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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Lily's Story

This for Lily, my gan-jie(sister but not biologically).  There is a story to our relationship. I will write about it another time.

I have here her pics which, recently, I got them all out to scan to give her all the soft copies because she has lost all her precious pics of memories in the fire many years ago.




24 February 2011
Here is our story.... (I am not much of a writer but I will try my best)

Lily used to stay with her brother's family who was teaching in a Chinese primary school which was five mins' walk from my house.  Lily was also studying in this school and helping out her sis-in-law with alot of the house chores.  I think she was at that time around 11-12 yrs old when she came from Sibu to join her brother at Marudi.

During those days we had time to play, and I used to go to play at this school's compound in the afternoon.  So we often met and at times we may play together.  Then one afternoon I realised she was laughing at my poorly spoken mandarin as I was from a English school and I did not pronounce my words correctly.  From then on, I just disliked her so much, so we were not really friends then. 

After our primary level, we both went to the same secondary school which was right next to the Chinese primary school where Lily was staying with her brother at the teacher's quarter.  Marudi is a small town so there was no other choice of secondary school unless we went to the only private one (there was one then).  So we crossed each other's path now and then, but we did not talk.

I would say God is humourous as how he made our relationship happened.  One afternoon, a Christian teacher came to share the gospel with us at our home.  That was when I commited my life to Jesus and it was my final year at secondary school.  I did it together with my mum, we both prayed to have Jesus into our lives. Guess where I ended up?  I went to a Chinese church with my mum and there I was, same church with Lily!  So what should I do?  Well, we just gave each other a courtesy smile :) 

One day, as I was boarding an express boat to Miri I heard someone calling me. It was Lily's brother and know what?  He brought Lily to me and asked me to take care of her because she was going to Miri as well.  What was I to do?  Were we that close?  That is what you call a small town church where you are taken for granted when help is needed. So that was how it all happened.  She was put in my care...coming to Miri...staying with me...caring for her all the way.  Funny isn't?  That's how relationship happen....through caring even when it started off with dislike.  God changed me and we became good friends after that.  

Shortly after that relationship happened, my family moved to Miri.  I cannot remember when but she did come to Miri for a period of time teaching in a school in the outskirt of town.  She stayed with my family and my mum took care of her, cooking her breakfast and packed her lunch every morning.  She ended up calling my mum her "gan-ma" (mother) and so we are like sisters now.

When God is in our lives, He makes a difference.




Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2010 CHRISTMAS

The nest is pretty empty this year, with Marcus & Chris in KL and Joanna in Singapore.  We decided to have Christmas Eve with my kai-zai's family instead.  However, Sheerah has the mood to create something different this year.  She collected Starbucks used plastic cups and come up with this.

 
      
 
With this tree up, there is Christmas in the air.  It is really beautiful!  It does make me miss having the whole family together.

CHRISTMAS EVE - 24 December 2010
So for the first time we had our Christmas Eve out of home and at Daniel & Jeannie's home.  I believe Tiffany and Ivan were really happy to have their first Christmas Eve at home.  They have been spending their C-Eves with us so far.

Christmas tree with the presents in a net! Great idea Daniel!
  
      
      
      
    
There is always more than enough food at a time like this :)

  
Chit Chat after meal.... Then the champagne!

     
     
 
Then the group photos!


 
Ivan couldn't wait to open the presents!
    
  
PoPo loves the little gifts she got from Sheerah.

 
Tiffany and Ivan love this Tai-Gu-Jie very much.


CHRISTMAS EVENING - 25 /December 2010
We spent it with MGC's Krokop youth group.  They had their prog that night at UNDER 1ROOF.  It was a nice cozy setup for the evening.  Rv Jason lined up the night's prog with solos and true life stories.  We enjoyed it very much.

  


Saturday, December 18, 2010

THE STORM STOPPER

Children Sermon (for 7-10 yrs old)
- 19 Dec 2010
- at a MGC Pujut Children Worship
- almost 70 children

THE STORM STOPPER
SCRIPTURES: Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:36-41; Luke 8:22-26
AIM: That Children may know they can trust in Jesus and there is victory through Jesus.
         That they can always pray to Jesus when they are afraid.
MEMORY VERSE: Proverbs 21:31

Introduction
About the Sea of Galilee (you can easily get info from the websites)
  • show it on the map - geographic location
  • the weather
  • show it in photos - the peaceful sea and the stormy weather
  • show it in video clip

The Story
Jesus calms the storm - involve the children to dramatise the story
  1. Arrange in the centre the chairs in the shape of a boat. Place a boy to sit at the back playing the role of Jesus and a boy infront as the captain.
  2. Arrange those sitting on the LEFT and RIGHT sides to do the WIND and the WAVES and both sides to do the THUNDER together.....see below:
    • Wind - waving hands and make the sound of the wind, "woooooo....woooooo....wooooo"
    • Waves - clap their hands on their thighs
    • Thunder - stomp their feet
    • Those on the boat to sway from side to side
CAPTAIN:  Hold on tight!  Call Jesus!  Wake Him up!
BOYS NEAR TO JESUS:  Wake up, Lord! Help! Save us!
JESUS:  Why are you afraid, O you of little faith? (to those on the boat)
              Quiet! Be Still! (facing either to the right or left side)
EVERYONE:  What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?


