Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Update: Rejecting Low Blood Pressure

Interestingly, Boys Brigade had a free blood test and blood pressure test last Saturday at FBC, Subang. They did not know my history of course. Blood test was normal at 5.1. Praise the Lord! But the blood pressure was considered low at 111/70. I googled this morning and found that it is actually normal. Haiya! All the fretting. At least, I tried not to fret and just rejected the results in Jesus’ name!

I asked the advisor for his opinion on some source of iron from natural food and he mentioned sardines and “ikan bilis” (anchovies). Oh dear, I am not suppose to take fish at least I only limit it to cod fish and that's only once in a few weeks.I do realize that a meatless diet can lead to some missing nutrients so I do try to eat all types of vegetables, fruits, grains and also have beans, seeds and nuts in my diet as well. Last week, I broke the rule and had a can of sardines with Henry and an egg. Then, I started exploring iron source from other food and discovered quite a big variety such as:

Beet root, watercress, chick peas, bran flakes, spinach, beans, muesli, molasses, dried figs, dried apricots, avocado, asparagus and many more…

By the way, Henry had normal readings for both which the advisor was most impressed for Henry's age. I think he can't help but eat better food since we have a large variety of fruits and vegetable around everyday compared to only one or two types of vege in the fridge per week previously!

I am so glad that the reading is considered normal but will concentrate on eating iron rich food anyway. Tonight, I think I will have watercress soup and beet root salad! :)

Beet root salad

iceberg lettuce

For the dressing:
fresh lemon juice
olive oil
Salt and pepper

Whisk lemon, oil and mustard and season. Wash and trim lettuce, quarter and pull apart, tearing into pieces and dropping into a large bowl. Peel the beetroots and chop into chunks, and add to the lettuce. Dress the salad with the dressing.

2nd SJ Boys' Brigade Company Fun Fair this Saturday at Subang

Yayyyy! There will be a fun fair this Saturday at Subang and our boys will be really happy. Their ideal fun fair is one of cotton candies, merry go round and a ghost rides but we haven't been to one of those in years! Although we don't expect the Boy Brigade's fun fair to be so elaborate, I bet the boys will still be delighted.

Boy's Brigade of 2nd Subang Jaya Company will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary. As part of the celebration they will be having a charity carnival (all proceeds go to Precious Children Home

Date: 3rd July
Time: 10am - 3pm
Venue: First Baptist Church Subang Jaya
Street : 38, SS17/1D, 47500 (Behind Shell Station)

Directions: From Federal Highway, take second left turn into Subang. Then, take second left turn (the first turn goes towards Subang Parade) into the housing estate. The church is at the left corner at the end of T junction.

There will be food, craft sale and game stalls. During this carnival, we will have officers and parents to prepare food and the BB senior members manning the stalls.

Some of the BB mothers contributed towards crafts during the recent Mother's Day Hi-Tea and these will be on sale this Saturday. I can't wait to see the end result of my lady bird after our teacher gives it her finishing touches!

Juniors and prejunior members (including Nicholas) will be assigned to man selected stalls and to help out in the carnival. Nic has been given a red collared t-shirt which he is really excited to wear.

So come one come all, come and join the fun this Saturday! :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Revelation of God’s love

I think last night Ethan experienced God’s love whilst praising Him. While the last time he took no interest in the “wow” game for each time the sky lighted up after lightning, last night was quite different.

It was a windy night and it was beginning to rain. Even Nic was fascinated with the wind that caressed his skin, blew coldly upon his cheeks and stroked his hair. “Mummy, mummy, open the window!” Nic said. Unfortunately, I had to close the window as we have no mosquito nets and it was bed time – time for bed.

We could see the shadow of the rustling leaves and lights (from streetlight) dancing together as the wind blew. “Mummy, the leaves are singing to Father God, right?” Ethan said suddenly. “Yes!” I said and sang “And the trees of the field will clap their hands, the trees of the field will clap their hands, the trees of the fields will clap their hands, will clap will clap their hands” as I waved my arms like swaying trees.

