Spiritual Food

Jan16 2013 Howard Hendricks Had a Teacher Who Believed in Him

Howard Hendricks tells how he came from a broken family and was a problem kid. During his first day in fifth grade the teacher said, ’Oh, Howard Hendricks. I’ve heard a lot about you. I understand you are the worst kid in school.’ That year Howard did whatever he could to prove her right. When the next year rolled around his sixth grade teacher said to him, ’Oh, so you are Howard Hendricks. I’ve heard you are the worst boy in this school.’ Hendricks thought, ’Here we go again.’ But then the teacher continued, ’And you know what? I don’t believe a word of it.’ And Howard said that year that woman did everything she could to help him and encourage him and praise his work; she believed in him. Hendricks credits her with changing his life forever.

January 15, 2013

The drive back from Monday Bible Study was unbearable.  I was very emotional.  I havent felt that kind of feeling for a long time.  Why would I still feel sad?  Things are moving in the right direction.  I should rejoice!  Yet, I wasnt.  I wanted God to fulfill His promise to me.  God, You always keep Your promises.  “it isnt time yet, My child”, He said.  And so, I wait.  I am learning patience.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.
—Philippians 4:7

January 7, 2013

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ. 1 Thess 5:18

August 10, 2011

Matthew 7:14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Psalm 16:11 You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.

April 25, 2011

Surely God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid. Isaiah 12:2

Thank you Mrs O!

Mar, 2011 Quote That Helped Me

It’s almost March 2011! The girls are healthy and safe. Thank God for His continued mercy and grace. Still serving in BSF as a children’s leader.

I was going through my list of bookmarks this afternoon and spent some time reading the following blogs:
1) Time Warp Wife (empowering wives to joyfully serve)

2) Berean Wife (6 signs of a false conversion)

God gives His people different gifts. I dont think I need to rewrite what has already been written. There are super blogs out there already with great information. But, what I can write is what God has done for me.

Recently, what has helped me is the following quote:

Think of others, you will be distressed
Think of yourself, you will be depressed
Think of God and you will be blessed (and be at rest)

I can have things but dont let things hold my heart and becomes my idol because God hates all forms of idolatry.

Whenever, I feel sad, immediately my mind switch on this quote and remembers what blessings I do have. I have a roof over my head, and clothes to wear. Thank God, praise Him for His faithfulness. Life is not perfect, but one day it will be, when Jesus comes back!

Feb01, 2011 Genesis 40 Joseph’s Imprisonement

Joseph believed in a God who is all-wise, all-loving, and all-powerful. The God he served placed him in difficult circumstances but God also gave enough grace for Joseph to endure it.

This a reminder to every Christian that even the righteous will suffer. Suffering is in the will of God to accomplish His purposes. Take comfort in God’s promise:

I will never leave you, nor will I ever desert you (Deuteronomy 31:6; Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 13:5).

Such a promise is not only for the pious, men like Joseph, but also for a rascal like Jacob:

And behold, I am with you, and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you (Genesis 28:15).

There is absolutely no place on earth where some kind of ministry to others is not possible, for even if we are in solitary confinement, we can intercede on behalf of others (cf. Philippians 1:1-11).

Had Joseph been feeling sorry for himself, he would never have observed the sad countenances of the butler and the baker. Had Joseph not observed the needs of those under his care, he never would have ended up in Pharaoh’s palace. Had he not interpreted the dreams of the butler and the baker, the butler could not have told Pharaoh that he knew of a Hebrew who had the ability to interpret dreams.

reference: bible.org

oct19, 2010 An Update

I read the following quote this morning from Joni Eareckson Tada’s blog.

“We were created for God’s pleasure. In these closing moments of this age, the Lord will have a people whose purpose for living is to please God with their lives. In them, God finds His own reward for creating man. They are His worshipers. They are on earth only to please God, and when He is pleased, they also are pleased. The Lord takes them farther and through more pain and conflicts than other men. Outwardly, they often seem “smitten of God, and afflicted,” yet to God, they are His beloved. When they are crushed, like the petals of a flower, they exude a worship, the fragrance of which is so beautiful and rare that angels weep in quiet awe at their surrender. They are the Lord’s purpose for creation”

I wasn’t sure what to write this morning. But I knew I wanted to write.

