Life Lately

Despite not working (full-time) or schooling, the past few weeks have been crazier than fiction. And that's saying something because there have been some pretty crazy things happening in the books I've been reading.

Resuming from where I last blogged, I had the privilege of worshiping God at my Malaysian church with my sisters in Christ whom I had first met at my Lincoln church. It was so refreshing to listen about what God has been doing in each other lives -plenty- and to have food and fellowship -two of my favorite things. It had also been a while since I last prayed with them, and I was so blessed to be able to lift up our burdens to the LORD together. They are now spending their lives for Jesus in China. It would be a dream to serve alongside them once again. But God has other dreams for me here, for now.

Shortly after this time, my father came home with a second-hand car and said that it was mine. Is God good? All the time. Valentine's Day came after that and my mother received news of her cousin's passing. The following week, I received news of a dear friend's mother's passing. Both lost their battles to cancer. And just last night, my cousin's grandfather also passed away. It has not only been crazy these past couple of weeks, but incredibly sobering, too. God has been reminding me that although every one of my days is recorded in His book, I need to learn to number my days and spend them wisely, too.

In other happier news, my brother will be arriving home tomorrow! It has been over 3 years since he last came home, and I feel like God is giving me a two Christmases this year. His 10-day vacation at home will go by quickly, but I am thrilled to have him staying just three steps away from me (distance from my bedroom door to his).

I must also highlight the days I have been able to spend with my best friend since being home. It was one of the many joys I had looked forward to as I prepared to return. As unconventional as this may sound, she happens to be my perfect Valentine. Ever since we started maturing -around age 17, I reckon- she has always made it a point to bless me and show me that she cares for me on Valentine's Day, despite having a Valentine of her own. This year was no different. Nearing the end of the day, she dropped by with two beautiful cupcakes -one with Mr. Spongebob's face, and one with a flower. You may have heard the "Awwwwwwwww" I reacted with all the way at your end.

Apart from the aforementioned, other note-worthy things include my parents getting hooked (big-time) on Bejeweled, and God laying it on my heart to start praying for my possible, maybe, future family. Oh, and an interview next week at a college to be a Math lecturer. And, I got to make 2 new (and sweet) friends yesterday while helping my friend prepare >3000 newsletters at the OM Malaysia office. Life with God? Never boring, I tell ya!


My Kind of Fun

The week has gone by in a blink to me. As the old adage goes, time flies when you're having fun. Spending the entire week with my cousin sisters has been quite a treat for the child in me. I felt like I was 6 again, but with permission to do the things we had always wanted to do. From Monday to Friday, we visited the mall, watched a movie, crafted 'til 2 a.m., chatted over coffee, met up with friends, baked muffins, painted T-shirts, attempted synchronized swimming, took a ton of pictures, and laughed to our hearts' content. My family rocks my world.

Once I left my cousins' place, I got to hang out with my wonderful babysitters-who-are-also-my-relatives. I missed them dearly and hadn't seen them in almost 2 years. It is always a joy to hear their hilarious stories and what has been going on with their pets.

I also got the privilege of going on two movie dates in the past two days; one with my father and one with my best friend. The weekend is almost over, but there are more good people I am about to meet. Tomorrow is Sunday, and some very precious sisters-in-Christ I had come to know and adore in Nebraska will be coming down to spend the day with me: church, lunch, tea, dinner, and a sleepover. I am so thrilled to have them over! We call ourselves 'The Joy Luck Club,' for one obvious reason: We rock. (Not that I have read the book...or remembered much from the movie adaptation. I'm pretty sure there are many discrepancies between those characters and us. But those can be overlooked.)

This has been a spectacular week. Thank You, Jesus. Your blessings go beyond my wildest dreams.

In other news, I have recently hopped on the science-fiction and fantasy bandwagon. All I really want to read and watch are only of the genre. Earlier this evening, I visited the local bookstore and went to the Science Fiction/Fantasy aisle, and was greeted with many little boys who looked to be no older than 12. I couldn't get a good view of the book spines and unabashedly tried to wiggle my way through. It was a shameless act, but that is how much I like stories of the fantastic these days. Now...back to the book.


Full Circle

I'm back. Home, I mean.

Much has happened since I last dusted the cobwebs off this blog. And since I think it would be a crime to forget some of the beautiful things that have occurred, I decided to put the memories into recorded words and blast them off into the World Wide Web, i.e., this blog. Only a fraction of the memories, though, because writing about the entire past year could fill a book.

I am now 22 and a half, and I have just completed my undergraduate stint. At first, it felt a little funny not having to attend classes or hand in assignments anymore, but I quickly got used to it and now have no problems sleeping in every morning. It was certainly time for this brain to retire temporarily from academia.

Two days after graduation, I left Nebraska and many incredible people with a heavy but full heart. The last 3 years and a half definitely made for quite the ride, and God has brought me through a great many things. I am most thankful for two lessons learnt: 1) that Jesus Christ is the best, and 2) the cure to my morbid perfectionism is simply...grace. I now know what it means to be loved without reservation, condition, or condemnation. This love of Christ is Amazing.

Within a week of leaving the States, I came home, left home, and arrived in good-lookin' New Zealand. It was the first time that my family -all 4 of us- was together in the same place since 2010, and my dad took the words right out of my mouth when he said, "This time, it's special." And it was. We saw many mountains and drove many miles and visited many eateries and bickered over many things throughout January, and not a morning would go by that I didn't wake up with a smile on my face. Except, perhaps, for that one night when I stayed up late reading and had to wake up early to catch a flight the next day. And one other night, too.

Although 2013 has come and gone, and nothing was posted here throughout that year, a lot happened. And I think a lot more will continue to happen. A verse from the Bible that has been on my mind and heart since I graduated is from Ephesians 2:10, which says, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." I don't know where I go from here, but I am super duper excited to serve the King of all kings -whether the task proves to be glamorous or not. (Most likely, not.)

This next week is Cousin Week in my calendar, and I will be partying with my dear cousin sisters all week long. And when I say 'partying,' the party-goers here will probably consist of books, movies, crafts, and food. It will be an enormously good time fo' sho'.

Before I sign off, I just want to say, thank you, Jesus, for Your faithfulness throughout the stormiest seas. Life with You is indeed abundant.