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Glimpses of hope September 26, 2014

Filed under: faith,life in HK — chinabean @ 5:12 pm

Cause I loved you before you knew it was love
And I saw it all, still I chose the cross
And you were the one that I was thinking of
When I rose from the grave


More of the lyrics below:
You’re safe here with Me
There’s no need to cover
What I already see

You’ve got your reasons
But I hold your peace
You’ve been on lockdown
And I hold the key

‘Cause I loved you before you knew it was love
And I saw it all, still I chose the cross
And you were the one that I was thinking of
When I rose from the grave


God’s Role in suffering May 7, 2014

Filed under: faith,life in HK — chinabean @ 1:46 am

What an encouraging article on Miltinnie Yih’s son who has autism.

God’s Role in My Son’s Autism

by Miltinnie Yih on July 3, 2013 in Articles

As a follower of Christ, I find my deepest questions are about God’s role in our son David’s autism. When our pastor asked if David’s condition could be due to unconfessed sin in our lives, the cause shifted from the physical to the spiritual. Anxious to find the cause in order to find the cure, we examined ourselves, just in case. What would we not do to get David healed? If only it were as simple as making confessions or promises or bargains with God. “But is this really what it is about?” I wondered. “Is David’s autism a punishment from God for past sin?”

If God wanted to deal with me according to my sin, I deserved far worse. But God does not deal with us as we deserve, because while we were helpless, sinners, and enemies of God, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:6–10). Jesus received what I deserved, and I received what I did not deserve: blood-bought forgiveness. While we do suffer the consequences for our sins, suffering isn’t always the result of sin. God has reasons for allowing trials that we cannot fathom in this life.

Searching for Answers

Another Christian friend asked us if David might be under a curse. She informed me that a generational curse could be passed down from ancestors who might have dedicated future descendants to idols or cursed them by their own sins. She pointed me to the second of the Ten Commandments: “You shall not bow down to them [idols] or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me” (Exod. 20:5).

Her solution was to delve into the root of that sin, confess it on behalf of the ancestor, and receive forgiveness for it. Many people believe in generational curses and spend an enormous amount of energy on researching the possible sins of their ancestors. But, I thought, wouldn’t this fall into the same category as God’s giving David autism because of our sins, except that this was even more indirect and remote? As I pondered these possibilities, my eyes slipped down to the next verse: “but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments” (v. 6).

Would He who forgives my sins still hold ancestral sins against me? Salvation in one generation can change an entire lineage’s destiny from cursed to blessed. Our family already experienced this gracious reversal through our conversion to Christ.

When a famous healer who specialized in deliverance, or exorcism, came to town, people urged us to invite him to pray for David. Could David have a demon? If Satan was the cause, our son was under demonic dominion, requiring us to use every resource to deliver him. Parents in the Bible sought Jesus to deliver their children from demonic control. If we had the opportunity, we reasoned, shouldn’t we consider this as well? We invited this healer to pray for our son. Though nothing happened, the disconcerting thought that autism might be caused by a demon unearthed new questions.

Lessons from the Bible

At the heart of the problem lay the underlying questions: Who made this happen? Who is in charge? Was Satan the cause of this autism in my child, or was God responsible? These crucial questions determined the proper route to take in search of answers.

While demonic oppression is a reality in the world, if some other cause was behind our son’s autism, were we misdirecting our time and resources by trying to oppose Satan? What if God was behind it, and we were fighting God?

Job was a righteous man whom God gave Satan permission to strip of every blessing. Nevertheless, Job continually identified God as the one responsible for his suffering (Job 13:15). Never once did Job attribute responsibility to Satan, though Scripture clearly states that Job’s suffering came directly from Satan’s hands (2:3). But Job knew that God was in control of even Satan. And what Job believed is still true today. God is ultimately in control, so we focus on the Lord, fearing only Him (Luke 12:5).

In John 9, we read that Jesus’s disciples met a blind man, and asked Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?”

“Jesus answered, ‘It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him’” (John 9:2–3, NASB).

I began to look for how God would display His work in our son. I stopped asking “Why?” because I knew the answer to “Who?” God, not the devil, was and is in charge. God did not look away when our child was born. He did not make a mistake, nor was He punishing us. Nothing comes into a believer’s life without first coming through the hands of our loving heavenly Father.

Parenting by Faith

God gave David to us, and He will also give us everything we need to love and care for him. Yearning to know the “whys” of David’s autism is an unproductive line of thinking. Why did I want God to give me the reasons? Would they bring me satisfaction or simply put me in a position to judge God? Could I really understand the workings of God? Job continually asked, “Why?” to which God only answered by asking, “Who?” (Job 38:2–11).

The sooner we recognize that God is ultimately and fully sovereign, the sooner we can trust Him in our problems. Paul reminds us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28).

