Thursday, January 31, 2008

Prayer works!

We are leaping with JOY!
Lan's passport has arrived this afternoon!
I was actually jumping to my husband's embrace when I received the envelope! My heart and mind constantly saying: "Prayer works!" and "God never forsakes us!"

Oh I am so so so happy!
I thank The Lord very much!
Also, I thank my parents, daddy Philip and daddy Arifin!
Not forgeting, thank you to all of you, my brothers and sisters in Christ and all of my friends.
Thank you for the encouragement, the support and, most importantly, the prayers!

Tomorrow, we are going to send our passports to the French embassy to get the Schengen visa. Another battle to face, but I am so strengthened right now that I have so much faith that we will get the visa on-time! Another prayer battle, but I trust in Jesus. In Him alone, we put our trust.

Thank you!

Clinging to YOU

You may be bored because I keep talking about Lan's passport not being back yet. Well, we both are exhausted, to be honest...
However, starting from last night, I decided to continually pray in my heart. I am knocking the heaven's door. I am clinging to Jesus' unfailing love and might. We are surrendering to Him, whatever comes may, but our God is the God who can do, even, the impossible!
No authority, no hindrances can stop God's plan to happen. Amen!

I changed my point of view... Through this, we will appreciate and cherish the time The Lord gives for us to enjoy even more. He knows what He is planning, and I trust, His plans are to build us not to destroy.
Thus, I am clinging to The Lord. I am trusting in the power of prayers, and... I am holding on tightly to His promise to hear whatever I ask in Jesus' name!


Sekarang lagi jamannya award dan contract ya?! Well, dapet ini dari Febrie. Thanks ya! :)


And here's the contract!
After serious and cautious consideration ...
your contract of friendship has been renewed for the New Year 2008!
It was a very hard decision to make. So try not to screw it up!!!

My Wish for You in 2008 ...
May peace break into your house
and may thieves come to steal your debts.
May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills.
May love stick to your face like Vaseline
and may laughter assault your lips!
May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires!
May happiness slap you across the face
and may your tears be that of joy.
May the problems you had forget your home address!
In simple words ... May 2008 be the best year of your life!

Friday, January 25, 2008

I dreamt of it: TWICE!

Waiting for Lan's passport to return has become something worrying. I dreamt of it to return in our hands, and last night was the second time! Seriously, it was not a very pleasant sleep, in fact, very tiring...

What is going on?! We are so anxious, hoping, day by day, it will return NOW. As the time to our Paris honeymoon is drawing closer, I am going insane...

Don't know what to do... In fact, we can do NOTHING about it... Lord, we cling to You. Only You can do the impossible...

*speechless...*

Monday, January 21, 2008

Weekend @ Oldham

For the weekend, we planned to visit my friend, Rini and her family in Oldham. Saturday morning (19.01.2008), we got ready early in the morning to go to the coach station. Silly me, I misread the coach's arrival time as its departure time, and so we missed the early coach and had to get on the later coach.
Anyway, I personally was so happy that I am going to see Rini again, after a long time not seeing each other! She is like a family, a big sister to me. *Thanks Rin for all the kindness and fun we had.*

To my surprise, Lan enjoyed the visit very much! He got along with Rini's husband, Victor, very well. They talk about all different things, which I'll call it, men's talk hahaha... Lan also got along with Rini's kids, Bobby and Rachel. They had fun playing PSP and running around the house together hehehe...

Oldham is indeed a very nice getaway! Fresh air, beautiful countryside with not too many cars passing around, quiet and peaceful environment!
We really thank Rini for the chance of staying at her house, although she is a very busy person! Look forward to meet you and your family again, Rin! :)

Monday, January 14, 2008

Nerve-wrecking

Just finished doing a presentation on my PhD study about 'Temporal Logic with Capacity Constraints' several minutes ago. After, for more than a year, I have not done any presentations, it was a very big thing for me to start all over again.
Still nervous...
Still so tensed...

However, I am thanking my precious Jesus Christ, my beloved supportive husband and my parents for the strength, the prayers and the supports they gave me. All the supervisors said, "Well done!"
I did not even thought I will impress my advisor, but God is really a God of miracles. They were all impressed.

Thank you Lord!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

6 months and more...

Unbelievably, it has been 6 months and several days since the day we signed our life-time contract. How do we both feel? It still feels like a dream! A dream comes true...

Yes, we have fights; big and small ones... but, it is our first time (and our last time) of marriage. We learn from our mistakes; we humble ourselves when we realize them, compromise and forgive. There are times I wonder why Lan cannot understand me, my feelings, my way of thinking, but as many as those times The Lord speaks to my mind, "Lan is not a god. He is not a magician. He is a man, whom cannot know things if you don't tell him." This is where I learn to be open to him. I have to improve myself in opening myself to him; to share with him my feelings, my thoughts and not just playing mysterious.

I was sure on the day I said "I do." to him, in front of our Jesus and everyone we love, that I will never regret what I said. And today, my gratefulness grows abundantly, it was the best decision I have ever made, he is the best man in my heart always, the one Jesus specially prepared for me. Moreover, I am glad we still have a long journey ahead of us to walk together hand-in-hand.

I love you, honey, and I look forward to spend my everyday with you.
I love you, Jesus, and I am forever grateful for such a wonderful husband You give me.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Anxiously waiting...

Only the fourth day of the year 2008, yet, we are already facing an anxious situation.
Lan submitted his passport for a visa extension in early November 2007, thinking that it was way too early since his visa will not expire until March this year. However, since we are planning for a honeymoon and a trip back to Beijing, I kept pushing him to send it early to avoid any problems.
Well, thought it was 'too' early enough to send it in November was a bit of a mistake! His passport is not back yet after 8 weeks of process and this morning he rang the UK immigration to ask the status of his visa extension. They said it is still under consideration!

~Well, what is more to consider?! He has all the documents they need and he is a STUDENT, for the love of GOD! It is not as if he is working or anything...~ I just can't understand why it takes so long to do it when we pay such an expensive price of almost £300!

I have been mad the whole day! Simply because, we are supposed to apply for our French visas by NOW for our honeymoon, which we picked to be the Valentine's week. I know it does not change a thing for being mad and all I do is making Lan feels bad and guilty... but, I really want things to go well huhuhuhu...
Anyway, thank the Lord, when I am in doubt like this, Lan is strong. He is making my faith strong again, saying that everything will be OK, his visa will surely come soon and we will just go for a 'fast-track' application of French visas by interview.
Well, Lord Jesus, we submit everything in your hands. We believe in You and Your Almighty power of opening doors for us; for changing the heart of the people, who deals with Lan's UK visa to produce his visa asap, and for our French visa to be smoothly processed. Amen!

Onto another topic. Yesterday was my mother's birthday. Lan & I sent her a card, which thanks to The Lord, arrived a day before her birthday (2nd Jan 2008). She sent a 'thank you' SMS to both of us and, in addition, she sent me a present. Words that strengthen me when I grow weaker. God... I miss her so much, love her so much and will never stop thanking Jesus for such a wonderful mother I am given. This is what she said:
Tuhan memberimu:
Pelangi di setiap badai,
Senyum di setiap air mata,
Berkat di setiap cobaan,
Lagu indah di setiap helai nafas,
Dan jawaban di setiap doa.

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Translated to English:
The Lord gives you:
Rainbow in every storm,
Smile in every teardrop,
Blessing in every tribulation,
Beautiful song in every breath,
And answer in every prayer.