Today is our day of sabbath and we wander into a Healing Garden. There is a wondrous canopy from the fig trees granting us shade. Flowing waters over the rock wall surround us, and there is the sound of two happy hearts :) Habakkuk 3:17-18: “Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.” #sabbath #botanicgardens #nature #singapore #figtrees #habakkuk

Today is our day of sabbath and we wander into a Healing Garden. There is a wondrous canopy from the fig trees granting us shade. Flowing waters over the rock wall surround us, and there is the sound of two happy hearts :) Habakkuk 3:17-18:
"Though the fig tree should not blossom 
And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail 
And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold 
And there be no cattle in the stalls, 
Yet I will exult in the LORD, 
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation." #sabbath #botanicgardens #nature #singapore #figtrees #habakkuk

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As much as we desire to see beautiful things, the state of the world isn’t pretty. There is evil that threatens to destroy and disrupt; there is greed that plasters over the conscience which makes exploitation and deceit okay. There are people who are struggling to keep themselves and their loved ones alive to see another day, and there are those who are dying a slow death because of the irresponsible acts committed by others in stripping their land and polluting their water streams. So, what can be done? I can’t make a dent in solving these mammoth issues, but I don’t wish to turn a blind eye and look the other way either. So we asked ourselves – can we live differently? Instead of cultivating an insatiable appetite of needs and wants, we can delight in the simple lifestyle. Instead of fearing we won’t have enough, we can share the little that we have with others who need it more than we do. Instead of participating in hate and divisions, we can work to build up empathy and compassion. Instead of creating more things that feed into the throwaway culture, we make things that last beyond a lifetime. We are working towards reducing unnecessary consumption to reduce waste, and also to reduce the amount of chemicals that get into our water streams by making our own household & personal cleaning agents. As we started paying more attention, we are discovering more and more ways to be a better steward of our earth’s resources. If you have stories or tips about what you are doing, do share them! We would love to hear from you :) The more we can all chip in to build a better culture, the better it would be! #musings #environment #nature #sustainability #conservation #stewardship #culture #maker #singapore #pottery #ceramics

As much as we desire to see beautiful things, the state of the world isn't pretty. There is evil that threatens to destroy and disrupt; there is greed that plasters over the conscience which makes exploitation and deceit okay. There are people who are struggling to keep themselves and their loved ones alive to see another day, and there are those who are dying a slow death because of the irresponsible acts committed by others in stripping their land and polluting their water streams. 
So, what can be done? I can't make a dent in solving these mammoth issues, but I don't wish to turn a blind eye and look the other way either. 
So we asked ourselves - can we live differently? Instead of cultivating an insatiable appetite of needs and wants, we can delight in the simple lifestyle. Instead of fearing we won't have enough, we can share the little that we have with others who need it more than we do. Instead of participating in hate and divisions, we can work to build up empathy and compassion. Instead of creating more things that feed into the throwaway culture, we make things that last beyond a lifetime. 
We are working towards reducing unnecessary consumption to reduce waste, and also to reduce the amount of chemicals that get into our water streams by making our own household & personal cleaning agents. As we started paying more attention, we are discovering more and more ways to be a better steward of our earth's resources. If you have stories or tips about what you are doing, do share them! We would love to hear from you :) The more we can all chip in to build a better culture, the better it would be! 
#musings #environment #nature #sustainability #conservation #stewardship #culture #maker #singapore #pottery #ceramics

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I learnt recently that the word “Passion” is from a Latin root word which connotes to suffer. Today, we often use the word to express strength of emotion, and nothing quite captures both old and contemporary meanings as the passion of Jesus Christ. Thank you our Lord and savior! “How deep the Father’s love for us How vast beyond all measure That He should give His only Son To make a wretch His treasure How great the pain of searing loss The Father turns His face away As wounds which mar the Chosen One Bring many sons to glory Behold the man upon a cross My sin upon His shoulders Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice Call out among the scoffers It was my sin that held Him there Until it was accomplished His dying breath has brought me life I know that it is finished I will not boast in anything No gifts, no power, no wisdom But I will boast in Jesus Christ His death and resurrection Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer But this I know with all my heart His wounds have paid my ransom” #meaning of #passion #jesuschrist #life #charis #love #grace

I learnt recently that the word "Passion" is from a Latin root word which connotes to suffer. Today, we often use the word to express strength of emotion, and nothing quite captures both old and contemporary meanings as the passion of Jesus Christ. Thank you our Lord and savior! "How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom"

#meaning of #passion #jesuschrist #life #charis #love #grace

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