It’s Good Friday! :)

Thank God for seeing me through a very tough day at work yesterday. I love my work, especially when I realized the extent of impact my words and actions have on others… I can only pray for God to use whatever resource I have and multiply it for His glory.

Enjoyed sharing God’s love over 2 dance sessions with the girls, had several opportunities to minister to my team regarding their personal issues, received news that one of our kitchen staff’s MIL just passed away, and later dealt with a persistent plumbing issue.

Went to the funeral wake, and later met up with cell group mates for prayer over (a very delicious) dinner. By the time I reached home, I was flat – out exhausted.

But a sense of peace and joy was undeniable! The sense that you’re where God wants you to be, and that only by His grace and strength has He seen you through the day… That brings me to tears sometimes, and I think such days are timely, for it reminds me of the precious gift I have in Christ..

Received these from 2 sweet kids:

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May you have a wonderful weekend, overflowing with joy because of His love! God bless you.

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Those sweet & simple moments..

Have been caught up with several things lately, mainly work, ministry meetings & spending time with people I adore. It’s so easy to get lost in all the busy-ness though, and I admittedly do that sometimes… I let the things that come just take over the leading of the Spirit, but thank God that I catch myself doing that, and then consciously stop. I hide somewhere (sometimes in washrooms, haha) from all the ‘noise’ and pray…and allow God to speak to me through all of the things that are happening, to let me know He is here for me, and that though sometimes I get weary, He will see me through…His blessings are abundant.. I just have to slow down and recognize them. And so I do. From preparing meals for Bren and I…

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… to treasuring the parting moments with Pammie before returning her to Bren’s cousin…

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… to celebrating birthdays (so, so many this month!) and seeing Bren read to Kaelyn over our dinner visit…

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… to having quiet moments at home, and sweet moments at work with the kids…

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… and also to yummy dinners with Bren after work, which is a rarity these days since he is traveling again soon, and we usually have late work nights…

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Thank you, Lord. For helping me stop and breathe. Blessed weekend! 🙂

Pammie!

We’ve a new pet in our home! For 1 week, that is. 🙂

Dog-sitting for Bren’s cousin since they’re holidaying in Hong Kong, and it has been really interesting & fun so far! Our schedules revolve pretty much around her now, and we rush off from work, buying dinner back instead of eating out, just to make sure she’s okay. Commented to my boss the other day that it’s almost like having a little kid at home.

She barks quite a bit, and has a naughty habit of refusing to take her medicine and only eating her favorite chicken meat, but all in all, she has brought lots of joy into our lives, and I think we’re going to miss laughing at her silly antics when she’s gone.

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Have a good weekend!

Banana bread with walnuts!

This is such a lovely thing to have for breakfast, and when I was having a hungry moment this afternoon and was wondering what I should have, I was so, so thankful to have the last piece of this banana bread sitting in my fridge!

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110g butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups, plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
2 tbsp walnuts, roughly broken

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Lightly grease loaf pan.

2. Combine butter & sugar until creamy. Add mashed bananas & eggs and mix till well combined. Sift flour & baking soda into a bowl then combine with banana mixture.

3. Pour mixture into loaf pan, topped with walnuts and place into oven. Bake for about 50 mins.

4. Allow to cool before serving.

Yummy! 🙂

Bren’s 31st

It’s Bren’s birthday today! We always like to keep things simple, and it brings us great joy.

Baked a lemon cake, and had dinner at a secluded restaurant so we’d lovely quiet moments of just chatting & reflecting..

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Praying for him to have a blessed year ahead! Thank God for him. 🙂

Taking inventory…

I like to stop and take stock of my life once in a while. It’s a habit that I’ve cultivated over the years, and I have really benefited from this simple practice of slowing down, taking a breather, and looking intently for the positive. I guess it serves me well in my line of work too, since many of the clients we serve have had very challenging pasts and struggle with several problems..and the only way to help them is to discover that one small positive thing that they can still hold onto to, and then make progress from there.

I’m so thankful for all that God has blessed me with..and I’m never going to be tired of saying thank you, Lord.

Thankful for my relationships, especially with my family and Bren.

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Thankful for my relatives, friends and colleagues for being bright sparks in my days.

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For my sisters and brothers in Christ, for their mentoring, fellowship, and love.

Thankful for the memories of my past, and that though there have been terrible memories that I sometimes wish could simply be erased away, I thank God that He is able to use my brokenness and problems to make something really beautiful out of them, for His glory. I thank God for the new memories that each day holds, for the smiles and laughter of my family especially when we play with my niece, for the sweet and silly memories Bren and I make when we goof around and just enjoy each other’s company, and for the simple things in life that make me pause in wonder about the Creator of them all.

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I thank God for the gifts and abilities He has blessed me with, for the unique person He has created me to be. No one else is like me, and that’s only because of Him.

I thank God for our home too. That Bren and I are able to have a place to call our own, to host our loved ones and others in need, and that in Him, we truly have no lack.

And so, I thank You Lord, for these wonderful blessings, and for reminding me to always be grateful for them.

It’s the weekend!!

Cleared off deep misunderstandings at work on Friday, all by the grace of God. And so celebrated by having good Vietnamese dinner after work! Haha. It’s such a relief to be able to trash things out in the open, knowing that our relationships in Christ can withstand the brutal honesty.

Had my best Vietnamese fresh spring rolls here, but forgot the name of this restaurant. Somewhere in raffles place..

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Woke up this morning, and felt like baking something for breakfast. Ended up baking a chocolate cake, but since I ran out of sugar, it still needed that something extra to balance the taste.

Then I realized – nutella! Yum yum yum. Went perfectly well with the rich cocoa in the cake, and I also decided to add chia seeds on top so it has a little health kick!

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I’m happy. 😀