Isaiah 55:12
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

Henry was already snoring and I was trying to sleep when Ethan continued, “Mummy, I can’t close my eyes because I want to see God’s light”. I replied, “Alright, say “wow”everytime you see the light ok?” trying to drift off to sleep. “Wow, mummy, look look!” Ethan shouted. Somehow, the shadows of the leaves and the lights dancing together at the window was fascinating him. Then, it occurred to me that he was praising God in his spirit, in his innerbeing and I said “God loves you very much you know – his love is very deep and wide”. Then we started singing “Deep and wide” with hand motions and all and his singing got louder and louder.

By this time Nic had already slept but Ethan was not aware and he turned to Nic and said “Kor kor you know Father God loves you very much because his light shines into you”. Even after he calmed down, he was whispering to himself “Deep and wide, deep and wide, there’s a fountain flowing deep and wide…”. But he could not contain himself and burst out into a loud song again before he calmed down again and said “Good night Father God, good night Jesus, good night Holy Spirit………..good night heaven”.

Then finally, Ethan fell asleep. Imagine, Ethan fell asleep praising God in his heart and that must be the most beautiful thing in the world.

Praise the Lord! Ethan got it! He really got it! Ethan received a revelation of God’s love. Indeed, we can only experience God’s love if we seek Him and have intimacy with Him (versus just being familiar with Jesus).

We can’t ride on other people’s revelation and testimonies of the experiences with God. It just doesn’t work that way. I pray that if you yearn for Jesus, ask Jesus tonight for a revelation of His love in your life so that you may have an experience with Him like little Ethan’s.

I learned in Deeper Life Seminar that we can turn words from the bible into our prayers back to God. So you can pray Ephesians 3:16-19 and Psalm 63:3 like this:

Father God, I pray that you will empower me with the Holy Spirit in my inner being. Jesus, be in my heart as I trust in you. Show me how to be rooted and established in your love. Give me your power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is your love for me, that I may know that your love is just too great for me to fully understand– then I will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from You. Show me that your love is better than life (than all my favourite things in life), that my lips will glorify you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Jesus Name above All Names

1 Peter 5:8
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Out of the blue during bed time last night, Nic said “I am afraid of the dark”. Previously I would probably said “Don’t be silly, mummy and papa are here”. These days I begin to see how the devil attacks our minds, it starts with something small and it gets bigger and bigger. That’s the open door that we have to close each time because the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. And as I overcome my fears slowly, I have to help Nic as well because somehow genetically or whatever, I passed fears to him too. I told Nic that God is light. That even in the darkness His light shines very brightly. And because Father God is in our heart, Jesus is in our heart, the Holy Spirit is in our heart and God is light, we need not fear in the dark.
Ethan interjects “Mummy, I am not afraid because Father God and Jesus will take care of me right?” and then he burst out in this song “Yes, Jesus loves me, yes, Jesus loves me, yes Jesus loves me the bible tells me so. Little one to him belong. They are weak but he is strong.” And he goes on and on very loudly until Nic got irritated and made him stop. I asked Nic to fill in the blanks {}. Fear is not from God so fear must be from the {devil}. So we cast out {the devil} in {Jesus' Name}. Nic then asked why Jesus’ name is so powerful? I replied “Because, Jesus’ name is above all names, the devil, the kings, every god, all authorities, all names. He is the king of kings and the Lord of Lords”.

Philippians 2:9-11
Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Check out these two youtube movies. I pray that you will be blessed. I found the first so refreshing to watch early this morning as it took me quickly through scripture as to who Jesus is. :)

The second youtube movie Highest Place is so close to the scripture Philippians 2:5-11. Brilliant song writer I must say.

Highest Place (Philippians 2:5-11) - Mark Peterson
Jesus Christ, in very nature God,
Did not grasp hold of His place on the throne,
But took on the nature of a servant,
Made himself nothing, born as a man.
Being found in appearance as a man,
He was obedient to death on a cross.
There he died, God the Son, the maker,
A humble servant, showing the way.

