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“Still” by the artist from Sanctity Art Workshop Co.

Merry CHRISTmas!

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Here’s my favorite Christmas song of the year!

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Baby Jesus…

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My chatty little friend loves Jesus very much.

The other day she told her parents that she liked to send an e-mail to Jesus.

Her parents said they don’t have Jesus’ e-mail.

Then chatty friend replied, “You can send it to Mary, His mom’s e-mail address!”

I love playing the nativity set with my little chatty friend.

She adores Baby Jesus!

Whenever she sees or thinks of the nativity set,

she would whisper or exclaim excitedly, “Baby Jesus!”

I have told many creative Christmas story using the nativity set,

but my story telling skill couldn’t beat this little friend of mine.

She’s a great story-teller!

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I remembered once I played the nativity set with her;

Hush, it’s time for “Baby Jesus” to take a nap.

And my buddy made sure that everyone should go for a snooze as well ~

all the animals, the shepherds, the wise men, Mary & Joseph,

and even the angel, must go to sleep.

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I bet this year chatty buddy is having fun playing the nativity set with her lil’ sister.

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Looks like the nativity gang is going for an outing; wonder where Chatty is leading them to?

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Hmm… perhaps to visit Angel Gabriel and to a CHRISTmas party!

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Anticipating…

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I read that the mantra of advent is “Come Lord Jesus” coined by Richard Rohr, a franciscan priest.

During Advent season, our Children’s Sunday School always anticipate the lighting of the candles.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend an Advent Service.  The speaker shared that Advent is a time of spiritual waiting and an active waiting… where we anticipate the second coming of Christ, the Bridegroom coming for His Bride, the church.

He used the illustration of a bride-to-be who excitedly waiting for her wedding day to approach and be united with her bridegroom.  He said normally the bride-to-be does not just sit there and wait for her wedding day to come, instead she anticipates her big day by being active and busy preparing for all the details of her wedding celebration!

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After the sharing that evening, we were given some quiet time to reflect through journaling, drawing, using modeling clay, or meditating on scripture passage.

I opted to play with the modeling clay… kneaded, squished, scrunched, folded and pounded on the clay and the end product was pretty impressive.

Some said it could be an image of heaven and earth;
a green glassy field;
a cross connecting heaven and earth;
or it could simply be the Chinese character “王” meaning “king”…
yes, advent is anticipating for the coming King
~ Christ the King ~
who has prepared a place for us in His heavenly dwelling!

For those who like to exercise spiritual waiting during advent season, Denison Forum has a great daily advent devotional guide until Christmas.

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The observation of Advent and the Parable of the 10 Virgins in Matthew 25:1-13 also brings to mind the following painting which was done by an anointed and visionary painter who does great prophetic paintings.

A friend introduced me to this artist last year and I can’t wait to share with you her descriptive words of inspiration on her painting… but let me hear from you, my reader, your piece of mind and feeling on this delightful painting first 🙂

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Remember… I am eagerly anticipating your respond!

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Waiting…

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I love gazing at bald eagles perching majestically up on a bare treetop.
I also enjoy watching them soaring up high on a windy clear blue sky!

Word has it that t’is the season to go for a stroll at Brackendale for eagles watching since there are hundreds, if not in the thousands, of bald eagles gather to feast on the salmon spawning.

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The mere thought of eagles always brings to mind the ever-famous verses from Isaiah 40: 29-31.   When people are wearied or felt defeated, these verses usually brought strength and hope to oneself.

“He gives strength to the weary,
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”

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There are many allegory, metaphor and imagery when it comes to the object lesson on eagles, but I like the picture of “waiting upon the Lord” and “hoping in the Lord” the best. Waiting takes time, especially when one is waiting upon God. This waiting is an active waiting ~~ actively interacting with God. It is likened a person who is weaving — as a weaver weaves, the rope gets firmer and tighter.

Here’s a brief explanation on waiting upon the Lord:

“Qavah in hebrew means to wait… and the figurative meaning is to “to bind together like a cord”. It’s a process of making a rope but twisting or weaving small strings together to form the rope. The more strands that are twisted or woven together in a rope, the greater is its strength. The literal meaning of the word is hope.”

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Thus, when we interact with God in our waiting, we will be renewed and strengthened and soared on wings like eagles. In fact, in our waiting, God is the more active One interacting with us. Psalm 40 shows us a passionate picture of God’s active interaction with those who wait on Him.

“I waited patiently for the Lord:
He turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in Him….”

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The next time when I feel weary and distress, I shall direct my eyes to the heaven and be actively waiting upon the Lord!

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder!

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A number of eager readers were wondering why I had been so quiet lately especially in the blogging world ;p

Huh, absence makes de heart grow fonder, I guess ^ ^

Well, here’s what’d happened…

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I was taking a course.
I dreaded study and almost gave up study all together
because the school work-load had pretty much taken up
the majority of my waking hour!
I lost sleep to meet with deadlines;
I ate non-stop to conquer the stress;
my hair was falling in wads due to over-anxiety;
I was home-bounded just to get the assignment done;
I was totally depleted &
I had become anti-social;

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I thought with my kind of temperament, it would be better for me to study and learn through attending hands-on workshops and conferences so that I can implement what I learn right away to my professional development.  That way, I can learn first-hand what is out there, instead of stressing and spreading myself too thin worrying about all the school assignments. A couple of my friends also agreed.

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Others commented that I should just continue with my course and learn along the way, and not be too worried about the grades. One friend said she couldn’t give me advice but urged me to listen to the recent sermon on “Perseverance” 😦   I even consulted my professor regarding this big decision of quitting half way.  Anyway, through much prayers and encouragement from others, I have decided to pursue and to finish this term of school work, and then decide later what to do next.

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The following words of encouragement from the professor had definitely boosted my study-esteem:
-that my writing on my faith journey is gripping and appealing
-that I have the gift of clarity and focus in my writing
-that I obviously work hard on my assignments
-that I received one of the highest marks on my current assignment
-that I am an exceptional contributor to the class

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Phews, I finally submitted all my term papers and received most of the grading result with flying colors!

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So hello blogging world, I.Have.Returned!

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Alive and Kicking!

Stay tuned!

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