Multitudes on Mondays

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Thankful when the children are playing and sleeping, oh how I need quietness, I feel refreshed and energized when the house is quite. This is my “me” time, thinking, reflecting and meditating.

Thankful for the people who mentored me from afar, I read their books and blog, Frank Viola, Max Lucado and Phillip Yancey.

Thankful for the weather, it’s not too hot today. The air is good as well

Thankful for the book I’m reading “When Will My Life not Suck”

Thankful for I have time to read books.

Thankful that I can be with my children for this season of their life, watching them, taking care of their needs.

Thankful for the songs I’m listening, it quiets my soul.

Thankful for a sister who is generous.

Meeting relatives before leaving.

Dining out for free, the owner of the restaurant didn’t charge us and the food was  wonderful.

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Multitudes on Mondays

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Thankful for the washer 

AC finally summer has arrived

 Visit in the park

 Seeing my children’s excitement every time we go out.

 The happiness I can see in my children’s face when they play with their father.

 Thankful for the food here, I will surely miss them when we move to the Philippines.

 Roasted duck, I love it.

 Lamb, love the taste.

Bountiful supply of fruits like Cherries, Water melon, Apricot etc, etc. they’re pretty cheap here.

 Listening to my 22 month daughter talking, she’s funny.

 An inquisitive 3-year-old daughter

 A husband who is wise in handling money.

 Thankful fur the household chores, they are my therapy

I’m in the process of learning and mastering contentment, I’m thankful for that, I desire to be what Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

The grace to live each day.

Ability to taste food

Ability to talk

Ability to hear.

Ability to feel

Ability to see.

Ability to walk.

Living a simple life, fewer worries, less expenses, less stress, more time for the family.

We’re Moving…..again

“Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.” So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. (Matthew 2:20, 21 NASB)

Joseph obeyed God even when he couldn’t understand, he obeyed God even when he didn’t know everything, he obeyed even that means losing everything, his source of income, his business. He obeyed without questioning God. He obeyed even when his reputation was at stake.

As what Max Lucado wrote in his book “He was obedient when the sky was bright.He was obedient when the sky was dark.He didn’t let his confusion disrupt his obedience. He didn’t know everything. But he did what he knew. He shut down his business, packed up his family and went to another country . Why? Because God told him”.

We’re moving to the Philippines next month, unlike Joseph we haven’t heard anything from God or dreamt about this. It’s a major decision and I’m not sure though if it’s wise to move to the Philippines. We prayed for this, we prayed for years.

Our current situation seems telling us to move. We have plans, we have dreams, we know however, it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. In case God wants to change our plans, we will not fight or resist. We are more than willing if He does.

This journey might be smooth sailing or bumpy. We don’t know what will happen to us in the Philippines. We just hold on to his promise that He is with us.  And if ever we made the wrong decision, if ever our judgement was wrong. His sovereign will is so grand that He works all things together for the good of those who love Him. We know that He will still usher  and lead us through. God knows our hearts, we want so much do His will.

Counting my Blessings!

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Couple of months ago I taught my 3-year-old how to read using the book Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons. We were able to finish the book in a month, I am thankful for her patience and her willingness to learn, she loves learning and reading.

My husband hasn’t been working since November, I am constantly amazed of how our needs are being met. It’s amazing, I even stop worrying. I am more at peace now than when he was still working. Yes, I can honestly say  we have everything we need. The Lord is good, faithful and true.

The simple joy of drinking coffee.

Pancake, I love it.

Thankful for the clean air lately, we were able to go out.

The smell of my two babies, I love smelling them. It’s therapeutic

Giggling and laughing from my two daughters.

The joy it gives me while watching my two daughters ages 39 and 22 months conversing with each other. They speak Chinese and I have no clue what they’re talking about.

Thankful for my husband’s cooking.

Thankful for these promises from The Lord.

The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the Lord of hosts. ‘The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘and in this place I will give peace,’ declares the Lord of hosts.” (Haggai 2:8, 9 NASB)

For the lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NLT)

When The Lord is Silent

IMG_0458However] when they had rowed three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and approaching the boat. And they were afraid (terrified). (John 6:19 AMP)

It isn’t fun to ride a boat when the waves are high, it’s uncomfortable, scary and even if you want to rest and sleep, you couldn’t. This probably what the disciples were going through. Their boat was beaten and tossed by the waves. It was a long and tiring day for them, exhausted from the emotions of the day and they just wanted to rest. But how can they rest with that situation. They were probably anxious and worried. And the worst thing Jesus wasn’t there, maybe if Jesus was there, somehow they can rest because they witnessed how Jesus calmed the storm in the past. Maybe Thomas was saying them, “ah where is our teacher when we needed him most.” Peter and Andrew were probably trying everything for them to stay alive, they’re fishermen.

IMG_0504However when they almost lost their hope, they saw someone walking, the master was coming. But wait, he didn’t calm the storm yet. “Oh Lord” shouted the other disciples “please calm the storm!” Jesus said, “hey, I’m here, don’t be afraid”

Jesus came, He was with them on the waves, in the storm, he came when they least expected it. And he only calmed the wind when he got on the boat.