As I read this quote from an anonymous author, I thought that is what I will write, surrendering. “…so beautiful and rare that angels weep in quiet awe at their surrender.”

I did not share this at our church’s Monday morning’s Bible Study yesterday but this was what I feel when I read Exodus 17:11. What an awesome picture of Moses, a leader, holding up both his hands, SURRENDERING. And he had two helpers to uphold him when he got tired.

So, I am surrendering my time to God. On the days that I am not in training at BSF, I am either in my church’s bible study or doing my BSF homework. I have also started volunteering at my little Angel’s Kindergarten class which turned out to be a blessing for me. I am learning different ways of leading little children to obey instructions from teacher. Little Tiger has Mathcounts on Tuesdays and Violin lesson on Fridays. Little Dragon has basketball every Wednesday and my Little Angel has swimming lessons every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings. So, the world is not about me after all. Although I still enjoy shopping and watching TV, it is not the only thing that I think about now.

aug 28, 2010 That’s Where God Is

June 13, 2010 Quotes I remember

“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.”

– William Arthur Ward

June 03, 2010 Daddy and I

June 02, 2010 A Bike Ride With God

I noticed my last entry was back in January 2010. Almost half a year had passed since I last wrote any articles. Study of John in BSF had ended and soon the girls will be having their 3 months summer vacation. Papa is here visiting for a month. It’s raining and we decided to stay home today. Sitting next to me is my little angel who will turn 5 in a couple of months. She was only a baby when grandpa last visited 4 years ago.

Why “A Bike Ride With God” as my title today? Well, that was what inspired me to write today.

A Bike Ride with God
Author unknown
Written sometime between 1910 and 1985.

At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there, sort of like the president. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I really didn’t know him.

But later on when I met Christ, it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal. I don’t know just when it was that He suggested that we change places, but life has not been the same since.

When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring but predictable … It was the shortest distance between two points.

But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds, and it was all I could do to hang on! Even though it looked like madness, He said, “Pedal.” I worried and was anxious and asked, “Where are You taking me?” He laughed and didn’t answer, and I started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure. And when I say, “I’m scared,” He’d lean back and touch my hand.

He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance, and joy. They gave me gifts to take on my journey, my Lord’s and mine. And we’re off again. He said, “Give the gifts away, they’re extra baggage, too much weight.” So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.

I did not trust Him at first, to be in control of my life, I thought He would wreck it; But He knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.

I’m learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ. And when I’m sure I just can’t do anymore, He smiles and says … “Pedal.”

Today, I feel that I am in the 2nd paragraph stage.

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).

January 26, 2010 Bound By Sin

January 22, 2010 An Apology Poem

January 17, 2010 Have I started running?

January 14, 2010

January 10, 2010

December 03, 2009 The New Footprints

November 29, 2009 Family Photos

October 19, 2009 Our Hopes

September 27, 2009

September 18, 2009 Refiner’s Fire

July 30, 2009 Thinking About …

June11, 2009 Third Sister and Family’s Visit

June05, 2009 Purpose of Our Sufferings

May15, 2009 William Arthur Ward Quotes

May09, 2009 When God Made Mom

May02, 2009 Life Is a Gift (生命是一份禮物)

April 30, 2009 Sharing The Gift Of Happiness

April 23, 2009 Finding Joy

April 15, 2009 Love

January 26, 2010 Bound By Sin

I was bound by clothes that were meant for dead people, just like Lazarus and I had a hard time walking. My old habits of sadness, anger and bitterness was hindering my Christian walk. This week’s BSF homework was in the book of John and specifically John 12:46 No one who believes in me will stay in darkness. And somehow God’s words just snapped me back again. How can I say I believe in Jesus and still have all these sins in my life?

I wandered so aimless, life filled with sin;
I wouldn’t let my dear Saviour in.
Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night;
Praise the Lord, I saw the light!

Chorus
I saw the light, I saw the light.
No more darkness; no more night.
Now I’m so happy no sorrow in sight.
Praise the Lord, I saw the light!

Just like a blind man I wandered alone,
Worries and fears I claimed for my own.
Then like the blind man that Jesus gave back his sight;
Praise the Lord, I saw the light!

