“…the words of Malcolm X, “We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Rock landed on us.” Brothers and sisters, I’m here to tell you that I’ve traded in Plymouth Rock. I’ve traded it in for a Rock that builds me up. I’ve traded it in for a Rock that gives me dignity, courage and compassion. I’ve traded in Plymouth Rock for the Rock of Ages.”

(The Second Chance/2006)

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#HelloSeptember

New month. New hope. New adventures.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13/KJV) – at West Wing on 4th

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Tuesday, Today

Today is December 31, the last day of 2013.

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Started the day reading the Word. Isaiah 43:1-5. The highlight was in verse 1 – “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine.” Once again, God confirmed me, telling me not to be afraid. I was a perfectionist who very much preferred things to be well-organized and I wanted to be in control. Apparently that was not what God wanted. Things started to happen that changed my perspective, my life, basically they changed me. I hated it at first. Oh I did not like to not be in control. But God had His ways that will eventually either put me or drag me into His plans. I’ve started to change, one day at a time. Now I can say I’m SO grateful He DID NOT give up on me.

This pic below is from Pastor Kimberly Jones-Pothier’s Instagram. And may I say – this was oh-so-definitely ME:

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After reading the Bible, I listened to Hillsong United’s “Zion: Acoustic Sessions”…

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I love all the songs in this album and my favorite is “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”. But this morning I put “Stay And Wait” on repeat. As I was listening very carefully to the song, then came a part where I felt “wow, God, these words are from me to You”:

Who loved me through my rebel way
Who chose to carry all my shame
Who breaths in me with endless life
The king of glory Jesus Christ

Those words struck me; not in a dark, feeling condemned way, but in an enlightened, content way knowing that Jesus loves me NO MATTER WHAT. If you ask me, I wouldn’t put up with me sometimes. Well that is what so great about God – He does. To be honest, I’m still learning to do that, to love myself and others unconditionally. But I’m glad I have Jesus as the amazing example.

2013 is not exactly the best year for me; I have rebelled against God, endured pain and struggles no one knew, endless sleepless nights and silent tears. Yet I will still say that through it all, GOD IS GOOD.  Of course I’ve also experienced happy times, laughter and wonderful moments. But my favorite moment in 2013 was when I “found” myself again, when I found that my worth was not in what I did or what I could do, but my worth is in Christ Jesus; He loves me, I am His and He has a purpose for me being me.

I love what Lucille Houston upload on her Instagram (yes, I was checking my Instagram before I log in to write this):

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Along with the quote, she put these words: “Whether you have had a year of highs, celebration and success or whether it has been one of hardship & hurt. This is a truth that applies to us all. And one that I wholeheartedly believe for your 2014.”

I believe it.

Thank you, Jesus, for 2013.

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My Journey Continues To Be Unexpected

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“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” [TH:DOS]

I waited 1 year for this movie and unlike last year, I stood in line on the very day the movie came out, which was yesterday (December 13). I was first in line and was also the first person to get TH:DOS ticket.

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When they announced to those who already had TH:DOS tickets to enter the studio, I couldn’t believe it was time for “The Hobbit” again and I was so excited like a child in a toy store, and entering Studio 2 felt like I was entering Middle-earth once more.

And so the second journey began.

The movie started in Bree with Peter Jackson (PJ) and his daughter Katie as cameos. From that very second until the end, I was TOTALLY MESMERIZED. I was back in Middle-earth; it felt surreal and yet at home. The movie, cast, script, music, everything was perfect – except that love triangle between Legolas-Tauriel-Kili. Not sure if that was a good idea. But overall, the movie was AMAZINGLY BRILLIANT!!!!! PJ and his team has done it again!

Loved seeing more Elves and Elvish being spoken in this movie and to finally see Mirkwood – oh my! Thranduil was sophisticatedly cruel, Legolas had more grit (finally!!!) and surprisingly Tauriel was kinda cool. Enjoyed every bit of Legolas-Tauriel fights with the Orcs.

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Don’t think I’ve forgotten the barrels scene – that was AWESOME! Loved it!!!

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Bard and Laketown were stunning. Beorn was absolutely a sight to see. But Smaug, goodness gracious, it was like the dragon just came out of the book and decided to stay in the movie instead! PJ and his team did a SUPERB job on Smaug! And that voice – Benedict Cumberbatch IS Smaug. I remember being terrified the whole time when Smaug was on the screen; I didn’t blink, eat or drink because of all the tense. And that voice.

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I believe my eyes popped out and my jaw dropped to the floor when the hidden passage to Erebor was revealed, let alone opened!!! I waited many years since I read the book plus I waited 1 year since “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and then there it was…the secret door…and then when Thorin first entered through that door, I cried. Not of sadness, but of feeling that the Dwarves were home again and yet they still have to fight Smaug to retake Erebor.

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No doubt seeing Gandalf and Radagast was always a pleasure, but the feeling was totally opposite when I saw Azog and especially Sauron. Dol Guldur and the Tombs of the High Fells were completely creepy, which means PJ and his team has nailed it again.

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All in all, I love all the details in everything. Of course you can’t expect the movie is exactly the same as the book, but I believe PJ and his team has done their utmost best and I also believe Tolkien would be proud; you try making movies of such epic, amazingly written books!  I thought I knew everything because I have read the book and that nothing would surprise me. I was wrong. My journey with “The Hobbit” continues to be unexpected.

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Can’t wait for “There and Back Again”!

(And still hoping for “The Silmarillion” somewhere in 2015…)

PS: I am STILL besotted by New Zealand! Still and always will, I believe!

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35

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September 3, 01:45 pm.

At this time, 35 years ago, I was born.

It has been thirty-five years God entrusted me with this life and as always, I can never thank Him enough; no words can ever cover even the slightest of the incandescent happiness I feel.

Funny thing is, some people think I turned 25 today, others 28, a few 30. No one went for the big 3-5 – except for my family who definitely already know my exact age. I believe it’s not because of make-up, since I ever so rarely wear them, but because God is with me and His joy overflows in my heart, and that I am very grateful for the life I’m living.

I am grateful for too many things…

I’m alive and breathing

I’m healthy

I’m happy

I have a job

There’s a Starbucks near where I live, just 10 minutes walking distance (oh I definitely count this as a blessing!)

…and many, many, many more.

These last few years  I’ve been trying to appreciate what I have more than getting stressed about what I don’t have; learning to say more of, “Thank you Jesus for…” rather than, “If only I had…”

Thank you Jesus for everything.

Thank you Jesus…for me.

“I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” – Psalm 139:14 / King James Version (KJV)

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