Thursday, December 29, 2011

dear future husband.

inspiration: a letter to my future husband and a word of encouragement to us all.

dear future husband,
i don't know who you are or where you may be right now - i'm actually sitting in the public library in mount pleasant because i don't have internet access at my apartment right now. it sounds kind of lame and it sort of is, but one day you'll realize that all my lame moments just make me who i'm supposed to be. (oh yeah, and you'll also know that i'm super cheesy and witty as well).
i'm writing this to you because i know that one day we will meet.
we will fall in love.
and we will live happily ever after.
...or not so much, really. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

looking back.

inspiration: the 2011 chapter of my life is almost complete.

so 2011 has definitely been interesting: in 2011

i've been launched out of my comfort zone into a completely new world.
i've grown as a programmer.
woman of God.
friend.
leader.
and as a person, in general.

Friday, December 23, 2011

2012 goals: my first video log

inspiration: a little bit of insomnia and the desire to branch out of my comfort zone.



what do you get when you cross 1AM with an insomniatic crazy asian and a webcam? this video. but despite the fact that i need to learn how to sit still and not fidget when i talk, i quite enjoyed making this video log (or as the interweb-savvy people call it: a vlog).


what are your 2012 goals?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

lessons from blogging for two years...

inspiration: Faith Overflow is two years old!!


that time has come again...
another birthday to celebrate...
except this time, it's for this blog.
(sorry, there are no candles or cake or presents)


but i do want to take a few minutes to express some of the things that i've learned over the last two years...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

12:10

inspiration: today's date.


yesterday, i wrote about 2 Corinthians 12:9.
but it's a new day, therefore, it's a new verse:
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Again, this verse is so counter-cultural, but so powerful.
There are a lot of weaknesses that I'm not content with. 
I don't like insults or hardships. or persecution or calamities, for that matter.
But for the sake of Christ, we are made strong in them.

Friday, December 9, 2011

12:9

inspiration: todays date.

Today is december 9th.
Consequently, one of my favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 12:9. It reads, but he said to me, "my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses.

We live in a culture and time that applauds pride and success. Very rarely do we take the time live humbly and remind ourselves of who we are and what was done for us...maybe it's just me, but I don't boast about my weaknesses.

I'm quick to tell others of my achievements.
But I want to hide my insecurities and doubts.
Let's not look at the warts and scars, let's focus on the beauty marks.

But Paul writes boldly about boasting in our weaknesses. Because Christ's power shines through when we are weak.
This blog was started almost two years ago at one of the lowest and weakest points in my life and in my faith. But it's a true testament of his power and his grace!! And to the handful of readers who have followed it since the beginning and to the few who know my past and my story, all I can say is that His grace and His love are truly remarkable and powerful!

When we come to him with a broken and contrite heart, God is faithful to come through for us. When we realize our weaknesses, He makes us strong. We can try to hide our pain and problems, warts and scars with facades and false images. I've done it before and still struggle with seeking approval of man instead of peace with God.

But in our weakness, He shines.
When we realize we can't make it without Him, His power is made perfect.

For me, I struggle with guarding my heart.
I invest a lot in my friendships and I want to receive some sort of return on investment. But when it comes to romantic feelings, it's hard for me to stay guarded and protect myself. I give and give and it often isn't returned.
That's my weakness.
It's led to mistakes and broken hearts.
But I've found healing in His power and willingness to redeem. His grace brought me where I am today and has radically changed my perspective and outlook.

Today, I boast in weaknesses.
For Christ's power is made perfect in them.

(to be continued)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

fathers, be good to your daughters....

inspiration: a friend on facebook posted this article.

http://www.fromdatestodiapers.com/50-rules-for-dads-of-daughters

maybe my dad will stumble upon this blog and read this and cherish every memory he and i ever had.
maybe he won't.
but one thing's for sure - (almost) every post rang true.
(i particularly laughed at the "fishing" one....let's just say the "squirming more than the worm" part was VERY true!)
my dad told me i was beautiful every day and supported me in everything i did, even if he thought otherwise, and was there to pick me up when my stupid decision backfired on me.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

"the adventure of calling"


inspiration: sermon at theWell


(Check out Simon's ministry's page)


God is calling every single one of us to contribute to His kingdom.
every. single. one. of. us.
we may not see it that way when we attend church.
but we are all called to play a unique and integral role in the body.
we are called to step up and to live for HIM.
not ourselves.
not money.
not fame.
not wealth.
not power.
not an of that.


we are called to live out of grace.
humility.
love.
obedience.
and out of gratitude for ALL God has done for us.