The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.”

—Thomas Carlyle

Team Spotlight

My church asked me to write a piece for their blog about leading the Prayer Team. Check it out on Liberty Church’s Web site at http://www.libertychurchnyc.com/2014/04/team-spotlight-shilvy-yee/ or read it below (intro is written by Liberty’s Communications Team). Have questions? Leave them in the comments section!

Team Spotlight: Shilvy Yee

We may be biased, but we believe that we have some of the most incredible people in New York City on our team at Liberty Church. With our next All Team meeting happening tomorrow, we wanted to take a moment to share the story of an irreplaceable part of our team – Shilvy Yee.

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September 18, 2011, was a momentous day: It was the day Liberty Church launched its Union Square community, and it was the day God brought me to my church home. As I stood there during service wrapped up in God’s love, the truth of Jeremiah 29:11 echoed through my heart . . .

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).

That day I sensed that vision and purpose were being planted in my heart for the kingdom of God. I wasn’t sure what lay before me, but I knew that it would be good. What would unfold over the next few years would be a series of surprises; and had someone told me back then all that would unfold, I probably would have looked at them incredulously and laughed. How grateful I am that I didn’t get a chance to laugh at the wonderful plans God had in store for me! “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20, NLT)!

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About a month after my first day at Liberty, I joined the Prayer Team and went to my first All Team Meeting. All Team Meetings are special gatherings where the teams across the Liberty communities come together in a spirit of unity to fellowship with each other, worship God, and hear vision and teaching from our leaders. After my first All Team, I remember telling a friend how blown away I was; I felt like I had gotten free admission to a conference I would have gladly paid for!

Eight months after I began to serve, I became the Prayer Team Leader of Union Square. It’s been almost two years since then and I’ve had the joy and privilege to be a part of what God has done in and through this team. We’ve seen signs and wonders, changed lives, healings, breakthroughs, freedom, God’s manifest presence. I’ve seen team members discover and develop their gifts in incredible ways through serving on the team. When my team members tell me that they’ve found community on the team, that they love how they can be themselves, that they relish the powerful prayer sessions full of God’s presence, that they appreciate what they’ve learned, I see how true Psalm 92:13 (NIV) is: “planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.”

Being planted in the house of God and leading the Prayer Team has blessed my life in countless ways. The greatest way it has impacted me is to see God’s love for us and our love for Him and others over and over and over. I see it through answered prayers; I see it through the relationships at Liberty; I see it in the eyes of those receiving prayer and those who pray for others.

This Friday, April 4, we gather for our next All Team Meeting. I can’t wait to be with my church family, and I hope to see you there!

All Team Meeting
When: April 4 at 7:30 PM
Where: St. Paul’s German Church, 315 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY, 10011

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

—Proverbs 3:3 (NIV)

By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”

—Charles Spurgeon

Bergdorf’s Holiday Windows

In The City That Never Sleeps, the arts never cease. You can look just about anywhere anytime and see artnot just in the museums and art galleries, but in the streets, the people, and seemingly ordinary buildings. In NYC, store window displays are often an art form, and for the holidays, no one does it like Bergdorfthese window displays are WORKS OF ART. Yes, the boldface and all caps were necessary because they’re that good. ;) For all of you who didn’t get a chance to see the windows and for those of you who appreciate artistry no matter the season, this post is for you!

With the theme of Holidays on Ice, the Bergdorf holiday windows highlighted Arbor Day, Valentine’s Day, April Fool’s Day, the Fourth of July, and Halloween in the five large windows; the smaller windows featured New Year’s Eve, Mardi Gras, Groundhog Day, and Thanksgiving. All of these holiday portrayals contain elements of icy surroundings, an interesting twist for the warm holidays like the Fourth of July. Below you’ll see pictures I shot that focus on the intricate details of the windows. As you scroll through the pictures, look for the icy elements in the windows that speak to the theme; ice animals, icicles, and ice leaves are just a few examples.

Click on a thumbnail below, and it’ll take you to the gallery of larger images with an easy scrolling format; there’s also an option to view full-size images in the gallery at the bottom right corner of each image page.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures! Want to see even more? Check out Bergdorf’s pictures at http://ow.ly/sgOV6.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the windows! Did you have a fave?

A sneak peek of my post coming next week on the Bergdorf holiday windows. #BGWindows #BGWorksofArt (Click on image to see larger picture.)

A sneak peek of my post coming next week on the Bergdorf holiday windows. #BGWindows #BGWorksofArt
(Click on image to see larger picture.)

Macy’s Christmas Trees

Sure, everyone knows about the Macy’s holiday windows in NYC, but what about their Christmas trees? Take a trip up the chimney (AKA elevator) to the 9th floor with Santa and you’ll find yourself in a magical place called “Holiday Lane.” Here you’ll find dozens of fantastical Christmas trees decked with ornaments and themes of every sort. Feast your eyes below on some of my faves. (You can click on the images to view larger pics.)

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One of the fun things about these trees is that customers can actually shop the ornaments right off the trees; picture apple picking but with fabulous and fun ornaments. These are the ones I plucked to add to my glittering collection:

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Don’t you love the holidays? Merry Christmas, everyone!

Holiday Lane at Macy’s Herald Square
Address: 151 West 34th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 695-4400

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” 

1 John 4:9 (NKJV)