I was a fool to wander astray,
For straight is the gate and narrow is the way.
Now I have traded the wrong for the right;
Praise the Lord, I saw the light!

January 22, 2010 An Apology Poem

My Daddy loves to write poems. So, I have encouraged him to write and I will help him publish on my blog. My Daddy is a great writer and I believe that God will use him and his poems to reach unbelievers one day. There are so many great poems written by people who was inspired. Since we have been studying apology and restoring our brothers, I thought I share the following poem written by Martin Stokes.

Have you ever realized,
How easily we criticize,
Our words seem to flow like a river;
But when we apologize,
We begin to realize,
We must learn to be a forgiver.

How articulate I am,
When I criticize a man,
I formulate every word perfectly;
But I stutter and stammer,
Tell me what is the matter,
My apologies come out differently.

They’re so unattractive,
We’re needing more practice,
We spend too much time criticizing;
So little time is spent,
Learning how to repent,
And to repent isn’t too appetizing.

While you may criticize,
I’m going to apologize,
I’ve done it and I did it in rhyme;
Dear God help everyone,
To apologize to someone,
To be willing to put in overtime.

January 17, 2010 Have I started running?

…I asked my husband after our meeting at church last night. We had just finished reading the article that former watchman Nee wrote. One of the verses that was quoted was in the book of Philippians chapter 3.

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philipians 3:13-14

I shared that it is hard for me to forget what happened in the past. What they don’t know is I am not a runner at all.

I thought of being in the special olympics with me on a wheelchair and my husband pushing me. A sister jokingly said, usually women outlive men and I might as well push my husband!

Jokes aside, I came home with a question, “Have I started running?” My husband assured me I have because I have started reading my Bible daily.

Reading God’s words will give me life. God says that those who is dead will hear the voice of the Son of God. Those who hear it will live.

January 14, 2010

Matthew 6:14-15 Forgive people when they sin against you. If you do, your Father in Heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive people for their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

1 John 4:19 We love because He first love us.

January 10, 2010

It is not that I have run out of ideas to write but will Jesus be glorified, others be edify and I will be sanctify?

This “Joi” principle comes from one of my favorite pastors. I am deeply saddened to learn that he recently resigned because of an extra-marital affair. I still remember in one of his sermons, he spoke of how Joseph fled when he was pursued by Potipher’s wife. Why didn’t he flee when he was being tempted? Why wasn’t he able to live out what he was preaching?

And then I remember how vulnerable I am as well. The times when I am still affected by my surroundings. Why can’t I love and forgive someone who has done wrong things to me? Why is it so hard for me to obey God?

I believe that something great will come out of this pastor and his family in God’s time. Surely, a person who touched so many lives will simply not disappear and leave God’s work to someone else.

December 03, 2009 The New Footprints

Now imagine you and Jesus are walking along the beach together. For much of the way His footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying in the pace. But your prints are in a disorganized stream of zig zags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures, and returns.

For much of the way it seems to go like this. But gradually, your
footprints come in line with His, soon paralleling Him consistently. You and Jesus are walking as true friends. This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens; your footprints that once etched the sand next to the Master’s are now walking precisely in His steps. Inside His large footprints is the smaller “sand print,” safely enclosed. You and Jesus are becoming one; this goes on for many miles.

But gradually you notice another change. The footprints inside the larger footprints seem to grow larger. Eventually it disappears altogether. There is only one set of footprints. They have become one; again this goes on for a long time.

But then something awful happens. The second set of footprints is back. This time it seems even worse than before. Zig zags all over the place.

Stop…start. Deep gashes in the sand. A veritable mess of prints.
You’re amazed and shocked. But this is not the end of your dream.

Now you speak: “I understand the first scene with the zig zags, fits,
starts and so on. I was a new Christian, just learning. But You walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with You.”
“That is correct,” replies Jesus.

“Then, when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually
learning to walk in Your steps. I followed You very closely.”
“Very good. You have understood everything so far.”

“Then the smaller footprints grew and eventually filled in with Yours. I
suppose that I was actually growing so much that I was becoming more like You in every way.”

“Precisely,” replies Jesus.

“But this is my question. Was there a regression of something? The
footprints went back to two, and this time it was worse than the first.”

