Sunday :)

She smiled when she saw me.

I couldn’t help but grin back as she slowly came down from her chair and walked quickly towards me with the sweetest toothy expression.

Gave her a big, big hug and tons of kisses, haha. I’m a proud Aunt, and every Sunday – besides the time of worship that I really enjoy – I now look foward to seeing this adorable niece of mine too.

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And tonight’s dinner was like breakfast at a different time. Just wanted to use up the rosemary lamb sausages & walnut bread! Plus, we made fresh tomato sauce for dipping too! Yum.

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Well, hope you’d a lovely Sunday too!

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Date with God :)

Things at work have taken a turn for HUGE changes.

Took a while for me to let it sink in, and in the midst of such changes (albeit good ones), holding onto Him as my anchor is always the best decision. For He is my unchangeable, unshakable, unmovable Almighty God.

And so I went on a date with Him.

Yup. 🙂

There was this day when I could end work really early (1pm!) and since I didn’t have anything planned, I just thought, “Well, it’s just You & me, Lord! Wherever you want me to go, whoever you want me to meet, it’s up to You.”

And it was so much fun!

Bumped into a friend who just came back from his mission trips to Indonesia, and we’d a lovely time catching up a bit in the train! Thereafter, sat myself down for a yummy lunch at Fruit Paradise, did some shopping, then decided to head to Pasar Bella Farmers Market! Along the way, spent some time in nature at my favorite Botanical Gardens and also got Bren’s niece a sweet dress for her upcoming 1st birthday!

Grocery-shopping at the Farmers Market was quite an experience, and after bagging all I needed, stumbled onto a Vegan Burger place where I had my first taste of soy patties! That was a very healthy dinner.

Came home feeling so refreshed and renewed…so thankful for His provision and love. It was really a sweet time spent in His presence, and I’ve decided that this should be done regularly. Will be such an experience. 🙂

With my heart and mind rested in Him, it was astounding to ‘see with renewed perspective’ my many blessings each day. So, so thankful!

I wonder how the next date will be like… 😉

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Have a blessed weekend!! 🙂

The 10 Commandments

A friend just came back from a mission trip in Japan, and in return for my (small) financial support, he gave me a really adorable card filled with the 10 Commandments in Japanese. I had such fun with Bren trying to figure out each one!

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  1. You shall have no other gods before me.
  2. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
  3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

To show her the World

Isn’t it amazing witnessing a child grow up?

I still remember the days of my dear niece being swaddled up in the hospital, all of us ooh-ing and ahh-ing about how tiny and adorable she was. I remember those giggles of love and joy shared amongst all of us whenever she smiled – and oh, did she smile often 🙂 – praise God for those smiles. Always heart-meltingly sweet…and I remember my sis’s & BIL’s joy and laughter that could only come from being proud parents of a really lovely child.

Now, being just over 2 years old, she’s more grown-up than ever before – having opinions and making comments of her own, and having the ability to fish out the fries on my lunch plate and putting it near my mouth insisting, “Yiyi, eat! Yiyi, eat!”

Oh Lord, so much love…

The love and desire to show her – to show her the world. Every valuable experience, every precious moment that our gifts of life offer. Everything good that comes from You. 

baby steps, i tell myself.

baby steps.

steps towards knowing God, towards knowing that the best gift in life is simply to know Jesus & His everlasting love for all of us. For our world. For the World He Created.

For. every. one. of. humanity.

To know that every single word she utters and every breath she takes is truly a gift of mercy, an expression of His love just unselfishly lavished upon us.

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To know that we are just broken vessels that He can – and will – use for His glory…that His light shines through our brokenness, and that it is okay…it is okay to cry. For He will wipe every tear away and heal all of our wounds simply because He is our Healer, the Lover of our souls. Oh Kaelyn, how I pray that you’ll know that.

And so Lord, I surrender her unto You. Unto Your perfect plans for her bright future.

We’ll just obediently take little baby steps of faith in our journey of loving her.

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May she see that this whole world was Your Creation…that she’ll see the beauty of this world through Your eyes…that compassion for the poor resonates SO deeply at the core of who You are, Your heartbeat.

That godly counsel is Your gift to us, and that friendships that point us back to His Word, His will are such blessings. How soon she’ll learn that people are more important, more valuable, more precious than things of this world.

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In showing her His World, am praying that she’ll find her purpose in Him, knowing that she has been an incredibly special blessing,

and that she is so loved – more than she’ll ever realise.