She has been waiting in glory since 1984 – Mother

Mother was born on May 19, 1922, 97 years ago to a Chinese father an immigrant from China to Singapore match-made with  an Indonesian young lady from a wealthy family from Soerabaya, Indonesia.

Mother’s mother was fragile and unused  to Singapore’s hot and humid weather. She was sickly and died at the age of 20 years old  leaving behind my mother aged four, and her younger sisters aged two and one. Early in life, mother was thrust with the responsibility of leading and being an example for living to her young siblings.

Mother’s father, my grandfather was hardworking and responsible to provide for his three princesses. No step-mother for them as he had learnt through friends and stories how wicked step mothers could be. Instead the three princesses grew up under the care of a “black and white servant” the dedicated young immigrant from China who always was garbed in white samfoo and black trousers, and  who  had left country and family to be a professional care-giver.

As the princesses grew to be of school age, grandfather employed a dedicated driver for them, transporting them to and from school, to and from extracurricula activities like watching shows, hobnobbing with school friends and relatives. School was the famous Singapore Chinese Girls’ school with education in English with moral lessons.

It was at Singapore Chinese Girl’s school when mother learned that God loved her and had sacrificed His Son that she might be forgiven and delivered from the penalty of sin. She was taught the wonderful Word of God by her English principal Mrs Geake who loved the three motherless princesses and took them under her wings.  Mother and her sisters became Christians at the end of their school life at the age of 16 as they enjoyed the love of God through the principal and other teachers.

During the Second World War and the Japanese occupation of Singapore, mother was hastily match-made with my father to save him from being beheaded by the Japanese who sought to capture and kill young unmarried men in Singapore from  1940’s to 1944. Alas it was not a match to a Christian man with resultant difficulties in faith and practice. Father came from a family that was Taoist/Buddhist and traditional ancestor worship. While mother attended church on Sundays, Father gambled his Sundays away, smoked, and drank to drown his insecurities and worries as an epilepsy sufferer. Often Sunday nights were times of husband persecution for mother.

While she woke early every morning to pray for her family and to read the Word of God, father resisted her prayers for his salvation. However, one rainy day miraculously there was a flood which prevented father from going for his Sunday gambling session. He volunteered to accompany mother to the evangelistic Sunday evening service. The  Holy Spirit conviction was so strong, dad was converted that evening! Praise the Lord! He was delivered of epilepsy, alcoholism, nicotine and gambling on the day of his baptism. Praise God.

It was mother who led our family in family worship. She led each of us – my sister, brother and I to the Lord at the tender ages ofo 5-7 years old and was our first Sunday School teacher.  It was mother who was the disciplinarian and who discipled us in the ways of the Lord. She was our example for Christian ministry among children and others.

It was her joy to pray for missionaries and when the first graduates of the Assembly of God Bible Institute of Malaysia began pioneer works in peninsular Malaysia in the 1960’s. She stood with them,  encouraging my father to financially support several of them till it seemed every month my father had several “money collectors”  to collect their monthly stipend – their first support in Christian pioneer works till they becamse financially independent and later became pastors of several large churches in Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Penang, Singapore. It was her participation in missions that gave inspiration to her children  and grandchildren to do likewise to this day in Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan and other countries where they have sent financial support and Bibles to. We learnt we cannot outgive God – He takes care of His own.

Mother played the accordion and was inspirational in my sister and brother and their families serving the Lord  today in church music ministry.  She gave all the talents she had to the Lord.

As Sunday School teacher and Sunday School Superintendent,  her pots of curry and bread at Sunday School outings were greatly yearned for and enjoyed. She was a wonderful provider introducing the Cradle Roll for future Sunday School students and awards for Bible competitions encouraged Bible Verse memorization and hiding of God’s Word , good training for the children in the way they should go.

The Lord took her home on September 1984 after a year of suffering (we suspect cancer although there was no such medical diagnosis in Singapore at that time). Through it all there was not one iota of complaining as I was her caregiver. Instead  there was quiet submission to the will of God and prayer for strength to endure. Now she waits in glory to welcome her family home.  Dad joined her in glory on 22 January, 2016 and together they await our homecoming.

