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Is ordinary good enough?

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With both kids attending kindergarten, it is time for me to find some part-time work. As I update my resume, I have this constant voice telling me, “you are not good enough. Your achievement is so little. How are you going to stand out?” In life, we are often told or have an inner voice to tell us we need to be special. Even in marketing, you need to be different than anyone else. If...

Basing our identity on our works

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If God can use David, a shepherd boy, He can use you. Anyone can be used by God You are special, and God has a plan for you. I noticed many encouraging sermons or talks wrapped around these messages lately. That you are special and don’t give up because God can still use you. The truth is that I also based my self-worth on what I am doing and accomplishing. So for the past few years as a...

Chasing the Unknown

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Hi Wai Jia, I am going to climb the Bluff Knoll today. If you don’t hear me by the end of the day, please call for help. A few weeks ago, Bluff Knoll came up when I was checking out hiking trails in Perth.   It is the highest peak in Western Australia, with an elevation up to 1,065 meters above sea level. I have no idea what to expect. So, I did the best I could to prepare. The week...

Do not worry about your life

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If there are verses in the Bible that dominate my life, they will be found in Matthew 5 and 6. The verses in chapter 6 about do not worry are of particular importance. I believe this is the key way how to live as we follow Jesus. I am referring to verses 25 to 34. If we understand these texts well and apply them in our lives, we will never be a nominal Christian. 25 “Therefore I say to you, do...

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...

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