Category Archives: Crisis

Skunkwworks 16: A full leap

29 February! It has been four years. A full leap. So much has happened since that “leap in a leap year”. An arc dotted with precious learning. Things done right, things gone wrong. Excesses shed, simplicity gained. Doors opened, roads

Skunkwworks 16: A full leap

29 February! It has been four years. A full leap. So much has happened since that “leap in a leap year”. An arc dotted with precious learning. Things done right, things gone wrong. Excesses shed, simplicity gained. Doors opened, roads

Advent: Imagination

“Everything written in the Scriptures was written to teach us, in order that we might have hope through the patience and encouragement which the Scriptures give us.” – Romans 15:4 * “These most precious values I have come to call

Advent: Imagination

“Everything written in the Scriptures was written to teach us, in order that we might have hope through the patience and encouragement which the Scriptures give us.” – Romans 15:4 * “These most precious values I have come to call

Inspire : : Breathe

Spent the entire weekend working at the Be Inspired! conference at Tanglin, so it feels like a 14-day week. A bit disorienting. But it will pass. Many graces fill the hours, and white space-moments appear when they are needed. Am thankful

Inspire : : Breathe

Spent the entire weekend working at the Be Inspired! conference at Tanglin, so it feels like a 14-day week. A bit disorienting. But it will pass. Many graces fill the hours, and white space-moments appear when they are needed. Am thankful

Skunkwworks 15: The 1000th day

1000 days! welenia studios has breathed a thousand days. Praise You, O God! For these 1000 days of Your love, mercy, and faithfulness. You enable me to live forward with great grace. “Your life in Christ makes you strong, and his love

Skunkwworks 15: The 1000th day

1000 days! welenia studios has breathed a thousand days. Praise You, O God! For these 1000 days of Your love, mercy, and faithfulness. You enable me to live forward with great grace. “Your life in Christ makes you strong, and his love

Walking towards Advent

“Much as we wish, not one of us can bring back yesterday or shape tomorrow. Only today is ours, and it will not be ours for long, and once it is gone it will never in all time be ours

Walking towards Advent

“Much as we wish, not one of us can bring back yesterday or shape tomorrow. Only today is ours, and it will not be ours for long, and once it is gone it will never in all time be ours

A believing life (25): Content & Confident

Sunday’s lectionary was Exodus 1:8 – 2:10. Was struck by how much women featured in this short reading. Different ages, status, vocations. Yet each of them carried something of God’s light in and presence with them (yes, even Pharaoh’s daughter!).

A believing life (25): Content & Confident

Sunday’s lectionary was Exodus 1:8 – 2:10. Was struck by how much women featured in this short reading. Different ages, status, vocations. Yet each of them carried something of God’s light in and presence with them (yes, even Pharaoh’s daughter!).

Lent 2014: Heal

One week to Palm Sunday. I am feeling sad yet calm. Body: I hope this bug – whatever it is – goes away soon. I need to be able to keep food down slowly. Else, come Tuesday and Thursday, when

Lent 2014: Heal

One week to Palm Sunday. I am feeling sad yet calm. Body: I hope this bug – whatever it is – goes away soon. I need to be able to keep food down slowly. Else, come Tuesday and Thursday, when

Lent 2014: Desert Solace

Every year for the past 3 years, Lent has taken on a deeper meaning. Maybe it has to do with seeing more grief – illnesses, accidents, deaths, betrayals, boastfulness, indifference, taunts, sadness. But I’ve also seen unexpected good – small

Lent 2014: Desert Solace

Every year for the past 3 years, Lent has taken on a deeper meaning. Maybe it has to do with seeing more grief – illnesses, accidents, deaths, betrayals, boastfulness, indifference, taunts, sadness. But I’ve also seen unexpected good – small

Skunkwworks 14: Two

2 years. The studios is 2 years old today! It feels like much longer. So many experiences. Rewarding, regrettable, redeeming, restful… and reflective of who I am becoming. I have known great grace and mercy. Am thankful. The past 2

Skunkwworks 14: Two

2 years. The studios is 2 years old today! It feels like much longer. So many experiences. Rewarding, regrettable, redeeming, restful… and reflective of who I am becoming. I have known great grace and mercy. Am thankful. The past 2

A believing life (19): Too greatly loved

“…good news to all who will heed the call of a God who chooses us. No longer do we need to be achievement-driven; we were not chosen because of some special ability or gifting. No longer do we need to

A believing life (19): Too greatly loved

“…good news to all who will heed the call of a God who chooses us. No longer do we need to be achievement-driven; we were not chosen because of some special ability or gifting. No longer do we need to

Hard roads, Resonant hallelujahs

So the year comes to an end. December has been a wonderful month for me, long-awaited. A complete cutoff from work. Time to gaze upon God, and breathe the slow rhythms of grace. Time with people I love. Just being.

Hard roads, Resonant hallelujahs

So the year comes to an end. December has been a wonderful month for me, long-awaited. A complete cutoff from work. Time to gaze upon God, and breathe the slow rhythms of grace. Time with people I love. Just being.

Songs from a heart encouraged

Am very thankful to have been encouraged this Advent. What a difference from a year before! Am thankful for mental and emotional respite. This Advent, a number of people dear to me are going through very difficult situations. We are

Songs from a heart encouraged

Am very thankful to have been encouraged this Advent. What a difference from a year before! Am thankful for mental and emotional respite. This Advent, a number of people dear to me are going through very difficult situations. We are

A believing life (18): 望 Hope

望 . Look. Hope. “The startling hope and mystery of the Incarnation is that it reorders the world we know—visually, physically, restoratively, eternally. Where there is despair, where there is joy, where there is need, Christ is living in its

A believing life (18): 望 Hope

望 . Look. Hope. “The startling hope and mystery of the Incarnation is that it reorders the world we know—visually, physically, restoratively, eternally. Where there is despair, where there is joy, where there is need, Christ is living in its

Advent: Room

Advent is here again. Many feelings. How long ago the last Advent seems! Many things between. Am glad they are behind me. Many messy, messy houses. Let every heart Prepare Him room Time to clean up. Lord, Your grace and

Advent: Room

Advent is here again. Many feelings. How long ago the last Advent seems! Many things between. Am glad they are behind me. Many messy, messy houses. Let every heart Prepare Him room Time to clean up. Lord, Your grace and

A believing life (17): Reunion

The last 3 weeks have been a colourful mix of tensions, resolved dangers, new issues, disappointments, immense safety, purging, surprises, great care, incredible help, peace, new discoveries, quiet moments, exhausting stretches, ambiguous steps, ridiculous situations, funny times, poignant memories, celebrations,

A believing life (17): Reunion

The last 3 weeks have been a colourful mix of tensions, resolved dangers, new issues, disappointments, immense safety, purging, surprises, great care, incredible help, peace, new discoveries, quiet moments, exhausting stretches, ambiguous steps, ridiculous situations, funny times, poignant memories, celebrations,

A believing life (10): Miracles

The word from her today was ‘walking miracle’. She always does say the most unexpected things at the most unexpected times. We didn’t plan to meet at all – I just suddenly thought of asking her this morning, since I

A believing life (10): Miracles

The word from her today was ‘walking miracle’. She always does say the most unexpected things at the most unexpected times. We didn’t plan to meet at all – I just suddenly thought of asking her this morning, since I