Friday, December 2, 2016

Advent is Here!


Contrary to popular knowledge, we are in the midst not of the Christmas season, but the season of Advent.  This 2016's Advent season started on the 27th of November and will end on December 24th.
What is Advent?  It's a time of waiting for Christ's coming (Advent means "coming").  It's a time of tremendous grace.

This morning, my husband Patrick and I read today's bible reading and reflection from Presentation Ministries.  We thought it was a specially good meditation for Advent.

It talked about how we sometimes cannot picture anything changing from the way it is now.  

"But a very little while, and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard,..." (Isaiah 29:17).

Picture the cedar forests in Lebanon that have been mentioned about 70x in the bible.  During bible times, Lebanon was filled with cedar trees.  Used for ship-building and construction, the wood was very much sought after.  It would've been hard to imagine all the trees slowly being depleted.

But now Lebanon is filled with orange, apple, grape orchards.

Isaiah's prophecy also says that God will make the blind see and the deaf hear and relieve the world of tyrants.  Isn't that wonderful, we know for sure these things will happen!

"We believe in the "good news" of Jesus Christ (see Mk 1:1). God has the power to change anything, for "nothing is impossible with God" (Lk 1:37). On the cross, Jesus made the greatest transformation of all. He turned death into new life. Believe in the God of transformations. Believe the Advent Scriptures."

We then watched a video about how to make the season holy.  This is the first talk from the Pray More Advent Retreat (which we started late).

Six Ways to Keep Your Advent Season Holy, Part I – Advent 2016

The 18 minute session with Elizabeth Ficocelli is packed with encouraging ideas on how to spend the season.

We hope you are having a good start in this wondrous time!  

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving


Every day is truly a great gift from above!

They say that counting your blessings makes you smarter, happier, more sociable and generally helps you live longer!

Just think about it, studies say that we get 3 positive experiences for every bad one.  In my life I think it's much much more than 3.

Let's see... today I hit my head on the cabinet when I was reaching for the trash bin.  Ouch!  But I cannot compare that with any one of these blessings...


GOD!
He is the source of all blessings - love, joy and goodness in this life!

Seeing snow fall for the first time in my life!
I've been in a ski resort in Korea before (my brother won this contest) but the snow wasn't really falling.

Getting my visa documents a month early!!! (ok, that was yesterday but it's still something I'm thankful for today.  It's been an answered prayer so I be in the same country as my husband.)

I have the world's greatest HUSBAND!
(This should have been first but my family and friends are kind of all mushied up already since I kind of brag about him all the time.)  He fixed up the futon last night and tidied it away this morning.  He looked for my breakfast and told me he loved me.  I'm really so very blessed!

My family is the most WONDERFUL!
My family is truly amazing, even if they're pretty far away right now.  (It's not their fault :)  It's kind of mine since I moved here. 

And now I have in-laws too!  Even if I haven't met everyone, those I've met show me that I did marry the right guy and I'm sure those I will meet will be equally warm, thoughtful, kind and simply cool!!!  Special mention blessing is my brother-in-law Michael's recovery from multiple surgeries.  Wow thank you Lord for answering our prayers!

Of course, my friends who are always there for me!

There are more blessings...

Fast internet!
Heaters
Thermals and coats
Washing Machine and other appliances ;)
Yoghurt!!!
Boiled eggs (my husband cooked for me)
Roof over my head (our beautiful apartment)
Our new prayer corner (see picture below)
Living in a country with the freshest food
Cats I pass by on the way to the train station
My work which is so fun

There are multitudes of millions more to say but I think you'll agree with me that what we have to be thankful for is so much more than we can ever think of.  Today is a blessing that is unlike any other and we were given this gift!!!  So let's be grateful!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Above is our (new) prayer corner.  It's kind of "floating" but my husband likes that so I guess I like it too!  :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

God is with us!


I am Gods'Temple, the home of His most Holy spirit.

We are where God wants to be!  He has made us holy by the power of His Spirit. He has made us a bearer of His light. His joy, His love! 

When one looks at the World today, the focus is on one's outward appearance-how smooth your skin is, how slim your figure is, how shiny your hair is-and what matters to God is what is in our heart - if we are a fit dwelling place for His Spirit. He wants to be with us-in every kind of day, whether sunny or thunderstormy.  He wants to make a home in our hearts.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Romans 8:28



One of my favorite life verses! Have a blessed day! :)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Something Blue Something New



PHOTO CREDIT: JRV PHOTOGRAPHY

 This is me on the day of my wedding, remembering my mom as I fiddled with her earrings.  She was no ordinary mom, and I felt like she was with me as she was in all the important moments of my life.
Mom must have whispered to God as soon as she set foot in heaven as I met Patrick only 3 months after mom passed on.

Before she did, she imparted to us all the love, wisdom, talent, resourcefulness, pragmatism (and much more) that she had.  She taught us to create with care, and to bless others with the work of our hands.  So off I went and thought to make as many elements of our wedding as I possibly can.