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
And gave him the name above all names,
So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
In heaven and on earth and under the earth,
And every tongue confess That Jesus is Lord,
To the glory of God the Father.
©1998 Mark Peterson

Devouring Spirit

Over the past years, I’ve observed Henry in job applications. Being in a senior position, it is not always easy for him to get a job and even when he does get an interview, there will be many parts to the interview from personality tests, presentations, interviews at various levels to even a social night to observe how he socializes. I call them “beauty pageants”. Thank God Henry is gifted with an outgoing personality which make these interviews less grueling and stressful for him. So, I was truly amazed how in his latest job application, the job was offered to him with such ease (sorry, can’t give details) that I can only say it was God’s favor upon him. Also, I finally understood why God gave me such strong impression that I could do away with Tarceva. There were talks whether there would be continuity of insurance coverage for me if Henry were to change jobs. But suddenly, it did not matter anymore. To me, if there were no coverage it would be another confirmation from God that it is time to stop taking Tarceva and if there is coverage then God is still overseeing everything and it is just His timing when. Without this strong impression, there would be much discussion between Henry and I whether he should leave his job. I praise God and thank Him for this peace in my heart.

Yet, although he had been offered the job verbally, the letter of offer had not come in yet. Moreover, I had an impression of a devouring spirit that something ominous would happen. The next day in the weekend papers, I saw a picture of a worm devouring an apple! Oh no! It’s like a confirmation of the impression I received.

Still, I’ve been taught in Deeper Life Seminar not to share any negative impression with anyone and (definitely in this case, not with Henry) but to bind and break it in Jesus’ name so that even though bad things may happen, it will not turn out so bad. I did ask Henry whether a worm in an apple could mean anything good, after all, it appeared in the kids’ education section of the newspaper! He said “Of course it can’t be anything good”. I was quite sad but I kept it to myself and kept binding and breaking. I knew that God had already given him the job but the devil was out to destroy this opportunity in any way it could.

Several weeks later we found out that the delay was because two terms were accidentally left out of the letter of offer and the whole process of approval had to take place all over again! By that time, we were about to leave for Bali and there was still no sign of the letter of offer.

Interestingly, when I received news of the reason of delay, I knew the ordeal was over. There was peace in my heart that that was the worm, the devouring spirit that failed bound and broken, all praise to God! Just the Monday before we flew to Bali, the letter of offer finally arrived! Praise the Lord! I then shared with Henry of all that had happened! Hallelujah. Praise the Lord! I just want to thank Father God for his favor upon Henry to begin a new phase of his life in this new job. It’s a fruit company. You gotta ask Henry which company. :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Update- After Bali

As soon as the kids were with Henry’s mum, I took the opportunity to exercise again. The first thing that greeted me was a big smiley – in the sky! 2 eyes, a triangle nose and a broad smile. I couldn’t help smiling myself for it was like God welcoming me home, welcoming me back from Bali, welcoming me back to exercise, welcoming me back to morning devotions with Him. It’s so wonderful to have God as our Abba Father who takes interest in all the things we do and speaks from heaven too!

I felt well and strong even after the Bali trip. My sister tells me this is a big difference from my Singapore holiday last December when I came down with sniffles from too much air cond and lack of fresh air. My sister observed that my immune system is much stronger these days.
Having said that, last Saturday night I had a block nose, could not breath and had to sleep upright. (I think I got too carried away and wore shorts in a shopping complex and got a chill after that. I remember much earlier in this journey, it was long sleeves and pants for me and a shawl too!) Anyway, before hitting the sack, I dabbed some eucalyptus oil on my clothes, rubbed some Vicks on my chest and nose, took some flu pill, prayed and went to bed. Little Ethan was observing. The next morning, Ethan asked “Mummy are you better?”. I told him one side of the nose was still blocked so we prayed together as he laid his hand on me. Within moments, my nose cleared, all praise to God and Ethan and I thanked Jesus together! All glory to God! Then, Ethan told me “Mummy, you must take your nutrients ok?”. Sweet little peanut.

