Journey Of A Dreamer

Broadway Bug

Dear Felicity,

I’ve been bitten by the Broadway bug and I’m finding I love musicals. It’s a reminder of my times as a child collecting Disney albums and singing along to Hakuna Matata and the like. Turns out Disney is reviving some of their old stuff into musicals, the latest being “The Little Mermaid”. I love Ursula’s extra songs. You can check them out on youtube here for the first song and just follow on through from there.

Wouldn’t it be great to produce Crossway musicals? Maybe it can happen one day. 😀


Perak Fiasco

Been reading and hearing about the political circus that has been going on in Perak with politicians hopping between parties more frequently than a kangaroo high on sugar, the elected party being deposed in favor of the old coalition because of the Sultan’s decision (the newly deposed Chief Minister to sue) and of course, one or two politicians suddenly dying leading to even more confusion and I’m thinking: OY! What a soap opera.

Here’s praying Perak has some stability soon. And Anwar, next time just prove what you can do first and THEN you’d win!

Belated Update

Dear Felicity,

It must have been so long since my last update. Two month at least. Here’s what’s been happening:

a) Youth – Christmas was a success and I’m amazed at how they came together to make this a success.God has asked me to continue to build upon this and teach them the principles of co-operation, teamwork and maturity in Christ through more creative ministry. It’s different from anything I’ve ever done so God help me. Also, several of the guys/gals have gone or are going away. Four are in East Malaysia on a mission trip (so proud of them *sniff*), one will head of to Australia and one will go to N.S. It’ll be interesting times ahead.

b) Work – Two projects running concurrently along with my other duties. Hopefully, I’ll do a great job and get a raise or a promotion in due time. Whatever the case, it’s in God’s hands.

c) Dad – My dad has recovered from a mini-stroke since mid-December but his journey isn’t finished yet. He has a lot to go through in this chapter and while he can jog, walk and do lots of things, he still can’t speak or eat very well. Must continue to pray for him. Also, because of this, I’m his personal secretary and will be helping him with Cell Group. It’s a big task but I know God’s the real Teacher, so bring it on!!

d) Aspen – My darling daughter is now sterile. The little string is still there though. This may mean another visit to the doctor.

All that and a car air-con to fix and a pair of new shoes to buy. Gosh! A lot’s on my plate.

Don’t Rain On My Parade (Sam’s Version)

Considering what I’m going through, my theme for this month is this, albeit modified:

Don’t tell me not to live, just sit and putter
Life’s candy and the sun’s a ball of butter
Don’t bring around a cloud to rain on my parade
Don’t tell me not to fly, I’ve simply got to
If someone takes a spill, it’s me and not YOU!
Who told you you’re allowed to rain on my parade?

I’ll march my band out
I’ll beat my drum
And if I’m fanned out
Your turn at bat, sir
At least I didn’t fake it, hat, sir
So what if I don’t make it!

But whether I’m the rose of sheer perfection
A freckle on the nose of life’s complexion
The cinder or the shiny apple of it’s eye
I gotta fly once
I gotta try once
You only die once, right, sir?
Ooh, life is juicy
Juicy and you’ll see
I’m gonna get my bite, sir
Get ready for me, world, ’cause I’m a comer
I’ve simply gotta march, my love’s the drummer
Don’t bring around a cloud to rain on my parade

I’m gonna live and live now
Get what is mine, I know how
One roll for the whole shebang
One throw, that bell will go clang
Eye on the target and wham!
One shot, one gunshot and BAM!
Hey, watch out, people, here I am

I’ll march my band out
I’ll beat my drum
And if I’m fanned out
Your turn at bat, sir
At least I didn’t fake it, hat, sir
So what if I don’t make it
Get ready for me, world, ’cause I’m a comer
I’ve simply gotta march, my love’s the drummer
Nobody, no, nobody is ever gonna rain on my parade…

Take that, challenges!!!

Christmas Butterflies

Hey, all…

It seems I’ve let myself go a little bit. Because of the inactivity in November, the kids may have too. With that in mind, I’m praying very hard that I’ll be able to rally the Youth together for Christmas despite their part-time jobs, Bible school semesters and camps for a real shebang this Christmas.

To me, the most important thing is not so much whether we make it but whether we all grow from the experience. I still believe that God wants great things to happen for us. I still believe that these kids are special with the potential to be anointed worshippers with the ability to really bless God’s people.

I’m just nervous about a lot of things. Thank God for pillars of strength like supportive parents, a real helpful bro and the Youth who want God’s best for their lives.

Here’s to an amazing journey this next few weeks!

Busy Weekend

This weekend was  a trying one.

Dad has a mini stroke and is now hospitalized. We are not really worried about him per se because his medical bills are being paid by the church and a few philanthropists are willing to chip in for family and medical expenses. We have received many prayers from many people and several people have said that spiritually speaking, it’s part of his life journey to learn something new to make him a more effective messenger of God’s miraculous healing power.

