Entering Advent

     
Today ends the #PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional in child’s pose. Here it looks like I’m begging. And there’s an element of that. I beg for God’s forgiveness and grace.

It also looks like I am cupping my hands in a gesture receiving grace. And there’s an element of that. I show gratitude and give thanks to our Lord for sending us a Saviour. I am so #thankful for all the things I have in my life and all the things get to do (as opposed to ‘have’ to do). It looks like I am worshipping. And there is an element of that. I worship my God. I love Him and I want to serve Him. 

Finally, it looks like I am laying down something. And there is an element of that. I lay everything at your feet. My all… Thank you for coming to offer salvation. 

Thank you hosts for this “challenge”. It has been fulfilling and most rewarding for me. I can actually enter into advent, for what advent is.

Is God Doing Anything For You?

  We started this challenge with opening our hearts- through poses and meditation. To prepare our hearts for the Advent season, we wanted to first examine our hearts and see where we need His light to shine as we head into this time of preparing for the coming of our King.

As we near the end of the challenge, we bow in surrender to the great work He is faithful to complete in us.

The @naptimediaries advent devotional says, “God has already done it all, we simply have to engage in the freedom that has already been established for us.” What amazing freedom that is!! We don’t have to DO it. He only asks that we engage in what He is doing, surrender to the new life He is creating in us. “So friend, what is it in your life that God is doing? Take a minute to yourself and ask God what He is doing in your heart in this Advent season. What does He want to free you from? 

It is not in our doing, it’s simply engaging in God. The God who brings joy, peace and hope to every situation that He is apart of.” ❤

How Would You Describe Jesus

  Yesterday was day 12 of the #PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional. I didn’t have time to do it yesterday and wanted to honour the time for this devotional. So I did it today on day 13. It’s “drawing meditation” combined with Lectio Divina. 

Note: not sure what “adimarable” is in the picture but totally an example of where I’m learning to embrace “imperfection” where it is not required. 😜

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

To me, these words describe our King. Jesus. And it’s timely as we approach #advent… To think of all of the qualities that Jesus is and has. We often talk about trying to be more ‘Christ-like’. When I start dwelling on these adjectives, it was just like, “wow”. Just… wow… 

Would or can I use ALL those words to describe myself? Probably not yet… Probably never… Thankful I have my Saviour to look up to.

P.S. I also learnt about the meaning of the Advent Wreath so that’s what I was attempting to draw.. 😂

Efficient Media is ONE!

Happy Birthday, Efficient Media!

Efficient Media

Efficient Media Turns One Today!

Let me take a look down memory lane 12 months ago…

Timothy (Timmy) and I were walking down the narrow streets of Surry Hills, looking for a café to discuss the next steps for our careers amidst a raft of changes that had happened in respective career paths; Timmy ending his tenure as Head of Media in Amplify and me seeking yet again another entrepreneurship opportunity.  This time round, the opportunity looked a lot more promising.  The opportunity in discussion with Timmy was a boutique digital marketing agency that we could call our own.  One that would help businesses with a true passion without any red tape or limitations that a large digital media agency would be bound by.

We found a café near Holt Street, where the Newscorp headquarters were, sat down and mapped out our long term vision of this opportunity together.  Having been through rounds of business partnerships in my past ventures, I am thankful to have gone through the pitfalls and was clear on what I had to be cautious of.

Timmy and I have been working together for 4 years now.  We can comfortably admit to each other’s flaws and work to each other’s strengths.  I was certainly very comfortable entering in this partnership.  Nonetheless, there was a part of me that was nervous that my hopes would not be reciprocated.

We left the café with an optimistic outlook and gave each other some time to assess this partnerships.  By this time, Timmy had already been setting up Efficient Media and it was more about my involvement in the business and whether he would extend the invitation for partnering with me.  I was hoping so.  The rest is history….

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Today, Timmy and I celebrate Efficient Media’s 1st birthday.  Needless to say, Timmy fulfilled my hopes by accepting our partnership proposal.  

(Now, there’s the running joke that I’m his ‘work wife’.  Truth be told, we do make a great business partnership.  To veer away from any awkwardness, I would like to term it more like a sibling relationship but without the bickering.)

