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Archive for February, 2019

Winter turns into Spring, and songbirds returning to rebuilding their nests.

While enjoying the birds singing in the woodland, I have the tendency to pick up feathers of birds that are fallen on the ground.  Somehow I feel compassion for the fallen feathers and I want to pick them up and comfort them.

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Holding onto a real feather makes me feel lighthearted and free-spirited.  I marvel at the softness and the beauty of  feathers and how they provide a protective cover over the body of avians.

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Reflecting on the bond between me and feathers, one real life encounter with a bird floated across my mind:  

Once, my landlord told me that the house we lived in needed to be vacated and that I needed to find a new place to stay within a short frame of time. After scouting at various options, I was still unable to find a place to stay, the deadline to move out was fast approaching, and I was getting anxious.

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So one evening before dusk, instead of busing, I decided to walk the long route home so that I could spend more time praying.  As I was walking, I was startled by a small moving creature beside me;  It was a tiny bird! 
Normally, birds only approach humans if there is food to feed them but I had none!  I continued my prayer walk wondering why a small bird would walk so calmly alongside me.

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Suddenly, my heart felt a tug, and tears sprung from my eyes. I felt as if God was speaking to me through the tiny creature, saying that He would take care of me and to provide a new dwelling place for me.  Then I remembered the fascinating story of how God asked the ravens to feed to the prophet Elijah on the remote ravine for a number of years (I King 17); then Matthew 6 came tweeting in my ears, “Look at the birds in the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

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As I contemplated the little buddy beside me and the verses about God’s care, my feet seemed to feel lighter and my pace faster than the bus ride that I usually took. I felt as if I were like the tiny bird spreading its wings and gliding home! 

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God acted swiftly, for within a couple of days, I was assured  a comfy nest to dwell which was way beyond my imagination.

Through feathers and nests, I have experienced God’s presence, protection and provision in season and out of season.

The Creator God not only use the flying creatures to interact with humankind and to tell His story; He also use the image of a bird as a metaphor to show His protection, love and care!

Psalm 91 states that whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty; God is our dwelling place, and that He covers us with His feathers, and under his wings we can find refuge.

 

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Wintry Joy

A walk in the wood


blanketed with pristine white snow on this sunny blue sky


is magical and sheer wintry joy.

You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11

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Beauty in White

Fresh snow falling bountifully from the sky

and dazzles the park with beauty in white

Young and old, as well as animals, reveling in this snowy delight

One snowy scripture verse brings to mind as I step into this enchanting white trail…

“Come now, let us settle the matter,”   says the Lord.


“Though your sins are like scarlet,  they shall be as white as snow;


though they are red as crimson,  they shall be like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

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Growing in Creativity

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Over the past few months, a friend has given me several of her own paintings to hang on my walls.  I really adored how creative she is with her artworks.  And she suggested that we have a painting party!

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I was a bit apprehensive about actually painting myself, but she said the technique she would show us is so easy even her 2-year-old niece can paint.

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Sure enough, after her tutoring, my friends and I were thrilled to discover that we did have room for growing in creativity.

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Since I had to lead a couple of workshops on “The Story of a Tree’,

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I thought why not include the newly found skills to inspire the participants to do a tree painting project.

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Like me, many didn’t have confidence that they could paint beautiful trees.  

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But after they took the first step, their creativity flourished and they became artists whose works were admired by one another!

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