Constant Changes

This has been a rather splendid weekend for me.

After 11 hours of blissful sleep on Friday night, I woke up on Saturday morning to quite a beautiful sight: My mother working on her Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) questions. It might not have seemed like a big thing, but it was to me because this was a big answer to a small prayer. Needless to say, I did not hesitate to get out my Bible and notes, and join her at the table to meet with our loving King. I honestly could not have asked for a better morning.

Later that day, my mother and I accompanied my dad for his chiropracter's appointment. While I was waiting for them outside the room, a little boy came by and waved at me. And it just made my day! God reminded me through that small act from a small hand just how much He loves me as His beloved daughter -despite how utterly helpless and weak I often am, despite my deliberate disobedience, despite my stupid choices and silly mistakes, despite my being just like a child. He is indeed a fantastic Father.

Sunday came next, and after church, I went to the mall to hang out with some old friends from high school. Two of them just turned 23 this past week and it was a great pleasure to have been able to celebrate with them. I almost can't believe that it has been 6 years since we graduated from high school, but only almost. I am always thankful for God's goodness over friendships that have lasted through the times.

Although this week is drawing to a wonderful close, it was not without its share of challenges. It is a truth not universally acknowledged, but acknowledged just the same, that I do not deal well with changes. At all. These past few weeks have brought about many changes in several areas of my life, and I am just failing miserably at reacting calmly to them. I am so grateful for the reminder that God is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer, even in the midst of cluttered thoughts and messy feelings.

I have exactly 5 more weeks left of my internship, with 2 weeks of vacation wedged in between, and a whole lot of changes in the offing. I am truly glad that God is God, and I am not.

"If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God" -1 John 3:20-21


28 Years

I realize that the titles of my posts lately have all been paying time a tribute. And rightly so, me thinks.

Today marks the 28th anniversary of my parents' marriage. Hooray! I thank God for His faithfulness over their relationship, and over this family, all these years. Although I have long learned that my parents are not perfect just as I am not perfect, they are the closet to perfection to me. It boggles me to know that I have done absolutely nothing at all for the honor of calling this family mine, and I praise God for giving the best gifts.

Since my mother is still away for a vacation with some friends, I filled in for her and hung out all day with my father. We both can't wait for her to get back, so that the laundry, food, and home chores can be taken care of. Just kidding. What we really miss is just having her around. And...that the laundry, food, and home chores can be taken care of. Heehee.

In other news...there isn't really much news. Oy.


One Month

Today is a holiday, and exactly a month since I began my internship. There is much I have been learning about myself, about those around me, and about God's incredible faithfulness. Oh, and a whole lot about the market, too. (Not the one with food.)

Some of the best things God has been teaching me this past month are: 1) Jesus alone is my sufficiency, not my performance, colleagues' approval, or scope of my knowledge; and 2) Love trumps wisdom, because there is no use to me in being smart, but unloving.

I am thankful for both the good days and bad days, and that God has been providing me with many opportunities to love, serve, and get to know my colleagues better. Just like I had mentioned on my first day, it is pretty amazing to live in an answered prayer. Or prayers, rather.

Later this month, I will have a new companion to journey with in this internship: my cousin brother. God's ways and thoughts are far far better than anything I could ever conceive, and I am in awe of His goodness. Just when I thought this internship couldn't get any better, God surprises me with even more good things.

I am eager to spend these next few months walking humbly with my God, and spending time with people who bless my heart immensely.

P/S: Pardon me for the extreme cheesiness in this post. I couldn't help it! I tried, believe me.

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things." -Philippians 4:8