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Monday, October 06, 2014

OUR 12th ANNIVERSARY: A Devotional Message (1)

I made this carrot cake and my husband completed it with artificial flowers.
My prayer in our 12th Anniversary was asking Him to not let us playing Roller Coaster anymore. It's just enough to give both of us headache and tummy-ache. Time to relax and enjoy our life. Please, God! Amen.
Today, a day after our 12 Anniversary I read a very nice devotional message that was what I needed to help me refresh my mind. This message was written by Samuel Yudi S. in Indonesian and I tried to translated it in English. I share it here. It may be useful for you too.

Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, I will cut and every branch that bears fruit I prune, so that it may be many fruitful. 
(John 15: 2) 

Rick Warren, author of Purpose Driven Life, had two things contradictory. He is a great success because of his prints up to 15 million copies. At the same time, his heart devastated by his wife, Kay, who had cancer. Addressing these two things, Rick said, "I used to think that life is a row of mountains and valley. We walked through the dark times, reaching peak mountain, then back again, so constantly. Now I do not believe it anymore. Life is more like two railway lines fused at the tip, and at all times you will find it good and bad thing. No matter how many good things you have received, you still face the bad things that must be overcome. On the contrary, bad life that you live in, there is always a good thing can be appreciated."

Good and bad things can often make God a tool to our discipline. As the owner of the vineyard, He wants His many fruiting plants (v. 2). To get to that stage, The owner of the vineyard will cut the branches that do not bear fruit and clean the branches that bears fruit. Each of us will experience this process to produce equivalent quality. 

God disciplines us so that we bear much fruit. Bad situation should not weaken us. In fact, with confidence, we can said that God never stops with us-continues our process. Have we willingly disciplined by God, so that we glorify Him more? -- Samuel Yudi S/Our Daily Bread (Indonesian)


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

MY HUSBAND'S DREAM: A Message from My Late Brother

"You can't take care of my sister if you can't take care of yourself." That was the message from my late brother to my husband in his dream. He also got other short message: "Relax, massage." So, yesterday he told me about this dream when he gave massage to my feet in the evening. Then I told him later if that day (yesterday, August 30) was my late brother's birthday. My husband said, "Oh, My God! He is around us, even-though he is already in heaven but he is able to watch us."

Because of that dream, my husband told me he would like to quit smoking. Well, I wanna see later if this dream works well to make him quitting from smoking. I told him my brother loved me so he wanted him to take care of himself so he could take care of me. I believe my late brother knows my condition/situation and he sent a message through his dream. And my husband's response, "Oh, he loves me more. He wants me to take care of myself." I smiled and said, "OK, he loves you more." That made him happy, hehehe.... Absolutely.

His attending in my husband's dream reminds me to write something special about him. I'll do it in the next upcoming week. Thank you my brother for your message, and thank you my aunt and her family who has visited his grave on his birthday. I'm sure he was happy having visitors in his special day.(*)

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Harvest Party

What comes up in your mind when reading the title of this post? "Harvest Party", hmmmm???  Well, I didn't have the real harvest party but I would like to celebrate every small blessing from one of my summer activities: GARDENING. Every harvest is blessing.
This time I would like to share my joy--(almost) every harvest from my small garden.  These pictures below present (almost) every small harvest I have during this summer.
Picture 1. This is the last picture I took but it wasn't the last harvest.
In the following week I harvested more and shared them with my neighbors.
Picture 2. Harvest before Picture 1.
Picture 3. Making garden salad from my own garden--Picture 2.
Picture 4. Harvest before Picture 2
Picture 5. Harvest before Picture 4. I found something rare.
Picture 6. Harvest before Picture 4.
Picture 7. Harvest before Picture 6
Picture 8. Harvest before Picture 7.
My husband had an idea to shape them like . . . hmmm, can you guess it?
Picture 9. One of my sweet green pea plants.
Picture 10. My only one grape tomato plant.
Picture 11. Two cucumber plants.
Picture 12. The second harvest.
I have a special post about my first harvest.

Picture 13. Having small snacks from my own garden--Picture 12--and shared them with my hubby and my youngest daughter.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Meeting the Mayor (Walikota) and Chief of Police of West Chester, PA

Well, well . . . this is little bit old news but I haven't posted in couple months since I met the Mayor and Chief of Police, West Chester-PA face to face in March 2014. It was the most interesting interview and experience in my whole life in looking for a new job. Why did I mention it? Because I never thought before if I was going to meet the government leaders face to face. I got a phone call regarding my application. I was very nervous since I knew I was going to meet the first person of West Chester, PA. But my nervous was gone when I met her. She is the most friendly and down to earth leader I ever met in person. No doubt if people in West Chester, PA chose her become their Mayor.

Carolyn Comitta
West Chester, Mayor
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In the interview, she told me if they received more than 50 applications and only took 10 of them for interview and I was one of them. From 10, they will choose only 1 person. She congratulated me for this even though in my mind I had already known I would not going to make it. If there were 10 candidates--and I believed it was only me who was an immigrant, I was not going to make it. I was very sure there would be other candidates who were more qualified and had more experiences than me. So, I just enjoyed that long interview with her. We had nice talk and she is the kind of person, full with attention. I could not imagine how lucky the person who would work with her. She would be the best BOSS she ever had.

From my first meeting with her, I had very good impression about her. She looked very respectful and didn't put her as the higher level than others. 
My nervous appeared again when the lady told me I was going to meet the Chief of Police, Scott L. Bohn, as my second interview after done with her. As same as the first interview, I had good impression about him, as same as the Mayor, but he talked more than her, so I enjoyed little bit story he told me, hehehe...
Meeting the Mayor and Chief of Police of West Chester is my first experience I even never had before when I was in my country, Indonesia. After meeting them, my mind popped up comparing with the Mayor and Chief of Police in Indonesia. Probably they will have adjutant and I will feel the Strata when meeting them. Who knows, but that was I thought as I knew most of Indonesian government leaders acted that way. I hope it will change and better now as they have a new President who can show them that the leader is there to give the service, not to get the service.

If I ever met the Mayor and Chief of Police, probably one day I am going to meet the higher government leader. You may laugh when reading this, but one day you will shout, "Oh My God!" (Hahaha.... I got you!)

OK, guys, this is just a little story of one of my best experiences I share with you. I write this not to impress you, but to remind all of us. Every day we can make little bit progress. A progress to move forward. We are not going to move 1 mile at the time, but only 1 inch. Everyday I always think, what one, two or three little things I am going to do to move me forward although sometimes God gives us different direction than what we expect, but we should remember He knows the best for our life.

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