I Am Second*

God is up to something, as He always is. And this blog is getting in the way, among many other things. For that, I shall take a hiatus and blog when God allows or tells me to do so. Taking a time-out with the first half of one of my most favorite Psalms close to mind.
O Lord, You have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!

I can never escape from Your Spirit!
I can never get away from Your presence!
If I go up to heaven, You are there;
if I go down to the grave, You are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there Your hand will guide me,
and Your strength will support me.
I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
but even in darkness I cannot hide from You.
To You the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to You.

- Psalm 139: 1-12

*borrowed from a for-God project as seen on YouTube

Until next time! Cheers to the Man Upstairs.


Love Like BOOM!

Things which made my day today:
1. Chatting with an awesome friend first thing in the morning.
2. Psalm 139!
3. Mail. Lovely mail.
4. The company I had for the all-you-can-eat Waffle Man buffet, and not so much the waffles itself.
5. The death of my controlling (yet unfinished) to-do list and its burial in the dumpster.
6. The revelation that I just might explode from extreme happiness when I see God. It is both a scary and exciting prospect but I look forward to it with great delight!
7. Watching my mother eat her paus on Skype.
8. Watching my dear apartmentmate Skype with her adorable parents.
9. The sheer insanity of God's love and immaculate timing.
10. The rain.

"We forget that God never had an identity crisis." -Pr. Francis Chan


Rockin' Numbers

Today, I dropped off the form to officially become both a Geology and Mathematics major. Shortly after that, I panicked. Then I decided to stop panicking. And before I knew it, I was panicking again. And now I have stopped panicking. I don't know how God is going to use an odd medley of rocks + numbers + Justine, but that Man up there is pretty diabolical. So I shall not fear!

Oh man.

Note to self: Jehovah Jireh!



Today was yet another (surprise surprise) fantastic day! My Geology professor briefed us a little on the upcoming field trip around Nebraska, the English subject I had taken back in college got approved for credit transfer to the university, the dreaded Geology test ended up being an open-book and take-home test, double majoring in Geology and Math might come to pass, had chicken curry for the third consecutive day, finally walked through the parentheses sculpture on campus and the sun shone until the later part of the evening.

Tomorrow will be no less fantastic, this I am sure of.

The awesomeness of God blows my mind. Yo.

"We get to spend eternity hanging out and praising You." - Jeremy Nicholson


An Overflow

Today was a very blessed day, as is every other day. I woke up to an encouraging email reply from a dear uncle which made my day. With only one class for the day, I struggled to walk against the insane wind and try not to get lifted up -though it would be sweet if that actually happened. Although my face didn't look too happy with my hair mercilessly smacking it every nanosecond, I was internally overjoyed. Because the torrential wind today had felt absolutely incredible.

I had also invited a precious friend from both my Geology classes and yet another precious friend over for a Malaysian dinner tonight and so I got to chopping certain food items in the afternoon before launching into my homework. Evening came and I began cooking. Needless to say, all three of us had a splendid time talking not only about the sort of things you share with someone of a different culture, but we also got to talking about oil rigs (where she works at back at her hometown), mental disabilities, books and bridesmaid dresses. Well, all the diabolical and deep conversations transpired between the two of them while I mostly listened...and ate. Oy.

Other than that, many bits and pieces of the day (mostly people-related) filled my heart -and tummy. My cup hath runneth over with implicit love from Above. God is good(eth).

No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life. -2 Timothy 2:4


Xuan Ze

Today, the better half of the day was spent in the kitchen with three awesome dudettes as we attempted to make chicken curry lasagna and successfully salvaged it when the top layer became charcoal...twice. Teamwork begets rather delicious food.

Then, I glanced at my to-do list and began to freak out when God reminded me that worrying ain't gonna add a single moment to my life. And that He has this covered. So I decided to quit worrying and proceeded to spend the rest of the day in fellowship with incredible brothers and sisters in Christ over dinner. And then delve into a Korean romantic dramedy and several other insanely romantic (Read: cheesy) Cantonese songs all thanks to the hilarious company I had. Needless to say, I was engulfed by too much cheesiness in one night. But it was good to be engulfed in it with two other dear friends.

I am not quite looking forward to the coming week and all the challenges that are heading my way, but God is bigger than any of them. So psh! I will survive.


The Extraordinary One

Today was an extraordinary day. Just because.
Love is patient,
love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
always trusts,
always hopes,
always perseveres.
Love never fails.
But where there are prophecies, they will cease;
where there are tongues, they will be stilled;
where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

- 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
Worshiping an extraordinary God of extraordinary love. Life is good in the God lane.


"It's quite peculiar..."

Today, I woke up to a lovely (and slightly horrifying) note saying, "Good morning, my sweetie butter cup honey marshmallow pie!" Although I was and still am unable to comprehend such affectionate terms, I know I am loved. And God is good.

Today, I woke up to the sound of tape sealing the entrance to the apartment door by a very clever friend in conjunction with April Fools' Day. I laugh out loud.

Today, the glorious sky looked like a portrait beautifully painted by an equally -if not more- beautiful Painter. The blindingly white clouds were probably edible.

Today, I had exquisite Japanese food in the presence of amazing company. I am thankful. And way too stuffed.

Today, I told five different people at five different times of the day about my chosen topic for the Geology paper...in pure excitement. Uh...

Today, I thought the day was quite peculiar. And I enjoyed it very much!

P/S: Dedicating my 602nd blog post to the Man Upstairs -my only living constant.