Category Archives: Creativity
Hello everyone! My name is David and I am 4. I am going 5 on August 29. Happy Hugalicious Day! ‘Hugalicious is that it will never end’. Come celebrate Hugalicious Day with me on August 21. Post how you celebrate Hugalicious with me and hashtag it to #celebratehugaliciousdaywithdavid I love to watch your videos.
The Story Behind Hugalicious Day
David loves putting 2 words together and creates a whole new word. It’s his thing. He is absolutely creative and definitely a curious little guy. He is always looking for new ideas through his play and learning. One day he saw an advertisement and he shouted: ‘Cycleboard’! Now you ask: ‘What’s a Cycleboard’?
By the time David is 4, he’s reading really well for his age. He calls himself ‘Math Bee‘ and a great speller for his age. David enjoys playing games like ‘Angry birds’, ‘Bad Piggies’, ‘Cut the rope with Om Nom’ and others. He loves to sing and dance and adores minions and various characters in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
Occasionally, he gets special treats by going to the play area in his favorite McDonald. Even though he is 4, David is able to google anything he wants to know on his computer. He aspires to become an awesome game host and his favorite is: ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’ David is starting his schooling, a day before he turns 5, online with K12.com
Reasons Why Hugalicious Is Important To David
He loves playing with his friends and often looks forward to social activities, however, due to our present circumstance, we are unable to do so. David’s dad was and is still unemployed for more than 2 years now. We moved in to take care of David’s grandpa.
When David was 2, we gave him a $5 calculator as a Christmas gift that year. We could not afford more because of our circumstance. That turned out as an awesome idea because he loved numbers. Even to this day, he loves to learn everything new that is to do with numbers.
He does not attend birthday parties because they cost money. We celebrate his birthdays by going out to dinners and cakes just on his birthdays. Yet this little guy never once complain that we do not give him a birthday party.
Mom’s Thoughts And Reflection
As his parents, we cannot give him much like many kids his age, however, David never ask for anything. Most of what he has come from gifts his grandma bought for him on his first birthday. Often neighbors would drop by and gave him items he needed, solely by the grace of God.
David stays home most of time and so he loves his computer. When he brought up the idea about Hugalicious Day, I just love it. I hope that by doing this, David gets to learn he makes a difference even though he is 4. He would learn that his ideas can make someone else happy.
Be Resilience To Life
My mother-in-law had an amazing plant at the porch for several years now. It is one of the most resilience plants of all I know. Let me introduce you to a favorite of all humming birds in our neighborhood anyway.
Maybe some know this plant well but I am sure there are others who do not. I have the privilege to live with this amazing plant for more than 9 years now and would like to share what I learned about some surprising life lessons from it. Through this article, I will highlight some specific life lessons we can learn.
It does not take much effort to keep this beautiful plant alive. Sometimes, you watch it drooping and seemingly dying. However, with one sufficient drink from the sprinkler, it will return often without a doubt to life soon after that drink. Life is sometimes tough, but if our wish to live is stronger than giving it up than we like this lovely plant can revive quickly. Every opportunity we take to keep us going, is an opportunity to live above our circumstances.
If we give up, we deny life for ourselves. This particular plant is a true survivor even in the toughest ground.
Easy To Propagate – Resilience To Grow Freely
One of the easiest way to plant this beauty is simply to cut a piece of it and stick it to the ground with only consistent watering. It grows well without much care. In life, we resist changes. If we are open to being moved from one situation to another, we are not that despondent when life tests our strength. It is never easy when your life gets interrupted by unexpected events.
However, the flexibility gives us the strength to stay calm and not to run away from unexpected and difficult circumstances.
When The New Replace The Dead
As I see, often in this particular plant, new blooms appear shortly after the flowers appear dead. We celebrate resilience when the new replace those that are dead. On the contrary, to give up is to stop trying again and with it comes death.
We need new fresh outlook every time we get knock down. You see, new blooms bring new beginning and a glimpse of hope that comes along in it. From watching this plant often, it reminds me that I need to stay resilience no matter what life brings.
I would not be surprised if it is the reason this beautiful plant is deeply loved.
Shallow roots bear no fruit let alone, good fruit. In the same way, it is true of believers in Christ Jesus. The amount of nutrients we receive depends on how deep these roots grow. Therefore it is important to keep a consistent relationship with God.
