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When You First Called

20 Aug

8th of August is Kelvin’s birthday. This year I was planning to throw a surprise party for him. Just when I was drafting the plan and thinking of all the fun activities we gonna do, I come to realise the fact that most of his best friends are all over different places on this planet… Which means, there’s none of his friends here in JB. Then there’s this sudden surge of empathy from my heart towards him… He has got not much friends here, at least not much of those he would like to spend quality time with.

That night, we lie on bed and I was reading this to him.

1 Corinthians 7:17-24: Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts. Each one should remain in the situation which he or she was in when God called him. Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you– although if you can gain your freedom, do so. For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord’s freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ’s slave. You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.  Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to. (NIV)

Do you know why it was repeated 3 times? He shook his head. Because it is a very important message. It reminds us to retain our place in life. You may feel that we are deprived of quality time with friends, you may think that it would get better if we move out of town or country. You may think that we need better jobs or we should have more freedom to do whatever we wanna do. But God places us here for a reason. We are not here facing all the circumstances by chances. We are being CALLED. And when we seemingly find ourselves enslaved to a role in which we wish to be set free, Paul reminds us that we have been bought with a price and he tells us not to become enslaved to the world’s thinking. We can exercise our freedom in Christ in our assigned role whether it is an ideal situation or not. I touched his face and said, of course, filling a role we aren’t comfortable with is not always easy. But by the grace of God, we always have each other 🙂

Here’s his pre-BD celebration last year before our wedding.

This year on his birthday, I took him to a candle-lit dinner (as shown in the first picture of this post) and I am glad that he is pretty happy about it 🙂 For all his dear friends (you know who you are), he misses all of you so dearly. So please, visit us in JB whenever you can… Keke… I thank God for everything He has provided us and Kelvin has been such a loving man who endures conflicting culture issues, hot weather and lack of time with friends and all with a big heart.

Dear Kelvin,

You have been a wonderful husband, son, brother, working partner and friend. I am so very happy to have you in my life. May God continue to bless us with strength and wisdom, to find freedom to live and to discover our God given role right where we are.

Happy Birthday Darling!

Love, Eryn


Automatic Door

5 Jun

Life is like a dream, you never know what lies ahead until you are there…

The story goes like this. An African man is going to leave his hometown for the first time to a foreign land for God’s work.

Before he left, the whole family and relatives come together and pray for him. May God bless him along the way and open doors of opportunity for him wherever he goes. He sets his sail and reach this foreign land with his many luggages. After passing through the immigration and collected his baggage, he now stand in front of a silver door. It’s closed. Still. With no door knob. He stands for the longest time and wonder why God sends him here with a closed door. He then put down all his stuffs and walks nearer to the door. And miracle happens! He thought of all the prayers where God will open doors for him everywhere he goes! He never imagine that it will be in such physical way… Delighted, he quickly runs to take his luggages and when he got everything he turns back and realized that the silver door is closed and still as it was! And he drops his things and walks closer, the door opens magically again! He feels really confused. If God appoints him to be here, why not with all his luggages? Once again, he picks up all his stuffs and says a prayer, he has faith in God and knows he will open that silver door for him. He takes the step out and when he reaches the door, Voila! The door opens for him!

This is a real story I heard from an African pastor when I was in Melbourne. And it resonates on my mind for the longest time.

God will always open doors for us but very often it may occur to be closed. Like an automatic door.

But as you take the first step out, God will certainly open it for you.

Many times we see closed doors and we thought there’s no way out. If you stand still at where you are, the door will be forever closed; but if you have faith and courage to step out, it will definitely open for you.

Hope you’ll see that automatic door in your life today and walk the step of faith through it!

God will lead us to the place He wants you to be!

3 Days To Bon Voyage: What To Pack For A Round-The-Globe Trip?

22 Apr

Never in my life, I have the opportunity to go on an adventure round the globe for one whole month. The whole concept is simply mind-blasting to me. And 4 days from now, I am going on a voyage to sail across 5 continents.

I have got many scarfs to bring…

And believe me, the number ONE question appears on my mind is: How to travel stylishly while carrying the minimum stuffs? Also, I have to take into consideration on the weather differences, time differences and what to wear to all the happy meetings.

After contemplating for nearly a month, I finally know what I want to pack for this trip: Glamour In Comfort

– Flat bottom shoes and boots, and a pair of heels for dressy occasion

– Sunglasses, it’s too important to cover puffy/tired/red eyes

– Separates that can be thrown on and moves every which way yet still looks perfectly put together. I have carefully chosen 10 items which includes skirt, wool sweater, blouse, dress, denim jeans…

– Lots of accessories. I always love the magic a head piece, a belt or a strand of pearls can do!

– 1 large handbags, 1 tote bag and a clutch to cater to different occasions

– Short, trimmed and polished nails (will show you picture in one of my later post)

– I love to bring oversized scarf  instead of a bulky coat with me on board. When it gets chilly in the cabin, I will wrap it around my shoulder and it doesn’t take up too much space.

Oh that’s me looking funny. I wonder if anyone of you will do the same, I try on funny stuffs as I pack my luggage 🙂

I like to pack light. At least something I could haul effortlessly by myself. I refuse to be the amateur who holds up the plane because my luggage is too heavy/too large to fit in the overhead compartment (trust me, I used to be that girl who blocked everyone while struggling to stuff my hand carry luggage on top). Also, I hate watching my luggage turning 3 times on the conveyor belt and could not able to get it off due to its heavy weight.

To be honest, it’s beyond my wildest dream to go on a trip like this. Especially when the destinations include beautiful places like Bora BoraLas Vegas, Disneyland LA, New York, Rotterdam, London, Armsterdam etc… I give thanks to God for giving me this exciting adventure. For I know every good gifts come from God, I thank you Lord for giving me a lot more that my share.

