Anna

There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

Luke 2:36-38

The name Anna was chosen as a baptismal name, after the prophet Anna from the bible. She lived till she was very old and despite her circumstances, she worshipped night and day, fasting and praying. She also shared about Jesus. Bible character aside, the name itself, in Hebrew, comes from the word חנן (Hanan), which is a verb that describes the action of being gracious.

May I live out the spirit and meaning of Anna.

Misses

It’s good to see you, babe

At a brick and mortar building

or even in my cloudy brainy memory

I won’t complain if our meeting’s on a 360p phone screen

but a 32″ 4K monitor, I’m sure, to hold your beauty in esteem

It’s good to see you, babe

After 26280 hours, 1095 long days

It’s been too long, but your radiance is still the same

Despite our 2718 miles, your bold enchanting presence stands out

a tingling sense of joy, my heart it fills up

It’s good to see you, babe

The memory of you, I hope it never fades.

Signs of Aging

You know when you are growing old when:

  1. You forget the password to your blog every single time you log in.
  2. You fall asleep at 11pm because your eyes can no longer keep open.
  3. As a result of point 2, date nights get shorter because… yeah our eyes shut way earlier than before.
  4. Your skin takes a longer time to heal after abrasions.
  5. Your muscle aches and your bones creak after only 30 minutes of volleyball.

Well, perhaps this is not everyone’s version of aging, but I definitely count it as mine.

Also, since I’m here. A mental note for me to stop Grabbing everywhere! Was clearing my email, and each month, I would receive a flood of at least 50 emails about my receipt from a recent Grab ride. Perhaps this is why money is missing from my bank account. Those legs of mine need to be placed into good use, pronto!

Champion

You are my Champion
Giants fall when You stand
Undefeated
Every battle You’ve won
I am who You say I am
You crown me with confidence
I am seated
In the Heavenly place
Undefeated
With the One who has conquered it all

El HaNe’eman

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

Deuteronomy 7:9

God, all my life you have been faithful – never changing, always guiding, perfectly just, forever loving – from the day I was born till who, what and where I am now. Thank you for loving me even though I am not perfect. Thank you for being God, the good and faithful God.

Imitating Christ’s Humility in my Marriage

Philippians 2: 1-11

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky  as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Luck does not determine the way a marriage turn out. It takes work to build a good marriage, after all, you get out of something what you put into it. 5 ways to start working on my marriage:

  1. Be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
    This means filling each other’s gap, talking through directions and God’s calling together, not betraying one another.
  2. Humility
    It’s one of the hardest but the greatest things in the world. It builds a bridge and deepens a relationship faster than anything we can ever think of. Be the first to say sorry, be willing to learn, be willing to change first.
  3. Not looking to your own interests, but to the interests of the others.
    Train myself to value Jeremy above myself, like how Christ was obedient to death, and died for our sins even though He was without sin. Value Jeremy’s interests, work, and family. Choose to be Jesus in our quarrels, in our disagreements, in our weaknesses.
  4. Do not blame. Focus on how I can change myself.
    Continue to work out my salvation with fear and trembling. Focus on how I can change to be more christ-like than blaming my husband for things that go wrong in the relationship. Change is a process. It is not perfection. But with the willingness to change, God can work in me and he will grow me and change our marriage through me. God lives in me and he hears me when I call unto His name. Focus on my salvation and God will do the rest. If I focus on the blame game and harp on what my husband has to do, I may neglect my own growth.
  5. Do everything without grumbling or arguing.
    God honours gratitude. An attitude of gratitude is refreshing. Be thankful for everything in my relationship, and be careful of the times when I talk ‘bad’ about my husband. In this relationship, I need to honour him and complaining about him to others does not honour him. Rather than focusing on his weaknesses, focus on the change I need to make on myself.