Elaine gave me good news as soon as I returned from Bali – that I successfully graduated from Deeper Life Seminar 3! I had missed the miracle rally on 12 June, graduation on 16 June and 2 other classes so I was praying that they would still look upon me favourably and graduate me. The benefit is that the next round I get to attend DLS all over again for only RM60 and attend any of its classes from DLS1, DLS2 and DLS3 as an alumni member during the 8 weeks course. I do enjoy DLS because it is scripture based, I feel the presence of God when I am there and am motivated to read more when I return. Also, their classes are never structured but are guided by the holy spirit. And it was moments like this that some of my burning questions got answered even though I did not directly ask the pastors e.g. finding scripture for my mum to tell her that she IS already saved, scripture for speaking in tongues, heaven etc. So, if you try to follow the index provided down to the very detail, you will be utterly disappointed. I never refer to the materials they provide during class because although the gist is there with bible verses, the lectures do not follow the same flow.

My next appointment at the hospital is 5 July 2010. Come 30 June 2010 would be exactly a year since I was diagnosed. Dr Peter commented to Henry that if my cost of Tarceva hits RM100,000 the drug company would sponsor me for life because I would be a walking miracle and they would have made their profits from me. I am really thankful for this piece of news, not about the sponsorship but that even the drug company reckons it is a miracle to take tarceva beyond RM100,000 worth of it. It’s interesting because coincidentally my brother in law also asked me the total cost of medication to date. We’ve not calculated it before because so far, it has been covered by insurance. The tarceva drug cost RM8,500 per month so it would have cost us RM102,000 by now. Still, Dr Peter Ng told us to confirm this life sponsorship with Dr Foo. Of course, we knew it was a miracle from the FIRST tarceva tablet that took all my aches and pains away!

As I told Fee that the side effects were manageable, she slapped me on the arm and said “Hello, it is more than manageable!”. It is true and it is amazing how God has brought me through all this with minimal side effects and with maximum results! All glory to our living God, Jesus Christ who loves us very much! Amen!

Psalm 121:7

The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bali Hai - Part 10 (Praise God! Praise God!)

KLIA indoor aviary
Full inflight entertaiment system - blessed Nic. Wolf toy compliment from toyshop.
Nyoman restaurant at Tonjong Benoa. Good cafe for both local and English food. Nic had his pizza and Henry had bebek (duck)
Sun tanning at Geger Beach fully clothed :)
All in all it was a very enjoyable holiday for us. All praise to God. From the start of the journey, we could already sense God's hand upon us. We were suppose to fly in a Boeing 737 to Denpasar but all passengers were directed to an airbus instead! Nic and Ethan experienced a full inflight entertainment which was meant for longer flights. They even had Haagen Daz ice cream. Unfortunately, both boys did not fancy chocolates, so out went the Ferrero Roche chocs. As we arrived at the Ramayana Hotel, Kuta, we were immediately upgraded to a villa with a pool view for no reason! That was just great as I did not have to pack their swimming stuff to the pool. We just had to open the door to enjoy the pool. It's a cosy hotel. It looks small from the front but it spreads far and wide inside with lots of balinese landscaping and architecture. We lost our room key the first night but these days I know that God is with us though bad things may befall us. Just 2 days before we left Bali the key surfaced in our bag which we had checked thoroughly earlier. It was as if an angel had put it back in there! It saved us USD 20 if we had lost the key. Praise to God for the great weather, hot and cool, the wonderful sights that Ucok brought us to, all unplanned. Thank you Lord for a wonderful driver who is so friendly and wise. Thank you for providing us with such wonderful experiences. Thank you Lord for everything! Nic said he enjoyed everything. :) Praise the Lord!
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Bali Hai - Part 8 (Kuta beach)

Big waves near the shore at Kuta Beach. Ethan was terrified and did not go near.
Nic and Henry have a go at the waves. Can you find Henry? Henry loved the cold waters of the Indian ocean. :)
Mummy Liz "enjoying" foot, hand shoulder massage, manicure and accesories ladies all peddling their goods and services. And all I asked was for the manicure and foot massage! Sigh.
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Bali Hai - Part 9 (Ubud)

Ubud is still the best place to be for me. You can get most of the stuff here at a warehouse outlet say in "Kampoeng Bali" near Kuta for much cheaper but it's moving around to look at all the quaint shops that make it so special to be here.
Brotherly love

At an art gallery in Ubud

I love these pinocchio wood carvings.