Jesus smiles, then laughs. “You didn’t know?” He says. “That was when
we danced.”

FOR HE WILL TURN YOUR MOURNING INTO DANCING!!!!!!!

source: In His Steps ministries

November 29, 2009 Family Photos

It took me a long time to post photos taken from our last major trip. The following photos were taken back in September:

Gulangyu Island, China.

Xiamen, China

October 19, 2009 Our Hopes

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

September 27, 2009

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever. (Isaiah 40:8 NIV)

September 18, 2009 Refiner’s Fire

My penpal just forwarded me the following article. And the first person I thought of forwarding this article to was my Dad. He has certainly gone through fires in his life and we can certainly see one of God’s character in him, forgiveness.

There was a group of women in a Bible study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three, which says: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study. That week, this woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work.

She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest, so as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot — then she thought again about the verse that says, “He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he also had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, how do you know when the silver is fully refined?

He smiled at her and answered, “Oh that’s easy — when I see my image in it.”

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image — in you.

July 30, 2009 Thinking About …

Romans 5:3-5 (New International Reader’s Version)

And that’s not all. We are full of joy even when we suffer. We know that our suffering gives us the strength to go on. The strength to go on produces character. Character produces hope. And hope will never let us down. God has poured his love into our hearts. He did it through the Holy Spirit, whom he has given to us.

June11 – July11, 2009 Third Sister and Family’s Visit

At home, celebrating Little Tiger’s 11th birthday.

Third sister with baby at nearby park.

Outing after church service.

Me and “handsome boy”.

Ice skating at the Lloyd Center.

William Sonoma on 23rd street.

Children at the sea.

Me and sis at Farmer’s Market.

“Families are like stitches on an old quilt, although they tend to unravel at times, each can be stitched back together with love.”

June05, 2009 Purpose of Our Sufferings

2 Corinthians 1:4 He comforts us in all our troubles. Now we can comfort others when they are in trouble. …
2 Corinthians 1:9 …But that happened so that we would not depend on ourselves but on God.

May15, 2009 William Arthur Ward Quotes

I love quotes. Today I heard the following quote:

“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.”

Here are a few others that he wrote:

“Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.”

“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.”

“Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.”

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”

May09, 2009 When God Made Moms

I heard the following this week.

I could not hold back my tears any longer when I heard, “I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick ….”

By the time the Lord made women, he was into his sixth day of working overtime. An Angel appeared and said, “Why are you spending so much time on this one?”.

And the Lord answered and said, “Have you seen the spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic, have 200 movable parts, all replaceable, run on black coffee and leftovers, have a lap that can hold three children at one time , have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart, and have six pairs of hands.”

The Angel was astounded at the requirements for this one. “Six pairs of hands! No Way!”, “And that’s just on the standard model?” the Angel asked.

The Angel tried to stop the Lord. “This is too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish.”

But I can’t!”, the Lord protested, “I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick AND can work 18 hr days.

The Angel moved closer and touched the woman, “but you have made her so soft, Lord.”

“She is soft”, the Lord greed, “but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish.”

“Will she be able to think?”, asked the Angel.

The Lord replied, “Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason, and negotiate.”

The Angel then noticed something and reached out and touched the woman’s cheek.

“Oops, it looks like you have a leak with this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one.”

“That’s not a leak,” the Lord objected, “that’s a tear!”

“What’s the tear for?” the Angel asked.

The Lord said, “The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her loneliness, her grief, and her pride.”

The Angel was impressed. “You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything, for women are truly amazing.”

May02, 2009 Life Is a Gift (生命是一份禮物)

There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She
hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for
her. She told her boyfriend, ‘If I could only see the world, I will marry you.’

有一位瞎女很討厭自己因為眼睛瞎了。她也討厭每個人,唯一不討厭的是她的男朋友,因為他都常守在她身旁。於是她對她的男朋友說:「如果能讓我看到這個世界,我愿意嫁給你!」

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages
came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.

有一天,有人捐了一對眼精給她。當紗布解開時,她能夠看到一切,包括她的男朋友。

He asked her, ‘Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?’ The
girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn’t expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.

