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Extravaganza…

Many must have received e-mail on these spectacular  icebergs
apparently these awesome icebergs are not from Lake Michigan
or else Lake Michigan would instantly become a tourist spot over-nighty ;p

according to the research  these amazing  icebergs are from Antartica

haven’t seen iceberg yet
guess one has to either hop to the North or South Pole to see them…

meanwhile I better enjoy what God has lavishingly pour down on my “backyard’  😛

there… went snowshoeing with friends last week

first time seeing icicle on branches

the weather was mighty gorgeous

only one word came to mind — EXTRAVAGANT!

p.s.  the same place from 3 weeks ago

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Butterfly kisses…

This is the Angel of Freedom, one of the 3 angel figurines I collected which speaks volume to me.

The other two are Angel of Thank You and  Angel of Courage

They are products from Willow Tree production.

This Angel of Freedom – setting a butterfly free – reminds me of

John 8:38 where Jesus declares…

“… if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

I used to not fancy anything  butterflies except grasshoppers & dragonflies,

but recently butterfly-related stuff seem to fly my way ;p

This piece of artwork was given to me by a college art student.

At first I was thinking what a broing looking butterfly that was:

Isn’t butterfly supposed to be exquisitely colorful and with splendor,

that is why they are nicknamed ‘Flying Flowers’

However, after reexamining the details of this art-piece,

I started to appreciate this intensive artwork and heartfelt gift.

Thank you Michael for letting me see beauty even in this color-less butterfly 🙂

The other day a friend and I were shopping and she wanted to buy a box of thankyou cards.

We came across a very nice set with gorgeous butterflies imprint  but my friend was hesistant to buy it ‘cos she said in her culture butterflies is not a good thing for it denotes short life span.

It’s true that in general, butterflies do not live long.

I told her that in christian setting butterfly is a good thing for it connotes freedom;

It gives the images of metaporphosis which symbolizes celebration, hope, new life and tranformation.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation:
The old has gone, the new is here!

Below are gorgeous  butterflies photos taken by Felex while visiting Malaysia.

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—
His good, pleasing and perfect will.

This butterfly entry also reminds me of the following account which my eldest brother conveyed to us.

On the 3rd day after my mom’s burial,  my brother witnessed a butterfly came and landed for quite a lengthy time
in our living room back home.

He called and excited told us that he had never seen such stunning butterfly.

Too bad that at that time he didn’t have a camera to capture the splendid.

He said it could be my mom’s spirit dropping by to say hello.

People do use butterflies  images  for various occasions.
One such occasion would be in memory of loved ones.

For those interested in doing a memorial butterfly project, here is a “good project” in memory of the children of Holocust.

The mandate of this project is to remember the 1,500,000 innocent children who were murdered as a result of the Holocaust.

Their goal is to collect 1.5 million handmade butterflies from around the world  to be unveiled in Spring 2013 in the Huston museum.
So let’s spread the wings of this  project around!

Wow, another amazing creation from God: the  alphabetical and numerical imprints on butterfly wings.

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Riddle…

What’s so deep that theologians cannot touch the bottom
yet so shallow that babes cannot drown… ^ ^ — Rev. Alan Redpath–

This sword is given to me by one of my friends’ son.

Micah crafted this sword for me and Micah got talent!

He is only twelve and he is very gifted in making miniature knives and swords.

I was touched to see the imprint he did on the sword.

He is definitely spiritual in tune with God.

He told me he usually polishes craft knives for friends for their camping trip.

I was very impressed with Micah’s giving spirit and his unique hobby.

I bless Micah that God will use his craftsmanship to honor God.

I told Micah about Bazzalel and Oholiab, the two amazing gifted craftsmen whom God chosen especially to work in the tabernacle (Exodus 35:30-36).

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

Yup, the riddle above on theologian and baby is the Bible!

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Calm before the storm…

This is the twilight I enjoyed when I got off work yesterday.

This is the daybreak I witnessed on the way to work this morning.

The strong bright cloud on the horizon was so dramatic and captivating that I just had to stop and capture the image.

arriving at work, suddenly there was this pitter-pattering sound tapping so loudly on my office window.

I glanced out and it was raining hailstones.

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I learned that the dramatic bright cloud this morning was known as hail shaft which often show a sign that a hailstorm is on its way… as the saying goes… calm before the storm!

