Sunday, May 24, 2015

CCF: God Chooses David

Today at CCF Kid's Church for young kids ages 2-4, we had an interesting story shared to the kids. This is a story from God's Word on how the Lord choose the next king of Israel through His prophet Samuel.

Almost all the kids wanted to join our lesson activity where they role play the story of Samuel going to Jesse of Bethlehem house to anoint the head of the next King. Jesse one by one presented his sons to Samuel, starting with his firstborn Eliab who is good looking and strong. Upon seeing him Samuel thought he will be the king because of his stature, but the Lord told Samuel, he is not the chosen one. Jesse then called for his others sons, Abinadab and Shammah but again none of them were the one chosen by God. Jesse had many sons, so he called for his remaining sons - fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh son. Still none of them God was looking for, until finally Jesse remembered that he still have his youngest son David who is taking care of the sheep that time. They called David and when Samuel saw the boy, the Lord said to him that he is the one God choose to be the next King.

The kids learned that instead of physical appearance the Lord is looking at the heart. God knew our hearts, whether we love Him or not or whether we want to obey Him and do what is right. This lesson was highlighted in our memory verse found in 1 Samuel chapter 16 verse 7b which says,

Memory verse:
" for the Lord sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. "

The kids were all excited to make their own crown and be like King David. Check out these pictures showing how the kids (and the teachers) enjoyed the lesson we have today. To God be all the glory!

Memory verse activity using flash cards.
Young kids girls posing with their David's crown they made.
Young kids boys playing the Memory verse game.
Young kids and big kids singing and praising Jesus!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

An Unwelcome Guest

Life is good.

You are independent, you have a career, a decent set of friends in and outside the office. You go out for lunch or dinner with them occasionally. You hit the gym regularly and joined a fitness program. You prepare your food and you enjoy doing it. Everything seems fine and you keep on adding on chores, errands and activities in your to-do-list to keep you occupied and have that sense of fulfillment.

Until one unwelcome guest came to visit you one day. He is demanding and he came to take away everything in your plate -  your weekend plans, your workout routine, your dietary regimen, your working hours, your sleeping habits and the list could grow more. Yes, you could try to push him around but you are too weak and helpless, he was able to pin you down. He is definitely winning the game and you realize you are no longer in control. His name is Sickness, and he came with company Depression and Self-Pity.

Truth is, everything will be set aside in favor of your health and wellness. But oftentimes we only realize this when we are already in the middle of illness.

Few days ago, I caught myself in this similar drastic event. I can imagine my life transitioning from a fast-paced production to a slow-motion picture.

Lonely was an understatement. It was depressing in all forms. You are alone, you are weak, you have no appetite, you are in pain and you ought not to let your family know about it thinking that it might only cause unnecessary worry especially from your folks.

But these few days of slow-motion surprisingly became a breath of fresh air for me, as I learn to be quiet not thinking of any chore or activity to accomplish. It reminded me of the essentials of life(like health and family), my priorities and what really matters. It started a new routine of going to bed early and have a complete hours of sleep.

This sickness thought me a few lessons I needed to remember... To become hopeful as I look forward to tomorrow when my body will be fully recovered. To be grateful for the new day and realize that the pain already expired. To be patient with myself as I take things slower than usual. To be prayerful and genuinely mean the words "Thank you Lord for healing"

Now I can imagine, that this temporary sickness has snatched me away from a bustling streets of the city lights to an unhurried, serene landscapes of the country side.

So yeah life is good.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Nephews and Nieces is Heart

Nephews and nieces are the cutest! They are treats you'll never get tired of eating. While they may exasperate you at least physically, as these mini creatures are like ball of fires with all the energy exploding in all directions, you'll still love to have them around.

They light up every family occasion or even the ordinary days with their laughter and joyful spirit. Their candidness and forgiving hearts are impeccable. Their fascination to even the simplest form of life is something I envy.  

They are the sweetest people on earth who indulge in hugging you without hesitations. I am convinced it's one of their super powers (wink)

I am blessed to have four charming niblings (collective term for nephews and nieces, which I only get to know while working on this post) - smart Godwin(11 yo) and funny Genesis(10), sweet Raizelle(9) and active Ramiah(7). T'was a feast travelling, exploring and pigging out with these four adorable little ones.

Our favorite welcome spot in Changi Airport Terminal 2. Stuffy Gorillas!
They love Sesame Street characters, can we take them home please?
Bababa Babanana
Who looks more convincing?

Tug of cuteness!
No we don't like pink!
The four charming angels heaven sent to us.
Miss you already guys, love you to infinity and beyond! Please don't grow up so fast.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Super Heroes

Heroes does not need to be Super. They don't need to possess great powers either.

A hero can be anyone who does the right thing even in the midst of a challenging situation.

He could be the unpopular person in your community who thinks less of himself and more of others. He could be an average guy who observes the traffic rules. He could be that low profile public official who chooses to serve the nation while others are busy with their corruption ploys.

She could be that someone who leaves anything just to listen to all your frustrations. She could be that regular employee who pays her taxes. She could be that alpha female who decisively give up her promising career to work as full time home maker.

We are surrounded by legion of unsung super heroes of our time. We just need to appreciate them, to encourage them to keep going. While others need adequate tap on the back, so they too can unleash the ability within them to show love, help others and be the hero, others needed to have.

The best part is, that hero can be you without realizing it.

"It doesn't matter what you did or what you were, you go out there and fight ... If you step out that door, you are an Avenger!" --Hawkeye to Scarlet Witch

Avengers: Age of Ultron