男朋友問她:「現在你可以看到這世界,你愿意嫁給我嗎?」那女孩看了男朋友是個瞎子,他那對蓋上眼皮的眼睛嚇到了她,這是她無法想像。她想:要我嫁給他而一生對着他這個樣子,我無法接受。

Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: ‘Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine.’

於是,她的男朋友很傷心的離開她,幾天後寫了字條給她:「親愛的,請你好好照顧你的眼睛,因為它不是屬於你的之前,它是屬於我的。」

This is how the human brain often works when our status changes.
Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations.

這也是人的腦會如何做當情況有所變動。只有少許人會記得他或她之前的生活及誰會在身旁當他或她處在困境的時候

Today, before you say an unkind word – Think of someone who can’t speak.

今天,當你要講一句不善之言--請想想那些無法講話的人

Before you complain about the taste of your food – Think of someone
who has nothing to eat.

當你要埋怨食物的味道時--請想想那些沒有食物吃的人

Before you complain about your husband or wife – Think of someone
who’s crying out to GOD for a companion.

當你要埋怨你的先生或太太時--請想想那些在向上天哭訴要一個伴侶的人

Today before you complain about life – Think of someone who died
too early on this earth.

今天,當你要埋怨生活時--請想想那些太早離開人世間的人

Before you complain about your children – Think of someone who
desires children but they’re barren…

當你要埋怨小孩時--請想想那些渴望小孩而無能生育的人

Before you argue about your dirty house someone didn’t clean or
sweep – Think of the people who are living in the streets.

當你要爭論沒有人清理屋子時--請想想那些住在街邊的人

Before whining about the distance you drive -Think of someone who
walks the same distance with their feet.

當你在哀訴駕駛的路程--請想想那些同樣的路程以代步的人

And when you are tired and complain about your job – Think of the
unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your
job.

當你很疲備而埋怨工作時--請想想那些無工作,殘疾的,及那些多麼希望擁有你這份工作的人

But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning
another – Remember that not one of us is without sin.

當你想要指著人或互相譴責時--請記得沒有一個人是無罪

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down – Put a smile on
your face and think: you’re alive and still around.

當壓抑的念頭讓你無法振作時--請你笑一笑想想:你還活著存在世間!

It does seem that this is the direction where I am heading these days in my writings. Sharing articles forwarded to me by my families and friends. The above article was forwarded to me today by a sister in Christ whom I met last year. I am reminded at the abundance of God’s provision in my life.

April 30, 2009 Sharing The Gift Of Happiness

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. His bed
was next to the room’s only window. Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats.

Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man could not hear the band – he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed. One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, ‘Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.’

Epilogue:

There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own
situations. Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled. If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy.

‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present.’

April 23, 2009 Finding Joy

April 15, 2009 Love

This afternoon, Little Tiger asked if she could memorize her verse of the week with me.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13

What spoke to me was the first part of this chapter.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

April 08, 09

I will be glad and full of joy because you love me. You saw that I was hurting. You took note of my great pain.
Psalm 31:7 (NIRV)

April 07, 09 Battling Depression

Go after spiritual things.

Think about good things, discipline our thoughts.

Place our hope in God, not our problems.

Psalm 42

April 06, 09 Overcoming Difficult Circumstances

Someone once said,

“Remind yourself that you are not the General Manager of the Universe.”

Remember the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good “Thank you Jesus.”

Try to nip small problems in the bud. Talk to God on the spot. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.

Make friends with Godly people. God speaks, comforts, and encourages us through brothers and sisters in Christ.

Keep favorite scriptures on hand. Write down thoughts and inspirations.

Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can). Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).

Think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.

“Since God is on our side, who can be against us?”
Romans 8:31

April 03, 09
My journal was crashing every time I tried accessing it. It was a sign, I thought.

Although I haven’t figure out exactly how to incorporate what God has done in my life into my blog yet, I will take it slow, one day at a time.

In 2008, I was introduced to the following verse while I was flipping through my 10 year old daughter’s Bible. She had written, a couple of years earlier, “Is she a noble wife?” next to the following God’s words in the book of Proverbs.

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.

She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:10-31

42 responses to “Spiritual Food

  1. yong hon chung

    Hi Lee Ping,
    Yesterday while surfing some food blog, I came across your site. I would say it is very refreshing reading your blog especially on your spiritual food column. I am very encourage by what u have written and keep up the good work. May Our God richly bless u in your undertaking.

