Monday, July 28, 2008
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
When I reflect on the characteristics of love mentioned in the passage, I realise that this standard of love has high expectations. I confess that I often fall short of this standard, especially with my loved ones. Have you noticed that often, we are more impatient and unkind with our loved ones that we are with strangers or acquaintances? Let us pray that by the grace of God we will be able to love with this kind of love.
Friday, July 25, 2008
A lthough things are not perfect
B ecause of trial or pain
C ontinue in thanksgiving
D o not begin to blame
E ven when the times are hard
F ierce winds are bound to blow
G od is forever able
H old on to what you know
I magine life without His love
J oy would cease to be
K eep thanking Him for all the things
L ove imparts to thee
M ove out of "Camp Complaining"
N o weapon that is known
O n earth can yield the power
P raise can do alone
Q uit looking at the future
R edeem the time at hand
S tart every day with worship
T o "thank" is a command
U ntil we see Him coming
V ictorious in the sky
W e'll run the race with gratitude
X alting God most high
Y es, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad, but...
Z ion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!
Poem by Cindy Blackamore
Monday, July 21, 2008
Be willing to surrender what you are
For what you could become
Honestly, most people don't welcome change. Fear of the unknown can be paralysing. Change is painful. Better to be in our comfort zone.
Let's not miss out on opportunities that change presents. Embrace the experience and see what you could become!
Friday, July 18, 2008
It is a peaceful sanctuary. The trees are really old.
The mythical stone dragon is quite amazing.
Despite sunny weather at the rest of the Bali Island, it is usually cloudy at Kintamani Volcano. I enjoyed a cup of Balinese coffee at the Gunung Sari Restaurant whilst taking in the awesome scenery and cool weather.
On the way down from Kintamani, we stopped by one of the many spice villages. Above pictures - raw coffee beans and man roasting coffee beans over stove. Prices of the spices and coffee for sale are at a premium.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
We couldn't resist the Indonesian Nasi Campur (Mixed Rice). The white rice was served with an accompaniment of small portions of meat and vegetable dishes, topped off with sambal (chili paste).