fragrance that inspires

This is tonkin jasmine/cowslip creeper/telosma cordata/夜来香. These small flowers in clusters on vines are unassuming in appearance but they emit a strong yet amazingly delightful and truly exquisite fragrance, and I absolutely love them! Looking at these little fragrant yellow blooms, I am led to ponder on ourselves the Christians with reference to 2 Corinthians…

God’s masterpiece

Uncommon Women 非凡的女性 We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free. — Kavita Ramdas, the India country representative for the Ford Foundation, former President and CEO of…

softness of heart

I pray, O Lord… let our heart not be hardened by past hurts and hatred but softened by your love in order for us to release forgiveness; let our heart not be hardened by disappointments and discouragements but softened to hear your voice guiding us back to you where hope is; let our heart not…

praise!

The morning views from my bedroom window that I am accustomed to….. but in recent weeks the view has changed to this, hazy!!! Although I have not been greeted by the usual sight of glorious sunrise/clear blue sky/interesting cloud formations/the majestic Mt. Kinabalu in a distance for some weeks now due to the haze caused…

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…

in solidarity we stand

5 June 2015, 7:17am 6.0-magnitude earthquake, 30 seconds West coast of Sabah, a place outside the Ring of Fire Trauma on Mt. Kinabalu, 18 deaths We mourn… We mourn for those who have lost their lives far too soon, most of them far too young, so unexpectedly and so tragically. To the families who have…

purity

Matthew 5:8 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 馬太福音 5:8  8 清心的人有福了!因為他們必得見神。 Psalm 51:10 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 詩篇 51:10 10 神啊,求你為我造清潔的心,使我裡面重新有正直(或譯:堅定)的靈。