Thursday, May 21, 2009
Even if an earthly mother or father abandon their children, God our Father will never do that.
“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32).
Recently troubles have come our way, but He keeps us joyful and thankful all the way. Well, not all the way just yet, because the light is still nowhere to be seen in this tunnel.
But I know one thing. He is our Father. He will never forsake us. In fact, it is truly impossible - and totally against His very character - for Him to abandon us, His redeemed people.
“Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39).
Monday, May 4, 2009
I've realized that the frills don't matter.
It doesn't matter that we don't have a proper nursery for her, or a proper cot, or a fancy changing table.
It doesn't matter if I have not prepared a black and white picture of her big brother hanging in a frame on the wall across from where she sleeps. Or a cute mobile over her (since she'll be sleeping on my bed). Or get the apartment absolutely immaculate and totally ready for her arrival.
I think it matters to her that she knows exactly how much we love her. It matters that we feed her exactly when she's hungry, change her when she's wet and cuddle her tight all the time. It matters a lot that we'll be there in a heartbeat, to hold her, whenever she calls.
I think those really matters to her.
I should put it in perspective and not worry so much about not being ready for Emma. 'Cos by God's grace I believe all three of us are ready for her.
It doesn't matter if we can't afford fancy decorations. It would be nice if we can. But if not, it's perfectly fine. Emma's all that matters.
The frills don't matter.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
We got this Wii game last week and lo and behold, my son's cookin'!
He enjoyed trying out all the recipes: breaking the eggs, cutting, grating, stirring, shaking the pan, etc.
So on labor day holiday we had a wonderful breakfast cooked by my 10-year-old son!
He made scrambled eggs and pancakes.
The pancakes were from a shaker, I just added water. But the scrambled eggs he cooked from scratch. He cracked all the eggs himself, accidentally crushing only one ("do not mind!"), added salt and pepper, some cream cheese and cheddar slices. He enjoyed stirring it around in the bowl, then cooked three batches for his father, for me and for himself. He had fun spreading the butter on hot pan, then continously stirring the eggs and shaking the pan.
He also tried his hand on cooking the pancakes. Shake the pan. Turn over. Watch the fire.
He actually successfully flipped the pancakes a few times!
"Wonderful! Better than mama!"