    In Christ’s Love
    Yong HC

  2. Hi Yong Hon Chung,
    My heart is filled with joy because my writings have encouraged you. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave me a comment. I feel loved. God is awesome!

    I hope that you were able to find the food recipe that you needed.

  3. jane

    Dear Lee Ping,
    I have been reading your blog especially on spriritual food recently.I thanked God for people like you whom write so well.I have read your journal,it is very encouraging.May God continue to bless you and family in all things for His glory.

  4. Dear Jane,
    Thanks for your encouragement.

    God is very good to me. Often, when I focused on my troubles, I forget how good He is to me.

    This morning, I started to read the book, “Captured by Grace, no one is beyond the reach of a loving God” by David Jeremiah.

    “Yes, My Child. How you’ve grown since you first came to know Me! You’re becoming wiser and stronger every day. There was a time when you could rejoice only when the sun was shining. But now, your soul is taking on real substance. Now you are becoming sturdy and strong.”

    By this time, I was crying because I relate to everything that he wrote.

    Guess what? He continues with the following.

    “Though you eyes are presently filled with tears, My child, and though your shoulders sag with unhappiness, I want you to know something. I want you to be assured that our adventure together is only beginning. Trials remain for you to face, but behind each one rests a greater glory. Beyond each obstacle, there lies a greater joy. And all along the way, I have paved your road with blessings to remind you of the inheritance that is yours as My child. Walk on, now, in the joy that will not be slowed even by sadness. Walk on toward the crown of glory that has your name on it. Walk on, My child. And let us walk together.”

    Wow, beyond each obstacle, God will be with me. That is awesome! I will not be facing my problems by myself anymore.

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  6. Linda

    Hey Lee Ping

    Have been out of action for awhile and pop by today.

    Started to read your post on doubts and negative thoughts – reminded me of the song I heard on the radio on my way to work. It’s by Barlowgirl, “I believe in love”. Loved the part of lyrics which said “I believe in the sun even if it’s not shining”.

    Thought I’ll share this with you and may all of us be encouraged!

  7. Dear Sister Linda,
    Thank you for sharing the song by Barlowgirl with me.

    I believe in the sun
    even when it’s not shining
    I believe in love
    even when I don’t feel it
    I believe in God
    even when He is silent

    Each time I have doubts or negative thoughts, I usually come back to my journal and start reading how God comforted me with His words. The lyrics to this song is a great addition to my collection.

    Thanks Sister!

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  9. alice

    Didn’t know you started this page. Amen! Was wondering how you were keeping until I saw the new post.

  10. Dear Sister Alice,
    Initially, I started this page for my youngest sister who was going through trials in her life. I could relate to how she felt and her pain. Praise God, she is now a believer. So, it started as a non-publicized page and then after encouraging emails and comments, I decided to introduce this page in my main blog. I did not have a major transformation or dramatic testimony, rather, my life was transformed through God’s comforting words in the Bible, through hymns, through reading selected commentaries on the internet, through listening to sermons at church or in my car, through brother and sister’s encouragement, and now through serving at church.

    God is working to save lives through believers who has relationships with Him, because He loves ALL of us. Only now that I see friends and relatives around me going through trials in their lives that I feel God’s love for me. I thank God for each day that I wake up healthy and my girls are safe.

    No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

    Truly, God had provided me a way out so that I can stand up under my temptations. It may seemed at the time of suffering, the pain was unbearable. Looking back, God was faithful and he had not let me be tempted beyond what I could bear.

    Past Sunday, I had thoughts of standing up and walk home in the middle of the sermon because I could not stop crying. Instead, I stayed. I had battled my mind with Psalm 23 where God says, His rod and staff can comfort me.

  11. wmw

    Hey there, this is great! A spiritual food blog! I didn’t know too until I came in to check. Great to know that you are providing this spiritual resource to those especially in this of need. Take care and God Bless!

  12. Dear WMW,
    Thanks for coming by and your comment. I was thinking about your comment this morning. You said, “Great to know that you are providing this spiritual resource to those especially in this of need.” I thought about the word “need“.

