And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” Luke 22:19-20 (NIV)
I don’t even know why i bought this climber from the supermarket. All i know is that i was attracted to its beautiful white petals, so simple and pure. Only today did i discover that it is named My Fair Lady!
What an unexpected lesson from the Lord to me about a simple plant – to keep myself pure and to keep reaching up heavenwards.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 51:10-11 (NIV)
Time passes quickly. We are already half way through the Lent period. My job was reduced (from full time to part time) and my salary too! But I thank God that I still have a job and some extra time to spend with my family as well as time to prepare for Easter.
We saw this pair of Lemurs at close range at the zoo. They reminded me of the times when I turned away from God and my family. Ever wandering, ever restless.
Israel, come back to the Lord your God;
your iniquity was the cause of your downfall.
Provide yourself with words
and come back to the Lord. Hosea 14:2
May the Lord, in His victory over sin and death, grant us the spirit of repentance and sincerity in turning our hearts back to God. Amen. By Ben
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:11-12 (NIV)
Heaven on earth!? That’s what i thought when someone showed me some old photos of Huangshan in China. Who could create such an incredibly beautiful and heavenly place on earth?
Well, only God could.
Fishes, especially the Koi, are colourful and beautiful. Painting them is quite a challenge. Firstly, the moving water makes it difficult to capture them, and secondly, they do not stay still long enough for you to take a good photo. I ended up painting them using several photos as reference.
My mind is somewhat like that. It cannot keep still even when i’m praying. Before God can put in a word to me, my mind is off to something and everything else but Him. And i do have a long prayer ‘shopping list’ – the world, my country, the Church, my family, friends, our blog….
This morning, as i walked home from church, my usual habit was to pray as i walk along, looking at everything that He has created.
But all He said was “Be still …. and listen.” Not once, but twice. Inwardly.
How appropriate. It’s Lent. By Renee
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?” Matt 6:28-30 (NIV)
God’s note: An orchid growing on the bark of a tree.
I am a morning person and am not fond of dusk except for the beauty of the sunset. It is as if God is playing a slow motion video in the sky, with transient colours by the minutes. Just like this one taken near the seaport – it was breathtaking but did not last.
Nevertheless, regardless of my preference, I shall thank and praise the Lord for every moment and everything. For one day my senses may not be good enough to appreciate the people and things around me. By Ben
From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the LORD is to be praised. Ps113:3