Retreat for Renewal

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Quite a few years ago

Had a retreat at a Mission.

No newspapers, no television,

No phone calls outgoing or incoming,

Certain hours of the day –

No conversation with anyone.

Relaxed walk in the Mission,

Searching of the heart and soul,

Mind on the reflection.

Retreat such as this

Was hard for some

Who was constantly in action.

By the second day

Some made a commitment.

Through the quietness, non-action,

Came the renewal of inner strength and peace .

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Daily Prompt: Retreat

Daily Prompt: Renewal

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge #1

This is my second 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge.

I want to thank Natalia https://caboosemama.com for nominating me to participate in the “3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge.” This is an opportunity for me to share with you the quotes that inspire me.

Rules of the challenge:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Three quotes for three days
  3. Three nominees each day (no repetition)
  4. Inform the nominees

Quote for Day #1

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Day 1 Nominees:

Marie

Bella and Pyrx

Sasnider

These are great blogs. Please visit them

Natalia’s Nomination Link

Mirror Pierce

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Mirror, mirror, into it I look.

What do I see?

Frowning on the sides of the mouth.

Tight squeeze between the eyebrows.

Motionless on my cheeks.

Pointless look in my stare.

I swayed my head side to side,

Another image appears to invite.

His eyes match with mine.

Oh, the understanding He conveys.

The comfort He bestows.

The love for me he offers.

The hope ahead He persuades.

The light of His eyes is like a double edged sword,

Pieced through mine into the depth of my soul.

To my face in the mirror again I look.

It’s slowly transforming like a miracle.

From my burdened self to match with His peaceful look!

– Mirror images from Edenpics.com

Angel

Angel.Getty image from GoogleI had a secret question.

I couldn’t talk to anyone.

I asked for an angel to come to my rescue.

To my surprise, he arrived in disguise.

I didn’t share too much in a public place.

He shared his right at my face.

He told me his decision and the consequence.

Right at that moment,

I recognized the angel’s presence!

I couldn’t help but saying, “Thank you!”

My question was no secret to you.

You knew it before I had it in my mind.

Your answer came in the most precise time!

Through the angel for me you assigned.

I left that place with an answer and a peace of mind.

 

Cocoons – Butterfly

Daily Prompt: Transformation

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  • Watercolor painted by Miriam Hurdle

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Sad
Lonely
Hurt
Discouraged
Loss
Empty
 Trapped 
angry
Where are you, Lord?
I'm everywhere, I'm here with you.
Help me, Lord!
I'm all powerful. Here's my help.
It's so dark. I can't see.
Here's my hand. Follow my lead.
I can't move. I'm weak.
I'm all mighty. I can carry you.
I feel something......
I know.
I see a dim light!
Yes.
I'm coming out! 
That's right.
I'm different! It's transformation!
I see.
I'm beautiful.
I made you!

Good to be Back

It has been two years since my last blog. So many things have happened during the last two years. But I just wanted to talk about yesterday, and catch up eventually.

I went to a group that meets on Wednesday mornings. This summer topics are derived from the favorite hymns of many great Christians and ministers. The speaker for this meeting spoke on the hymn “Make Me a Blessing.” This hymn reminded me of at least two things:

First, it reminded me that this hymn was the first music I learned to sing in my voice lesson. Ms. Helen Chen was my first voice teacher. She wanted to instill in me the desire of serving others, through my talent of singing, maybe! I was about seventeen years old. My talent of singing was discovered by a short term missionary in Hong Kong. He was sent to Hong Kong by the Free Methodist Church Headquarters in United States. Through his sponsorship, I took voice lesson until his one year was up and returned to United States. Ms. Chen, my voice teacher encouraged me to continue with my lessons, because one year of lessons just barely got me started. With her encouragement, I decided to continue taking voice lessons, off and on for almost ten years. I had three other teachers besides Ms. Chen.

Secondly, the hymn reminded me of my decision to dedicating myself as a servant of God by studying in a seminary. Even though I encountered great opposition from my father who was a non-believer at that time. He was greatly distressed and erupted his anger at me the night before my seminary journey. Somehow my mother woke up me early next morning and urged me to go before my father woke up. The first year of seminary study, students went home once a month. During that year, I was afraid to go home, I went to stay with my older sister instead. I prayed and asked God to bless me and make me a blessing to my parents and my siblings. From the second year on, I went back to my home every weekend. My father had calmed down after not seeing me for a year. Through prayers, God changed my father’s heart. During my senior year, my father saved a little bit of his breakfast money everyday to buy me a graduation gift. He and my mother were proud to come to my graduation. I along with my Christian siblings continued to pray for my parents’ salvation. After 20 years, when my parents were 70 years old, they accepted the Lord and were baptized. God blessed my siblings and me, and made us a blessing to our parents. God is gracious and merciful!

 

 

Rainbow

“Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”  Genesis 9:16

Rainbow is the covenant representing God’s mercy and blessing to the nature and mankind on earth.

On one of our traveling trip, we had the privilege to see the double rainbow. The clouds were still thick, so we didn’t see a great contrast of the colors of the rainbow.

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