ANZAC 100th Anniversary 


 

Good Day, Beautiful People!

25th April 2015 we honour the service men and women for protecting our country!  We also stop and pay tribute to the fallen diggers for their sacrifice in different venues all over Australia, Gallipoll and most part of the world. Lest we forget! 

 

For the fallen
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables at home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Laurence Binyon (1869–1943)

 

One Hundred Years

One hundred years – what have we learned
Since troop ships first left King George Sound
To spill a generation’s blood And prove a fledgling nationhood
By Anzacs forged on foreign ground?
Our youthful, daring sacrifice
The Empire called – we paid the price
For peace. And freedom’s lives a nation mourned
for those we left and those returned.
The hard fought Anzac legend born.
One hundred years – died we in vain?
Does Anzac spirit yet remain
where rules the rite of self and greed
no hand of help in time of need
and touched by hatred’s evil stain?
We lie beneath the wind’s caress
No gumtrees grace nor wattles dress
Our graves. And oh! how many country boys
Rest not below the Southern Cross
Of home.
One hundred years – we do not sleep
But restless ghostly vigil keep
among the crosses in their rows
Where myth and memory are met
We make those blood red poppies blow
Year by year – lest you forget.
Helen Bignell

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Happy St Valentine Day

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Good Day, Beautiful People!

14th of February is celebrated in many nations known as Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine.

“The origin of this holiday for the expression of love really isn’t romantic at all — at least not in the traditional sense. Father Frank O’Gara of Whitefriars Street Church in Dublin, Ireland, tells the real story of the man behind the holiday — St. Valentine.

“He was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudias who persecuted the church at that particular time,” Father O’Gara explains. ” He also had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people. This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives or families if they died.”

“I think we must bear in mind that it was a very permissive society in which Valentine lived,” says Father O’Gara. “Polygamy would have been much more popular than just one woman and one man living together. And yet some of them seemed to be attracted to Christian faith. But obviously the church thought that marriage was very sacred between one man and one woman for their life and that it was to be encouraged. And so it immediately presented the problem to the Christian church of what to do about this.”

“The idea of encouraging them to marry within the Christian church was what Valentine was about. And he secretly married them because of the edict.”

Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured for performing marriage ceremonies against command of Emperor Claudius the second. There are legends surrounding Valentine’s actions while in prison.

“One of the men who was to judge him in line with the Roman law at the time was a man called Asterius, whose daughter was blind. He was supposed to have prayed with and healed the young girl with such astonishing effect that Asterius himself became Christian as a result.”

In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius’ daughter. He inspired today’s romantic missives by signing it, “from your Valentine.”

“What Valentine means to me as a priest,” explains Father O’Gara, “is that there comes a time where you have to lay your life upon the line for what you believe. And with the power of the Holy Spirit we can do that — even to the point of death.”

Valentine’s martyrdom has not gone unnoticed by the general public. In fact, Whitefriars Street Church is one of three churches that claim to house the remains of Valentine. Today, many people make the pilgrimage to the church to honor the courage and memory of this Christian saint.

“Valentine has come to be known as the patron saint of lovers. Before you enter into a Christian marriage you want some sense of God in your life — some great need of God in your life. And we know, particularly in the modern world, many people are meeting God through his Son, Jesus Christ.”

“If Valentine were here today, he would say to married couples that there comes a time where you’re going to have to suffer. It’s not going to be easy to maintain your commitment and your vows in marriage. Don’t be surprised if the ‘gushing’ love that you have for someone changes to something less “gushing” but maybe much more mature. And the question is, is that young person ready for that?”

“So on the day of the marriage they have to take that into context,” Father O’Gara says. “Love — human love and sexuality is wonderful, and blessed by God — but also the shadow of the cross. That’s what Valentine means to me.”
-By David Kithcart from CBN.

Valentine poetry
Je suis desja d’amour tanné
Ma tres doulce Valentinée…

-Charles d’Orléans, Rondeau VI lines 1–2

To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn’d his clothes,
And dupp’d the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.