OUR MONOGRAM
THIS OR THAT?  SAVE THE DATES IN DIFFERENT SHADES
Patrick and I have been blessed to have similar tastes.  The first church we considered was Eastwood's John Paul II's Holy Family Chapel.  Once we went in, we both loved it and no other church compared.  Motif was a similar matter.  We based our ceremony on Luke 5:4 so the colors of the deep blue sea it was.




THE INVITATIONS

I can be pretty indecisive at times (this IS the only time I'm doing this) so I made 7 designs for my (now) hubby to choose from.  He liked almost everything and said I can make even more, one design per guest!  He is hilarious!



PUT OUT INTO THE DEEP  Luke 5:4


 THE CEREMONY

Couples don't usually choose "Put out into the deep" as their life verse but it is ours.  Our priest obliged us by agreeing to have it as the Gospel reading too.  If not for this verse, we wouldn't be together today.  That is another story for another day.



THE RECEPTION

To satisfy my craving for all things chalkboard, I made this stage backdrop for the reception.  It introduced everyone to the important members of our now-joined families.


OUR BACKDROP IN CHALKBOARD STYLE

PINK SUGAR'S CORNER

I must put a word in for our excellent dessert buffet by Pink Sugar.  They really stole the show!  Good thing we put them near the stage as the different types of dessert not just tasted good, they looked good too!  My brother gave the cake as a gift to us and it was so exquisite to look at.



I guess this photo was a lot closer to the end of the event as you can only see a bit of the center piece items.  We had a festive look with flowers, a jar for wisdom and wishes, candle bottle and book table number.



I put together a lot of jars with beribboned brooches and had all the guests give us their thoughts and well wishes.



The little jar above isn't finished yet - I took out the lid, sprinkled white snowy glitter and put wire flowers around it to make it look dainty.






The book table numbers were fun to make.



THE GIVEAWAYS

Pouches with unisex scents were also a delight to put together.  I made labels for men and for women.  The monogrammed pouches were actually supposed to all look alike but I think it turned out better (less boring)!


I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the DIYs I made for our wedding.  All the details made the day all the more special.

Now I'm reading a book "Three to Get Married" by Fulton Sheen.  Try to get a copy as it is put together so beautifully and it reminds us how God must be at the center of our marriage (or any relationship for that matter).

We are off to a good start as we embark and put out into the deep in this matrimonial adventure journey!



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Be Gentle

You are so precious!  You are so loved!  You're a treasure and a light in a darkened world so be gentle with yourself! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

FREE FONT: OWLmazing




What can I say?  Owls are just so cool!  I thought of making it easy to insert owls into our letters and put a bit more character in the process.


I hope you enjoy these cute critters!  Technically this is what's called a dingbat and NOT a font but anyways just have fun with it!

Remember this is 100% free for personal use only.  


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Faithful and Grateful



I've been mulling over these two words that have been echoing in my heart recently.  Despite the fact that it has a pleasant rhyme to it, it's what I'm called to now.

No matter what other people do - break their promises, let you down, break you down or sometimes just be plain mean to you, be faithful and be grateful.

Faithful in bringing forth good in the world... It's hard to so sometimes when you think the world isn't too happy with you.

Faithful to who you are - the son or daughter of the living God!  He wouldn't want you lashing out when you're having challenges.  Be faithful to your Father.


Faithful to the people who you love.  Even when they aren't perfect (and I'm sure they aren't), be faithfully loving them anyway.

Be grateful for this life.  This life is so beautiful.  It's filled with great triumphs of the soul and boundless grace.  The day is truly not long enough if you started counting your blessings at the start of it.

Let's be grateful for the people God has given us.  They are signs of His love and faithfulness in our lives.  Let's be grateful that we are that sign for them too.


Let's be grateful for the past, our present and our future!  Our future is one full of hope!

Let's be faithful and let's be grateful!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Much Faith is Expected




"The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. 

When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many people followed him, and he cured them all... " Matthew 12:14


The pharisees connived against Jesus and He left all alone to a lonely place-away from their evil plots. 

The people who would soon be part of the mob went to Jesus to be healed and knowing they would later turn against Him, Jesus still healed them.

I know that in sin, we connive against God.  We sin and we give the excuse that the Lord has abandoned us.  But He hasn't. He indeed is with us. 

Despite our faithlessness, He is faithful. He loves us so much and He saves us from our unbelief.

To him whom much is given, much is expected. The more we have seen God's goodness, the more faith we must have. 

Lately I've been experiencing a lot of faith testing.  One after another, God answers my prayers and then another trial comes along.  What to do in times like these?  Trust!  Trust that God will save me in all these and give me victory!  

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

All Truth



Jesus said, "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. "  John 16:12

The spirit will guide you Into all truth! 

We are no longer slaves but sons and daughters!  God has adopted us into His family and has given us His all! 

His divine life, He let us have- with power from on high'. In turn, He took on our humanity and our frailties and left it at the cross. 

Therefore all things are possible for us who believe! He has called us from our lowliness to partake of His life- fullness of life! He gave His life for us - will He not give us all things?

" Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you."

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