By faith I believe that my child is not a burden, but a special gift from God. God is in control and has my best interests at heart. God did not give us this child to ruin our lives, for God promises to work all things for good. And though it is not always easy and we cannot always see “the good,” and though David is still autistic and mentally handicapped, yet by faith we trust that God is working all things for good. This is how David is not our tragedy, but God’s triumph—not a punishment, but God’s “good and perfect gift” (James 1:17). He’s still working.


First term check. December 18, 2013

Filed under: life in HK — chinabean @ 3:07 pm

13 hours and counting til first term is fully over! P.T.L. 🙂

by His grace and grace alone.



concentration August 17, 2013

Filed under: for fun,life in HK — chinabean @ 9:50 am

It’s important to concentrate. Often times, I find that I multitask so much that I get frustrated when I cannot. These past years I have discovered two things in which i cannot do while multitasking: 1. driving 2. playing piano.

Yesterday, I said good-bye to a dear friend, Janey who is leaving HK for now to go to Barcelona for MBA program. She decided to get her friends together for an ART JAM (where we pay a fee and get a canvas and four hours to paint out year hearts content).

My back and eyes were in pain at the end of four hours.. but it was such an amazing way to spend a really hard first week at work… So much fun to relax concentrate and just veg for the Friday evening.

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SO thus, I have added one more, as of last night, to my list of things i cannot multitask and do:

1. driving

2. piano playing

3. art jamming

it’s good to know, when i need a brain loadoff.


I have decided to follow Jesus August 14, 2013

Filed under: faith,life in HK — chinabean @ 1:45 pm

It’s one of those days that you think your life at some other stage would be better than right now… Then this song runs through your mind and heart… And you think… It’s gonna be worth it.

I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back.

Though none go with me,
still I will follow.
No turning back.

The cross before me,
The world behind me.
No turning back.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in his wonderful face…

He who is greater then he who is in the world will carry me through.


Beijing Jian Bing August 1, 2013

Filed under: for fun,life in HK,life in SH,palate of delight — chinabean @ 12:25 am

I shoulda learned how to make jian bing in Shanghai and sold them here in HK…  what a steal! Haha… Thankful I got my fix when I was there…



Once was once 3.5RMB has now become 31HKD. sigh.


Landed in HK, first visitor and Lasik’d July 22, 2013

Filed under: life in HK — chinabean @ 12:31 pm

Home is where the heart is… New Advenutures in HK began today.

Landed and Char&Ben brought me back to the apt. only 27HKD from HK station. AMAZING. then unpacked my bags and have already settled in. Then had my first visitor, VIC! 🙂 what a blssing. 🙂 Her hub use to work around the WC area and so she showed me her favourite shop.. and we had an amazing bowl of yu daan ngao lam hoi fun… 🙂 BEST way to be welcomed into town.

Then went over to P’s house to sleep over and then got lasik’d at 8am…. whoa. what an experience.

I had two songs that I kept singing because I was so nervous. 我要尚高山举目 and Jesus, how I love you… grace to trust you more. Lasik was an experience… thank the Lrd for P to go with me and be with me through the entire thing… what a heaven sent.

1st we went into the place read over the warnings etc. saw the dr. two steps happen.  from my understanding, first step they put eye drops into your eyes and that separate the cornea and the eyeball. At this stage there was some fear because they tell you to look at the two rings of light.. but as they put the clamp/suction on your eye.. you begin to not be able to see… and then I thought, oh no, my eye is not in the right place.. and so there was some panic. The nurse also preps you not to talk so there fore I didn’t really say anything even though I was a bit panicked.

But once Dr. says youre finished with first step.. you go wait in the other room and sit there.. where I kept singing my two songs… there were two other guys that were in the surgery room with me. one before me one after.. and they could tell I was nervous and I kept telling them im faint hearted. and they kept reassuring me it’ll be okay haha.

Then they put an antespectic on your eye (yellow iodine) and then they take you into the surgery lasik room. The dr tells you to look at a green light.. and you have to focus on the green light.. then you can smell the burning of your eye.. and then you see him putting stuff on your eye and then moving the flap and all the stuff.. youre completely awake. but you MUST focus on the green light.. that wavers in its brightness and clarity… and before you know it, the Dr says, okay done. 🙂

right away you can kinda see but blurry… the eyes are really sore. ptl I can type with my eyes closed… ive been resting at P’s place and just wearing these ski like bug like goggles to ensure I don’t rub my eyes as they heal. pr for continued full restoration and recovery!

waking up from an afternoon nap and being able to see was one of THE most amazing things… ever. 🙂


The blind will see. PTL. 🙂

Gd… im ready for the new assignments here in HK… 🙂 prepare me for all you want to do in and through me.