-William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5

Hayle Bishop Valentine whose day this is
All the Ayre is thy Diocese
And all the chirping Queristers
And other birds ar thy parishioners
Thou marryest every yeare
The Lyrick Lark, and the graue whispering Doue,
The Sparrow that neglects his life for loue,
The houshold bird with the redd stomacher
Thou makst the Blackbird speede as soone,
As doth the Goldfinch, or the Halcyon
The Husband Cock lookes out and soone is spedd
And meets his wife, which brings her feather-bed.
This day more cheerfully than ever shine
This day which might inflame thy selfe old Valentine.
—John Donne, Epithalamion Vpon Frederick Count Palatine and the Lady Elizabeth marryed on St. Valentines day

The modern cliché Valentine’s Day poem can be found in the collection of English nursery rhymes Gammer Gurton’s Garland (1784):
The rose is red, the violet’s blue,
The honey’s sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,
And Fortune said it shou’d be you.

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Modern Valentine Day may view just for couples expression of their romantic love. The singles, divorced and married couples who are not in love can be a difficult day with the external and commercial pressure of the world. I am not here to ease your pain or loneliness or even think it is acceptable. It is easy to feel unloved and blue or even depressed in situation like that. It may be hard to believe you’re loved. The Creator of the Universe who created you and your parents who passionately in love that is why you are here. Even if you’re born out of wedlock, considered a product of a loved child or even orphan.

The most important thing is your attitude towards love. Learn to love yourself like the way the Creator love you. Do something for yourself, celebrate you. You can spend time with your single friends, family or do something special for yourself. Get creative after all love is not just for couples. I remembered each time me or my sibling broke out with our ex boyfriend or ex girlfriend or we were singles especially at Valentine Day, mom always came up with creative ideas to celebrate the day as a family… ordered special meals or cooked us our favourite food and yummy dessert. We played silly games or watched fun comedy shows or go to the movies together. Another one of our favourite is going to the shopping mall together to get something special for us.

Even when I was on my own, I would always do something special to celebrate me. Eat my favourite food, listen to my favourite music, dance with myself, have some bubbly or wine, dark chocolate and nice long spa bath, massage or facial or a health retreat. Finish the day meditating on God’s promises. I treasure taking time for myself, nourishing myself. Physically, mentally and spiritually preparing myself like a bride. Be the person you like to spend time with because you are worthy it. Find your own groove, party Uno. Instead of feeling defeated and throwing yourself a pity party. Take time to pray for your soul mate, pray he or she is preparing himself or herself for your future together. It is better to be single then settle for second best or whoever come along. Enjoy your singlehood, your freedom doing things you love, travelling, see the world, build your ministry, career or business then married to a wrong person. Besides, if you never enjoy your singlehood life, it is harder for you to enjoy your marriage life. Your soul mate will come at God’s timing. Unless you are the chosen ones to be celibate or single for life.

Believe His Promises:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. -1Cor13:4-8

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. -1Jn4:7

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. -Prov17:17

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. -1Cor13:3

And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. -Rev21:2

Let us rejoice and be glad; let us praise his greatness! For the time has come for the wedding of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself for it. -Rev19:7

Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. -Rev19:8

You were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body. -1Cor6:20
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. -Eph5:31

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. -Eph5:25

You may or may not know there is a God who loves you so much even before you’re born. No human being can love the way He loves you! The agape love that willing to get down to earth as a simple, poor, carpenter from His magnificent, wealthy, Heavenly Kingdom to win your love by dying for you 2000 years ago. Knowing very well you may never say yes and love Him back. If you’re reading this and searching for someone to fill that void that no person can fill. Give Jesus the chance to make a difference in your life. Try Him if it does not work out for you the world can have you back. Truly, I like to be able to see you in Heaven one day, it will never be the same without you.
Repeat after me: “Dear Jesus, I need You in my life. I acknowledge that I have made mistakes and I come to You right now confessing that and asking your forgiveness. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I believe You are the Son of God and that You rose from the dead and are alive today. I open the door of my heart and receive You as my Saviour and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my wrongdoings and giving me eternal life. Please take control of my life from here forward and make me the kind of person you want me to be. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Good Day, Beautiful People! Happy Belated Thanksgiving to all my American friends!

