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one of my college professors told us that
in order for us to be in the know
we need to enhance our vocabulary
like “10 words a day!”
and i said, “No way, hosay (Jose)!”

even Dictionary.com recommends only one word per day
but even then I have hard time retaining the vocab

how about a word per year
maybe that way i could digest it better

one word per year
here’s what our church youth is striving for
creative
exquisite
revolutionary…

ASPIRE:
-to seek something higher;
-to desire a closer relationship with God… a higher calling from God and a passion about something that God wants to bless our lives with

AVANTI:
-forward… moving forward towards God in our spiritual life

HEARTBEAT:
-a beating heart for Jesus so others’ hearts can be revived as well

FRONTLINE:
-a place where people can see what we do to glorify God and His kingdom and where we, as the army of God can lead non-believers to come to God’s refuge.

CURRENT:
– like electric current that would plug us into God
– like the current on the sea, God is the One who keeps us moving

AMPLIFY:
-to take a stand for God
-to become audible in spreading God’s Good News…just like sound amplifies and becomes louder, we want to be God’s amplifier/microphone to spread His Good News

HOMEBOUND (2010):
-a place where we come from different origins, different places, different backgrounds, different colours, yet through the cross it leads us to the way home.


one word per year, I can handle it

wonder which new word they will use
for their upcoming 30th anniversary

uhm… let’s see what my t-shirt says ;p

~~
finally they got their new word for the year, it’s…

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A Mountaintop Experience…

woke up this morning

hear no birdies chirping but gentle Spring shower

what a contrast of weather from yesterday

yesterday… was such fine day ~ first day of Spring

after church ” I lifted up my eyes to the mountain…”

and decided to head upward

this time i really like to conquer the mountaintop

which i have been wanted to attempt for sometimes

it wasn’t an easy hike i know

but curious to see if all the the grinding and groaning

is worth the hype, the hike and the glory…

as i almost reached the top

i was greeted by “a troupe of cheerleaders” cheering me on…

don’t you think those trees looked like they are swearving & dancing ;p

Isaiah 55:12 definitely brought to mind

“You shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace
the mountains and hills will burst into song before you
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands”

guess breathing in a glimpse of God’s glory up here

is totally worth the grind & groan on this challenging snow terrain

i once heard a commentator remarked that

despite hardships and extreme dangers

“UP” is the way that people always like to head towards…

“up” ~ building tall towers

“up” ~ walking on tightropes between tall buildings

“up” ~ flying high

“up” ~ climbing higher

“UP” ~ he commented that maybe is to challenge oneself

or perhaps that the higher one climbs the closer one senses

he/she is a step closer to heaven…

but thanks be to God

one doesn’t have to be up on the mountaintop to experience God

for when life’s down; one just needs to look upward…

Psalm 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

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This morning
i noticed the sight of  Spring

and i looked up and was cheered
to see blooming cherry blossoms

Spring indeed is in the air!

as i looked around the neighborhood
i noticed some branches are still “groaning”…  and “moaning”…
i bet these creations can’t wait to bursting out
God’s splendor & glory… in His time!

~~

Weigela Florida Apple Blossom

Japanese Wisteria

need i mention about those eye-feasting magnolia…

i am grateful that God always greets me with flowers
displaying His glory and delight
days in and days out
within my neighborhood
for me to enjoy

i am thankful to the neighboring ladies
for tending such beautiful gardens for all to enjoy
i often call it my secret garden
and would often soak in the garden in wonders

i truly can’t wait to see my neighborhood to be transformed
into a little paradise once again

come Spring come…

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@Karen Cox Harvey

i always consider wood duck as beautiful bride but it is a bridegroom

i was never into bird watching until i encountered this showy duck
for the longest time i thought that wood ducks
were imaginary ducks
and ducks crafted from wood
hence the name wood-duck

imagine my astoundness when i finally encountered them in real life
they-just-blew-my-mind-away
no kidding
oh their color… was it ever exaggerated
such brilliantly colorful creature
that it looked so unreal
and said some artists must have splashed color on them ^^

huh, ever since the encounter with wood cuck
my new found hobby on bird-watching piqued
i started to buy birds book and learning each bird by name
my friend even got me a binocular for this hobby
we carried the bird books, a pen, a camera, a binocular, a hat etc
when visiting the bird sanctuary
we called ourselves the novice ornithologists

oh, i always called the wood duck the bride
‘cos look at how decoratively and festively they dressed themselves
and so ready to get marry…
being a new ornithlogist I sure did some research on this duck
and to my delight i couldn’t believe i was so right
for this wood duck was named after “bridal”
their scientific name is called Ais Sponsa
meaning “showy waterbird in bridal dress”

