Ever wandering, ever restless

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.

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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

Above All

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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.

By Renee

Stop Swimming

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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)

Solomon’s Splendour

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“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)

By Renee

God’s note:  An orchid growing on the bark of a tree.

Transient Sunset

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.

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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

Bittersweet Fruits

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Our computer is finally up again! Although it has been a bittersweet year, we are truly grateful for God’s Blessings.

Renee’s mum’s first hospital stay also turned out to be her last. God brought her home on the 19th of Jan. What has remained are happy memories spent with her, especially on Sundays. She loved the poinsettia we bought for her last Christmas, so now every poinsettia becomes a reminder of her.

Ben finally found a job last December after more than a year. With fears of retrenchment still fresh in his mind and a weak economy, holding on to a totally unfamiliar job was and still is a great challenge. Thanks be to God!

Renee discovered her eye problems during her mum’s hospitalisation, and sufferred a retina tear in July. Despite the blurry vision and innumerable floaters, she has been trying to paint as and when she could. God’s gift of sight is so precious. How else can we see our loved ones and God’s many wonderful creations?

In this time and age where families are often busy and seldom together, we are grateful to God that we can still pray with our children, and spend time together every now and then.  Yesterday, we enjoyed ourselves as a family at Universal Studios. Having booked the tickets online earlier, we were worried about the weather as torrential rains have been the norm this December. The weather turned out perfect yesterday, but it started raining again today!

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We stumbled upon Elmo, left alone, on a bench as we came home last week from our Christmas shopping. What a poignant reminder from God. While people are rejoicing and enjoying their festivities, there will always be someone out there feeling a little lonelier and sadder during this period. Let’s not forget them.

We pray that we will have a closer walk with the Lord in 2017 and that we will always remain faithful to HIM.

May God grant love, joy and peace to you, your families and in all your hearts.

Love and blessings from Ben and Renee and our family

Blackout !

Our desktop computer decided to take an early Christmas break last Sunday. It chose to shut down after a computer update! We are praying that all our photos, art and everything else remain intact in the hard disk when the technician comes down to repair it this evening.  The last time it happened years ago, we lost everything we stored in the computer. Oh well…

Now and again, we are reminded to detach ourselves from what is temporal and seek what is eternal.

What better time to reflect about this than now, just days before Christmas?

Ben and Renee