This was my view on my way to the “mall” (it’s more of like a grocery) and back.
It’s a quiet place except for the mating birds and insects and dogs barking in the distance. I said to myself, “This place is beautiful…” but then it would even be more beautiful if all of my loved ones are here. But then if all my loved ones are here, living in one community, then this must be HEAVEN. Because that’s what heaven is like–living in a community with GOD and all our loved ones.
Anyway, I went to the grocery store because the chicken I bought the other day was still frozen and I wanted to eat meat and so I decided to just buy new chicken. Lazy @**! 🙂
On my way back to the unit, this was my view.
I could see our unit from here. The moon was already up although it was a little short of 16 minutes from sunset. It’s spring that’s why. The mountain was seen from anywhere in this place, reminding me of where I am. This place is really beautiful–this part that is. 🙂
Thinking about my lovelife or the lack thereof, I opened my FB homepage. I saw status from 2 ladies. The first one was about how she was leisurely walking and looking up then she saw some artworks. Enjoying it, she took pictures and posted on FB. She’s obviously very happy. And I know why.
The next status was just pictures of people with this lady. This lady is charming, attractive to boys. In the picture, she was drinking with friends. This lady was in a relationship but she was still married. So she could not marry her bf yet.
A question entered my mind. Which of these example would I choose to follow?
The first one followed and surrendered her lovelife to God. There were struggles but she let God take hold of her heart. The result is a beautiful, better than ever love life. I learned that surrender and obedience to God yield the best result. She had to wait but it was worth it.
The second one followed herself. What she wants. She has drawn her security from the affection and attention of the opposite sex. She didn’t really want what happened to her. She was just a victim of circumstances. She’s in love but she could not just marry him.
The obvious choice would be the first one. Surrendering and obeying God with our lovelife require grace from God to endure the wait. To stand God’s refining fire. God will always be there ready to help us when we ask Him to and even if we don’t ask Him. He’s there ready to protect and guard our hearts and to burn all the impurities of our lives. We can rest in the truth that God will give us what is best for us and when it is from God, there will be peace. 🙂
Out of all the Christmas station ID of ABS-CBN, the largest tv station in the Philippines, this is my most favorite. This song focuses on Jesus (as Bro) as the star of Christmas.
I really miss the Philippines. The Philippines is doing fine. Thank God for miracles.
There’s Noodle Bento on West and they serve very nice Malaysian food. They don’t have Hainanese Chicken though. Oh well, I went there yesterday and bought this.
I think this is called Seafood Nasi. They give a big serving. I ate this for yesterday’s lunch and today’s breakfast. 🙂
It should be my goal to try to eat everything on their menu during my whole stay here in this side of NSW.
God has been good to me. Bits and pieces of niceness from people I don’t expect to be kind to me make me think of God’s work in my life. Thank You God.
Convictions and rebuke are God’s discipline. Because He loves me. Like a father disciplining his daughter simply because he loves her.
I am no wiser than I think I am. I just have to obey God. Godly counsel from other people helps. Thank You Lord.
Scrap. But even if it is a scrap, it’s still a treasure for me. Limited for now. But I try to enjoy it as much as I can.
I would often walk here during my day off…yes under the heat of the sun…see my shadow? 🙂
Notice the mountain that serves as a border. What’s on the other side?
Town proper at 5pm. Almost all stores are already closed.
Rugby Park near our area. Rugby? Is that where the solvent boys have their sessions? Hehe…
On my way back to the apartment.
The owner of this lawn/grass walks barefoot here. Seems logical because I feel guilty stepping on this very green very pretty grass. 🙂
My favorite west. According to some, it is dangerous here. So I have to leave before it gets dark.
I also like the Mckers (not sure about the spelling but that is how people call Mcdo here) at west. Date with God.
Some revelations from God that brought tears to my eyes:
God has put me here to set me apart. For whatever His purpose is. He is not finished with me yet.
Yesterday, although it was freezing, I attended the Stress Less Activity at the Bicentennial Park. I could not stay longer because it was really cold and I only have 2 layers on. But I like how this community really tries to have all these activities. They also served free food, massages, and other fun activities. If it were warmer, I guess more people would come by.
I got fascinated by these ducks swimming in this pond. 🙂 I was trying to see their feet. Grace under pressure. Maybe I could learn something from them. 🙂
Amateur photo 🙂 I just want to capture some activities that went through that day. 🙂
I went here with high hopes. Isn’t this God’s blessing for me? Doesn’t He say that He’s going to bless me here? I went here by faith–anticipating the great things that God is about to do with my life. I was looking forward to ministry, doing good and great things.
Disappointments after disappointments. I was lucky enough to set foot on this place. This place is beautiful. This place has fresh air. Lots of free birds, beautiful flowers. It’s painful to think that I wasn’t contributing enough. I feel like I’m betraying their trust. I don’t know how to help myself. I’ve done what I could. I’ve loved them enough it hurts. Maybe I’ve got it wrong. I had a different expectation. Yes, I’ve done my best except for this one thing–COMMITMENT. When I couldn’t get what I want, I held back.
But what works for me before doesn’t work now. I’ve been disappointed a lot of times. I am on the verge of giving up and I have given up. I don’t know how to help myself anymore. Only God can help me now.
I surrendered this to God. I don’t expect much anymore. And that point of giving up–of acknowledging my weakness, that God rises up to help me. He has always helped me in every way. But somehow I was always trying to rely on my own ability.
This has been another humbling experience for me.
Now that I am not expecting much, every good thing that happens becomes magnified. This is God’s glory at work in my life.
I am looking to a fresh new start. This time I will be committed. This time I won’t back down. This time I will embrace the culture. This time I will love the people around it. This time I will not expect much from them. This time I know that God is the Only One who can help me with my skills and knowledge. With God in it, it’s never too late to start again.
God the Father, put me where You want me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.