Like such as, studying the Bible and spending time in God’s presence. This is how established we are and get rooted in His love together as we fellowship with His holy people.
Often times, we use fruit as a sign to show the health of a tree. Yet we never look at its roots as a sign of a healthy tree. As a result, we overlook a crucial reason for consideration. Incidentally, this brings us to ask the next question.
Why Strong Roots Matter?
On the surface, we tend to look for the fruit instead of looking deep at its roots. Being filled to the measure of all the fullness of God means we need to grow strong roots to grow good fruits. Let me explain this truth.
The depth in which they go, and how they intertwine with others prove the extend how these trees will survive and flourish in the forest. Clearly, good trees bear much fruit.
For example, the redwood trees grow strong and tall while they are close together and it dies when planted alone in the National park. As believers, we know we can learn this important principle truth.
What Did We Learn?
To grow strong in the Lord, we learn the strength matters as well as the amount of nutrients we receive depends on how deep these roots grow.
Finally, we are not made to grow as a loner.. we are a forest deep in the garden of our Father God.
Note: Credit is given to Hermanto Anggono for this message.
Pruning – A Spiritual Object Lesson
Pruning is part of the process involved in growing beautiful roses. Today, we learn pruning is important in our spiritual life. How? Let’s find out.
Roses are my favorite flowers besides sunflowers. I have a dream to grow all variety of roses in my rose garden. In Adelaide, where I studied and lived for seven years before I got married to Dan, I would often look forward to my regular visits to the Botanic garden in the City of Adelaide. One of my favorite pastime was to visit the rose garden. It had a great variety of roses I could find in one single place. I spent at least a couple of hours just walking around the rose garden trying to remember the names of all the roses, which turned out impossible to remember all. I was never tired of such an activity.
In California, Fresno, when I first settled down in this city. One of the joy I had, living in our rented house near my parents-in-law was taking care of a couple of roses in our front yard. They were rather miserable looking initially, needed much love and tender care. I did a major trim and pruning to the roses and watered them regularly. It turned out that I had a pretty show of roses that summer.
Pruning – Object Lesson #3 In Gardening
In our previous lessons, we learned the very first sign of life produces a refreshing hope that can only be experienced at the arrival of spring. Refreshing hope comes from knowing Jesus in our object lesson about hope. Then, we learned in our second lesson that garden weeds are like sins, they are attractive but not place as intended. Through our object lesson #2 we learned the need to repent if we desired freedom from sins. And only Jesus is able to save and set us free. Our object lesson in gardening today is knowing the purpose and the pruning process of plants and fruit trees relates to what the Bible teaches about pruning.
Why Is Pruning Necessary?
Pruning is necessary if you want a healthy plant or fruit tree, that is well-balanced and free from disease infestation. If interested to know some important facts about pruning, click on facts to learn more. One of the important fact I need to know about tending roses, is how to prune a rose plant correctly. To prune roses I need a good tough pair of garden gloves if I do not want my fingers pricked by the thorns. After learning the how to prune the roses, and watching the magnificent results, I always prune my roses every year in the season of winter when the roses are dominant.
What Does The Bible Say About Pruning?
The Bible talks about being pruned in the lives of the disciples in John 15: 1-17. Now according to the Bible, it says in John 15:1-8:
The True Vine
1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. (New King James Version)
Every beloved disciple of Jesus Christ will go through a process of being pruned by Him. Jesus says He is the vine, and His disciples are the branches. Every disciple that does not abide in Jesus and bear fruit, He will take away. And every disciple that bears fruit, He will prune that he/she may bear more fruit. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit on its own without abiding in the vine, so is a disciple of Jesus Christ who lives without abiding in Him. In verse 8, it implied that it is God’s intention that we as the disciples should bear much fruit because in doing so, we glorify Him. Therefore, the pruning process in the life of a true disciple is necessary for greater growth and bearing much fruit.
