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The weather is wet and windy and my mood has turned gloomy, especially after days with a bad flu; And the trees outside are groaning and hoping for more sunshine to stream down so their naked branches can once again be adorned with budding leaves.

Out of the blue came a sunny sky!

With the sun sneaking in, I quickly grab my camera and scurrying out to take advantage of this lovely spring weather; And the first tree that catches my breath is the magnolia tree – what a pleasant surprise!

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Standing under and looking up the tree is most delightful — branches decorated with bunches of pink flowers against a background of clear blue sky with fluffy pearly-white clouds; I feel the presence of God and His gentle love liberating me from my gloomy self.

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Since Good Friday and Easter celebrations are round the corner, I stand beneath the pretty pink tree and reflect on the joyful season; and this beautiful poem by Carol Wimmer came to mind:

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When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”
I’m whispering, “I get lost sometimes
That’s why I chose this way”

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak with human pride
I’m confessing that I stumble –
needing God to be my guide

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong
I’m professing that I’m weak
and pray for strength to carry on

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success
I’m admitting that I’ve failed
and cannot ever pay the debt

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When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t think I know it all
I submit to my confusion
asking humbly to be taught

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible
but God believes I’m worth it

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache
which is why I seek God’s name

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I do not wish to judge
I have no authority
I only know I’m loved

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Yes, beneath the beautiful blue sky and the blossoming pink, I’m feeling loved!

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DSCN0473 When I’m on a road trip and I spot nice scenery, the drivers (aka my friends) will often stop (when it is safe) and allow me to hop out of the car and quickly snap a few shots. However, most of the time I can only watch the scenic view through the car window, and I am not content with that. DSCN0493 Since I have started leisure biking, I realize that I can easily hop on and off the bike to take in the beauty that surrounds me, and I can linger as long as I want. DSCN0402 Biking leisurely enables me to slow down and to be lost in the wonder of beauty. DSCN0439 DSCN0431 At every turn I make on the biking trail, I am delighted to see splendid wildflowers greeting me with joy. DSCN0432 These wildflowers which grow profusely on the trail remind me of the delicate flowers that grow lushly up in the alpine meadows. One of the reasons I enjoy hiking up the mountains in the summer is so that I can marvel at the pretty and dainty flowers that thrive the alpine meadow during their peak bloom. DSCN0440 Now that I can enjoy the vibrant wildflowers so abundantly down here;
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Perhaps I really don’t have to rush up to the high mountains (huffing and puffing) to see those alpine flora. DSCN0570 When I stoop down to adore the alluring beauteous and smell their fragrance, I can also here the amazing sound of the lovely birds serenading sweetly, like a flute, from the treetop! DSCN0607 Biking has become a sanctuary to me, and every push of the peddle is a whispered prayer … thanking God and praying to Him. DSCN0624 Biking can be done in solitude, taking one’s own sweet time, or it can be done in a group which can enhance team spirit… chatting, laughing, keeping in pace with each other, riding faster to catch up with the gang or slowing down to wait on each other. And in between time, stop for a bite to regain some strength to continue on with the leisure pleasure. IMG_9122

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Sweeter than Honey

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Ever since I sprained my back, I couldn’t do much outdoor leisure.
The tingling pain in my body slowed me down and I felt strained and bored.

In the midst of unhurriedness, I started to notice the beauty around me.

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Normally I would rush out the door early in the morning and don’t pay attention to the surrounding beauty.

One morning as I opened the back door, I was taken aback by how the greenery in the backyard was decorated with cascading pinkish-white weigela.

I felt as if God was showering me with an enormous bouquet of flowers right in front of my doorstep. What a sight and thought to behold!

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By slowing down I was not only able to enjoy the splendid display before my very eyes, I was also able to breathe in the aroma of the sweet smelling air.

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The fragrance of the flowery shrub also attracted tons of busy bumble bees, dancing and buzzing around from dawn to dusk, enjoying nectar from the mini trumpet-like flowers.

The bumblebees slurping the delicious, juicy nectar reminded me of a verse from Psalm 19:11.

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I thought that was a good object lesson to help children desiring God’s word…, we savoured honey and recited the sweet verse that had come into my mind that day I saw the busy bumblebees:
“God’s word is sweeter than honey, honey from the honeycomb”!

