the hub of the city and to experience a new perspective of the panoramic view of the city skylines, instead of the usual view by the roadside.

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The waterway was busy and bustling — water taxis picking up and dropping off passengers, dragon boats, canoes and kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and yachts — all sharing the same busy waterway.

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As much as I was mesmerized by the various architectural buildings, it was kind of nerve wrecking to be in the midst of these water transport; thus one needs to to keep balance and to avoid being tipped over by the waves created by the boating traffic.

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Upon the slough in Maple Ridge, I experienced a different kind of scenery — peaceful and picturesque, especially on this Autumn weather with its gentle sunlight and cool wind.

I lingered and immersed myself in the serene surrounding along the smooth-flowing slough; and delighted to spot the white majestic Mount Baker ahead.

Suddenly, before I could collect my thoughts, I was seated waist-deep in the water! What’d happened??

Then the sound of giggles snapped me back to reality, my friend from behind laughed uncontrollably as she witnessed me being unceremoniously dumped into the water while the kayak headed to the water’s edge.

As we later figured out, a log beneath the water had tipped the kayak. Thank goodness it was low tide, hence the slough was shallow.

After several attempts and coaching from my friend, I managed to get back into the boat and glided into the sunset, so care free but watchful.

Despite the mishap, I enjoyed being in the open air upon the water and having my soul refreshed.