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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.

Blind Devotion

JUBILEE PROJECT: BLIND DEVOTION

I cried so hard during this video, especially when it turned to the man’s perspective. You see… this is what happens between us and the Lord. He is always watching us, protecting us, even when though we are blind in every way possible. Although we might think everything in our life is wrong, we do not realize that we have Him, we have a devoted one so close to us, protecting us, comforting us, and always there for us.

Blind devotion

I love Jubilee

Weekly Faves 5

Whew, coming back from a long hiatus.

Things I is liking right now…

1) Big Scarves

Photo on 11-23-14 at 8.57 PM #2

I like wrapping my scarves and then knotting them and fluffing them up. So warm and so comfy, especially during this season.

2) Yahoo Answers

Yeah, I’m going to admit it. Physics is so stinkin’ hard. But it’s really nice being able to find people who are willing to explain the problem to you. This is the only reason I survive physics.

3) Let the Waters Rise – Mikeschair

This song is so beautiful. It makes me want to sing.

4) THANKSGIVING

Because why not, it’s coming up soon. The word cornucopia got me a bonus point on a lit quiz too 😉 I’m ready for a much needed break … in order to do more college apps and study and catch up with work.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 25

Whewwwwwww

Wowwwwwww

I’m seriously stressed about a lot of college app stuff…

but I know, in the end, I have so many people that support me. I have a God who loves me no matter what.

I have cute babies to cuddle at the Ministry of Caring.

What more could you want in life?

World peace… but you can’t have everything huh

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.

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

–Reinhold Niebuhr

I’ve heard this quote in many different contexts. Strangely, I find it very satisfying and very comforting. 

On Appearances

Whew… double post???? say what?! Just because it is relevant.

Appearances matter. We think that because we live in America in the 21st century that somehow, we are going to be able to treat everybody exactly the same. It’s entirely false. 

Everybody has some kind of bias. Whether it be small or big. Deep in our hearts or etched on our faces. We can’t help it. Nothing’s going to change unless we all look the same – which is erm, not the greatest thing either. 

Hobos on the street. We look down upon them. We may sympathize with them. But we treat them as less than human because we generalize that all are drug-dealers and criminals. This is wrong. 

This is why actors are basically all beautiful. They are all handsome and gorgeous in their own way if they act in movies. Nobody wants to root for some ugly person. Some people go simply to see that person because they have that “celebrity crush” on them. It’s true. It’s blunt and it seems so mean in so many ways, but it’s true that deep in our hearts, we have our own biases and fears. 

This is why many of the people who are popular are beautiful as well. Not all of course, but lots. In another take of the situation, there is almost no one who is a loner who is society’s beautiful. It just doesn’t work that way. Beauty draws people in. 

And an aside right here – when I say beautiful – I mean it in the way that people view conventional beauty. Outward beauty. 

And back to point. This article.

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-faith/wp/2013/11/06/photos-pope-francis-embraces-disfigured-man-covered-in-boils/

Pope Francis is commended for his embrace of a disfigured man covered in boils. These people are not contagious, yet they are often discriminated from.

This is sad. Why cannot we not all love people the same? It is because our eyes deceive us. Our minds are selfish. Our hearts protective and overbearing. We like things that are soft and glittery and sweet. We don’t like things that are difficult to stand and even difficult to look at. 

Sadly, I end this with this conclusion. If we were all blind, we would look with greater thoughtfulness into the character of a person. But we are not. So what do we do? We do like Pope Francis. We embrace those who society looks down upon. But are we even capable of even that? We are society after all………….