Questions to the children:
How would you feel if you were in the boat?
Was there a time when you were very afraid or when you were in some kind of danger?
Who is the one that can really give us the peace and be our immediate help when in fear or trouble?
Do you believe in God's power and trust in Him totally?


God's Word is POWERFUL....
Memory Verse: Victory rests with the Lord.   Proverbs 21:31b

And God says, When we are afraid, we will trust in Him.  Psalm 56:3


Song:  With Christ in my vessel, I can smile at the storm (with actions) This video clip shows a fun way to do this song.


Activity to round up:
RUB hands together – gentle rain
SNAP fingers – harder rain
CLAP hands on thighs – even harder rain
STOMP feet – thunder
CLAP hands on thighs
SNAP fingers
RUB hands together
SILENT “SHUSH”
 
Conclude in Prayer:
 
Bring home craft: Make an simple origami paper boat with a sail on it.
 
Preparation:
 
 
Half of A4 size paper for the boat (you can make use of waste paper)
Print the following words on paper and cut them out.  8pcs on one A4 size paper(colored).  Cut them out and punch a hole on each end so you can put the straw through the holes to make a sail for the boat. (Refer to pics) 
  • WITH CHRIST IN MY VESSEL, (name of child) CAN SMILE AT THE STORM
  • 有主在我船上我,(孩子的名字),就不怕风浪
  • VICTORY RESTS WITH THE LORD. Proverbs 21:31b 
  •  胜利却在于耶和华 箴言 21:31
 
One straw for each boat.  Split one end of the straw to half of an inch and tape with double-sided tape.
Remove the tape and stick the straw to the boat.  Put the sail through the straw.
 
 

MOST OF ALL ENJOY YOUR STORYTELLING!


RESOURCES:
A few links to some info and resoures
http://kr.blog.yahoo.com/yydeokk196/11443

THE POWERPOINT
(Note: This is a sermon prepared for a Chinese group.  You will notice that on the craft.)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

SMK MARUDI 1969-1973

2nd October, 2010 - Saturday




Classmate & School mates from SMK Marudi, attended our son's church wedding.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

SCRIPTURES from the Bible for the wedding

This is what we read from the Bible for our son and daughter-in-law at their wedding,

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 诗118:24)
这是耶和华所定的日子,我们在其中要高兴欢喜。
God is love. (1John 4:8b)
神就是爱。
Love is patient; love is kind;
爱是恒久忍耐,又有恩慈。
Love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
爱是不嫉妒,不自夸,不张狂;不做害羞的事,
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
不求自己的益处,不轻易发怒,不计算人的恶;
It does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
不喜欢不义,只喜欢真理。
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
凡事包容,凡事相信,凡事盼望,凡事忍耐。
Love never ends. (I Corinthians 13:4-8)
爱是永不止息。
Let us love one another, for love is from God. (1 John 4:7a)
我们应当彼此相爱,因为爱是从神那里来的。
God’s Word says this:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. “
神的话这么说: 「你要尽心、尽性、尽力爱耶和华─你的神。」
“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 申命记 6:5-8)
「也要殷勤教训你的儿女。无论你坐在家里,行在路上,躺下,起来,都要谈论。」
…the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. (Psalms103:17-18)
…耶和华的慈爱归於敬畏他的人,从亘古到永远;他的公义也归於子子孙孙, 就是那些遵守他的约、记念他的训词而遵行的人。

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

WEDDING SONGS_lyrics

These are the lyrics to the songs sung at the church wedding.

This is the day (A Wedding Song)

This is the day that the Lord hath made
And I’m so glad He made you
With each rising sun you are here by my side
You are more than a dream come true

Oh, to have you, to hold you to love you, to pray
To share with, to care with to hold hands and say
This is the day that the Lord hath made
And I will rejoice, I will rejoice
I will rejoice with you

This is the love that the Lord hath made
You and I, we are one
Love's mystery is unfolding today
Written for us in the sun

Oh, for better, for worse for rich or for poor
Each day that passes I love you more
Cause this is the day that the Lord hath made
And I will rejoice, I will rejoice
I will rejoice with you

This is the day…..4x


Bind Us Together Lord

BIND US TOGETHER, Lord, Bind us together
With cords that cannot be broken.
Bind us together, Lord,
Bind us together,
Bind us together with love.