What made it tiring was the flood of visits/comments/questions and the errands we have to run. We are deeply touched that so many people show their concern but it got to the extent where we had to publicly announce in church that people stop coming so Dad could actually rest.

That being said, it’s something we’ll get through. Keep us in your prayers.

A Whole New Chapter In My Life

Dear Felicity,

It’s been a while since my last update so here’s what’s happening:

a) I know I’m late to jump on the Disney Mania bandwagon but I’ve been a fan of Disney since I was a little kid. I remember having karaoke sessions with my brother and friends and we would sing to the soundtracks of the Disney Renaissance (from Little Mermaid – Tarzan) for hours. My brother would take the cool characters, my friend would take the heroes he related to and yours truly would do the others from the ladies to weird characters to my personal faves, the VILLAINS. ~BE PREPARED~ BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Anyway Disney Mania remixes some of the old songs. Some are fantastic, some are commercialized fare and some I collect for plain wierdness – Poor Unfortunate Souls Rock Remix by Jonas Brothers?! Go figure.

b) Liz, my younger “sister” is WORKING!!! At my old workplace CANON CONCEPT STORE!!! Which is UNDER BETTER MANAGEMENT!!! And she who didn’t get past PMR is saving up for COLLEGE!!!! I was doing flips in my bedroom when I heard.

c) The reason why it’s a new chapter for me. I’m 26 this past Nov 8. No girlfriend but I’m confirmed at work so things are looking up. I still want to settle down sometime but when exactly is up to the Lord. I also know I should work on the packaging this wonderful heart is in and lose weight but getting to it is another whole chore. I’m making a recommitment to my emotional and spiritual growth and trying to get my family to pray together more often. Time will tell how I will mature as a person and as a leader of young people.

Dear God, thanks for another great year. Help me to get past the things that keep me down from flying high with You and help me to truly be a blessing wherever I am.


P.S. Thanks to everyone who made my 4 day birthday weekend memorable, especially my parents and the McIsaac family.

Problems That He Will Tackle

Dear Felicity,

Learning communication in the corporate environment is a fundamental, it seems. But blast it all if I didn’t figure that out. Now because I failed to update one of my colleagues, we have a transportation problem on our hands. *sigh* All part of the process.

Thank God for Friday cell group. Learning John Bevere’s Under Cover (which btw, is EXCELLENT) and he explained that God has plans for humanity’s welfare but His first priority is our spiritual condition NOT so much our physical condition. So like He planned the Hebrew people to be slaves in Egypt under Pharoah so that the whole world could see who God really was when Egypt went under, sometimes dark circumstances are used for an ultimate purpose… to show people just who He is. I’m learning to appreciate that He really does know better than us.

Add that to the aggravation of unruly boys on Saturday Youth time that broke the canasta eggs combined with funny messages on the LCD screen from Mamma Mia and one kid wanting to run for home in tears because he got smacked on the head, I really need to find some loving way to instill discipline without being unduly harsh. Oy!

Dear God, teach me!!! Amen!!!

Edit: Oh, wait. You are!

Raya-ing With Christmas In Mind

Dear Felicity,

Raya holidays are one day away so I’ll have a FIVE-DAY WEEKEND!!! WOOOOOOT!!!

That being said, however, I’m preparing for Christmas and this year will be a doozy.

I’ve got one of my young girls headspearing a skit titled “Everything by Lifehouse” based on that song. You can see it on Youtube. To accompany it, there’ll be a performance of “Imagine Me” based on the song by Kirk Franklin. It’s a beautiful song that will wrap the message up well. I know it’s not Christmas-y really but it’s a great message to give to backsliders when they visit for Sunday after Christmas and I didn’t plan it – The Creative Director of the Universe did so I obey.

That being said, I have another idea for Christmas day itself. “The Angel’s Medley” by Avalon. It’s like Christmas is choir-centric. It freaks me out a bit because I have developed recently this sudden liking for black gospel music and to handle a rip roaring choir ala Sister Act is going to be a daunting challenge. Still, if it’s what He wants, He’ll make sure it works out.

We’ll see… We’ll see…

P.S. On another note, I was deeply touched yesterday when one of my youth members felt led to gather some Youth to pray for me. I am so blessed to be leading this bunch.

Workin’ On A Holiday

Dear Felicity,

I’m working today, even though it’s supposed to be a public holiday. Was more annoyed than I let on last night about the whole thing and was rather grumpy the whole evening. There was an all-night vigil at church for the by-elections today and I didn’t go.

Shouldn’t that be “couldn’t go because of work tomorrow”? No, it’s “didn’t go” because I wasn’t in the right spirit. It was a shame too because two of my kids went and I’m afraid I may have disappointed them slightly. (Will SMS them later to encourage them).

Anyway, just to make the most of it then, I’m praying today during lunch break for the thing even though people may be voting, simply because I really feel that God wants me to do it, not to make up for anything but to stand in the gap as is my duty.

So, if life hands you lemons, make Teh O Limau, I guess. 😛 Now where did I put that brewing pot?