From time to time we experience storms of life, sometimes Jesus calms the storm when we asked, sometimes He chose not to and allow us to be beaten and tossed by the waves for some time not because he abandoned us, he has a reason though. It’s just temporary he will surely calm the storm.

He comes on the waves, in the storm of life He is with us. He comes in our weakest state, maybe not the time that we would expect him to, but He comes still. He had not forgotten us. Maybe we feel like he is silent, yes maybe He is, but that doesn’t mean that He has left us. He is there the whole time, he gives us hope, he is eager to meet us in the storm and bring peace in the waves. In His time He will surely calm our storm.

Season of Pruning

IMG_0637Every time I read the story of the Israelites I often wonder and criticize them for their lack of faith. They had seen God’s faithfulness. They witnessed God’s power yet they continued to murmur and grumble. God provided food and water. God’s hedge of protection was with them. Everything that The Lord showed and did for them seemed wasn’t enough, they kept complaining and even replaced Him with a statue.

God wanted to lead them, to bring them to the place of milk and honey, but their disobedience showed that they still wanted to be in control, they couldn’t put their total dependence to the God who saved them from slavery.

I am reminded that their story is my story. I have seen God’s faithfulness in our life. He has been our sustainer and protector. Yet just like the Israelites, sometimes I want to be in control of my destiny. It seems like I couldn’t trust His wisdom and judgement. It seems like My plan is better than His.

The Israelites journey to the promise land wasn’t so good. It was a journey into the unknown. It was a new season for them, the journey was outside their comfort zone.

We are in the season where we don’t see much activity, we don’t see any fruit. I sometimes feel unproductive and wonder if we are doing the will of God. I guess we are in the season of pruning. Pruning is painful, we need this though for us to bear more fruit.

We may seem in the wilderness, the future is unknown to us. One thing for sure though, the One who is leading us knows the way through the wilderness and He is with us. He orchestrated and planned every season in our life. In every season He is there, from cultivating to planting to watering to fertilizing to harvesting to pruning. He is there and enjoys each season. He is working even when we didn’t sense any activity, He is always at work.

His desire is not to harm and to do us only good, His intentions are wonderful, yet my human nature still grumbles and complains. Oh how I need more grace. Embracing this season with faith and gratitude is what I need to do. He was faithful yesterday, He is today and will be tomorrow.

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every even under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Today Lord I am thankful for this reminder.

I am thankful for this season of pruning.

I am thankful for the gift of today.

I am thankful for my children. They may seem so demanding, this is the season where they so much need and want their mommy. I am thankful for I have so much time to be with them and to try to meet all their needs.

I am thankful for the food, there will be a time that I will miss the taste of the food here.

I am thankful for the weather, the sounds, the smells and the sights, time will come that we will leave this place.

I am thankful that you planned our lives and leads us through many fruitful seasons. Thank you for in every season of our life, You’re with us. You walked with us through those seasons.

Thank you for reminding me to embrace and enjoy this season instead of wishing I was in different one.

Happy Birthday to Me

imageThank you for giving me another year of life. No celebration, no cake, no gifts, I am grateful though for the inner peace in spite of our current situation. Today I am reminded of so many things.

Life is very short.

Meeting You is getting nearer. Each day past is one less of the number You set for me.

Time is precious.

Material things are just but “things”, having You is having everything.

Each day is a gift and an opportunity to glorify and seek you.

I want You more than anything else in this world.

If you ever ask me to choose between riches and salvation of my entire family, I will choose the latter.

And here’s my birthday wish:

First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord ?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name. (Proverbs 30:8, 9 NLT)

I wrote 38 things that I’m thankful for, yes I’m 38 years old.

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Jesus

Salvation

Parents

Husband

Children

Sister,nephew, brother-in-law

Grandmother

Aunties/uncles

Cousins

Relatives

In-laws

Friends I met in high school, college, my former work, my church(Philippines/HK/China), China, social networking, ACM

Best friends

Godchildren

Pastors

Former bosses

Degree

12 years of being an auditor

Traveling

Country/nationality

China

Second life

Savings

Trials

Problems

Struggles

Imperfection

Wisdom

Grace

Weakness

Strength

Provision

Protection

Health

Church

Life

Prayer-partners

Body/age

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So teach me to number my days, That I may present to You a heart of wisdom. (Psalms 90:12)

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Happy Birthday Bethany

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou just turn three today.  You’ve been our source of joy, we’re so blessed to have you in our life. We are forever grateful to God for entrusting you to us.

We pray that the Lord may  fill you with wisdom, understanding and knowledge.

May He shower you with gifts talents, skills, and may you use those to glorify His name.

May you be healthy mentally, physically and emotionally as you grow.

May the Lord favor you and be with you always.

We pray that the Lord may preserve you until the time of your marriage.

May you entrust your life to Him even at the young age and  serve Him for the rest of your life.

We pray that may you be generous and loving.

And most of all we pray that even at the young age may you learn to find happiness not in material things but in the things that cannot be bought by money.

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I’m still learning to let go and trying to embrace your childhood, accepting you for who you are and not forcing you to be the person I want you to be. You have a strong personality, you like to do things on your own. Your independence is astonishing. Your beauty is unique. Your intelligence is amazing. We are always proud of you. We love you unconditionally.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jie jie!

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