Saturday, October 22, 2016

Turning 29

Celebrated my 29th birthday two weeks ago and hey look at that, I didn't even had to think twice about putting in my age! Haha!

I don't know what it is about 29, and while it's my last year to say that I'm in my late 20's, it's also the time where you just care less more (did I confuse you with those 2 words?)...

One of my friends asked me how old I was, to which I answered 29. and she joked to say, "dibale nasa kalendaryo ka pa!" This may have come off as offensive to me months ago but I just smiled and said "Si Lord na bahala" knowing for certain na Siya na talaga bahala.

I guess, being at this age means that you get to see so much of God's goodness already that everything that happened and will happen in the future -- you are able to trust God for. I have seen Him come through so many times already, and I know that He has my present and future in His trustworthy hands.

This has also been the most no-fuss birthday ever -- a simple dinner with my family was all I had planned for my birthday and treating the A-team to ice cream after lunch the next day were my birthday plans. :)

Nice to meet you, Hanoi!

I know, it's been a long time! 

Xin Chao! That's hello in Vietnamese! :) I have learned 4 basic phrases when we were there and the entire 10-day experience was a life-changing one! Grateful for the opportunity to see God's hands and heart for this nation.

Here are excerpts of my written thoughts when we were in Vietnam. I wrote 3 parts of it, here's the first one:

September 28, 2016

Kathy and I are sitting here in the buffet area of Western Hanoi Hotel where our TenDays team is staying at.

We resolved to write down the things that have been happening for the past 6 days we are in Vietnam. God has been so faithful and amazing! We are overwhelmed on how He is opening our eyes to see the landscape that this nation is in… First impression doesn’t last, I’ll tell you that. We thought that we would just be engaging students, and one of our fears is that the people here would be aloof to foreigners given their history, but they are so open!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

All-time 8 Favorite Reads

One of the hardest questions to ask a book-lover is, "what's your all-time favorite book?"

To which, I am sure would ensue a long and hard look at the ceiling as she ponders the answer to that question... And after much thought, would probably still fail to come up with just ONE.

So I would not even attempt to do that. :P

What I'll give you, though, are 8 books that really stuck to me through the years.

Much like the movie, Train to Busan (if you haven't seen it yet, please do! It's a rocking movie about humanity and relationships... and yes, scary and fast-moving zombies that really bothered me on their speed, why are they so fast??!).

These books sent my imagination off to places I never thought possible, whirled me to varying emotions -- including but not limited to -- soaking my pillow wet from tears, laughing out loud from witty dialogues, nostalgic turns that brought me back to memory lane and those poignant moments of just being deeply moved by the stories and characters.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Finding your Rhythm

It's already August! Time really flies!

We're more than halfway through 2016 and our days have been packed for the past month in the ministry. There were several times when I had to push back or altogether cancel my plans with friends because something always seems to come up. This is what happens when adult-ing run in with childhood. Haha! I'd like to stress though that it's fine to be a kid from time to fine and we should never lose that balance between work and fun.

Balancing work and fun can be another term for setting a rhythm in our lives.

At church, we were taught that there's a certain rhythm to the things that we do. Rhythm is like a pattern, a trend in the things that we choose to do in a period of time. But in order for a rhythm to work for us, it has to be purposeful and it has to be clear to us and to the team that we are part of.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Playlist Faves: You Make me Brave

You Make me Brave
by Amanda Cook & Bethel Music

I stand before You now
The greatness of Your renown
I've heard of the majesty and wonder of You
King of Heaven, in humility, I bow

As Your love, in wave after wave
Crashes over me, crashes over me
For You are for us, You are not against us
Champion of Heaven, 
You made a way for all to enter in

I've heard You calling my name
I've heard the song of love that You sing
So I will let you draw me out beyond the shore 
Into Your grace

You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves

You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the Love that made a way

You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves

You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the promises You've made