What glorious days they will be when we each in turn complete our course in faithful service. … or will it be us  in the family all together promoted to glory  when He comes to take us home!

Note: I have written more blogs for my father than my mother. Today is my mother’s day as I read Proverbs 31 and how it was personified by  my mother.  I am writing this to commemorate a wonderful, gentle, God fearing,  God loving  woman  – my physical and spiritual mother.  Praise God. 😊


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Nuggets – He Shall Prolong His Days

He Shall Prolong His Days
“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.” (Isaiah 53:10)

In this one verse, found in the wonderful 53rd chapter of Isaiah, there is an amazing prophecy of the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ in atonement for our sins, His resurrection from the dead, and the resulting salvation of many lost sinners.

This Old Testament chapter, written 600 years before Christ, contains probably the most complete and cogent exposition of the saving work of Christ on the cross to be found in the entire Bible.

How could it “please” the Lord to bruise His only begotten Son? It could only be because of the great work this would accomplish.

Then, indeed, “the pleasure of the LORD” would be realized. As to the Son, “he shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:11).

After the Father has allowed the enemies of His Son to “bruise him” to death, it would be soon known that this was actually “an offering for sin” and that, having satisfied the requirements of God’s holiness, the Son “shall prolong his days.” Though He died and actually “made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death” (v. 9), death could not hold Him and “he shall prolong his days.” As He would later proclaim: “I am alive for evermore” (Revelation 1:18).

And because He has done this, He “shall see his seed.” “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:10). What a wonderful Savior! HMM

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Nuggets – Gambling at Calvary

Gambling at Calvary
“They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.” (Psalm 22:18)

The 22nd Psalm is justly famous as a remarkable prophetic preview of the sufferings and death of the Lord Jesus on the cross, written by David approximately 1,000 years before it was fulfilled. It describes in accurate detail the sufferings of the Lord and the actions of the sneering spectators as they watched Him die.

One of the most heartless acts of the Roman soldiers carrying out the crucifixion was the indignity of stripping Him of the garments He was wearing and then dividing them among themselves, even gambling to determine who would get His seamless vesture. The significance of this cruel scene is indicated by the fact that it is one of the very few specific events in the life of Christ recorded in all four gospels.

We must not forget that the Lord Jesus Christ once had been arrayed, as it were, in beautiful garments that “smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces” (Psalm 45:8). But He who was “equal with God” chose to be “made in the likeness of men” that He might eventually suffer “even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:6-8) in order to save our unworthy souls. “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).

He who had created the heavens, when He came to Earth, had to say that “the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20). And His few remaining possessions were scavenged by His executioners as He died. Yet through His great sacrifice, He has provided “everlasting habitations” for us (Luke 16:9) and “all spiritual blessings in heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3). Indeed, we do know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ! HMM

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Lemon Tree Lesson


I have loved the sweet tartness of a tall glass of that fresh squeezed summer delight since I was a kid watching my mom juice lemons the old-fashioned way. Maybe that’s why I was so excited to learn that there’s a variety of lemons that can grow in Georgia in the United States. Normally, the citrus trees are a more tropic loving climate to really produce, but the Meyer Lemon trees will grow in our cooler temperatures so long as they aren’t exposed to sub 25-degree temperatures.

So last fall Clif bought one, and we planted it out back near our garden. All winter, I was careful to watch the weather forecast and made sure to cover the new tree when there was the threat of a hard freeze. And this spring, I was thrilled to see that it had not only survived the winter, but was pushing out new leaves as soon as it started to warm up.

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Nuggets – Christ Our Passover

Christ Our Passover
“And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:13)

The Jews of the world have been keeping their annual Feast of the Passover for almost 3,500 years, fulfilling the ancient prophecy: “And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever” (Exodus 12:24). This was the beginning of the nation of Israel, when they left Egyptian slavery behind and started their trek to the Promised Land. The lamb had been slain and eaten, its blood placed on the door posts, and the Lord had spared all their firstborn sons when the Destroyer passed through the land of Egypt.