    This afternoon, I found God’s words and I understood why God hasn’t answered my prayers, “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces” in Matthew 7:6. A person who is self sufficient, who is physically healthy, will not be able to find God because he is not in need. This person will find sermons boring.

    God has been waiting for me all these years while continue to give me blessings one after another. He knows me well. He knows exactly what I needed and what it would take to turn me around.

    This afternoon, a young lady opened her heart to God at our church. She prayed that God will take care of her newborn son. Although it was the first time that she came to a church, she opened her heart to God and prayed that God will heal her child. It was a powerful prayer.

    God says in Matthew 7:7-11,

    Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

    Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

    I have faith that in God’s time, He will answer all our prayers. And so, I will continue to pray. God who created this world, can surely melt the heart of a self-sufficient person. Hopefully, God continues to show His mercy and bring His lost child back home.

  13. wmw

    I just saw my first complete rainbow today. It’s a sign of God’s promises!

  14. Dear WMW,
    I just read your latest article. Indeed, our Heavenly Father knows how to give good gifts.

    Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? Matthew 7:9-10

    There is a reason why He chose to give you the gifts. He knows you will thank Him for His blessings. And that pleases Him.

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  16. wmw

    Dropping by to say Hi!

  17. Dear WMW,
    Thanks for coming back again…

  18. Dear Mrshbt:
    I cannot believe you did drive to S.F. S.F. bridge is still so beautiful. Be sure to take more photos when you go to any great restaurant. Say hi to Mrhbt and the lovely young ladies. Have a great time there and see you soon.

    • Dear Mama Bear,
      Yes, I can’t believe it myself. I was a little skeptical when our wheels were spinning round and round on the thick snow right outside of our home. God has been protecting us from all sorts of harm. I am very grateful. I will share more photos in the near future and I will say hi to MrHBT and our girls.

  19. wmw

    Have been extremely busy…Trust that you had a wonderful Christmas celebration! Happy New Year to you too…

    I’ll be starting on a 20 week Old Testament Survey in church this coming week…2009 is the year for me to devote more time towards God. He has always been faithful to us though at times some of us may have been faithless.

    Thanks to you and a few others, you all have been good servants as I’m reminded to continue my walk with the Lord, amidst my busy schedule. God Bless you and family!

  20. Dear WMW,
    Praise God! I am so glad to know that you have schedule a 20 week Old Testament survey at your church and plan to devote more time towards God.

    …seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

    Thanks for coming by.

  21. Rebecca

    Dear Lee Ping:
    The mother and daughters’ photo is so cute. I like the outfits and great smiles. Four lovely ladies in a house. William, you are a lucky guy!

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  23. cuppapoint

    Hey Lee Ping,

    You have shown me how Christ can be alive in life no matter the circumstance – that is your love for those you don’t even know. Thanking God for you!

  24. Dear Cuppapoint,
    Thanks for your comment.

    I don’t think it is a coincidence that verse of the day in Biblegateway is as follows:

    Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:11-12

    Your comment means a lot to me. May we continue to grow and be more like Christ.

  25. Hey Lee Ping,

    Thank you for your extract of 1 Cor 13 on wives and love. It is very uplifting and I hope to be able to practise them. I don’t think it is a coincidence but my recent prayer has been to have God lead us into a marriage that glorifies Him. Also in my prayer is to learn to love and forgive, seventy times seven. Your post has renewed my faith. Thanking you and His words through you!

  26. Dear Sister Linda,
    You are referring to the article that I shared on March 9, 2009.

    If I exercise my freedom to speak my mind and say what I think,
    but do not have love,
    I am just a squeaky wheel or a dripping faucet.
    If I know the mysteries of how to please a man
    and the guidelines of a Proverbs 31 wife,
    but do not have love,
    I am just going through the motions.
    If I submit myself to my husband in total availability,
    and do not give myself in love,
    I am but a pitiful marital martyr.

    A wife’s love is patient with all her husband’s “big ideas,”
    adaptable to his preferences,
    and supportive of his leadership.

    The love of a Christian wife does not nag;
    does not keep a running list of all the times he has hurt her feelings.
    It is not provoked when he does not pick up his own things,
    does not come home when he says he will,
    or wants to do something at inconvenient times.

    In love for her husband a wife will keep herself attractive,
    join him in his recreational pursuits,
    and express her admiration for him often.

