stand the test

James 1:2-4 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. face the trial  —–>  stand the test of faith  —–>  perseverance is produced —–> maturity is attained…

am I ready?

Most of us had never expected that we would experience a 6.0-magnitude earthquake in Kota Kinabalu in our lifetime as our state Sabah is outside the Pacific Ring of Fire, unlike our neighbouring countries the Philippines and Indonesia. The tremour we felt in KK early morning on 5 June lasted for only about 15 seconds…

nocturnal fragrance

The fragrance of Tonkin Jasmine (Telosma Cordata, Pakalana Vine, Tonkinese Creeper, Chinese Violet) is one that will stop you at your track and make you look for the source as it is rich and heavy yet wonderfully pleasant. Although the Chinese name of Tonkin Jasmine/夜来香 literally means “when night falls comes the fragrance”, the heavenly…

shall we dance?

The Oncidium orchids are referred to as the dancing ladies because of their flared lips that look like flounced dancing gowns. How beautiful they are when they dance gracefully in the wind in their yellow skirt… Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair… — Susan Polis Schutz, American poet Dance…

from buds to blooms

Take time out, slow down, exhale and immerse in the wonderment of nature — enjoy the flowers, from buds to blooms! —– the flamboyant multi-petal hibiscus the delicate yellow ixora the elegant red ixora the delightful powder puff flower Flowers Albert Laighton (1829-1887) They are autographs of angels, penned In Nature’s green-leaved book, in blended…