Who’s Calling…

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When i was young, i used to hog this black phone for hours on calls with friends. I was constantly getting scolded by my parents as it was the only phone for use by the whole family as well as for my dad’s work.

Fast forward 30-ish years and now almost everyone owns a mobile phone. For their own use alone. How much we have taken things for granted.

Our son has just been enlisted for compulsory military service. Suddenly, the mobile phone has turned into a precious commodity. No phone charging was allowed during his confinement period. He was constantly worried about using his 3 power banks before the 2 weeks were up. Phone calls were restricted to only once a night, and even then, there were days he went without. Every call, every minute has become so precious for us to hear his voice, to find out how he’s coping and how tough it is.

It makes me realise how the disciples of Jesus must have felt when Jesus told them that He was going away. All this while, they had Him with them. Suddenly, He was leaving them. They felt lost. But He promised that He would never leave them alone. He would send them His Advocate. All they needed to do was wait…

And so we wait… for the Gift of His Holy Spirit.    By Renee

Jesus said, ‘… you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to the ends of the earth.’
  As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight.    (Acts 1:9-11)

Rest and Refuge

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(Our son, caught napping… during family prayer time)

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;

my hope comes from Him.

Truly He is my rock and my salvation;

He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

My salvation and my honor depend on God;

He is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Trust in Him at all times, you people;

pour out your hearts to Him,

for God is our refuge.    Psalm 62:5-8  (NIV)

Sketch by Renee

In Remembrance of Me

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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)

By Renee

My Fair Lady

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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)

By Renee

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)