Archive for May, 2012

A Virtuous Woman

Today is May 31st,
and I am reading Proverbs 31 again.

Some said the virtuous woman King Solomon mentioned was his wife;
others said he was referring to his dear mom, Bathsheba.

Whoever he refered to,
I just feel overwhelmed by this iron-woman!

Yet as I looked around,
I observed that indeed many of my married sisters and girlfriends,
do possess most of these qualities.

So today I like to salute and honor these ladies
for being such women of strength and dignity!

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.

She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.

She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.

She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.

She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.

In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.

When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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Yup, today is Pentecost Sunday.

Pentecost in Greek means the fiftieth day.

Pentecost – the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the 50th day after Jesus Christ ascended to heaven.

The Mystery of Pentecost according to the Godly Play Curriculum:

– brown rectangle represents Jerusalem

– the small squares are symbols of the disciples

– the circular shape represents Mt. Olive where Jesus ascended to heaven.

– the overlapping symbols inside “Jerusalem” represents the disciples praying & fellowshiping with one another.

– the radiating image outside “Jerusalem” represents the spreading of the gospel by the disciples — from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth — as the Holy Spirit filled them and empowered them to do so with the gift of languages.

Here are the disciples of Jesus in Jerusalem…

Jesus brought the disciples to Mt. Olive…

Acts 1:1-11 (Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven)

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.

After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive.

He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.

For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.

“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Acts 2:1-12 (The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost)

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.

Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.

When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.

Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, hrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”

Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”…

With the Holy Spirit leading, I pray to be a missionary in…

Pentecost is not only a day for us to remember the outpouring of the Holy Spirit by God to His people, it is also a day to remind followers of Christ to set our hearts aflame for God.

Pentecost is represented by the color RED which symbolizes fire, Refiner’s fire where the Spirit of the Living God purifies us and ignite our lives when we yield to Him.

Pentecost urges followers of Christ to seize the moment to be a witness of Christ.

Pentecost reminds us that Jesus is coming soon…

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Having a fun-tastic hike the other day along the coastal range!

trail 1

trail 2

trail 3

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A Mini-vacation!

once i had lunch with a friend

over a juicy hamburger and a glass of sensational strawberry milkshake

we were seated by the window

with warm rays of sunshine streaming through the window

and a nice view of colorful blossoming flowers outside the restaurant

as we were savoring the delicious meal

this friend commented that our time here was a mini-vacation

such a simple meal in that ambience

could cause one to feel like having a vacation

wow, how cool was that

t’was a sunny afternoon

i got acquainted with this friend again

this time over an icy slush at St. Arbucks

two for the price of one ~

cooling chocolate cookie crumble frappuccino

hey, was that a mini-vacation too?

oh maybe next time I shall have an afternoon tea

outside this friend’s patio

ah, that would be a real vacation for me!

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So there is this photography contest with the theme on ‘The Art of Harmony’.

Each contestant is allowed to submit 3 photographs they took.

The selected pictures will be featured in the 2013 Calender.

I don’t really know how to explain “harmony” in words…

so I will express it through pictures

and have my smarty friends come up with some exquisite phrases

in hope that the pictures and the words can tie beautifully in harmony!

What do you think?



Fly High

詩 篇 16:11

在 你 面 前 有 滿 足 的 喜 樂 ;
在 你 右 手 中 有 永 遠 的 福 樂 。

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.



The force of the wind tests the strength of the grass
(Adversity tests the character of a man)

希伯來書 13:6


Hebrews 13:6

So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?



The Joy of Resting

詩 篇 46:10

你們 要休息,要知道我是 神 !

Psalm 46:10

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.

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