There's influence from aboriginal art from Australia. They even have similar paintings but they are expressed in "very controlled movements".

Bali Hai - Part 7 (Tanah Lot/ Baruna god)

The seas are ruled by the god Baruna and its statue can be seen at one of the roundabouts in Bali.

So this is the infamous Tanah Lot. Once there was the belief that the sea was the dwelling place of malevolent forces. To the mountains is designated as where the gods live while to the sea is where the evil spirits reside. The seas are ruled by the god Baruna and its statue can be seen at one of the roundabouts in Bali. The temple was set up to worship this sea god, a bit like the mythical Neptune wouldn't you say? Ethan and Nic likes splashing in puddles of water at the black volcanic sandy beach.

Sunset at Tanah Lot. "Garang" was the term used to describe the sun.

My idea of Balinese dancing. How do they dislocate their bones to get that angle?

I guess this is where the painters get their inspirations from.
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Bali Hai - Part 6 (Geger beach)

Nic's been dreaming of doing this on the beach during this trip. Finally, he gets his way at Geger beach- sand angel! Lovely white sand, sunny, clear blue skies.
Rp20,000 per coconut. Actually almost everything was Rp20,000 here - the towel, the sun deck. Still it is much cheaper here at Geger beach compared to Kuta beach at Rp50,000 for rental of sun deck.
The boys enjoying the calm, clear sea waters with the people at the background harvesting seaweed (Eucerna cottonii and spinosum) from the waters to be exported. The seaweed are usually made into food products and cosmetics.
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Bali Hai - Part 5 (Padang padang)

Nic and Henry taking a steep hike down to the beach at Padang-padang Bali. Ethan was asleep in my arms in the car.
Two of the best surf breaks in Bali are Uluwatu and Padang Padang but Nic rather jump from rock to rock than to watch the surfers.
Errr, this was abang Ucok's idea...
Nic actually asked to visit this place again so that he could hop from rock to rock and splash about. Amazingly, he did not get wet!
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Bali Hai - Part 4 (Uluwatu temple)

Uncle Ucok is part of our family. :) He is a supporter of Spain for this World Cup. He stays up to watch football and is still able to take us around. Here we are at Uluwatu temple.
All of us are given cloth to cover our legs as it is a place of worship. Ethan and Nic did not want the sash and thankfully the people guarding the place did not force it upon them.
The cliff at the background reminds me of Australia!

The Kecak (fire) dance or trance dance. Taken from the Hindu epic Ramayana, the dance tells the story of Prince Rama and his rescue of his wife Dewi Sinta, who has been kidnapped by the evil King Rahwana. The dance has no musical accompaniment but merely the chanting of "kechak chak chak" throughout. Under a trance (administered by a bomoh) the white monkey charges through the amber. I was terribly uncomfortable, I was praying in tongues but still curious. We skipped the Barong dance the next day to limit the temple visits. Interestingly, Ucok told us he did not want to take us to the very old temples as he takes pity (kesian anak-anak) on the children who may be subject to "makhluk ghaib" (evil spirits). We asked Nic whether he understood "makhluk" which Nic responded "makhluk asing" (alien). It saddened me that people in Bali are aware they are dealing with and worshipping evil spirits but they have to appease them as they do not know Jesus who is above all gods.

As I spent my devotion this morning I sang this song "I exalt thee" which is actually from the bible verse Psalm 97:9 "For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods; ." The song goes like this and you can catch it on youtube as well.