This is one good holiday that we can adopt to celebrate!
It makes us stop and reflect on being thankful regardless our circumstances.

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Last year at my business and professional women network connect Thanksgiving cum Christmas Party, I gave the ladies each a gratitude journal as a gift. The reason behind this gift is encouraging them to focus on being thankful.

I wrote a love note on the first page of each gratitude Journal:
Beloved,
In the bible is written
“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love is eternal” Ps107:1, Ps136:1, Ps118:1, 1Chron16:34
Let us focus on being thankful, you will find much to be thankful for!
The challenge is to give thanks even our life is not perfect or facing horrible circumstances.
When life seems to be one discouragement, disappointment, disease, disaster, tragedy and death after another.
Choose to “Thank God in everything (no matter what the circumstances maybe, be thankful, gives thanks) for this is the will of God for you (who are) in Christ Jesus…” 1Thess5:18

This year as we met for our Gratitude and Christmas celebration I requested the ladies to share one of their gratitude journal entries. The result was astounding. Our hearts are full of thankfulness. We are all enriched by the sharing. These brave women rise up and overcome different challenges with grateful hearts.

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Sharing these poems that touched and moved my heart.

More Than A Day
As Thanksgiving Day rolls around,
It brings up some facts, quite profound.
We may think that we’re poor,
Feel like bums, insecure,
But in truth, our riches astound.
We have friends and family we love;
We have guidance from heaven above.
We have so much more
Than they sell in a store,
We’re wealthy, when push comes to shove.
So add up your blessings, I say;
Make Thanksgiving last more than a day.
Enjoy what you’ve got;
Realize it’s a lot,
And you’ll make all your cares go away.
By Karl Fuchs

I’m Thankful for You
Thanksgiving is the appointed time
for focusing on the good in our lives.
In each of our days,
we can find small blessings,
but too often we overlook them,
choosing instead to spend our time
paying attention to problems.
We give our energy
to those who cause us trouble
instead of those who bring peace.
Starting now,
let’s be on the lookout
for the bits of pleasure in each hour,
and appreciate the people who
bring love and light to everyone
who is blessed to know them.
You are one of those people.
On Thanksgiving,
I’m thankful for you.
Happy Thanksgiving!
By Joanna Fuchs

Hope your heart is opened and grateful after reading this. Happy to hear what you are thankful for this year.

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My Latest Award: Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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Wow! I’m so humbled and honoured to be nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by http://denisethorntonxo.wordpress.com that is now moved to http://bloggerneecy.com. Thank you, Beautiful! Visit her, you will find her postings inspiring, informative, refreshing and encouraging. Love the fact that she gives a voice to the voiceless.

The rules are as following:
1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.

2. List the rules and display the award.

3. Share 7 facts about you.

4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know that they have been nominated.

5. Optional: Display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

7 Facts about me:
1. Love Jesus. Not into religion, have a relationship with my Creator (God).

2. Fond of roaming around art galleries. Adore the great old master artists masterpieces.

3. I am also a bit of “photoholic” and “chocoholic”.

4. Enjoy good company with good music, wine and slow food. Love organic food and healthy goodies.

5. Love People. Enjoy people of different culture. Passionate to speak life into someone situation. It delights me to connect people to their heart destiny or their purpose in life.

6. I am passionate about my day job as a manager.

7. I am also an emerging fine art painter, aka closet painter stepping out.

15 blogs I’m nominating for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:
1. http://lionelsneeddailyinspiration.wordpress.com
2. http://afriendforever54.wordpress.com
3. http://familygodmoments.wordpress.com
4. http://winwhileyoung.wordpress.com
5. http://someunderstand.wordpress.com
6. http://lifeworshipnotes.wordpress.com
7. http://osarobohenry.wordpress.com
8. http://birdchirp.wordpress.com
9. http://lightforlife.wordpress.com
10. http://bisforblessed.wordpress.com
11. http://rubysheart.wordpress.com
12. http://leximckee.wordpress.com
13. http://cfepilepsy.wordpress.com
14. http://aholysound.wordpress.com
15. http://atimetoshare.wordpress.com

The reasons I chose this blogs because I love real, encouraging, stimulating, stirring, uplifting and inspirational writing. Hope you enjoy visiting their sites as much as I do. That completes the requirements! Thank you and congratulations to the Nominees!

