Thank God – lately, an increased amount of people have asked me for advice on how to improve their piano playing for church, and also complimented on my own playing. Being somewhat inspired, I will proceed to share with you what I shared with them.
As neither the accomplished penman nor amongst the eloquent, I am not a man of words through speech nor literacy. However, by the grace of God, I am able to share His great loving grace through the art of music – as an accompanist.
People often mistake ‘accompanist’ with ‘pianist’. Having been equipped with the skills of music from young, it took me a fair few years to discern the difference: a pianist is one who performs, an accompanist is one who accompanies the hymnal. Continue reading
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Prov 17:17)
We’ve all heard the teachings regarding love, in that we should show love to one another, to love our neighbours as ourselves and to treat others how we want to be treated. But what better way to do this by being a friend?
Recently, I noticed a certain brother showing a simple act of kindness. He did so by noticing another brother who was sitting by himself with a glum expression. Brother A walked over, smiled at brother B, asked him how his day was, and then began to engage in conversation. This simple act of kindness brought the spirits of brother B up and after a while, brother B had the brightest smile on his face. Continue reading
I really thank and praise the Lord that I am here today to share the miracles and wonders He has shown through me.
I used to feel very aimless because there were constant life questions that always came up empty and unanswered. I would find myself relating well to the cliché: a lost lamb walking in the shadow of darkness.
No matter what new skill or interest I found to fill the void, the momentary satisfaction of accomplishment was never enough. For years I searched for more. Continue reading
Ever since we immigrated to New Zealand in January, with the exception of offerings that the kids bring to Religious Education classes, we have not been offering as we did not bring that much savings from Japan and with no income, we were always wary as to whether we have enough to pay for rent, utilities and groceries. On 25th March, my husband got his first salary. I told my husband that I would like to make a thanksgiving offering to God. He asked whether we have enough to survive and if so then go ahead and we offered most of his first salary to God.
Several days after we offered, out of the blue, a church member came to me and said…..do you need 2 single beds? He said that he had a friend who had 2 single beds to give away. My girls are sleeping on futons and we did not think that we needed beds for them but another church member mentioned that it is too cold to sleep on the carpet during winter and we ended up saying yes to the offer. After church service, we went to pick up the beds. The beds are in very good condition and it would have been costly if we were to purchase the beds. The girls are delighted with their unexpected gift. Continue reading