Sometimes it is easy to forget that the pruning process is good and necessary in the life of a disciple. It is painful it seems to undergo pruning, and often one forgets and thinks God does not love nor care for him/her. If we recall in verse 2, it says every branch that bears fruit He prunes. Why? That it may bear more fruit. Every disciples that are going through the process of being pruned, have to remember that YOU are precious and valuable to Jesus. He wants to see greater fruit in YOU. According to John 15:16, the Bible says in New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
In conclusion, remember that pruning is good and necessary in the life of a true disciple of Jesus Christ, so that YOU may bear much fruit that would honor and glorify God the Vinedresser. May you be truly blessed this day.
Garden Weeds – Spiritual Truths
Spring is the best time to start our gardening project, right? We get absolutely excited about the new vegetable garden we’ve planned for the entire winter and we are so ready to begin. Oh wow.. the spring is here, and we can’t wait to look at our vegetable plot and lo and behold, we discover the vegetable plot is totally covered and taken over by the garden weeds. Have this happened to you before? Do you like garden weeds? Removing the weeds is a painful task for most gardeners. Is it fair for me to end that most gardeners do not like weeds? Please let me know if you strongly disagree. I would love to hear from you, just send me a comment.
While I’m here to write about some interesting facts about garden weeds, I would like to also bring your attention to some spiritual truths using garden weeds which I believe God had taught me through the years I’ve been interested in gardening. I hope you will gain some important truths after reading this article. Shall we begin?
Cold Rolls – Vietnamese
Love Vietnamese cold rolls? Would you like to learn to an easy way to make them? Below is our recipe for making Vietnamese cold rolls the easy way. Try it out and have fun with your family.
Special Consideration: Quick and Easy
Servings: 2 persons
It is a very healthy, easy dish to make and fun for the family.
It can also be a full meal if you have enough ingredients to make a meal out of it.
Ingredients to make Vietnamese Cold Rolls
1. 2 Chinese Sausages cut in slices and cooked
(Optional – replaceable with chicken strips, beef strips)
2. Lettuce cuts in strips.
3. A carrot cuts in strips.
4. Bee hoon (Boiled and soften) – Thin noodles that you can get in a chinese provision shop.
5. Hoisin sauce with drops of lemon juice and a pinch of sugar.
(Hoisin sauce purchased from a chinese provision shop)
6. Vietnam – Tapioca sheets for spring rolls and egg rolls
(Soften when put in a saucepan with hot water)
Notes: Basic ingredients include left over dinner, the night before. Anything you would like to include in the dish, basically.
Jesus, I Promise You He Is Alive. He Is The Chosen Man. He’s The Promised One. Choose To Believe In Him, I Promise You. He Is Alive.
With religious indifference taking root across this great land,
Jesus is the one who will help you make a stand.
Because he is God’s chosen man, he will lead you by his hands.
Through God’s grace and love, he will guide you from above.
Your burdens he will share, with your souls in his loving care.
Trusting Jesus you will survive, because I promise you he is alive.
Baked Barbeque Ribs
Do you enjoy some baked barbeque ribs? We have a home-made recipe to share with you today. An easy meal to prepare and healthy to eat. We hope you love our recipe for our baked barbeques ribs.
Servings: 2 to 3 persons
Here is a recipe for an easy cooking and healthy meal of ribs.
Serve together with rice pilaf and steamed broccoli.
Pork ribs – 10 pieces of average pork ribs
1. tablespoon of BBQ sauce to each rib
2. gloves of garlic – chopped
3. spices add to taste, such as paprika, chili powder, dried basil leaves, meat tenderer
4. Some dashes of pepper to taste
5. 2 cups of water
Fish And Chips
Fish and chips sounds good to you tonight? Would you love a nice home-made delicious and easy to cook meal with your family? We have a easy recipe just for you. Hope you enjoy what we have to offer to you tonight. Have a healthy home cook meal and an awesome night with your family.
Category: Meat & Seafood
Special Consideration: Quick and Easy
Servings: 2 persons
Home made delicious fish and chips. Cheap and easy to cook.
1. 2 tilapia fillets (frozen or fresh)
2. 3 big potatoes (peeled, and slice potatoes into strips)
3. 1 deep fryer in good condition
Ingredients for coating the tilapia:
1. Half cup of Bisquick flour spread out on a piece of tinfoil
2. sprinkles paprika spice over the flour
3. Add salt and pepper to taste
4. Sprinkles basil dry leaves over the mixture
Sign Of Life, Refreshing Hope