Taking time to reflect…

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Do you have a time set aside for reflective moments?

Lately, my reflective moments have been usually early in the morning. It’s quiet, peaceful…and a good way to start my day. Watching the sun rise is nourishing to my soul too. It reminds me that another day has begun. More than that, it reminds me that we are gifted with another day of blessings, another day of His miracles. Got to keep giving thanks for that. :)

I would jot down my thanksgiving {usually 3} for the day before, and use that time to close the chapter on the day past, and look foward to what God has in store for the brand new day.

Nothing too complicated, and I find it really helps me put my heart in the right posture to receive each day. Each new day of possibilities, and yes, even when that day brings with it a certain dread. Keeping my focus on God always helps me to remember, we’re all on a different journey, experiencing things in similar yet very different ways too. Just love, I’ll remind myself.

And when I personally experience how wonderful God’s love is, I can’t help but want to pour it into another’s life too.

πŸ’— my little love note for you: do you have a practice of setting aside time to reflect too? how does it help you? may your reflective moments bring you a greater awareness of your impact on others, and lead you to a deeper place of thanksgiving too. :)

Mothering our souls

I’m seated comfortably in a cafe, listening to a mix of Chinese New Year songs and pop songs ringing both at the same time…and reading THIS: The Kind of Mothering We All Need

My heart is resonating so much with it. It is what I was pondering about as I wrote about my homemaking journey. Taking care of ourselves, and recognizing what nourishes our soul is so important for not just surviving this noisy world, but thriving in it too.

Makes me give thanks for my recent moments of soul-care:

🌷 having quiet time at the beach with the Lord…

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🌹baking ginger cookies :)

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🌻 enjoying a lemon-lychee cake, just because.

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πŸ’— my little love note to you: what are your thoughts after reading that wonderful post on mothering yourself? I hope it inspired you as much as it did my heart. Let’s give ourselves space to be taken care of.

My Homemaking Journey: March ’15

Since I’ve had about 2 weeks worth of the stay-home wife experience, I thought it would be nice to jot down my thoughts as each month passes. It’s such a new journey, and I don’t want to take the things I learnt, and things I’m still in the process of learning, for granted. And hopefully, with each month that passes, my homemaking journey will grow into one that continues to glorify Him, the One who is the Center of our marriage.

In February, the huge difference was how I intentionally made time for me. It wasn’t that I didn’t do it in the past, but as a homemaker, it’s very easy to get caught up in doing many things for others, and as a result, neglecting yourself. You tend to dismiss your desires, and before you know it, the irritable, short-tempered person takes over the sweet, sweet personality that your husband usually sees. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way??

We need to serve out of what we already have. We cannot give others what we do not have.

So I’m learning that I’ve to first make sure that my needs are met, to set aside time to just be nourished.

Here are a few of my favorites:
πŸ’› reading a good novel at the couch
πŸ’™ baking something delicious
πŸ’œ watching the sun set @ Harbourfront
πŸ’š taking a stroll @ Botanical Gardens
❀️ enjoying the breeze @ East Coast Park
πŸ’— getting a magazine & sipping on soup-of-the-day at a cafe in town

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When I take better care of myself, Bren gets greeted by a more cheerful wife. I’m every bit better for him when I’m in a cheerful spirit. I have more capacity in my heart to listen to his work woes, more energy to simply be there for him, not feeling drained out by the time he comes home. The atmosphere at home is so important in affecting our moods, and I believe that as wives, we have the ability to set the tone at home to be one of good cheer, one that is loving…but it all begins first by our hearts being taken care of.

πŸ’— my little love note for you: so go ahead – make that spa appointment, arrange something special just for yourself…do something that you’ll enjoy {without necessarily spending a bomb}! You are so loved, by our Almighty Father. :)

He fills my empty spaces

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The children, wearing their adorable kindergarten uniforms, strolled towards me as I walked along the path at our home’s neighborhood park. One hand in each other’s, with their teacher guiding them along. It was a very sweet sight.

As they walked closer to me, these children looked right towards me, and they actually SMILED. They had the sweetest Hi!-It’s-such-a-happy-day smile. :) And it was as if they knew me, but – I didn’t!

Such a moment of God’s love.

I’m keeping it close to my heart.

::Last night, had another Chinese New Year dinner with family @ Roland’s. Guess who I bumped into?

My ex-colleagues! We were all so surprised, but those moments of seeing each other again were such delightful ones. After all, it has been 2 straight weeks since I left BCCSC. I didn’t expect to see them again in a restaurant! Ha..ha.

They were coordinating a Chinese New Year dinner for the elderly beneficiaries. Very lovely boisterous singing throughout ! So anyway, as I made my rounds, wishing them, “Happy New Year”, this old auntie in her wheelchair looked at me, again straight in the eye as if she already knew me {it was the first time seeing her}, whispered “Happy New Year” to me, and then clasped my hand warmly in between hers. She smiled so sweetly, and later brought my hand right next to her warm cheek. It was such a special moment…..

Truly another moment of receiving God’s love.

In such unexpected situations, God whispers His love notes to me. He orchestrates life in such a way that I cannot deny His sweet presence and favor in my life! Am incredibly grateful.

Here are two pictures of our recent New Year meal gatherings. One with my in-laws, and another with my family. Yes, we are still feasting!

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Will end this post with this quote I love:

Wilfred PetersonWalk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground, let their spirit ignite a fire within you, to leave this world better than when you found it.

πŸ’— my little love note for you: but most importantly, walk with God. He will be the one that walks every step with you, as long as you desire it to be so.
How are you leaving this world today? Where are your stamps of love going to be? May you be blessed, as you bless others. :)