6.21.2011

Everlasting Future

One day...

I will be with the One I love,
With unveiled face I'll see Him;
There, my soul will be satisfied,
Soon and very soon.

One day.

6.20.2011

A Time for Time

Today was a very productive day. Did some eating, some packing and some planning. Tomorrow will be slightly bittersweet as I leave very precious people to see equally precious people. The daunting thought that my time back home is running out has been plaguing my mind. But my times are in God's hands. And His timing is beyond perfection.

My hands are going to be pretty full tomorrow. Time to call it a night.

6.19.2011

Honored Men

Today was a wonderful yet tiring day. I'm glad I finally got to spend some time with my father towards the end of the night. He is my pride and my joy. Praise my Heavenly Father for my earthly one. It is more than an honor to honor the gentlemen in my life -both in Heaven and on earth. Indeed, I lack nothing in the perfect Dad Upstairs whom I belong to. Just need to remind my forgetful self that every now and then.

“Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise. -Ephesians 6:2

6.18.2011

Room to Chat

Today was a little like yesterday. The first half of the day was spent at home and time moved really slowly...then evening came and time moved way too fast for comfort. Tomorrow is going to be yet another long day, but a good one! Praise God for wholesome conversations.

I am so very spent.

Over and out.

6.17.2011

Time to Hit the Breaks

Woke up a little earlier than usual this morning to have breakfast with my mother and two dear friends. I had initially feared that there would be awkward silences sometime throughout breakfast but boy was I wrong. It always warms my heart to see my friends conversing with my mother...non-stop. Har har.

When I came home, I spent several hours working on little projects...one of which nearly made me pop a vessel. Patience really is a virtue.

Evening came and I went for fellowship. Right after that, I dashed off to the high school reunion because it had already begun two hours earlier. It was a delight to catch up with high school friends I hadn't seen in eons. The only thing which wasn't so delightful was driving at the right lane of the road for the second time since I got back and not realizing it at all until it was pointed out -with fear- by the friend in the car. Oh dear.

Tomorrow might be a bit like today. I think the warning sign to slow down is flashing rather forcefully. I am looking forward to next week.

6.16.2011

Life's Pleasantry

Today, I had a very pleasant day doing really pleasant things. And now, I shall have a pleasant sleep.

Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him! -Psalm 34:8

6.15.2011

Past Blast

Today was quite an eventful day. After exchanging primary and high school tales with a dear friend over brunch, I came home and decided to rummage through my drawers out of boredom...and immediately got blasted back to the past. Reading through the diary I had written in back when I was in high school added fuel to my trip down memory lane as well. If Past Justine were sitting right next to me as I read it, I would have liked to choke her at some parts...and hug her at other parts. It is quite a feeling to read the many pages penned down by my past self and realize how much I have changed and how much I have not. It is an even greater feeling to experience God's faithfulness beyond the written words and see how He was as faithful then as He is now. My particular favorite entries had been the one with the poem about my laziness and how I was going to screw up the upcoming exam...and the one ending with the disclosure of my need to pee since the start of the entry. A whole lotta wisdomful stuff in there, I tell you.

Evening came and I decided to watch a locally-produced dramedy as it was recommended by a friend who literally rolled on the floor laughing while watching it. The movie's sheer ridiculousness did not disappoint, although I did not roll on the floor laughing while watching it.

Tomorrow will be a bit of an interesting day. I am looking forward to the joys that God will bring tomorrow. He is always good.

6.14.2011

The Maker

Today, I had a pretty good afternoon spending time with two jolly good friends who probably made more sounds than the action-packed movie we were watching. I also had a pretty good evening spending time with my mother at the night market and with sisters in Christ at the church.

It has finally dawned on me, perhaps a little too late, that if my entire Summer back home was spent on the internship I was so bent on pursuing instead of spending time with precious people God has blessed me with, I probably would have missed out on all these daily little joys that light up my every day. It's true that God takes something good out of our grasps to replace it with something great and beyond compare. I am glad He gives and He takes as He knows best...because He loves best; hard a lesson as it is to learn sometimes.

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. -Isaiah 55:9

6.13.2011

Happy Worm

Today, I felt the joy I usually derive only from reading. And what a marvelous joy that was. It has been a while. I almost forgot what it felt like. But only almost.

The book calls.

Over and out.

6.12.2011

Done Some

Read some, drove some, ate some, watched some, learned some.

God is good.

6.11.2011

Being Chiseled

Today, I had the loveliest time catching up with my precious younger cousin sister at the mall...and the oddest time donning a Greek-like dress at a country/cowboy-themed dinner because I didn't get the memo. Oy, man.

Back to reading...and to working on my infuriating self. I suspect there is a tragically great deal of chiseling God still needs to do on me. I wish it weren't so, but it is.

"Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you." -Psalm 37:5

6.10.2011

A Good Ol' Time

Spent most of my time today with family -both in the real world and in the virtual world- and with a book. Good times? Oh yeah.

6.09.2011

The Present

Today, I had two people blow-dry my hair at the same time. Yep.

That, and I had the pleasant opportunity to speak at lightning speed once again while catching up with three splendid high schoolmates over Frappucino. To say I had a great time would be a bit of an understatement. I had the greatest of times. Just like I did yesterday, and the day before yesterday, and the day before the day before yesterday -well, you catch my drift.

I thank God for each day that comes. He is indeed my Jehovah Jireh.

6.08.2011

Conk

Today was good. Really good. Really.

Off...to...sleep...

6.07.2011

Ordinary Unordariness

Woke up this morning feeling massively tired only to realize that I had slept for more than twelve hours. Oy. Left for a late lunch with two awesome high schoolmates and had a hilarious episode on the road with a cop car. Then, met up with yet another two awesome high schoolmates for the night market only to bump into a couple of other high schoolmates and high schoolmates' mothers. And then, caught up with my splendid ex-Sunday School teacher over dinner and shared my hopes and dreams with her as she shared the joys and pains of adulthood.

Tomorrow will be yet another day I am looking forward to as I spend it with people whom I've had the delightful privilege to know for at least a decade.

I pray I never tire of this.

Time to walk the talk. Over and out.

6.06.2011

The Blasted Summer

Europe was nothing short of marvelous, especially the ice-cream which deserves a special mention. The elderly people who were in the tour group were nothing short of marvelous as well, and taught me a lot about aging gracefully. Despite the European souvenir I received in the form of a rash, a cold and a bad throat, I am immensely grateful my parents brought me along for the trip. Being the ingrate that I was, I deserve quite a bit of spanking.

Today was an especially brilliant day as I managed to spend breakfast, lunch and dinner with the dearest of friends -all of whom I hadn't been able to catch up with in months and even years. It overwhelms me just how much joy can be derived from spending undisturbed quality time with loved ones. I don't know why I never saw it before, but I see it now: People are such precious blessings. Dinner tonight really blew my mind because all four of us had gathered at the mamak stall for the sake of an unsuspecting mini-high school reunion and left being encouraged and prayed for. God renders me speechless sometimes. And I mean that in a good way. The best of ways, really.

Through all the ups that I've been experiencing, there have been many downs, too. Seasons of drought, I would regard them as. And I always hope that they are short-lived. The peace I receive that transcends mere human understanding and which comes from Above helps during times like these. I'm thankful that God is faithful even when I'm not and even at my ugliest. What an Awesome God. Man!

Praying for my restlessness to come to...rest. I know the glorious Man Upstairs is at work.

My heart has heard You say, "Come and talk with Me." And my heart responds, "Lord, I am coming." -Psalm 27:8