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42 and easter reflections

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Today is Easter Sunday and also my bday. Woohoo, I turn 42! It is more special to reflect on the cross. Since the beginning of this year, I’ve been asking myself, how has the cross changed my life?There is one thing that is grappling with my heart. It asks me how the cross changed the way I live my life? When I look at Paul, the cross changed the way he lived. Theological-wise, I know that...

Welcome back Wai Jia

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It has been about two weeks since Wai Jia came back from Eswatini. Since she came back, we tried out a new routine in Team Tam. Even though she was gone for only 7 weeks (feels like 7 years!), a lot of things have changed. For one, our older child started going to school during the day. So, we slowly try out a new routine. I started to homeschool our little one. As she just turned three over the...

Contentment

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Two weeks ago, I discovered that we have COVID. So all of us (me, my kiddies, and my mom) are isolated at home for seven days. It was crazy. I feel like God is stretching me. First, be a stay-at-home dad with Wai Jia. Then, Wai Jia is off to Africa while I look after them full-time. Now, is staying home with them. What do you do with two toddlers that need your attention all the time 24/7? Before...

Toil and Spin

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Our Dwarf Sunflower! This is the dwarf sunflower we planted just before Wai Jia flew to Africa. I am such a garden newbie that I have no idea if it was weed or a sunflower when it was growing. Earlier this week, our neighbour told us that it bloomed. When I saw this flower, the first thing that dawned on me was what Jesus preached in Matthew 6. In Matthew 6:28, Jesus told His disciples to observe...

Doing More by doing less

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Wai Jia, my wife, has been away from us for almost a month now. She is now in Africa helping out with UNICEF. This has been one of the most intense periods of my life because I am looking after the kiddies 24/7. Before I go on, I will say that I can only do this by the grace of God. I never imagine I can look after my kids alone 24/7. But I can see that God has been shaping me for this role in...

Living off of God’s Word

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I am not the type that makes yearly resolutions. It is not because I don’t believe in planning; I do. It is because most of my plans are not based on calendar time. One of my plans is to finish my thesis. I have already finished writing it and am in the process of editing and formatting it. I figure I won’t finish it until early Feb. But given my wife is going to Africa for six weeks...

Christmas tree

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This is the Christmas tree we set up in our home. When I set it up, I thought it was a poor sight. The top is tilting. The bristles are far in between. I thought, wouldn’t it be nice if I spent a bit more money on getting a better tree? (Note: I am not against lovely trees or even real ones. I am not judging anyone here ) As I think how much I should spend on a tree, I realized I was missing...

Plan but don’t depend on the plan

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Lately, as I journey life with younger Christians, I tell them to plan but don’t depend so much on the plan.Whether it is finding a relationship, getting married, or having kids, finding the right job or making more money, it is easy to assume that we got these things will make us happier, safer, or more satisfied. So what do we do? We plan and see how we can get these things.The reality is...

To be used by God

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As Christians, we wanted to be used by God. There is nothing with that. In fact, that is a healthy desire. After all, we want to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness as Jesus said in Matthew 6:33. The problem is not having this desire, it is then we set our own plans and then ask God to bless them. This can even be in ministry or even considered as noble like helping others. And...

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