This sign

 

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When I look at this, I’m constantly reminded. I’m reminded that there’s enough reason to face another day with so much optimism, motivation and renewed hope; that I can put my trust completely on my Saviour.

I’m reminded that there’s someone who will look after what I am not capable of handling or changing.

That if my human abilities fail, His grace and faithfulness won’t.

That if my plans and dreams don’t succeed, His plan and purpose will take over.

That if I’m filled with fear and doubt, His promises will be my hope.

That if everyone has turned their backs, His comfort and His peace will be there to remind me I’m safe and valued.

That if the waiting time gets frustrating, His Word will constantly reassure me of His perfect timing.

That if I get lost, or refuse to find my way back, He will be waiting for me to come home.

And He will remain the same.

And He will remind me of these things again in case I’ve forgotten.

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R.

Valentine’s Day?

Well, yes, it is Valentine’s Day. This day is certainly not for me. But no, I ain’t sad nor bitter over the irrelevance of this occasion in my life ever since I realised what February 14th is for.

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Simple Valentine’s day present I gave to my parents wrapped in recycled paper (You wouldn’t wanna know what it was or where it came from), cards are handcrafted (a much better term than ‘recycled card cut-outs’). Personally, I believe that I still can’t afford to have a GF right now, so what the heck.

Still and all, what makes this day special for the love hungry milieu in general would be the treats that pretty much marshal what this day is for: chocolates, sweets, cakes; schmaltzy love songs and tear-jerking romantic movies lovers and the loveless can all relate to. Simply classic. Anyway, I wouldn’t even wanna go to that sphere of things.

On a personal note, I see it as a day to celebrate and reflect on the concept of love. Look, I am not gonna go define what love is, as though I’m a love guru, a preacher or some psychologist. Everyone has his and her definition and interpretation of this emotion and/or phenomenon.

Yet, maybe we can all agree that love is the greatest, most special, most wonderful feeling in the human emotional system. Although, sometimes we will just realise that it can be the hardest task to ever do, or to be good at, or to be consistent with, or perhaps, to give.

But one thing is for sure: We all know love, and can love because He first loved us. That’s what the Bible teaches us as written in 1 John 4. God is the author, the pioneer, the spear-header and the absolute personification of love. We can never fully understand or even practice love if we never try to grasp or think about who He is and how the Lord has lavished His love upon us. And I think that’s the most important thing to do today.

We all heard the Jesus-died-on-the-cross-and-rose-again story, right? Well, that’s a good start. We probably should find a way to acquire more depth or meaning from what that episode is about.

But really, hope we can all take a moment to reflect on God’s love and see how it has unfolded in your personal life. Do not focus on the lack or the absence of the things you wish you have but turn your eyes on the ones you do have. Seek Him, His Word, His righteousness on a daily basis.

Wallow in the richness and the glory of His love, and realise that love is beyond the superficial–beyond the chocolates, the movie dates and all the commercialism. Love comes from God and is defined by God and must be given back to God by serving Him and by loving one another. And, we get to know how to really love because indeed, He first loved and continues to love us.

I might not make sense to some, or you might think that I just fudged this post but the He-first-loved-us bit is truth, it’s inescapable and is not gonna change. It’s in your favour anyway.

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This simple sketch is called “Three Cupcakes”, my attempt on mimimal-inspired repeated drawings. You could tell that the caption completely has nothing to do with it. But I think I’ve made a point in the writing bit. Ha-ha!

Seeing Australia Day in a Different Light

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Land of the Favoured and Free

Happy Australia Day! Today we celebrate our greatness and recognise our common bond and unique diversity down under.

I feel so privileged and blessed to be living in this country, the land of the favoured and free. I am thankful to be living in a country where I can freely express myself, speak out my faith and beliefs.

For the past how many years, Straya has been truly home. It has given me so many opportunities in so many aspects of life. I can’t imagine what I could’ve become if I wasn’t brought here in this land. And it just gratifies me every time I look back and see how far I have come along, how much I have learned, and how fortunate I have really been.

It’s that time of the year when we get to pause for a moment and just reflect on what it means to be living in a land truly abounding in nature’s gifts and beauty rich and rare.

However, today isn’t only about celebrating everything that’s great in Australia and being thankful for the new lease on life. I really believe that it is also the time to emphasise the need for a strong and consistent intercession for Australia and its people for the good of the entire country. We must continue to pray for our government, the Prime Minister, the country’s leaders, lawmakers, peacemakers and all the individuals that run the nation. Let us all pray for wisdom and discernment, for good will, peace, unity and direction amongst all the people in authority.

Let us pray that this country continues to seek God and His will, to love and to serve Him, and to be heading always towards the right direction where He can be found and where His name is glorified.

Let us not stop praying for the military, for the soldiers, the people who guard our borders. Let’s pray for safety and protection in fervent hope that there will no longer be fighting and warfare.

In a place of thankfulness, let us continue to pray for the people, that we will all just live in peace and learn how to love one another and embrace our diversity. May we get to know ourselves more by knowing and focusing on God and His love and always putting Him first in everything.

And for the things that are beyond our control, let us always remember to cast our troubles on God’s shoulders and give Him our earnest faith and trust because He holds everything in His hands and has a plan for everybody. His will and His goodness shall always prevail.

Above all, I wish everyone a God-infused year and a peaceful and prosperous life this 2014! Happy Australia Day, my mates!

 

 

R.