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One Lovely blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award

 

 

 

I am both honored and pleased to announce my nomination for the “One Lovely Blog Award.”

I was nominated by http://jeanieshepard.wordpress.com/ Blog. I love her blog because it contains amazing faith-filled articles and lovely teaching ministry. I am tuned in by the quality of the content that she writes about.

RULES:
1. Thank the person and link who nominated you.
2. List the rules and display the award.
3. Share 7 facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 5 bloggers and contact them on their post to let them know that they have been nominated.

7 Facts About Me:
1. Love Jesus. Not into religion, have a relationship with my Creator (God).

2. Love People. Enjoy people of different culture. Passionate to speak life into someone situation. It delights me to connect people to their heart destiny or their purpose in life.

3. Love Life. Enjoy my life and live a full life whether is a good or challenging season.

4. Travel Bug. I would gladly live out of a suitcase, if it meant I could see the world!

5. I’m a booklover. I visit many books: novels, self-improvement, motivational, autobiography, fiction, leadership… but I camp in the living word, Bible.

6. Enjoy good company with good music, wine and slow food. Love organic food and healthy goodies.

7. My free time, I love let my creativity run wild. Writing, paintings, scrapbooking and create stuff.

My Nominees are:
1. http://seyisandradavid.org/ Love her writing talents!
2. http://thespiderfarmmanager.wordpress.com/ Delightful poems that lingers in your thoughts.
3. http://musicfrombrokenchords.wordpress.com I truly enjoy your writing,Teresa. Keep writing!
4. http://scumlikeuschurch.wordpress.com Scott, keep the pen flowing! Looking forward to read more of your posting.
5. http://osomann.wordpress.com Kenny, what a down to earth and encouraging blogger you are!

That completes the requirements! Thank you and congratulations to the Nominees!

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Mel’s Latest Inspiration [MF]

 

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Hello Beautiful Friends who have been following my blog. It has been awhile since I last wrote.  June and July have been by far huge months with Hillsong Conference, hosting guests from overseas and interstate.  Five Birthdays Parties to attend, work and other commitment. My life is full and blessed. My creative friend, Melinda Fletcher was so inspired by Hillsong Conference 2014, as a result her new masterpiece is born.  Enjoy her latest poem.

 

In all that we’ve been through

And all that we’ve seen

In how far we’ve come from

where we have been

We’ve seen our God faithful

We’ve seen our God strong

Our lives ever grateful

In Him we belong

From glory to glory

He’s making us holy

Higher and higher

He’s raising us up

In life and in death

It will be our confession

With Jesus our saviour

The best is yet to come

He’s building his church to be stronger and stronger

He’s raising us up to bring glory to His’ name

United together

Forever we praise Him

higher and higher

We’re lifting Him up

In life and in death

It will be our confession

With Jesus our saviour

The best is yet to come!!!

 
    

 

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Celebrate the life of Dr Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

Good Day, Beautiful People!

May 28 2014,  the world has lost a legendary poet, author, teacher and warrior of peace, equality and tolerence, Dr Maya Angelou. Heaven gains a great heroine. Her writing has inspired and encouraged multitude in America and around the world. Even though she led a kaleidoscopic  life, her writings was so soulful, sensible and pragmatic. Good night, Dr Maya Angelou. You will always live in our hearts. One day, we will meet in heaven.

In case for some reason you are not familiar with her handiwork, you are in for more than just a treat. It is encouraging, empowering, powerful and life changing. Sharing some of my all time favourites, Dr Maya Angelou’s poems.

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Touched by Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me. 

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

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Below is a significant teeny portion of Dr Maya Angelou interview with Oprah Winfrey.


I will leave you with her last profound tweet, ” Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” It is still resounding in my heart.

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