This reminds me how handy a scarf can be while I was in India. I put on my sunglasses and wrap my head with a scarf like this on an auto-rickshaw to prevent all the sand and dust from getting on my face 🙂

You must be wondering, how does this happen? Well, looking at all the good works that Kelvin spent his time and efforts on, I would like to post my personal story for the rest of you to enjoy…

It all started on one fine day in 2010, Kelvin decided to marry me. He traded in everything he has and come back to my hometown to start his life with me as husband and wife. I would say at that time he lived a pretty good and stable life in Melbourne with good friends, prospering career, a nice townhouse and a handsome car…

It was a big decision for him. He came back to Malaysia and started managing food export businesses. He always shows his cheerful part but I know deep inside, he was having a hard time adapting to a life so different here and has to work harder to start all over again. He shares his vision and shows persistency in expanding the business overseas. And in 2 years time, he brought local brand to places that we never thought we can reach. And this trip, is a trip to meet his customers while attempting to expand the market. And he wanted to bring me along…

I am so fortunate that the boss is kind enough to agree to it and keep telling everyone we are going on honeymoon 🙂

It captures the very moment that depicts our relationship 🙂

I think God reserves the best for everyone, and the best gift He showered upon me was Kelvin, who makes me feel so special and loves me with everything he has. Life becomes so beautiful as we grow together in the love of God. And I pray to God for his continual blessings to our union and also a safe and wonderful trip around the globe together.

OMG! I still can’t believe it! 3 more sleeps and Eryn will be on a bon voyage!!! XOXOXO


A Day In Auckland: The Kiwi Way

Eryn says HI

I Did It!? [Round-The-Globe in 30 Days At A Glance]

Eryn SF22

San Francisco Dreaming

Eryn Was About To Pass Out!

4 Apr

I nearly fainted in the office last Thursday. Never in my life I’ve felt so sick and the nausea was so intense that I thought I am going to pass out anytime. I kept sweating and my hands and feet felt so chilly and I was shivering all over.

“Where’s the painkiller?” I thought to myself.

“Am I still be able to drive myself to the nearest clinic?”

“Shall I rest on my desk and see if it gets better?”

A lot of things going on my mind.

“What have I had for breakfast this morning? Could it be the coffee that makes me feel so sick now?”

Oh gosh! Think Eryn think! What should you do now…? Call mum!

I called my mum and asked her to bring me to doctor from my office. She got so worried and said she will be here in 15 minutes.

Then all of a sudden, I thought of a link that my caregroup sister Vivian shared on my facebook wall, 千年後仍是百分之百-基督徒眼中的疾病. And thanks to the post, I somehow manage to hold myself and stop thinking what happened and what to do next.

I was being taken to a resting chair and I rest while waiting for my mum to come. I had this terrible cramp in my lower stomach and it was simply unbearable. I know it may sound exaggerating, but I seriously thought I am going to die. I start to pray. I pray to God for healing, I pray that He woud take away the pain. And I can feel the pain getting more intense and worst.

“In time of crisis, are we still be able to give thanks to God?”. A question that William asked during a cell group meeting popped up in my mind.

During the meeting, I said I don’t know. But now, I know, yes, I can. Then I start giving thanks to God, my heavenly father who has provided me with everything that I have in this world, in this life. I truly feel blessed. And after 10 minutes, to my great amazement, the nausea started to go away, and after 15 minutes, the cramp was gone. This was one of the experiences that makes me believe, God is good to me.

Many times in our lives, when we were being put in a difficult situation, we try to find solutions based on our own judgements and understandings. We always thought we can solve it on our own. When we are sick, we go to the doctors and believe it will make us feel better, recover and be healthier. And after we had our medicine, we think of God and pray.

In time of crisis, we often forget about faith and trust in God comes first. And later that day when I lie on bed and rest, I reasoned, it might be the lesson He wants to teach me. To have stronger faith and trust on Him in everything, rather than my own judgements and undertsandings.

Phillipian 4:13  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Through this incident, I seek God more often and I believe the power we receive in union with Christ is sufficient to do His will and to face challenges that arise. As we contend for the faith, we will face troubles, pressures and trials. And as they come, ask Christ to strengthen us.

My Bread and Cup

3 Dec

I must confess, I am always late for the Sunday service. And because I am so late, very often I would go to the church without my breakfast. Last Sunday, I woke up earlier than usual and had a big delicious breakfast before heading to church. After we said our prayers for the holy communion, I put the tiny piece of biscuit into my mouth. And it was at that instant, I’ve got the answer to the question that has been on my mind for a long time.

“If God loves us so much, why would He allow us to suffer, to experience pain and to put us on test?”

“May your body and blood, which I intend to receive, although I am unworthy, be for me the remission of my sins, the washing away of my guilt, the end of my evil thoughts, and the rebirth of my better instincts. May it incite me to do the works pleasing to you and profitable to my health in body and soul, and be a firm defense against the wiles of my enemies.”

When I am full and satisfied, the intensity of the thankfulness is surprisingly lower! The bread and cup in my hand mean so much more to me when I am hungry. And the depth of gratitude is simply greater!

Then I realize, through sufferings, disappointments and hardship, we seek God more, and we see God more! We humble ourselves and know that God is processing us and understand that there is always something He wants to teach us.

Well, I am not encouraging you to skip breakfast on Sunday, I just want to encourage you brothers and sisters, in times of difficulties (hungriness?), we shall take time to examine ourselves and remember Christ’s enduring sacrifice. And in times when everything seems perfect to you, be thankful in rejoice in His kindness.

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