In the past year, Timmy has been the face, the man, the driving force of Efficient Media.  I am just proud to be able to support him and be part of this team.  There have been challenging times which we both thought would bring EM to an early death but we’ve rode it through.  God has blessed this venture so far.

We are proud of our achievements and thankful for the EM journey.  We also want to take this opportunity to those who have supported us along the way.  Firstly to our respective spouses, for allowing us to stay up after hours on those days where if it was a corporate job, we would probably left it till the next day.  Secondly, to all our friends who have given us their mental and business support. Thirdly, to our family members who have believed in us.  Lastly and very importantly, our clients who have entrusted us with their money, business and ideas.

Timmy and I are confident that the road ahead of us is bright.  As with any entrepreneur, we can never be sure of the next turn, the next big thing and the next big fall.  Nonetheless, we will always strive to put our best foot forward and to throw courage into Efficient Media, upholding our integrity and values as a priority – Efficiency, Honesty, Results.

For more info about Efficient Media, visit www.efficientmedia.com.au

 

 

God Changes…that Make a Difference

  Today is day 11 of the #PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional. And today’s devotional comes from @naptimediaries Advent journal.


“Whenever the tides of change come, it is an opportunity to act rather than react.  When I align my expectations with God’s will, it becomes easier to embrace the change rather than fight against it.

As we embrace God’s will we are becoming more like Him. ‘And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.  For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.’ (2 Corinthians 3:18)

God isn’t throwing change at us to confuse us. God is molding us into His image. What changes are on the horizon of your life? How is God calling you to adjust your expectations? How is He shaping you to be more like Him? Are you ready to embrace the process?

It’s time. Open your heart, mind, and spirit to His way. He is good. He has a plan.”   -Heather Burris


If I had to pick between ‘change’ or ‘routine’, I would always lean towards the latter.  Not that I can’t cope with change.  I just don’t enjoy it.  I never have.  If I had to be honest with myself, it’s because I fear unpredictability.  I like predictability.  I like to know that things are within control.  MY control, to be specific.  Again, another learning in my spiritual life; that really, God is the one in control.  And I can totally learn to surrender and let him lead on changing fronts.  On every occasion that I’ve been faced with change, I always come out on the other side stronger.  In hindsight, I’ve always…hear me, ‘ALWAYS’, come out on the other side seeing how God has played a part.  I often struggle with the ‘surrendering’ bit but I’m getting a good grasp at it now.  That’s faith building inside me and I’m thankful for the opportunity to know it this way.  I’ve realised that when you stop acting like a control freak, that’s precisely all that changes.  You AREN’T the control freak.  The outcome is the same, except you have picked up and learnt the power of prayer, obedience, grace and peace along the way.  More recently, I have journeyed through changes in my life that have invited the Holy Spirit’s guidance.  And boy, has that made all the difference.  The BEST difference in my sense of peace, belonging and identity.

THAT, to me, is the change that God wants to see in us when He puts us in situations of change.

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Dedication to a Noble Man

  Today is day 9 of the ‪#‎PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent‬ Holy Yoga devotional and today is grace day.

What does ‘grace’ mean to you?

THIS is grace for me. My father. He shines grace all over. He is my best friend, my mentor, my go-to-for-everything. He gave me the foundations of being a good Christian from my earliest memories. He showed me what Grace is about.

“Stay calm, stay in lane.” was a frequent reminder from him.

Growing up, I remember making mistakes along the way. Most were insignificant but some were grave. No matter how big or small the mistakes were, I was always shown grace by my dad.

Gentleness is his fashion. There’s disappointment from him at times, but hardly anger.

He has inspired many, including my other best friend, my hubby Willie Pang.

My earthly father, Dennis, is a gracious blessing from Him above.

What spells grace for you today?

Christmas. Pain Beyond Imagination

 Today is Day 7 of the #PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional.

It’s a busy Sunday and truth be told, I didn’t really get the still meditation time I would have liked to have. Running around with two boys and HoYo Sunday class to teach, life has never a dull moment on Sundays! But in this time we prepare for Advent, every day I make time to think about Jesus’ coming. Here, my son and I do it together. We both love Jesus. We say our prayers together. He is my blessing. I love my son.

