Monday, February 23, 2009

Memory Verse Monday #7

As we continue to pray and ask for God's healing touch upon my brother-in-law, today's verse for Memory Verse Monday is one promise that we can claim!

Mark 11:24 (NIV)
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

May it be so!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Difficult Week

It's been a difficult week. My sister and her hubby received some tough health news --- he has cancer! I think I am still numb from the news... so surreal... like a bad dream... difficult to understand... questioning God's purpose and plan... desperately trying to be strong for them... to show support... having faith while walking in the dark... not just merely believing in God, but truly believing God!

In times like these, the song Trust His Heart always comes to mind. To have a listen to it, go the the playlist on the sidebar of this blog.
All things work for our good
Though sometimes we can't see how they could
Struggles that break our hearts in two
Sometimes blind us to the truth

Our Father knows what's best for us
His ways are not our own
So when your pathway grows dim and you just don't see Him
Remember you're never alone

God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don't understand, when you don't see His plan
When you can't trace His hand trust His heart

He sees the master plan
And He holds the future in His hand
Don't live as those who have no hope
While our hope is found in Him

We see the present clearly
But He sees the first and the last
And like a tapestry, He's weaving you and me
To someday be just like Him

He alone is faithful and true
He alone knows what is best for you

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Birthday Girl

Today is the day --- 12 years old!!! Wow, I can't believe that my baby girl is now TWELVE!!! Here's a photo collage I made of her birthday photos from birth to present day...



Happy Birthday, baby girl! You are truly a joy to us; a precious gift from God! God's Gal, may you continue to grow in the grace, knowledge and love of Almighty God, our Heavenly Father!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Memory Verse Monday #6

My daughter turns 12 this week! In honour of her birthday, today's verse for Memory Verse Monday is my prayer for her... it has been since she was a tiny little baby girl. It is from...

Isaiah 61:3 (NIV)
They (she) will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.

Great verse... I love it!

25 Random Things on Facebook

So, there's this "25 Random Things" post going around on Facebook. I did one last week and thought that I'd post it on here as well. Here it is:

1. It has been fun getting to know people through their "25 Random Things" so I thought I'd participate as well. For example, I was tagged by Lorraine (who is my cousin's wife). I've never met her in real life but after reading her "25 Random Things" I feel like I know her a little bit more now.

2. I got introduced to FB because most of the people at our new church are on FB. I still don't do much on here but I'm slowly getting integrated.

3. I love blogging. My blog is a place where I can record my thoughts. I also use the playlist on my blog as background music when I'm working.

4. I work part-time for a market research firm from my home office. It's a great job as I can be home for the kids.

5. My kids come home for lunch everyday. Their school is accessible through a walkway nine houses from our home.

6. I volunteer as Team Manager for my kids' Destination Imagination teams at school. It is an after-school programme that requires a lot of time commitment (3 meetings per week). I do it because I love the programme and what it has to offer. I believe the kids are learning life skills through D.I. that they wouldn't necessarily learn in a normal school day.

7. Playing the piano relaxes me. Playing the keyboard with the worship band at church energizes me! It is the best way I know how to worship --- with my fingers, making music to worship my God.

8. I now know that church planting is hard work but I wouldn't exchange the experience for anything else. I now see that nothing is impossible with God! It's been one year and a bit since we joined a church planting team in the city we live in. It's been so awesome seeing God at work.

9. I never imagined that God would ask me to head up Children's Ministries at our new church. It always amazes me when He brings out something in me that I didn't know I had the ability to accomplish/do.

10. My hubby is my best friend; truly a gift from God. In my hubby, God has given me more than I have asked for. I am truly blessed.

11. Everyday I thank God for my kids. They are precious to me and I feel very priviledged that God chose me to be their Mom.

12. My daughter is the most easy-going, adaptable child I have ever met. Her maturity never ceases to amaze me each day. I can't believe that she is turning 12 in just one week's time! She is quite level-headed; smart and kind-hearted.

13. My son makes me laugh a lot. He's quite funny, just like his Dad. He's also very smart, just like his Dad.

14. My brain literally doesn't start working in the mornings if I don't have a cup of coffee first, with cream and sugar of course!

15. I am not a morning person! I love to sleep-in but I am fully awake late at night and am most productive during the after-dinner hours!

16. I don't like to cook. I only cook because my family needs to eat! So, we like going to my sister's house to eat every Thursday night when we have piano lessons there! :-)

17. I love to garden. I can't wait for Spring to come so I can start gardening again.

18. I also love to read. Lately, I haven't had much time to do so. There is a stack of books beside my bed that I've been wanting to get into but can't seem to find the time.

19. I hate clutter. I get a headache and lose my focus when there's clutter.

20. I like staying home. In fact, I prefer staying home than going on vacation!

21. I don't enjoy driving. I prefer to be the passenger. It's a good thing that hubby likes driving! Our family enjoys road trips.

22. Even though I don't like to cook, I enjoy baking. I wish I could bake more regularly but it's one of those things that I don't seem to be able to find time for.

23. I also love to sew. At first, I didn't think I would. I even got upset when hubby gave me a sewing machine for Mother's Day one year!

24. I love our neighbourhood. The people are very nice. My prayer is that my Bible study group consisting of women from this neighbourhood would be able to reach out to more women; that we would be a positive influence in many more women's lives.

25. I think it's time for another cup of coffee!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Memory Verse Monday #5

I am feeling physically tired this Monday morning. This past week was full, our routine interrupted by spending a good half of the week helping out and talking to a family who just immigrated into the Toronto area from the Philippines.

Plus, our weekend was busy. Both children are involved with Destination Imagination again this year and I am one of the Team Managers. Saturday mornings are spent at the school getting the teams' set pieces ready for the Ontario Tournament. This is on top of working on their Central Challenge on Wednesday nights and practicing their Instant Challenge on Fridays at lunch time.

Sunday morning was spent at church... and, last night we had an early birthday party (with immediate family) for our daughter who is turning 12 in 10 days!!! Turning 12... I can't believe that I'm typing that number! That warrants a whole blog post of its own...

Phew! All that to say I am physically tired... but, emotionally pumped! We had another awesome time of worship at church yesterday. Energizing and electric! The experience will surely sustain me through this week, like it did last week!

So, with that in mind... here is today's verse for Memory Verse Monday:

Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Happy Monday!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Memory Verse Monday #4

Yesterday at church, I experienced one of the purest forms of worship as the Youth Band led us in singing praises to our God! The atmosphere was electric; there was power in our worship! I truly felt the presence of the Holy Spirit --- very distinctly, in fact! The verse from Matthew 5:8 came to my mind as we continued to worship, so in honour of that God-given thought, it will be this week's verse for Memory Verse Monday!

Matthew 5:8 (NIV)
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

I think children have that --- purity of heart. I couldn't help but realize this truth as the Youth Band led us in worship and we felt (saw) God!

As adults, a lot of times, we are unfortunately missing that --- purity of heart. We definitely have lots to learn from children in this way --- to serve and please God, period. That's it --- no other agenda, no other motives.

Definitely some food for thought!