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Rivendell


@ Rivendell on Cates Hill

Have you been to a place birthed by faith?
Faith of obedience to the call,
to set aside a prime piece of land for public use,
Faith of waiting for 10 years
for the right people to come up with the building fund;
Till, one day,
a fragile, humble elderly couple,
spoke their dream of a retreat house into being,
Godlike, Spirit hovering over the architectural drawing,
came Rivendell, on Bowen,
Tolkien-like, a place where fear and anxiety are lifted from people’s mind,
a place where the future, good or ill, was not forgotten,
but have no power over the present.
Have you been to such a place gifted through faith?

what is Rivendell, you asked?

i can assure you that what my friend Anna C. penned down

is neither dream-land nor Lord of the Rings fictional land

it’s a wonder-land which I have personally visited on numerous occasions

Fellowshipping with Dr. Rev Howard Bentall

Mr. Bentall ringing the chapel bell with great aplomb every day at 5 p.m in the island calling everyone to pray

Happy 10th Anniversary Rivendell & thanks for being  a haven of rest!

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Abundance Apples…

A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Proverbs 25:11

When we were younger
our family couldn’t afford this once luxurious fruit called apple
for the place where I came from this fruit is an imported fruit
so it was a rare commodity

We could rarely have it as a treat except when one was physically ill.

But now the place where I reside apples are literally everywhere and come in varieties

Ever wonder why apples are often associated with teachers.

 

Now I know

Since apple is sort of associate with teachers

at our recent Sunday School teachers training
we decided to treat everyone with apples as dessert
we divided the  group into small teams
and had them share their apple story — any apple-related story
one would think the sharing might be like favorite apple to munch on…

or favorite apple board game…

or favorite apple-pie…

or favorite apple recipe…

nay…, none of the above except tons of apple-chuckles below


Apple also reminds me of what God says… we are the apple of His eyes!

and oh did I mention that the first English phrase I ever learned is not
‘I love you’ but is ‘A’ for  “Apple”.

So… how’s your apple story looks like?

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Sweet Serendipity

@Caribbean Sea -- sea to sky ;p

Serendipity (意外發現珍奇) is a spectacular and serene word
it has many beautiful definitions…
in fact Serendipity is easier experience than explain

In this book, the word Serendipity is expressed in such a fun-filled way

‘Serendipity… is when your mom and dad say, “There’s so much work to do around this house, we might as well all go to the movies”‘

‘Serendipity… is seeing a rainbow

If that is so, I do have my share of serendipity experiences out in the nature

Serendipity… is strolling along a street & stumble into this rare red mushroom

@near the street where I live

Serendipity… is hiking up the mountain range, awe-ing at the blanket of alpine flowers blooming in front of your path

@Whistler Mountain


@Mt. Garibaldi

Serendipity is like this lofty prayer from Ephesians 3:20
“… immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…”

@Lake Garibaldi

I treasure Serendipity moments and
I marvel this Serendipity Prayer

God grant me the
SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change
COURAGE to change the things I can
WISDOM to know the difference

@White Rock

When life is rough
we need serenity, courage and wisdom from on high
May you experience sweet serendipity enfolding you
as you whisper the Serendipity Prayer

@White Rock

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Serendipity moment…

Serendipity is such a sophisticated word;
I will explore the word more another time
but this post by ET spells it all out…

ET's footprint @ BC Tung

What I’ve been learning in school… too much stuff, actually. Too much for my little brain to handle =P. Actually, what I’ve really been delighted in learning is from the Bible these days, I’m currently well on my way in my goal for this year to read the Bible in a year. I’m actually having FUN reading the bible and trotting through it several chapters a day =)… It’s good. So thank God for giving me the motivation and passion to spend much more time reading His Word everyday~ ^_________^

Something I learned: to grasp onto the promises of God and have FAITH in Him. When you have faith, He will do good things for you and through you. Simple and small things…
Last Tuesday in morning devotion the devotional planner wrote-
“Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in You.
Show me the way I should go,
for to You I lift up my soul.” -Psalms 143:8
‘It’s a new day. God wants to bless you and do good things for you and through you.
Expect good things today. What is one good thing that has happened to you lately?'”

This really encouraged me as last Tuesday was the first day of school. New term, new courses, somewhat of a fresh start. And it worried me. University is tough, and I wasn’t sure if I was ready to face the challenge of new courses and new – HARD – things. But God really spoke to me through that verse, letting me know that His unfailing love will be with me wherever I may go, and that though I don’t know where I am going or how I am going to get there, He will show me the way, for I trust in Him.

Floating @Penticton River

That day I was really frustrated with textbook buying and other stuff, and yet I walked out the door with a new burst of energy, expecting good things from God. And true enough, good things God gave. That day, all my classes were cut short, and I saw… Sarah, Luke, Grace Tan, Rachel Chang, and a few of my other friends around the bookstores. I usually never see people, and it was just so delightful to see familiar faces. Sarah goes to Regent, which is right beside UBC, but I have never seen her here before, and it was simply exciting. =) Seeing all my good friends just made my day, and I thanked God so much for doing good things for me, even things as little and simple as bumping into my friends at school. After all, UBC is such a big place and can get pretty lonely at times…! So yes. That is what I learned/experienced lately here. =)

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Savory Sashimi

Highlights of 2010…

January… @ a friend’s birthday dinner

no kidding... the lobster is still alive & kicking

June… @ Salt Springs Island

December… at Samurai with E

E: Hmm... yummy sashimi ;p

Let's dig in!

Hmm, stringray... should I bbq it or eat it raw ;p

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Bare and naked

@ outside of church


Supposed to rain today but God held the rain
and brought forth brilliant sunlight

Went to a funeral service this morning
in memory of one of the Sunday School kids’ father
who passed away two weeks ago on Christmas Day

The funeral was god-honoring
even though the man only accepted the Lord as savior fifteen months ago
his zeal for the Lord was contagious

Testimonies after testimonies were shard
on how his bravity in facing death head on was so admirable
He never ceased to witness the hope and love that he had in God
despite his constant agony in battling with cancer

On his bedside, he encouraged christians with God’s word
and urged non-christian to put their faith in the eternal God
indeed his relationship with Abba Father was fresh and deep

He used to be an army pilot for the air force
now he has flown up to the sky…, to heaven!

@ Memorial Park

I used to be scared of attending funeral service
for every time after seeing death body I would suffer from nightmares
But these days I have felt more courageous
for aside from supporting the bereaved family
it also give me the space and quietness to reflect on life

As I think of funeral I thought of the bare trees out there
some think they are ugly
leave-less, life-less
but I am drawn to bare trees
leaves fallen
branches exposed
bare & naked
everything stand still
everything see through

Perhaps bare trees remind me that nothing escapes God’s eyes
that we are all naked and transparent before the God who is the Judge

Hebrews 4:13
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight
Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him
to whom we must give account

Reflection @ Cedar Springs

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Whoops… time to bid adieu all the Christmas ornaments before the clock strikes at  midnight.  According to the ever popular song The Twelve Days of Christmas , today seems to be the “last” day for Christmas celebration ;p

Before packing all those deco away, I like to linger a bit on a few of the danty ornaments especially these Christmas tree ornaments.

The inscription says: “For over 2000 years Christmas has come and gone… yet God’s real truth still shines through”

Those reflective ornaments has inspired my friend to come up with this beautiful words:  “From the Enchanted Tree to the Enchanting Cross” 🙂

@Cedar Springs Dec 2010

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