Tuesday, May 31, 2011

pride vs. wisdom.

inspiration: reading through the Bible...

i've been reading through the One Year Chronological Bible.
right now i'm into Solomon's reign, so I'm reading a lot of Proverbs.

a couple that i wrote down yesterday dealt with pride vs. wisdom.

i know that sometimes i tend to take matters into my own hands rather than heeding the advice of friends, mentors, and even worse, God's Word. but as i've grown in my relationship with Christ, i rely more and more on doing what is wise rather than what is "acceptable" by the world's standards.

here are a couple i wrote down:

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
-Proverbs 11:2

"Pride only breeds quarrels,
but wisdom is found in those who take advice."
-Proverbs 13:10

Where are you getting your advice and wisdom from - God's word or the world??

Thursday, May 26, 2011

called to boldness.

inspiration: Romans 1:16

so tonight, chris russo BROUGHT it at theWell tonight as we continued studying through the book of Romans. tonight, the verse that was focused on was Romans 1:16

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."

two key passages that are in this Scripture that really hammer home the power and intensity of this verse are: not ashamed and power of God.

i think Chris put it greatly when he said that being ashamed means we have a fear or rejection or disapproval. we can be ashamed of something about us, hidden fears or secrets, our past. but we shouldn't be ashamed of the Gospel because it is GOOD NEWS!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

giving it up to God.

inspiration: learning to let go.

i like to hold on to things.
pictures of fun adventures.
trinkets that hold value.
memories that make me smile.
and worries.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

my golden thread.

inspiration: what God is using "my story" to represent.

i wrote about my SHE Retreat experience here -- so check that out for a recap of the weekend and what God spoke to me through this weekend.

in this particular blog, i want to focus on something more intimate: what my "story" is about.

SHE Recap.

inspiration: SHE Retreat 2011

strong. healthy. encouraged.
this is what the SHE Retreat is all about - bringing together college/20something women from all walks of life and building us up as strong and encouraged women for Christ.

we went to Garden City, SC and we were a short walk from the beach. it was awesome.
i will admit, though, our accommodations weren't what i was expecting -- i was expecting a nice like hotel-like room, but i honestly didn't know what to expect. we stayed in a summer-camp-like room with bunk beds. and they were sketch. it creaked when i climbed up to the top bunk and if i moved, i was afraid it was going to collapse. (and actually, one girl's bunk did break and she fell through -- she called it and kept saying she was going to fall, but she is okay!!). and it smelled really funky. but God was definitely present the entire weekend and definitely met me where i was, despite my skepticism and sarcastic comments about the beds.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

may 18, 2012.

inspiration:committed to living a year turned upside down for Christ.

The New Rules For Love, Sex, and Dating

Part Two: Andy presents the one year challenge.
it was presented as a challenge to men to spend the next year renewing their minds and thought process.

for me, i'm taking it as a challenge to renew my mind in a different way.
i've already determined in my heart not to "date" until i know it's with the person i'm going to marry.
but i'm taking it a step further.

i'm taking the challenge to set aside my desire for a relationship or anything that could potentially lead up to a relationship. i'm taking the challenge to truly become the person that the person i'm looking for is looking for. to spend more time with God; to serve Him more; to be in His Word more; to get to know Him more intimately.

He is meant to be my first love.
so i need to start treating Him as such.

challenge accepted.
off to turn the world upside down.

"Giving up something now for something better later is not a sacrifice. It is an investment." -Andy Stanley

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

moments of insignificance.

inspiration: being quickly reminded that i am only a speck in the grand scheme of things.

i'm a very competitive person.
i like a challenge.
i rarely back down.
which is funny because i am also very non-confrontational.
i don't know how that works, but somehow it does.

but i recently joined the company soccer team.
last week i scored a goal, which felt amazing.
but tonight was different.
we were literally Davids versus Goliaths, not in the sense of size, but in the sense of skill.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

looking-glass self.

inspiration: looking-glass self.

this evening, i went down to one of my favorite spots in Charleston (The Battery) and skimmed Completely His by Shannon Ethridge for my "other" blog's (Crazy Asian of Charleston) Book Reviews section.

i came across this passage while reading and it definitely grabbed my attention (much like it did when i initially read this book - i know this because i put a sticky note tab on the passage)

"Sociologists have a theory of the looking-glass self: you become what the most important person in your life (wife, father, boss, etc.) thinks you are. How would my life change if I truly believed the Bible's astounding words about God's love for me, if I looked in the mirror and saw what God sees?" --Philip Yancey, What's So Amazing About Grace? (quoted on page 126)

music is powerful.

inspiration: music is powerful.

everyone has at least one song that has impacted them in some way shape or form.
whether it reminds you of a friend, family member, experience. we all have them.

for me, any time i hear "My Little Girl" by Tim McGraw, i think of my dad.
"Bottoms Up" reminds me of Katie Smith.
"All I Do Is Win" reminds me of DJ HK.
"Party in the USA" is totally Kelsey's song.
and Brooke, well she and i share many songs.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

finding God's peace.

inspiration: praying for God's peace in singleness.

a couple weeks ago, i began praying for God's peace in the area of singleness.
i finally came to a place where i was tired of holding on to something that i needed to let go of in order to draw closer to God.

i remember praying on Friday night for peace in singleness.
i was ready to let break free from a chain that was keeping me from being close to God.

Friday, May 13, 2011

i believe always, always.

inspiration: a conversation that took place yesterday.

i wrote this note on Facebook yesterday since Blogger was down.
but i wanted to post it here as well:

something interesting happened to me today.

today during my lunch break, i was sitting in the break room eating lunch and reading my Bible and listening to worship music. a co-worker came in and asked me what i was reading. i said, proudly, "the Bible" and continued reading, not thinking anything would really be said more. i figured i had said the "wrong" thing and that, like most, they would just ignore me and leave. but, they heated up their lunch and sat down at the other end of the table. all of a sudden, they said "i think it's interesting you're reading the Bible...i'm an agnostic." all at once, i felt my heart start racing. they proceeded to tell me their "story" and i listened, not really knowing what to say.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

identity: found.

inspiration: finding my true identity in Christ.

a few nights ago, i talked to my friends Jason and Kerby down in Costa Rica. kerby made a comment about my "spunkiness" (which I do have a lot of these days). but it got me thinking about the reality of the matter:

i haven't always been the "Crazy Asian" or "The Little Asian That Could".
i didn't acquire my sense of adventure and my confidence until about a year or so ago.

and i realized over the weekend that it was because i found my identity -- my TRUE identity -- in Christ.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

while i'm waiting

inspiration: John Waller - "While I'm Waiting"

I am absolutely in love with this song.
I'm incredibly impatient when it comes to waiting for who God has planned for me.
I keep hearing "I met my husband/wife when I wasn't even looking for him/her".
And I want that to happen.
But in order for that to happen, I have to be pursuing Christ with my whole life.
Living to serve him.

"A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man must be seeking Him to find her."

i want THAT kind of relationship with Christ.
And this song inspires me to do that!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

i'm in a glass case of emotionnnnnnn

inspiration: the infamous line from Anchorman...

my myers-briggs personality type is ISFJ - Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging.
i've read the description "introverted sensing, extroverted feeling".
and when it comes to feeling, i'm almost off the end of the spectrum for the "feeling" side.
i'm driven much by my emotions and the things i value.
relationships (and my desire for such) is no different.