    A wife’s love bears all the insensitivities,
    believes that God will mold the marriage and the man as He desires,
    hopes that God will be glorified in what they do,
    and endures the inevitable marital conflicts (OK – fights!).

    All the feminist propaganda will disappear.
    All the latest fashion styles will soon be old-fashioned.
    All the material things will break down and deteriorate.

    Now abides faith in God’s sufficiency,
    Hope for a marriage that glorifies God,
    But the greatest of these is Love
    that puts the other first so as to enjoy God’s intent for marriage.

    By Jim Fowler

    As I mentioned to you in my email, my shoulder is hurting and too much typing aggravates the pain. And when my spiritual food page kept crashing, I thought it was a sign. I have spent a lot of time developing that page and my hope had been, if only it can touch a person’s heart and make a difference in their lives.

    What I realized is God will lead people to my blog in His time, if that is in His will.

    You were led to my blog and I praise Him for allowing me the opportunity to meet you. You are the daffodil that is blooming. My heart is filled with joy.

    We can change the world with small increments of daily efforts, just like the old lady with daffodils spread across the road leading up to her home. She planted the 50 000 daffodils, one at a time with 2 hands, 2 feet and with very little brain.

    We can simply blog about what God is doing in our lives, what verses He is using to comfort or encourage us.

  27. cuppapoint

    Hey Lee Ping

    You have reached more than one person’s heart.

    Not sure if you realized this – I noticed today that even though everything else you have shared has crashed on us, the comments from the people you have touched are still here. Let this encourage you to continue to write and share – because this is the reason for our love of writing and our calling to share.

  28. Dear Sister,
    I received an email yesterday night and it said that I had written “God saved us to glorify us, …” Oops, such a blunder! I had meant to write, “God saved us to glorify Himself.” As I continue to write how God’s words is nourishing me and changing my relationship with Christ, I am reminded to clean my inner thoughts, making sure my intentions are pure and to give glory to my Heavenly Father who loves me.

  29. Hey Lee Ping!

    Great photo shots of a lovely family!

    I think you and your sister looks quite alike 🙂

  30. wmw

    Hello there,

    Thought of dropping you a note to say Hi as I’m here in USA. Have been here since July 19 and will be leaving San Francisco for back home on Sept 16. Just as you sis visited you, I visited mine :o).

    Till later….take care & God Bless!

  31. cuppapoint

    The flower is gorgeous – what contrast though to the promise we have in God….

  32. Hi Lee Ping,

    Me and my friend were looking through some sites for some awesome Taiwanese recipes.. and we happened to drop by yours and see “Spiritual food”.

    How marvelous to see you are a Christian and believe in our Saviour, Lord Jesus!!

    We went to your church website and we were curious which day your Sabbath day is on..?

    God bless! ^^

    p.s. we are Christians too.. feel free to browse our website and beliefs!

  33. cuppapoint

    Beautiful photos and beautiful smiles 🙂

  34. Hey Lee Ping

    When we are filled with the wonderful feed of God’s words, you WILL be a runner 🙂

  35. I see the light – what a meaningful and inspiring song! It’s not only for non-believers, I think, it is so inspiring for believers the same as we stumble and fall along our Christian stroll/walk/jog/run 🙂

    Thank you for sharing.

  36. cuppapoint

    Love the beautiful photo and the contagious smile, Sister!

    🙂

  37. cuppapoint

    Hey Sista!

    Lovely to see that you are reunited with your father in your own home!

    Excellent photo – it still looks pretty cold over where you are?!

    Take care 🙂

  38. cuppapoint

    Oh, noticed that you had the same pink cap/hat on today as the photo you posted 6-months back!!!! Wonderful in pink though, I have to say!

  39. cuppapoint

    The world is not only about self…. It’s quite a revelation. I would like to wake up today to ask ‘what can I do for you Lord, that is not about me?’ I would also like to have the heart to listen…….

    Thank you for sharing!

  40. David Ho

    I have just read the spiritural sharing from on this page, which made me feel very comfortable. In fact, I am just a people searching on the web about “how to make the Taiwan Beef Noodles” and I did not expect any surprise from my searching. But, thanks God! If you see “God”, really and really, you will be able to put down the glasses from which you may see your neighbours and youself!

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