Mommies, go take that break.

I did it! Did what, you may ask?

I took a real break, a much needed break.

I must admit, it was the hardest thing for me to do-Letting go. Giving up all my cares about leaving my two-year old and entrusting her to others to take care of her, relinquishing all my control and responsibilities, and surrendering all my worries and fears.

On my way to the airport, I was still battling with the nagging feeling of guilt that pricked my heart. Every moment that guilt tried to consume me, my husband’s affirmative words echoed in my mind, ” Just drop everything and go. You need a good break. Everything will be alright.”

The irony was, the moment I boarded the plane, I felt light. I felt weights were lifted off me. I felt free.

And the whole time I was at the church conference in Sydney, I raised my hands in worship to God with total abandonment. I became a child again. I was (momentarily) not a mom, a wife or a daughter. I was simply God’s darling girl.

As I gazed at the tens of thousands in the stadium, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the glory of God’s church. My world had revolved around home and family, but now God awakened my heart to embrace the largeness of His church, and that my home is not a solitary entity, but it is connected to something so much grander.

For a whole week, I didn’t go to bed with a to-do-list. I didn’t have interrupted sleep. I could shower as long as I wanted. I could sit in the Sydney trains and daydream. I could pick up a book and actually finish the first two chapters. I could enjoy the warm sun at Bondi Beach and reminiscence my past days in Sydney. I could hold a cuppa Latte, and take a leisurely walk on the streets, and remembered it used to be just me.

It wasn’t till I came home and hugged my daughter and husband that I realised how much I have been recharged and refreshed. Chores still need to be done, diapers need to be changed, and meals to be cooked. It seemed that circumstances have not changed, but I have. I have been enthused with a bigger purpose and vision even for the seemingly mundane things I do at home. I have gained new meaning to my role as a mother and wife.

How can we expect ourselves to give unceasingly, when we don’t first receive? How can we even walk that extra mile, when we don’t even give ourselves a moment to rest and recharge? How can we expect ourselves to love our family unconditionally when we don’t even think about doing the same for ourselves?

Mommies, go take that break. It may not be an overseas trip. It can just be an afternoon with friends, reading a book at a cafe, or just a stroll in the park.

Remember you are not short-changing your children or family when you do that.

In fact, you take better care of others when you first take care of yourself. You love others so much better when you love yourself first.

Trust me, it is all worth it.

Been there, and will keep doing that!

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10 Reasons Why Daddy is the best!

On this special Fathers’ Day, I love to ponder why my little girl loves her Daddy to bits!

Dedicated to all Daddies out there!

10 reasons why Daddy is the best!

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1. Daddy gives me rough and tumble play and throws me on the bed, tickles me non-stop even when mommy says Stop!

2. Daddy ties a towel around my neck and fly me around the house like a superhero and makes me feel omnipotent! (Even I could hardly sit up, walk and let alone, fly!)

3. Daddy lets me sit on his shoulder and asks me to reach and touch the moon! (When no one else tells me I could!)

4. Daddy gives me an ice-cream treat without fussing over the ice-cream smeared all over my face!

5. Daddy buys me a present whenever he comes back from an overseas work trip and kisses me all over to let me know how much he misses me!

6. Daddy cooks up funny stories just to make me eat my vegetables, put on a blue dress (not pink!) and brush my teeth.

7. Daddy buys me my first Lego set, my first bike and possibly my first pint of beer :9

8. Daddy is the only one smiling at me in the crowd ( & still think I rock when even when I forget all my moves during my first school concert!)

9. Daddy is my biggest fan when I make him sit down and listen to songs I made up!

10. Daddy prays for me every night and tells me I’m the best! 🙂

MOM-ents & Musings- My Rae of Light

 

 

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Rae woke up one afternoon from her nap and she snuggled up to me and said, ” Mummy, so dark.. I want to see light..” With that, she went to the window and drew the curtains. Within seconds, the room became well-lit and cheery. Bathed in the light, Rae looked like an angel
with her sunkissed face. While snapping photos of her, I felt God telling me when I go though dark times, I just need to be like Rae;
allow the light of His Word to dispel every darkness in our lives. No matter how tough our trials and testings may be, His light will never fail to shine His love forth.

In His light, we see light.

And may we endeavour to teach our children how to shine  in such times of darkness in these last days. May us parents always point them to see Jesus, and  His light shall be a lamp unto their feet as they navigate through life.  I pray my little Rae will always be that Rae of light.