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God has given all of us a garden to tend for, and here is a little piece of mine. This is a place where I would like to share my thoughts and things I learned from my daily Bible devotion and studies, and experiences of my journey with Jesus and His family. I hope you’d be able to chill and enjoy some raisins and apples from my little garden.
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And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the… Continue reading Happy New Year! Keep learning and keep growing (Luke 2:39-52)
36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and… Continue reading Turning sorrow into strength (Luke 2:36-38)
Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s… Continue reading “In Christ alone, my hope is found” (Luke 2:25-35)
21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.2 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord… Continue reading Why the family of carpenter? (Luke 2:21-27)
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17… Continue reading After the Herald Angels sing (Luke 2:15-20)
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for… Continue reading Good news of great joy (Luke 2:8-14)
12/12/20: Today I just want to share a few photos that I took catching the tail of sunset tonight. As I was standing by the shoreline, I was stunned by the view before me. For a moment, it felt like I was looking a a panoramic view of an oil painting, done by the hand… Continue reading #Blessings: Grand finale of the day – Beautiful sunset by the Master Painter
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success! Blessed is he who… Continue reading Thank you, Lord, for this day you have made (Psalm 118: 22-29)
Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly, the right hand of the Lord exalts, the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!” I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. The Lord has disciplined me severely, but… Continue reading Gates are open, enter with joy! (Psalm 118: 15-21)
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!2 Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”3 Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”4 Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”5 Out of my distress I called on the… Continue reading Shelter in His everlasting love (Psalm 118: 1-14)
Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! Psalm 117 ESV This is the shortest psalm with only two verses, and it is the shortest chapter of the entire Bible. There are 1189 chapters in… Continue reading Praise Him, the God of all nations! (Psalm 117)
What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of… Continue reading What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? (Psalm 116 12:-19)
11/19/20 – Took a stroll around the neighborhood and found myself indulged in the colors of Fall. Despite of what the world is going through in 2020, Fall didn’t fail to make its grand entry, and God still sends these beautiful colors, every year. As we enter the 8th month of the pandemic and anticipating… Continue reading #Blessings: Give thanks for the Colors of Fall
11/1/20: It’s the first day of November, 2020 already, and the 8th month entering the shelter-in-place order! What a strange year we are having! Global pandemic, political divisions, separations among ourselves, sicknesses and death around us… Things just kept crashing over at us like waves in the storm. Daylight saving ended today, and with that… Continue reading #Blessing: Good morning again! Sunrise on the 1st day of November, 2020
10/31/20: Give thanks for every unique sunrise and sunset, and remembering a dear brother who is fighting a sickness in the hospital right now. May the God of sunrise and sunset also rests His mighty healing power on him, and protects him from all complications. Great is Your faithfulness! Lamentations 3:23 Thank You God for… Continue reading #Blessing: thankful for every sunrise and sunset
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of… Continue reading Unity in love and in truth (Colossians 2:1-3)
Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. Colossian 1:28-29 ESV Jesus died for us and washed away our sins to present us holy and blameless in God’s sight… Continue reading He is the One we proclaim (Colossians 1:28-29)
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the… Continue reading Revealing the mystery of God (Colossians 1:24-27)
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move… Continue reading Transformation in Christ, beyond magical (Colossians 1:21-23)
And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace… Continue reading He lives, He leads, He reigns. He is above all! (Colossians 1:18-20)
10/24/20: Sunrise Bible devotion with a bigger sunrise chasing group! It was cooler and foggier today, and sunrise didn’t quite look like what we anticipated. But it was all good when being able to hang out in the daybreak together; to keep each other warm with cup noodles; to praise the Lord of the sunrise… Continue reading #Blessing: good morning again! chasing sunrise together
10/22/20: Though I have had these babies for six years, every bloom they have still brings a smile on my face. And every bloom brings me so much hope. They have trained a plant killer to be be a plant keeper! I first got them when Guo, my husband, was admitted to the hospital six… Continue reading #Blessing: oh plants, stand by me! (my African Violets)
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father. Colossians 1:1-2 NIV Bible Gateway This was a greeting from Paul to the church of Colossae, and today, it became a… Continue reading Grace and peace to you, in times of mourning (Colossians 1:1-2)
10/17/20: Another wonderful morning chasing the sunrise with Irene, my early bird bestie! Woke up at 4:15am and better equipped this time just so we may catch the first light of the daybreak! Flashlight ✅ Camping chair ✅ Hot water ✅ GoPro and tripod ✅ Cup Noodles ✅ Coffee ✅ (a must for the night… Continue reading #Blessing: rise and shine! chasing daybreak – be watchful until the day dawns
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