Life Lessons – My Conclusions before heading off to college

Some Life Lessons –

  1. Don’t be afraid to speak up
    1. I think when I was younger, I was afraid to talk to a lot of the older people in youth group. It was partly because I was intimidated, partly because I thought I didn’t have anything substantial to add, partly because I didn’t want them to judge me. Don’t be afraid to say what you think. This means in youth group, don’t be afraid to add on something that’s going on in your mind. It also means simply to have faith in yourself and your abilities.
  2. Hold on to your relationships.
    1. Especially when you’re going through some of those rough years in high school, it is crucial that you maintain good relationships. Your friends can hold you accountable, tell you when they think you’re doing something good or gently let you know if they think you’re doing something wrong. They’re also the ones you get to spend some of the best and happiest memories. Also, cherish your family relationships as well. I’ve been incredibly blessed to have an amazing family and this has been my foundation for getting me through so many things.
  3. Be true to who you are and your values
    1. There will most definitely be a moment in your life where your values will be put into question. Stay true to them. My dad often has told me to not simply just listen to what people tell you – whether that’s at school, in the news, in church – to make your decisions and your opinions for yourself. Stay true to them!
  4. Think big picture
    1. We have a lot of worries and a lot of stress especially in high school. But always, always, always think big picture. You’re happy, you’re healthy, you’re safe, and you have lots of people who love you and care about you. That’s really all that matters in the end yeah?
  5. Be committed
    1. Finally, I would like to stress how important it is to be committed to Jesus. Make it a habit – prayer, reading the Bible, going to church. You think these things are very straightforward routine concepts that every Christian follows, but that’s because they really actually help grow you spiritually. I found my faith to be strongest and when I was the happiest when I was really on top of those things. even when you don’t want to do certain things because you don’t have the time, do it do it do it I’ve learned the hard way. it is so important to be committed because having a faith in Jesus that grows and grows and grows will be a foundation to all those other values.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 10

Wow… I feel like I started this yesterday. O.o Time moves so fast.

Also complete sidenote, but suddenly I’ve been getting so much traffic on my blog and I have no idea how that happened … I don’t think I’m doing anything significantly different other than posting a bit more… ????

Anyway, on to thanks.

I am thankful for love 🙂 For family and friends and maybe just the general love that flows from humanity.

I was on a run today and I just saw this old Chinese grandmother stop walking and go over to this newborn baby in the hands of an American mother. Even though she couldn’t speak English, there was a certain acknowledgment as they both looked at the baby, a certain love that’s in the air that shows the inner connection of love that transcends all boundaries. It was just a really good feeling. I think I ran with a greater spring in my step.

There is nothing more important to me than family. My family is beautiful, wonderful, not perfect, but always trying. They are always there for me, my brother, my mother, and my father, all in their unique ways. My mom pushes me so hard in everything I do, because she wants me to be successful. My dad is there to keep me calm, to provide a voice of reason and comfort in my life. And my brother? He always stands up for me. Always, always, always.

My best friend and I have less than a  year left together… it’s actually really quite sad. We are both seniors. We met many many years ago and we just simply do not have the time to even go to each other’s house for a sleepover or talk to one another because we are just so busy, so the chance encounters that we have are treasured. I miss her a lot. But there is something absolutely brilliant in having the stability and comfort of a forever friend that you know you’ll never lose.

There is that saying that goes

‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

Suffering through the hardness of trying to maintain a sort of long distance relationship, I find myself going back to this quote a lot. And I think it is true.. not so much the lost part – lol that would be kinda bad – but the fact that love or like (in my case) is not easy. I look around at all the parents, all the couples around me and now I suddenly have a greater realization that they must have each had to deal with their own problems before they reached a solid sure love. Because he makes me so happy, gives me butterflies, a perfect euphoria at times… I think it’s worth all the suffering because there’s something strangely blissful about knowing someone accepts you for who you are and likes you that way.

JESUS PRAISE JESUS ALMIGHTY GOD because God is the most loving of them all. (Sidenote: I did really well on my physics test today, and my other physics test was curved… so praise Jesus for that too :)) God is always there for me. Through the thick. Through the thin. When times are hard, when there is no one else to turn to. God is always freaking by my side. That is always enough.

So yes. Love is very important.

Praise Jesus for one of the best days.

A Sporadic Weekly Favorite

I am just trying this out for fun … I don’t know how it’ll go but we’ll see – which is why it is so aptly named “sporadic.”

1. Hillsong – Still

I always love going back to Hillsong United because they always have the most consistent, soothing, worship songs. Still is a somewhat old song, I believe, that my friend just recently suggested to me. I fell absolutely in love with it and the lyrics.

Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know His power
In quietness and trust

In the stillness, in the quiet, worship God. Know Him a little better.

2. Tattoos on the Heart – Gregory Boyle

Tattoos on the Heart

I’ll probably write something more on this topic later… but basically, this book has absolutely touched my heart. Even though it gets kind of repetitive near the end, it has really resounded with me personally because of some of the work I was doing over the summer. Basically, I received an internship working with Latin American kids in a large, high crime rate, city near my home town. The book deals with Latin Americans and gangs in California. It’s also sort of a religious book and I think reading it really just drove me back to what I truly believe in and really allowed me to think and ponder about my faith and the issues of the world and society.

3. Jayesslee is BACK

Popular twin sisters on Youtube came back after over a year of leaving to take care of their two newly born babies! Even though they just had a small 20 second or so cover because of their crying children, I’m excited for what’s in store. I adore them.

4. Random PINS

Cute idea – decorating a wall with a coffee mug display that also serves as a wonderful storage idea.

Creative bow eyeliner idea – totally interesting… but totally not doable? ? Can’t even put on regular make up 😛

I love this… I don’t even know what this is called… but I think it’s so beautiful, so simple, so natural.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 2

Day 2 – I am thankful for God. 🙂 When times get rough and when things don’t go well, I know I can always count on prayers to Jesus. My relationship with Christ has always been a rough and complicated one, but I think the important part is learning and having faith even though you seem unsure of how everything will turnout. I put all my accomplishments for the glory of God, for Him who is always there when no one else is.