Friday, April 6, 2012

Walk with Me

Want to go to Jerusalem today?  I did, in the footsteps of Simon of Cyrene.

Every time I see the movie "The Passion of the Christ", I am struck by the man who helped Jesus carry His cross.  I somehow could relate with him more than anyone in the story.


Yesterday I was with Jesus in the dungeon (as in this online reflection) and today I walked along Calvary with Him.  


Somehow in my life the Lord has let my heart break for what breaks His just like in the song.

"Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me
Break my heart from what breaks yours
Everything I am for your kingdoms cause
As I go from nothing to eternity" 


- Hosanna, Hillsong United



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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Symbols

For a Christian like myself, this week is the most significant of all.  It is the reason why things changed for us and the story of our lives took a different turn.

Everything in our lives has meaning now because of God's infinite and boundless love.

If you're wondering what's it all about read on.

The cross is where it all happened.  An innocent man was hung on a tree but he wasn't just any man.  He said "I am" which means He is God.  He said "I have come that you may have life and have it in all its fullness" (John 10:10).  Do you believe Him?

In my college days I thought to myself "what if everything they say wasn't true?  What if He isn't God and it's all just a story?"

I then said "God, if You're real, show yourself to me.  If You're not, I'll be an athiest."

It wasn't an automatic thing.  Neither did thunderous clouds appear before me but He did reveal Himself in powerful and unmistakable ways!  He became my refuge, my strength, my counselor, my joy, my peace, my best friend!  How I wish everyone can know this for themselves as well!

Candles and lights symbolize Jesus Himself, the light of the world.


I've always wondered what the "Maundy" in Maundy Thursday meant.  I've found that "Maundy" is derived from the old french word "mande" from the Latin "mandatum".  Mandatum refers to John 13:34's "A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another, as I have loved you".

On this day, in the mass, the priest washes the feet of others, reminding us of how Jesus taught us to do this for each other.

I never feel more closer to the Jews than on Maundy Thursdays.  This is because as a family we gather around for a Christian Seder meal.

I always look forward to this part of Holy Week because we get reminded of our salvation history and how God was preparing us for Jesus' coming even through what happened in the Old Testament.


The Lamb also represents Jesus who, though sinless, sacrificed Himself to free us from everything hinders us from God's goodness: our sins, past failures, sickness, oppression and every kind of depravity.



You might notice the Lily in the upper right hand corner of my drawing.  It reminds us of Jesus' purity as well as the new life we have in Christ (as lilies come out in springtime).  

*The butterfly in my signature is also one of the symbols of Easter.  It's life cycle from caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly reminds us of the story of Jesus' life on earth.


 My prayer is for you to experience the Lord's resurrection in your life in a new way this Holy Week and Easter seasons!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

DIY Miniature Chairs





What is a dollhouse without little chairs?

I made this using:
toilet paper rolls
scrap denim cloth
white glue / glue gun
pencil
ruler
scissors
paperweight
clips

The chair I made has 3 parts.  The main body, the circle seat and the inner chair back.  Everything can be finished in about half an hour providing you have all the materials with you.  Iron out the cloth prior to starting so you won't lose your momentum or get discouraged with the crumpled look!

Steps:

1.  Make a line using your pencil right down the middle of your toilet paper roll.  It should go all around until about half way and then start curving the pencil upward.


2.  We're making the chair back so just curve it as good as you can.  In my case I just winged it.  If you're not confident, you can make a pattern out of a sturdy piece of paper and use that for all the chairs so it's more uniform in the curvature.


3. Now cut on the line you drew.

4. It will look a lot like a chair already except it's got no seat yet!

5. To make a seat, get another toilet paper roll and cut open so you can lay it out like paper.  Use the bottom of the first toilet paper roll as a pattern to trace the "seat".


6. Cut out the circle "seat".
7. We will need to make the 3rd chair section - the inner chair back.


Again, trace the curved chair back you made but this time make a smaller one so it will fit nicely in the curve.  It should look like this.

8. Now for the fun part.  Let's cover the top chair back first.  Lay it down on some cloth and cut around it. My tip for you is to cut more than I did so it won't be so hard letting it stick on the paper roll.


9. Cut the cloth all around the roll so you can fold smoothly later.

10. Glue together.

11. The front looks like this.
The back will look like this.

12. Now to attach the inner chair back.  It goes pretty much the same way as steps 8 to 10.  See here.



13.  For the chair bottom sides, get your cloth and cut out a long strip.  To measure the size, wrap the cloth around the roll and make sure there is at least an inch extra allowance on all sides.


I used another roll to measure the circumference.


14. Glue it on to the sides making the back part as neatly as possible.  What I did was fold the section where the chair back is and glue the rest.

15. Nearly done, the little seat is to be covered similarly.

16. Glue the seat onto the sides of the chair.  Some adjustments can be made here if it's jutting out too much.      If you're using white glue, use clips, paperweights to hold it together while drying.  If you're using glue gun, it will pretty much hold right away.

17. Tadah the little seat is all done!  Whew!  Make some more!















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