Tiger vs Jezebel

What is in a name? Lots! Especially when you happen to be a gentle short-lived butterfly who’s unfortunately called Plain Tiger or worse, Painted Jezebel.

Butterfly

We like to name things or classify people by our association with them, their symbolism or their appearance.

Unlike God.

No matter how scarlet our sins may be, whether a liar, a thief or an adulterer, He still does not label us. No ‘tiger’ or ‘jezebel’. Simply a Child of God.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!  1 John 3:1

Lord Jesus, give us the grace to love as you love, to forgive as you forgive, and to strive for perfection each and every day especially during this Lent. Amen.

By Renee

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“When You Fast…”

Desert Plants
Taken from an old painting

Fasting from painting?

That’s difficult. Especially when it’s been enforced for the past five months. It was supposed to be “Mummy’s thumb”, which should have healed quite easily as long as i took extra care not to use my right thumb.

But i have yet to touch a brush simply because any movement of my right thumb induces more inflammation and pain. On top of that, i have to abstain from all kinds of nuts and soya products which may worsen the inflammation. Being a “nutty” person, i am discovering that i have to forgo so many of my favourite foods in our local cuisine.

How appropriate for Lent!

Fasting from food takes some effort. Giving up things we love such as our mobile devices, social media and gaming entails greater sacrifice. But what about going the extra mile to put others first, reaching out in love instead of being preoccupied with me, myself and i?

I am discovering that the latter is the hardest.

This Lent, we fast for 40 days. He fasted for 40 days too, but He took it one step further – He gave Himself up for you and me.

With God’s grace, i hope and pray that i can be a better person this Lent.     By Renee

“If you do away with the yoke, the clenched fist, the wicked word,
if you give your bread to the hungry, and relief to the oppressed,
your light will rise in the darkness, and your shadows become like noon.
The Lord will always guide you, giving you relief in desert places. ”  Isaiah 58:9-11

In Remembrance of Me

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

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.

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

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

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.

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