Archive for December, 2014


Watching birds flying over the water and into the evening sky is freeing and calming.

I would often pause and enjoy the flying moment.

This image taken by the beach reminds me of a beautiful Hebrew prayer song and worship dance called T’filati.

The lyric is taken from Psalm 55 on casting our burdens to God and trusting Him to free us like a flying bird.

T’filati (My Prayer)

Ha’azina Elohim T’filati (Listen God to my prayer)
Ve’al na titalam Mitechinati (And don’t over look my plea)
Mi yiten Li kanaf kayona (Who will give me a wing)
A’ufa li ve’eshkona (So I can fly and live like a bird)
Ani el Elohay ekra (I will call God)
Vehu Yoshi’eyni (And He will save me)


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Communal Worship Dance


One of the best ways to rejoice and celebrate with children is through Communal Worship Dance (CWD). CWD is any form of group dancing, such as line dance or circle dance, for the purpose of worshipping God.


The other day I was leading CWD with the children. I noticed that the boys enjoyed the circle dance very much; perhaps because the foot-work was of a lively bouncy and marching-style, rather than the girly-ballerina-type.

One of the dance steps we used a lot is the basic communal “grapevine” dance steps. The children told me that they have learned these steps in school during their Physical Education classes and in their extracurricular dance lessons; In fact the “grapevine” steps are similar to the drill steps they learned in soccer called “karaoke”.


We had a great time rejoicing and celebrating before the Lord. It was very heartwarming to see everyone hold hands and hang on to each other resulting in such a fun atmosphere. The image of togetherness as bounded by the Spirit of God reminds me of what the psalmist describes, of “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity” (Psalm 133:1).

To top it all off, we had colorful toppings of our choice to sprinkle over big scoops of ice-cream.


Here’s one of the rejoicing and celebrative CWD we did to one of my favorite Christmas songs Come On Ring Those Bells.

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Festival of Lights


Reflecting the historical event of Chanukah by the Maccabees which the children learned in school as well as in the Sunday School.


Lighting the Advent Candles of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.


Celebrating the birthday of Jesus










Visiting Canyon Lights


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Recycled Christmas Card


One of the fun crafts I enjoy creating out of old Christmas card is a beautiful small gift box.

The steps are really simple.

Materials needed are: a pencil, a ruler, a pair of scissors, and a beautiful rectangular Christmas card (a card with a nice, centered image is best).


Separate the “front cover” and the “back side” of the card by cutting it in half on the fold.

Draw 2 diagonal lines or an X from corner to corner on the “writing side” of each card.


Fold the 4 sides of the card right to the dot of the X for the “back side” card.
Do the same for the “front cover” but 0.5 cm away from the dot (extra space needed to serve as lid).


Open the folded cards and hold it hotdog style — make 4 cuts vertically on the bottom and top, where the folds first intersect.


Stand the two sides up, fold the two “flaps” in to create the ends of the box.


Fold the final end flap in and fold over the top of the other two flaps to keep them in place like a box.


Put some treats and trinkets in the box and cover it with the splashy lid ready to be given away.


I discovered the wonderful small gift idea years ago while visiting the Canadian Bible Society.


A staff member taught me how to create this beauteous box.


She told me that some of their missionaries collected recycled Christmas cards, transformed them into colorful gift boxes and filled them with goodies for the children in their mission fields.


During one of our Christmas lessons on gift-gifting, we had fun making the gift boxes.



After the children finished making the box, they filled it with their smile, joy, love, sadness, anger, funny faces… and place it on the manger as a gift for Jesus.



After that, each child was treated to a ring pop!


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During a visit to the bustling and vibrant Saturday Farmers Market at Salt Spring Island,












I was particularly drawn to one of the vendors that displayed these cute and colorful painted seashells.


The painted shells reminded me of my elementary school days when we painted seashells in a coloring book and reciting this tongue twisting phrase, “She sells seashells by the seashore”, to help us master the proper pronunciation of English.


This dainty seashells stall was manned by a little girl who shared with us how her mini entrepreneur came about.


She said she loves painting the shells since she was very young and her grandma jokingly suggested that perhaps she could sell her painted seashell one day.


The idea thrilled her so much that she went ahead to gather more seashells to paint and showcased her colorful artworks at the market, which earned her quite a few tokens. Seeing her enthusiasm, grandma painted a brightly colored picture of the girl painting seashells by the seashore so she could display it by her “mini-artisan studio”.


The other day I was given a handful of seashells,


I wonder if I should paint them or just leave the natural beauty of the pearly white shells as they are.


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Stand Up Paddle-boarding


I enjoy watching people do Stand Up Paddle-Boarding (SUP) leisurely by the beach.


This recreational sport looks so fun, easy and relaxing


and I really like to try this intriguing water sport one day.


Perhaps next Summer… that’s what I have been saying for the past several years.


Meanwhile I will just have to imagine myself surfing on the board so that when next summer rolls in,


I will have the full courage to step on the real SUP and floating on the waves.


The floating on water reminds me of my log story from once upon a time as well as


Jesus and Peter walking on water as recorded in Matthew 14:22-33 (NIV):


Jesus Walks on the Water
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.

23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,

24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.

26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.

33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”


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“The Cake Master”


I have a girl friend that is extremely passionate about baking and decorating cakes.


The other day she baked a cake for special someone and decorated it with LTC.


I wonder whose cake that could be for..


Oh, they said it’s for me, oh really? Oh creamy cream!

They told me there was a surprise in the cake and wanted me to cut the cake and guess what is inside!


I heard a crunch as I cut through the cake. Judging by the crunch I knew the special cake must be made out of Roca Butter Crunch Toffee. After several attempts, I gave up guessing what’s inside that mystery cake. Finally the “cake master” decided to reveal a slice of the creamy icing cake to all.


To my delightful surprise.. it was a.. WATERMELON CAKE!
The sound of the crunch was from the sweet and juicy watermelon..


absolutely delicious and refreshing, what a healthy cake, MMM MMM MMMMMMmm..


Oh mind, this “cake master” outdid herself again, this is one of her latest craze that blown me into the far-away frozen wonderland!



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Let’s Celebrate!


It’s the first day of December.



A friend invited me to her backyard for a wintry stroll to celebrate life outdoor.







How thrilling it is to be able to enjoy the outdoor again after months of being caged indoor cramming on a major school assignment which… I finally completed today!




Yes, let’s celebrate!





“My name will be great among the nations,
from where the sun rises to where it sets.
In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me,
because my name will be great among the nations,”
says the LORD Almighty. (Malachi 1:11)


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