For Thou, O Lord,
art high above all the earth
Thou art exalted far above all gods For Thou,
O Lord, art high above all the earth
Thou art exalted far above all gods
I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee
I exalt Thee, O Lord
I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee
I exalt Thee, O Lord

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bali Hai - Part 3 (Batuan art gallery)

What do kids get to do in Bali - look at chickens, play sand, roast and pound coffee, drink coffee, fish, buy dvds, watch tv in the hotel, play in the bath tub, swim, enjoy the cool weather, meet the locals, make fun of paintings. Ethan and Nic did not fancy art galleries but I love them.
See how bored Ethan is at the art gallery - ha ha. Poor little thing - waiting patiently for mummy!
Nic spreads himself on the floor - feeling tired and hot. He needed a cool floor. The next day while doing devoition I stumbled upon this verse which reminded me of Nic in this photo. :) Psalm 143:6 "I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirst for you like a parched land. Answer me quickly O Lord my spirit faints with longing"
I could spend a long time here! Medium to big art pieces the ones that I liked ranged from RM200 to RM700 only and they are totally hand oil painted here at 1 Wayan Mardiana at Batuan area. I would definitely come back to Batuan area and explore other art galleries. Ucok warned us to be wary of paintings elsewhere even in Ubud as some are copies, some don't use oil paint.
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Bali Hai - Part 2 (Kintamani)

This was the highlight of my trip - to see what Kintamani was all about. Well, we didn't get to climb the volcano but then again we have kids so I was wondering what the trip would be like. We were brought to a restaurant with a long narrow table overlooking the mountains and lake. It is cool and windy enough to warrant wearing a jacket. The nice part about this restaurant is they don't hurry the customers to vacate their tables so you can stay as long as you like. Buffet is at Rp 80,000 per head but they only charged 2.5 heads for our family. :)
This is Kintamini
faking a sip of coffee - sigh..can't have any coffee or tea!
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Bali Hai - Part 1 (Trisna, Kintamani, Rice terrace)

Nic enjoying a cuppa coffee (all sorts ginseng, cinammon etc) all provided free by this wonderful agrotourism outlet called Trisna Bali at Bangli on the way to Kintamani. They sell luwak coffee which is civet poo with coffee beans embedded in it for about USD1,000 for a pound of coffee or USD5 for a cup here. They even sell vanilla pods (Rp60,000 for 6-8 pods)and saffron (Rp120,000 for a 2"x2" packet) here too (I should think cheaper than London?).
Ethan loves Uncle Ucok. He was our guide the whole time we were there and became part of our family. Even thought us Bahasa Indonesia vs Bahasa Malaysia. You can see he adores children and "cewet" too. :) For Rp 350,000 a day he will take you for a tour of Bali in a big MPV. Mobile phone +6285935064277
Nic's version of malay headgear from a napkin at Kintamani. Very cool and windy with breathtaking views.
At a rice terrace. This man sells grass hats. Henry says the thing he is carrying is very heavy but the pakcik made it look so easy.
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Update - Exercising & Weeding

Monday 7 June 2010

Exercising and overcoming laziness is the greatest challenge for me. So this morning I put on my jogging shoes so that I would jog and not just take a stroll. After awhile I suddenly remembered the praise songs that I sung directly from the bible. It's not that great but it definitely has a melody that you can sing to. :)It is an extract from Psalm 105:

Give thanks to the LORD,
call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.

And I thought to myself what a wonderful idea it is to sing praises this way for not only do we praise God but we also feed scripture to our soul! The joy in my heart made me jog merrily up the hill for another round and still have enough strength to clear out the garden from weeds and dead leaves. Suddenly, I felt like an angel on judgment day weeding out the dead leaves from the healthy plants, evil from the good. I must say I did not do a good job because I think in the midst of pulling out the weeds I pulled out some healthy plants as well. Oops. No wonder God will be leaving this task to angels.