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The beautiful twilight from yesterday at the same place looks like this now…

After more than half an hour, the hailing finally come to a halt.
They slowly turned into rain and hailstones on the grounded slowly melting away.

Sometimes hailstones look like tiny crystal;

Other times they sure look like sago.

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Biblical hailstones are godly traumatic and here’s a few examples…

One of the 10 plagues that God punishes Pharaoh
— the Plague of Hail (Exodus 9:13-19) 

Out of the brightness of His presence clouds advanced,
with hailstones and bolts of lightning. (Psalm 18:12)

He destroyed their vines with hail
and their sycamore-figs with sleet. (Psalm 78:47)

He hurls down his hail like pebbles;
who can withstand His icy blast? (Psalm 147:17)

The LORD will cause people to hear His majestic voice
and will make them see His arm coming down
with raging anger and consuming fire,
with cloudburst, thunderstorm and hail. (Isaiah 30:30)

From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men.
And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail,
because the plague was so terrible. (Revelation 16:21)

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Unlike rain or hailstones pitty-pattering on rooftop,
snow-falling is hush and quiet.

Here’s the tranquil snowing scene past midnight from a few weeks ago ;p

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Paradise…

Early morn’ on this freezing cold day
One word came
and seemed to stay… paradise

Paradise?  What??
On this icy cold weather???

Isn’t paradise a place with pristine beaches,
palm trees,
romantic get-away and the like?

But staring out the window pane this early morn’,
I see snow falling,
quietly,
carefree,
bountiful without refrain

The snow has covered the tree tops,
the veranda and the piece of land outside.

Fluffy snow… likes a soft blanket,
White snow… becomes winter playland.

oh, my heart is stirred by this pearly white scene,
and I sense an invitation — a holy invitation —
by the Creator of the snow.
My sins red as scarlet
can be washed by Him
so that I can be whiter than the snow
pure… clean… anew

Turning my eyes from the outside wall to the inner wall
The fireplace called for my attention
I gazed… wood igniting with much aglow
I listen… wood crackling with soothing sound
I feel… wood burning generating much heat
I sense… another holy invitation by the Refiner’s fire
to come and be embraced in His warmness

Hush… on this icy cold morn’ sitting by the fireplace
I knew I’m dwelling in paradise!

*the above was written a couple of years ago at Rivendell

In Luke 23, Jesus answered the criminal,
“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Wherever our choice of paradise
may our hearts not grow cold from loving God
like this epidemic known as “spiritual cold wave”

Jesus states in Matthew 24
12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,
13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Only God’s purifying brilliant light can melt away the coldness of our hearts!

photography by hanstung

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Be My Valentine please!

 

The Sacred Romance is drawing closer to the Heart of God ~ John Eldredge ~

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This hand…


Normally I don’t write or share
about my family members in the blog
but since Valentine Day is ’round the corner
thought I’ll pay a salute to this special person in my family
hehe, I hope I won’t cause siblings rivalry after this post 🙂

this hand…
due to family tight budget
without hesitation dipped into the toilet bowl
to pick up the 20 cents (my pocket money for the day)
which I accidentally dropped into the toilet bowl
and was too disgusted to pick it up myself
i was shocked when i saw this hand
went into the toilet bowl
right before my eyes
to salvage the coin

this hand…
presented me with the first expensive educational toy
— the wooden smooth colorful puzzle cubic block

this hand…
learned sewing & tailoring and sewn some new clothes for me
for chinese new year celebration years ago

this hand…
brought me to attend the funfair/carnival in our local town
enjoying the crowds
riding on various roller coaster rides
eating savory pork jerky & melty cotton candy

this hand…
never fails to send warmest regards through snail mails
on special ocassions annually

this hand…
when we are in need never fails to be generous

this hand…
is a hand of love
both tough and tender love

this hand…
must be a praying hand as well

this hand…
is the hand of my eldest sister

i’m sure all my siblings agree that this sister is second to none

all snapshots taken during eldest sis & second sis visit a couple of years ago

I think my second sis was the happiest
‘cos her desire to enjoy Autumn season finally come true
her next desire is to plunge into winter wonderland

read her gratitude to God in the comment here

here’s a heart-warming song to share with all
this mv was made by me once upon a time
when i was so crazy about this korean drama called ‘Full House’
hee, the last time i checked it has over 81,000 hits
so enjoy and see what you think!


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