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Glorious and Beautiful!

When I think of Autumn

I think of trees!

Beautiful and glorious,,,

and it makes me want to sing!

A friend just had a big birthday;  
She shared the following verses that the Lord
had placed upon her heart on her birthday.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in Him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7,8

Her prayer is that in the coming years
her trust and her confidence will always be in God
that she will be like that tree planted by the water–
with roots drawing from the ever flowing stream
hence never having to fear heat or drought.
She prayed that her leaves will always be green
and that she will not fail to bear fruit.

She thanked her friends for journeying with her through life
and feel blessed that she has such friends to grow old together with
and pictures all her spiritual companions as a row of trees
lining by a beautiful stream
all standing tall and strong
with roots growing deep and strong
leaves ever so green
and branches full of fruits
with each tree bearing a different species of fruit!

Ah, that’s a beautiful prayer and vision, my friend!

Cheers to the glorious and beautiful circle of friends!

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Lifesaver

We were asked, at the spiritual formation discussion groups, to share a highlight about our earliest glimpse of the Divine at a young age. 

The “divine” not necessarily being the God of the Bible as for some it could be Angels, Santa Claus, Spiderman or any higher being.

As I reflected on the topic, I thought of my log story.

When I was quite young, an auntie from the neighbor and her family invited me to visit their village for a weekend.   Before supper that day, I went to play with a group of happy village kids on a huge floating log by the murky riverside.

Being a city slicker, I was unaware of the danger of the river current.

As we tried to go under the water to the other side of the log, I lost my grip and was almost swept away by the flowing river.

While panicking and struggling under the water in those few seconds, I prayed and cried out in my heart, “God, save me, save me, please!” even though I didn’t know who God Almighty was then.

In no time,  I managed to grip onto the slippery log and quickly got out of the river.

I didn’t tell anyone about my near-death experience that evening but silently cried myself to sleep for hours, in that village far away from home…

Those burning  tears were tears of fear and gratitude, knowing that had it not been for the “unknown” God reaching out to rescue me, I would have drowned.

Years later  I encountered this “unknown” God again; This time He spoke to me personally through Colossians 1:13-14:

“For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Thanks be to the Almighty God who is my forever Life-Saver!

The other day I saw a life-saver in the storage area and decided to hang it up in the Sunday School office as a decoration and also to remind us that Jesus is our Life-Saver.

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Seek and ye shall find!

Ask and it shall be given to you

Seek and you will find

Knock and the door will be open to you.

Matthew 7:7

Moh loves to find things and is very good at it.

Whenever our children’s department needs something, Moh would scurry ’round the town and out of town to seek for the stuff needed and oftentimes at a great bargain.

Moh has a new hobby playing with “Find It”.

Moh not only collects  one “Find It” but possesses several of these colorful toys!

Moh thought it would be fun for the children to make this toy

so she colored the rice

collected 200 clear plastic containers

printed the Bible verse on Matthew 7:7

gathered colorful trinkets

had children stuffed in the colorful rice

chose their favorites goodies

labelled what they put into the bottle, shake well and go “find it”.

Not only did the kids enjoy this game, so did I!

I filled one bottle after another… and another.

Moh must have figured that I was pretty addicted to “find it” that

she surprised me with the real challenge of “Find it”!

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What’s in a name…

Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

Today is my special day so I decided to ponder on the  word ‘容’- róng, the character that my parents chose to name me.

I used to wonder why they gave me such a plain name.

But after much surfing, I came to embrace and appreciate the value of this name.

The word ‘容’ when stands on its own means to contain; to accommodate.

And when the character stands alongside and support other character, the meaning is beyond riches…

容忍 endure

容身 shelter

容易 easy

容恕 forgive

容納 capacity to accommodate

容許 allow

容貌 facial feature

容光 radiant…

The name ‘容’ is indeed an authentic name ~ simple yet full of strength.

Thanks to my parents for the wisdom in gifting me this good name.

May I have the strength to live up to the full potential of this name… with God’s help!

A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
Proverbs 22:1

What’s in a name…

In fact, the mnemonic of the character ‘容’  can be seen in Psalm 84.

  means shelter or cover

is a deep valley

Psalm 詩 篇 84:5-7

Blessed are those whose strength is in You,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.

靠 你 有 力 量 心 中 想 往 錫 安 大 道 的 、 這 人 便 為 有 福 。
他 們 經 過 流 淚 谷 、 叫 這  變 為 泉 源 之 地 .
並 有 秋 雨 之 福 、 蓋 滿 了 全 谷 。
他 們 行 走 、 力 上 加 力 、 各 人 到 錫 安 朝 見   神 。

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The Rapids of Life

Jonah 2

1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God.

2 He said:
“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.

3 You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.

4 I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’

5 The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.

6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.

7 “When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.

8 “Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.

9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

10 And the Lord commanded the fish,
and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

I can somehow relate to Jonah’s anguish.

Oftentimes when my inner being was in turbulence,

I cried out and invited the Omnipresent into the situation,

He rebuked, calmed and delivered the rapids out of my life!

Pictures taken at Skookumchuck Rapids

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