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Dandelions Fuss

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Some people get irritated by dandelions but I am always delighted to stumble upon these bright and beautiful weeds, and I love to “fuss” about it.

It must be the recent bountiful raindrops and brilliant sunlight that contributing to such profuse showy flowers that glitter at every corner of the streets.

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The name dandelion came from the French word “dente de lion” meaning lion’s tooth, because the leaves resemble the jagged teeth of the king of the jungle.

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Gazing at these smiley blossoms always brought a big smile to my face.

Whether they are in one stalk standing alone, gathered in a bunch like a bouquet, or scattered gleefully all over the verdant pasture, dandy dandelions are captivating to look at.

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To bask in these delightful star-light blooming, one needs to stoop down, really low down, to see their shimmering hue against the glistering grassy green.

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Some gardeners dislike these golden jewels hugging so tightly to their emerald green lawn, for they are considered as pests; whereas other gardeners know the strength of these price-less treasures. It is said that these weeds can break the ground and bring out the soil’s richness to the farmers’ olive green fields.

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When the stunning sunny bloom withers, it forms into a fanciful fuzzy ball that looks like a cotton lollipop which is yummy to look at.

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The silvery gossamer balls crowning elegantly on the bared and naked thin stems are like alluring spherical bubbles waiting to be burst.

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With just a gentle puff, the fuzzy feathery seed heads would instantly transform their brushes into magical miniature flying windmills dancing and floating in the breeze. A fascinating watch!

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Since the field is still covered with the glory of dazzling gold and silvery dandelions, one must seize the precious moment to blow away fluffy dandelions fuzz and making secret wishes before the lawnmowers mercilessly come and bulldoze the amber weeds down.

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Bees’ll buzz, kids’ll blow dandelion fuzz
And now I know what is all the fuss…

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Bubbly dreamy dandelions fuzz in Frozen-land!

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The dancing tree

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Somehow on every spring season, there is at least a plant that I am attracted to, this time it’s the blossoming pink tree.

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Up close, one could see dainty and miniature ballerinas dressed up in dazzling pink tutus swaying with flair on the branches.

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Though I never desire to be a ballerina with puffy pink dance-ware, these fairy-like ballerinas do remind me of a ballet-like dance I learned recently at the Israeli folk dancing class.

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When the new dance was first introduced, I almost wanted to give up learning due to the many twisting and turning that caused my head spinning with dizziness.

But when the instructor mentioned that the dance is about a tree story, I suddenly become very alert, for I love anything related to trees. The instructor had turned my “mourning” into “dancing” mode^^

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The title of the dance is called “Ilan”, in Hebrews means “tree”.

When the choreographer first heard the song, he was instantly drawn by the captivating melody.

And when he learned about the parable behind the song, he was even more intrigued by the music. The parable is about how a blessing tree which blessed others, was being blessed extravagantly.

Since then, the song and the story had been dancing in the choreographer’s head and a year later, the dancer unleashed the music through all those swaying, twirling and arms stretching dance motions.

Here’s the story behind the dance.

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After I learned about the interpretation of his dance, I began to pay close attention to each of the movements.

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And now with my arms stretched out reminiscent of branches, I am imagining myself whirling gracefully with the ballerinas in pink tutu on a breezy spring day.

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Ilan by Elad Shtamer, the choreographer.

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Down from His Glory

4th day of CHRISTmas

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“The true light that gives light to everyone 
was coming into the world.” John 1:9

I like what Amy Carmichael (an Irish Missionary in Indian) penned belowed:

“Opening our windows toward Jerusalem

And looking thitherward, we see

First Bethlehem,

Then Nazareth and Galilee,

And afterwards Gethsemane;

And then the little hill called Calvary.”

A great reflection indeed to worship the humanity and the divinity of Jesus Christ!

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Pretty Poinsettia

2nd Day of CHRISTmas

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I spied with my eyes and spotted this fire flowers.

This flaming blooms is Poinsettia, also known as, a Christmas plant.

The fiery red and evergreen leaves add color, joy and liveliness to this festive occasion.

I always enjoy this popular tale told of the little Mexican girl and her hearty gift of “poinsettia” to Jesus.

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