Archive for August, 2009

Something beautiful..

August 31, 2009

something beautiful
something good
all my confusion
He understood
all i have to offer him was brokenness and strife
He’ll make something beautiful out of my life

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August 30, 2009

amazing.
met a young taiwanese lady today, 19 years old, apparently a famous backpacker and travel blogger who produced her own book at the age of 18.
(<— and yup!that's her book!)
only 3 days stopover in spore on her way to perth.
she asked for directions; accompanied her to find a backpackers’ inn in little india, had dinner together and brought her for a city nite tour ended the evening at my fav place, st andrews catheral.

with a short testimony shared about God’s love, and a little prayer of blessing….
the angels are rejoicing cos one more soul is added to the kingdom of God! Praise God!

Lord, you are just so sweet..

Joy of salvation

August 25, 2009

“We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Thess 1: 3

may the joy of our salvation be our strength.

Happy "Birth"day

August 23, 2009

An sms received from a mentor reads:

“Hi ruth, have a blessed first anniversary of your baptism. Great to see you worship God on stage today.”

Upon reading this simple sms, couldn’t help but brought tears to my eyes.
Someone actually bother to remember my baptism date. Someone actually cares enough to send a greeting sms to share my joy today. indeed, on the 23 Aug 08 , exactly one year ago, thought i had a glimpse of heaven and a taste of what it means by eternal happiness. still rem.. tears of joy couldn’t stop welling up and the jitters of excitement and gratitude tossing within my belly…

it was the day, i sang aloud to the world (and will continue to sing), “i have decided to follow Jesus.”
it was the day, many very impt ppl in my life came to witness my “new birth”.
most importantly, it was the day, after 10 full yrs of prayer and petitions to God with pleas and much patience, my mum finally agreed to grace the ceremony (she was full of smiles!), surprisingly, brought along 3 other friends as well to give me their support also according to them, to 大开眼界..
Reminiscing on 23 Aug 08 reminded me that the God I believe in, is faithful, and His promises never fail.. and He does love me very very much.

nothing would describe it best through a photo as attached (below):
to bring you to attention, not the happenings in foreground, rather the many beautiful and impt ppl at the background sitting right amidst the congregation:

my mum, my 2 brothers,
tiong nam, mr chua and family, danny dad,
vette and cell gals, ps bel and cell sisters
gd frens like sec sch clique, kat & ak, qinpei, ym, paul, a’an & mel..and many more..

thank you for walking alongside with me.
all of you have assured me that i walk, but not alone.

anyway, happy 1st year baptism anniversary, ruth 🙂

Up!

August 21, 2009

oOOooOoOoooooOOoOooOOOOoooOOOoooo

“UP” and DOWN through the high-altitude emotional helium ride, “UP”-thus far is my choice for the BEST Pixar film, with heaps of adventure, lots of moral and many tears-triggering moments….

many first-times and lots of surprises! Watching the show with 6 other sec 3 girls from Project SMILE was an interesting first-time experience for me. My heart goes out for them especially after being told that most of them, at the age of 15, a movie outing to Suntec City was their first-time.

Me, contented with my large sweetened popcorn, felt like a kid with my eyes and mouth wide opened awed by the vividness of the 3D effect of the animation. Yes,my first 3D movie (not counting those pri sch trips to omnitheatre). I was like wow-ing away, till i felt little embarrassed of myself sitting amidst the other children who were pretty well-behaved…

the song “Carmen” to start off the movie was brilliant and rather unforgetable.

Carl’s Fedrickson (aka the old man) faced a lonely future upon the death of his beloved wife, Ellie, who was an aspiring explorer just like himself. At this ripe old age, decided to live his late wife’s dream to put up at an explorers’ haven Paradise Falls at South America…hence the floating house, hence the exciting odyssey..of course with an unexpected company, Russell- a die-hard Wilderness Explorer Scout, whose only wilderness experience was at his own backyard.


ok, cut my grandma’s stories, to get to the point, here’re the conventional bulleted form of my takeaways:
  • Beyond our problems, beyond ourselves lies a world awaits to be discovered

brought to memory my fav movie “Patch Adams”, looking beyond the 4 fingers…

  • Learning from the least expected amongst us

sometimes, rather most of the time, most precious lessons on life could be drawn from the least expected ppl around us.. just like Carl who was ‘stucked’ with Russell who taught him new meaning to living.

  • You can mean “the world” to someone else, really. (as cliche as it might sound…)

Ellie, tho her dream to be an explorer was left unrealised, her days in blissful marriage with Carl who loves her, meant everything to her.

if you were to ask someone what’s his dream, the likely answer you might get is “环游世界”.
Aspire to peak the highest mountain or touch the tip of the Southpole?

To sum up, leaving you with a concluding quote by its Director, Pete Doctor:
“We came out with this image of a floating house held aloft by balloons and it just seemed to capture what we were after in terms of escaping the world. We quickly realised that the world is really about relationships, and that’s what Carl comes to discover..”

wanna 环游世界? perhaps, we should start from home.

Give us today our daily bread

August 20, 2009


An analogy (shared by an ex-cell leader)- that etched deeply in my heart remains as a constant reminder:

Our daily bread is the word of the God;
knives are like the Christian literatures, supplementary studies, commentaries, devotionals we often use to help us ‘dissect’ or ‘make easier for understanding’ of’ the Word.

However, these should not replace the word of God- our daily bread.

Imagine your nice blue-checkered breakfast tabletop placed with butter, jam, olive oil and a knife but without the loave of bread…

Have I missed my bread today?

after the night, the dawn will come..

August 19, 2009

Together

August 18, 2009

Don’t stop.

August 17, 2009
“ It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop.” Confucius

2 different occasions within 2 days, stumbled upon this word of wisdom from 孔子
First a random surfing of the net, then an ad confronted while was down the mrt’s escalator.
Uncanny, huh…? Divine, rather.
Lord, its your answer to my perpetual question for the season.
yes, it does not matter how slow i go so long as i do not stop.

Up, Up and Awayyyy…

August 16, 2009

Weeeeeeee~!!

A journey UP too exciting not to be jotted…
thoughts and reflections too precious not to be blogged..

however, the bed beckons.
task deferred, i reckon.

*cross my heart*
its coming right UP.