The feast was intended not only to memorialize the ancient deliverance, but also to anticipate the coming day when the “Lamb of God” would take “away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). The night before Christ was crucified, He told His disciples, “With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God” (Luke 22:15-16).

Thereupon, the Lord established His Supper, which Christians will continue to observe to “shew the Lord’s death till he come” (1 Corinthians 11:26). He fulfilled all that the Passover prophesied when He shed His blood on the cross, “for even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, . . . with . . . sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:7-8).

Now we look forward to an even greater supper when Christ returns, for the promise is this to all who believe: “Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9). HMM

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Immortality Road

You love Christ and are moved by His love and mercy that He showed at the cross. But deep down, some of you feel like something is missing. Your  church experience does not fulfill you anymore.

You want something more spiritually. Deep down inside you want what the early apostles had. You want to live the Christian life like they did. You want to win souls with the same power that they had, but how to do this eludes you. You want to be like Peter, Paul, and John, but your church tells you, in essence, that you can’t be like them.

But you have read in the Bible that God is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” and that “with God all things are possible.” “All things” include having the same Christian walk that the early apostles had.

You have gone to the book of the Acts of the…

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Nuggets – All the Lonely People

All the Lonely People
“I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.” (Psalm 142:4)

This is one of the saddest verses in the Bible. To be all alone, not knowing where to find refuge from problems that bear heavily at times—this is the lot of many lonely people.

Sometimes, of course, one’s feelings of loneliness may be because of unconfessed sin, as when David lamented after his crime of adultery and murder: “When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me” (Psalm 32:3-4). Outwardly silent, but inwardly roaring—that’s the way it is when a believer tries to rationalize and hide his sin from God and man. The remedy in such a case is obvious: “I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah” (Psalm 32:5).

When the problem is not one of unconfessed sin, the Lord is always there to comfort and guide, if we ask Him. Following the sad complaint of our text, David made a statement of hope and faith. “The righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me” (Psalm 142:7).

There was a time, in fact, when the Lord Himself was all alone. When He was arrested, “then all the disciples forsook him, and fled” (Matthew 26:56). But that was not the worst of it. “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). Jesus died all alone on the cross—the loneliest and most forsaken person in all human history—as even His heavenly Father had to abandon Him when He took our sins and died for us. Thus, He understands our own need and is always there. “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted [or ‘tested’], he is able to succor them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18). HMM

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How to find help: 2 Chronicles 7

May we remain humble, repent and trust the grace of the Lord to see us through every trial and temptation.

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Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 6-8.

At the pinnacle of Israel’s relationship with God, it’s a revelation to see that God was preparing them for the falling away that he knew would come. Solomon had just dedicated the completed temple, the glory of the LORD had come down and filled the temple, and Solomon  had prayed the seven-fold prayer confirming the relationship between God and his people. Then, almost immediately, God warns of the calamities to come.

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

God doesn’t say “if I…

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Shekinah: God’s presence – 2 Chronicles 5

May we live worthily in His Presence.

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Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 2-5.

What is a temple but a fixed place where God and man meet? By extension, then, it is a place where God dwells or where his glorious presence is found. After the time of the writing of the Old Testament, Jewish religious writers called this glorious presence the shekinah. The word is derived from the Hebrew word meaning dwelling or settling, like a bird settling or dwelling in its nest. Christians have adopted the word and its interpretation as the presence of the glory of the LORD. As Solomon completed the temple in Jerusalem and brought in the ark of the covenant, the glory of the LORD settled into and dwelt within the temple.

The priests then brought the ark of the LORD’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of…

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It all comes from God – 1 Chronicles 29

All mine are His. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills.

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Today’s reading: 1 Chronicles 28 – 2 Chronicles 1.

Figuring out how to wisely handle all the “stuff” that passes through our hands – our money, possessions, time, and abilities – is one of the most important tasks any person faces. Some people handle their possessions well, keeping a loose grip on them, and using them generously. Other people become slaves to their wealth. As King David’s life nears its end, he leads the Israelites in a prayer that shows he understands the proper attitude towards possessions:

Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power…

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