Matthew 13:41
The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.So that was my morning today, exercising and weeding and thinking of things above.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Jesus still your best remedy

I received an email from LP today. Truthfully, I don't fancy reading cancer materials so Henry seives the information for me and feeds me with information on how to build the immune system. The reason why cancer is terminal is because of the toxins from chemotherapy that does not allow certain patient's own immune system to fight back. I believe in later years, people will begin to understand that nutrition with a proper strategy, will be able to fight cancer.

One day cancer will not be a dreaded term when people learn to care for themselves as we live in the end times when our food is not as clean as before. So here's some information from the email which will affect the way we eat food in the future:

1. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal,Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

2. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells are being starved.

3. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

4. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells.
To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

5. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water--best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

6. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.

7. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

8. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

9. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

10. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. (The bible teaches us to love one another as Jesus has loved us. When we think of things above, our mind will naturally be de-stressed because God is love and we experience His love).

I believe that with the power of God, Christians live supernaturally. That's because nothing is impossible with God, his holy spirit is within us (the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead), He understands our needs and He provides for us even when we don't have the means. My cousin Tammy has been healed of cancer TWICE, all from trusting in God and she did not have any mega nutrition or chemo strategy either!

I read in Isaiah 48:17 this morning:

This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go."

He directs us to the way we should go. Jesus, I thank you for healing me. I thank you that you bore all my sicknesses and my infirmities on the cross and by Your stripes I am healed! I thank you for your finished work on the cross. Lord, here I am still praising you for the things that have not arrived. You know my deepest desires. I have received it in the faith realm and I pray that my friends who are praying with me can pray likewise too - by faith and receive it now - and thank you daily for my healing. I thank you for preparing the way before me today and for teaching me what is best for me and for directing me the way I should go. Thank you Jesus for everything that you have provided for me, my health, my family and my friends around me, for the food that you give me daily. Thank you Lord for everything! Amen.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tabernacle Bible Study for Kids

It’s been an educating morning for me as I prepared the tabernacle study materials for the kids for tonight. It was a suggestion by Leong Tien Fook that it would be a great help for the children to understand why Jesus had to come as our savior. He said he has taught his children before although he was not sure how much sank in but he believes it will play a big part in their lives if they understand it.

If you would like to teach your kids regarding the tabernacle, you could try the following links. They have good visuals which you can print out to help in your illustrations.

The above link tells you what each item in the tabernacle signify and how it is linked to Jesus today. Only today did I find out that the veil that tore in half from top to bottom when Jesus died was 60 feet high, 30 feet wide and 4 INCHES THICK to show that only God could have done it because they could not have reached it and it is so thick!

Then, there's the 3D walk thru of the tabernacle which you can use to tell your story if you have a notebook with you and wifi:

The following links have activity sheets for the kids e.g. crossword puzzles, colouring sheets, joining dots etc:

I thought it would be fun for the kids to role play as the sinner coming to offer sacrifice, the priest, high priest, (hmmmm maybe) curtain holders and bull sacrifice with reigns! Let’s see how it goes tonight.

It was Ps Joseph Prince that helped explained the transference of sin in the sacrifices that inspired me to find out more about the Jewish custom and when Leong Tien Fook offered a study on Hebrews I just grabbed the opportunity. For a sin offering, a person had to bring an animal — a male one without blemish or defect from the flock or herd — to the priest at the tabernacle gate (Leviticus 1:4).

By laying his hand upon the head of the animal offering, the person was identifying with the sacrifice. His sin and guilt was being moved from himself to the animal. The priest would then slaughter the animal, sprinkle its blood in front of the veil of the Holy Place, burn the sacrifice, and pour the rest of it at the bottom of the altar.

What God sees is the sacrifice and not the sinner anymore because it has been transferred to the animal who took our place.

Today there is no longer any need for animal offering and sacrifices as Jesus, the ever living God, the High Priest who offered himself as the perfect lamb sacrifice for us once and for all and He says “It is finished”. It is acceptable to God and God remembers our sins no more. We just need to be thankful and believe that God sent his son Jesus Christ to save us so that everything is alright between us and God now, that we have “right being” and not “right doing”.