There is only one God,
There is only one King;
There is only one Body,
That is why we sing:

Made for the glory of God,
Purchased by His precious Son;
Born with the right to be clean,
For Jesus the victory has won.

You are the family of God,
You are the promise divine;
You are God’s chosen desire,
You are the glorious new wine.


It Takes Three

I can’t believe God placed you in my life
Baby it’s a dream, to hold you close, to know that you are mine
I never thought, I’d meet a friend like you

What you mean to me, I’m learning more, that words will never do
So I’m gonna show you with my life how much you mean to me\
But I could never do without the One who made us both see

It takes three, to make a marriage work, to reveal, what only God can do
It takes three to see the Father’s love revealed in us

Just the two, could never be enough
And although we’re committed when times get tough
We still need the One who’s faithful and so true
I know it takes (I know it takes)
Me, Jesus and you!

It’s hard to understand why people say –
"Just give them a couple of years….They’ll settle down, their love will fade away.”
I pray that they would come to know this love…

It’s not just what we feel, It’s a precious gift, It’s sent from up above
So with Christ the love grows more and more until the final day
So with our love we celebrate the One Who gave His life away

It takes three, to make a marriage work, to reveal, what only God can do
It takes three to see the Father’s love revealed in us

Just the two, could never be enough
And although we’re committed when times get tough
We still need the One who’s faithful and so true
I know it takes (I know it takes)
Me, Jesus and you!

I know baby when we say forever (forever)
It’s gonna be forever Cause we’re not here to try this out
We’re gonna to press on through beyond a shadow of a doubt

We’ve based our lives upon the love of Jesus Christ
So we simply recognize the truth and give the Lord our lives

It takes three, to make a marriage work, to reveal, what only God can do
It takes three to see the Father’s love revealed in us

Just the two, could never be enough
And although we’re committed when times get tough
We still need the One who’s faithful and so true
I know it takes (I know it takes)
Me, Jesus and you!

(We’re gonna share our lives together) Me, Jesus and you!
(We’re gonna walk in the light of the Father) Me, Jesus and you!
Oh, Me, Jesus and you!


Thank You Lord  by Don Moen


I come before you today
And there's just one thing that I want to say
Thank you lord, Thank you lord

For all you've given to me
For all the blessings that I cannot see
Thank you lord, Thank you lord

**With a grateful heart, With a song of praise
With an outstretch arm, I will bless your name

Thank you lord, I just wanna thank you lord
Thank you lord, I just wanna thank you lord
Thank you lord

For all you've done in my life
You took my darkness and gave me your light
Thank you lord, Thank you lord

You took my sin and my shame
You took my sickness and healed all my pain
Thank you lord, Thank you lord

**With a grateful heart, With a song of praise
With an outstretch arm, I will bless your name

Thank you lord, I just wanna thank you lord
Thank you lord, I just wanna thank you lord
Thank you lord

Thursday, July 22, 2010

CARING

I call this a bottle of SPIRITUAL VITAMINS.  I once saw something similiar sold at a Christian Store and thought that it was a great idea.  It was a bottle containing some cards shaped like capsules with God's Word on them. Then I thought it would be something good to give encouragement to a friend who was going through some health problem. So I started searching online for encouraging quotes and God's Word to go along with each quote.  That was how this gift idea was created.




      











There are enough SPIRITUAL VITAMIN TABLETS to last 3 months.

The quotes of encouragement are on one side of the cards....

and the Word of God on the other side.  They are all carefully chosen to inspire and encourage. I used containers left from my supplements.  I remove the original stickers....

then design and print my own on sticker paper and stick it on the bottle.  Decorate it with ribbons.

The wordings on the container reads......
"Suitable for all ages";
"Usage: 1 dose before every meal";
"Overdose will not cause any side effect or harm";
"Ingredient: Word of God";
"Material: Faith, Hope, Love";
"Expiry Date: Everlasting";
"Result: Have life and have it to the full"

"I have come that (name of my friend) may have life and have it to the FULL." John 10:10
I love this verse for the promise it carries and the address of the verse in the Bible...JOHN 10:10...indeed FULL and COMPLETE!  What a promise of life! 

An extra container to keep those cards read each day.  May my friends be blessed.


BEADS

I love beads. I am not a pro but I love working with them.