from my many experiences
wood ducks are very alert yet timid
they get spook easily
thus it’s so hard to get near them less pictures taking of them
but that doesn’t prevent me from looking out for them
each time i visited the bird sanctuary
they are my serendipity moment…(pic below Brian Tam)

i was quite delighted the other day
to be able to get some candid shots
of these bridal ducks recently at the bird sanctuary

wood duck is named wood duck
because they are found in the woodlands
their nests are built on the wooded area up on hollow trees
to prevent predators from attacking their youngs
their dwelling place are usually at least 5 to 10 feet
above the ground
their nests are usually previous created by
the woodpeckers’ pecking or decayed tree trunks
or from man-made wooded box

can you tell which one is the bride
and which one is the bridegroom…

 

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Still…


I enjoy listening to waves crushing along the shore
the stronger the better
but please… not when i am on a canoe or a kayaking trip ;p

These “symphony of wind and waves” pictures were taken
one alluring & chilling morning from two weeks ago

Still
Words and Music by Reuben Morgan

Hide me now
under Your wings
cover me
within Your mighty arm

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm

Father You are King over the flood
I will be still and know You are God

Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know His power
In quietness and trust

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father You are King over the flood
I will be still and know You are God

I will be STILL and know You are God!

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Footprint in the Sand

This beautiful wooden plaque was given to me by one of the KFC owners where I used to work.

It’s a farewell gift when I left the town for other pursuit.

I find this footprint poem very dramatic and moving esp the line… “across the dark sky flashes scenes from my life”. Imagine looking up the sky and seeing our life story being unfolded… kind of scary ;p

Nonetheless may it be day or night,  I truly enjoy looking up to the sky for there is so much to gaze upon…

I have this sky-gazing hobby since young, some might call it day-dreaming^

When I was younger, at the sound of airplane, I would stop everything and rush out to gaze at the plane over my head.

I often wondered how could God carry such a gigantic heavy plane from continent to continent with so many people on it…, won’t He like hurt His hand by the propellers’ spinning etc

Another thing I wondered, when I watched the airplane, was if i would ever had the chance to ride on an airplane…

Imagine the thrill of a 12 year old when one of her sisters & brother-in-laws treated her and youngest sister for a plane ride to visit them in another town!

Thank God, ever since that first ride, airplane has taken me to many memorable places and one such place was to the Tip of Borneo!

Looking at the poem on the Footprint reminded me of a set of lovely pictures taken of me and grand-niece at the tip of Borneo by another sister who is an avid photographer.

One night a man had a dream, he dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord.   Across the sky flashed scenes from his life…

for each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to him, and the other to the Lord.

when the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand, he noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life…this really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it.

“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’ll walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that at the worst times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. How could you leave me when I needed you the most?”

the Lord replied ” My precious, precious child, I love you and would never leave you…

during your times of suffering and when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you!

Thank you KFC boss for the meaningful gift which reminds me that God carries me through every day

oh today is Toonie Tuesday treat at KFC, i think i’ll go and grab a bite at the finger-licking-good chicken!

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A Fuzzy Wuzzy Day

I love reading illustrated children books on rabbits
and have a few collections of some of the classic
but I had never taken a picture with a rabbit… not until today!

we had lots of surprises today

first we woke up to a field of white snow outside

then at our special children program
teacher K led a really fun game
which he learned from the Japanese game show

teacher R was awesome with her impromptu artwork
she shared with us the story of a snowshoe bunny
the reason the rabbit is named “snowshoe”
is because they have very large feet
which help them hop around the snow without sinking
when winter approaches, snowshoe rabbits lose their brown coat of  fur
and camouiflaged into a white coat during snowy winter
their brown hair grow back again when spring comes

our theme is on the subject of sensitivity
so she used snowshoe-bunnies as illustration for the lesson
on how the bunnies used all their 5 senses to survive
in their challenging environment

teacher P shared an example of how Jesus shows loves and sensitivity
and reminded us that when no one else cares, Jesus cares

and being followers of Christ we shall learn to be sensitive
and helpful to others just  like Jesus does

at the end of the lesson we were treated with a real surprise
captain bubble the bunny showed up & play with the kids & me

it was good to see the kids showing sensitivity, gentleness
and care towards one another and captain bubble

thank you teachers P&J for sharing your “baby” with us for the day
which brought so much happiness to the kids and the bunny and me of course

Looking at the pic above reminded me of a birthday cards
which one of my sisters sent me from long ago

maybe that was why I always wish to take a picture
carrying a fuzzy wuzzy bunny

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