It Couldn’t Have Been Better

Saturday, 6 January 2007

We had such a good time celebrating Christmas and ushering in the new year, entertaining our families at our apartment. They turned out to be pseudo house warming parties I suppose...there were presents, lots of good home-cooked food, warm laughter and high spirits all round. And after all that, Han and I fixed a simple dinner of bak kut teh on the 2nd and enjoyed it at our balcony on a cool, gusty night--having spent the entire afternoon and evening playing the new World of Warcraft board game which we treated ourselves to. 😉

It felt wonderful not to be rushing around according to some fixed agenda. True, it was madness to decide to go to Ikea on the eves of Christmas and the new year, but we emerged unscathed with our purchases nonetheless. In fact, it was actually quite fun to get there early, zoom in on what we needed, and get out just when the crowds were building up.

Looking back at the past year, we've experienced and accomplished much. Some of the more notable things that I recall (in no particular order) are:

  1. breaking down after our first visit to the gynae to confirm the pregnancy
  2. working as a team to drill 19 holes in the walls and mount 3 shelves within 30 minutes on a Saturday afternoon, so as not to irk the neighbour downstairs
  3. moving into our apartment on the exact anniversary date of our wedding ceremony
  4. both of us changing jobs and holding the position of assistant managers
  5. trying to play capoeira with Brandon 5 months along--it was awkward, to say the least
  6. successfully organising my first ever event--the launch of a new unit trust fund
  7. listening to songs by Lionel's band being played over the radio on Fly FM's Campur Charts
  8. discovering the joys of banana leaf rice (that's just me lah)
  9. buying gifts for all our immediate family members at Christmas
  10. catching up with my family over lunches in town--at posh hotels when mom is available, at dingy roadside stalls when it's just with the boys

God has without a doubt chosen to bless me with so much this year. His gift of Love has been so eminent in everything that has happened. I know that the title of this post is entirely optimistic, but still I know that there are some things about me, which I am too ashamed to mention openly, that disappoint him.

Can you imagine what life would be like if we had a God who didn't forgive? Who understood that His creation needed an intercessor because we could never be perfect on our own merit? It could be day after day of adding thousands of nails to our spiritual coffin with no hope of escape.

But I know this God who is a God of grace. I bear the guilt, shame and earthly consequences of my sins, but ultimately He tells me that I am forgiven. Knowing this has freed me so many times from being paralysed in living a life that He has gifted me with.

There's lots of evidence out there that He's a God of second chances. 🙂

So here's to another eventful year for everyone. To all our friends and family, we hope that we will be a channel of His blessings to you, and that you will have every reason to be joyful in every waking moment of your lives ahead.

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