I know God loves His son and to send His son to bear our sins for us, planned to be crucified on the cross from the moment He was born… It’s pain beyond imagination.

Thank you, Lord for your mercy. Thank YOU for Your grace.

Embarrassed by My Name

20151121_天愛SkyLoveThis month, Holy Yoga Ministries asks us all to dedicate a post to introduce ourselves.  It has been great learning more about the 1300+ community of HoYo teachers worldwide.  Founded by Brooke Boon, in her obedience to God’s calling, she has helped hundreds and a rapidly growing thousand(s) of us Jesus and Yoga lovers to bring the word of God to all corners of the world through Holy Yoga.
My name is Josephine Lau, more often known as ‘Jo’, living in Sydney, Australia.  A mother of 3 boys (including my eldest, aka my husband) currently training as a HoYo Therapist.  I have the honour of bringing HoYo classes 4 times a week to my community around me.  Combining my HoYo lifestyle, motherhood and my profession-by-trade as a Digital Marketer,  my life is filled with busy-ness but also peace in Christ Jesus.  I find joy in all things I do in Him.  Some days are great, some days are average.  But let’s just say, every day that I live to serve Him is a blessing.  If I ever forget that one day,  I only need to look at my Chinese name.
My mother gave me this name that I had been embarrassed for years, as a child.  In Chinese, this is a very literal and obscure name.  It reads ‘Sky Love’ and means ‘Love from above’.  I’ve grown to love this name.  If I ever forget what my life is about, say my name, say my name….

Living in a Mess

  Today is day 6 of the #PrepareOurHeartForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional. 

This passage in the Naptime Diaries Advent Journal:

“It’s Jesus’ greatest desire to be with us in the mess of our kitchen floors and the mess of our souls. How do I know? Fast forward to nine months after the Annunciation to Mary in the midst of the Nativity scene, surrounded by livestock, hay and dirt. I know she was welcoming the Lord into the mess, trusting in His promises of love and mercy.” Amen.

Oh man, do I dislike ‘mess’. All my friends who know me well will know how I despise clutter, mess, disorder in my life. But having Jesus in my life has helped me in that respect. The fact that being ‘orderly’, ‘clean’, ‘neat’ is my effort in controlling my own life and creating a facade for others. With Jesus in my life, I can trust that He has it under control and that He is with me, messy or not. That He is my priority. Not the mess.

Today’s dancer pose reminds me that I can ‘dance’ in my mess sometimes. While I’m dancing, might as well throw some of the clutter around and have a bit of fun, seeing Jesus is dancing with me anyways. 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 

P.S. I burnt my OCD away during the burning and oil ceremony at my Holy Yoga Retreat. And I’m so glad I did. 🙌🏻

Yearning for Him

  Today is day 5 of the #PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional, using the day 5 devotional from Nap Time Diaries’ Advent Journal.

“He longs for us to expect Him to show up. And if we’re not living lives with baited breath and goosebumps in anticipation of what God wants to do in our lives, then I think we are missing out on His best life for us.”  

Wow……….. WOW. This is a confronting one for me. Do I yearn for Him to show up in my life?  In my meditation, I was stuck on this word – YEARN.

This is a strong word and indeed, I find myself yearning for Him to show up in my life….when life gets TOUGH.  There seems to be a co-relationship between life’s struggles and yearning for Him.  The tougher it gets the more I yearn. It made me think about when life good.  Do I still yearn for Him.  Most of us will pray when the going gets rough.  How about on days when it’s all sunny and blue skies.  On those good days, do we still yearn for our God to show up in our lives?

Oh how this quiet time is sooo good.  It grounds me.  It reminds me that while my life is good, I must not forget to love Jesus, love my Father above, to thank Him for His mercy, for His grace.  To yearn for Him to show up in every minuscule moment of my life.

Do you pray in desperation?  Let’s ask ourselves a tough question.  If you’re praying in desperation, surely it means we believe that some things are beyond our human control.  Then why not, thank Him, when things are good?  Christianity is not a religion.  It is a relationship.  Surely in our human relationships, we don’t just ask for stuff when we’re desperate.  Surely we also nurture the relationship by speaking words of love, too…Food for thought.