Today I am grateful for #17

This afternoon, I was ableStephen to go bike riding. It was 60 degrees outside, and it was almost impossible for me to stay indoors. It was awesome! I was very grateful for the gorgeous weather. Today,¬†I didn’t have anyone to join me in my bike ride. I know Stephen would have come along, but he had to work. Nonetheless, I am incredibly grateful for Stephen and for the times he has joined me on my de-stressing biking trips. He is awesome ūüôā a lot more than today’s weather.



Today I am thankful for #15


Today I am extremely thankful for finishing my thesis!!! Woohoo! Now, I only have to send the pieces for print. I am thankful for incredibly supporting and loving parents, as well as an encouraging and supporting boyfriend. Today has definitely been a blessed day!

Today I am grateful for #13


Another year of life. I am grateful for an incredibly loving boyfriend and his awesome family–and by that I mean his awesome siblings, Martin included. I am grateful for loving housemates that decide to make cheesecake at late hours of the night. Overall, I am thankful for those people that are also thankful for me, and who choose to show that by joining in my birthday ‘celebration’.

Today I am thankful for #11


Today I was thankful to start off my day with some baked oatmeal. I also tried to trick myself into thinking I was having Tim Horton’s, but I did not. Even though I ate some more dove chocolate, the best advice was still the one from yesterday.


I was also thankful to spend a lovely evening with Stephen, Mary, and Martin. They are always great company ūüôā

Today I am thankful for #10


Even though I have not written in over a month, there have been several little things that have brought joy to my heart. A couple of weeks ago, I lost one of my favorite earrings, but someone who works at the dining commons found it and gave it back to me. I am grateful for the kindness that people show to me every day; I don’t deserve how good people are to me. As usual, I am also grateful for a caring and loving boyfriend; I am specially grateful for the job he started today.
There are many happenings that can discourage us, but as my Dove wrapper reminded me, happiness is in the heart.


Today I am thankful for #10

Processed with VSCOcamToday was a busy day, but it was a good day; aujourd’hui,¬†je suis reconnaissante pour mon classe de peinture. We did not speak french during my class time, but I was curious to see if I could still construct any sentences in that long forgotten foe. I was able to continue working on St. Thomas, and with every stroke I am reminded more and more of Asterix and Obelix, which happen to be french.

Today I am thankful for #9


Today I was thankful for being able to attend a humbling service at Keller Park Church, and being reminded that we must not neglect any areas of our spiritual lives, but grow akin to the voice of the Spirit and follow where it leads. I was later blessed to talk with my parents and know that they are always there to remind me to cling to God and encourage me to move forward. I was also extremely thankful for Stephen. I am amazed at how he is able to keep up with me in my awful days. I am incredibly blessed to have a boyfriend who cares for me and who shows that care even in the small pleasures of life. Without the ice cream he got me, I don’t know how I would’ve been motivated to continue knitting my scarf.

Today I am thankful for #7


Today am grateful for many many happenings. I am thankful for a good devotional entry. I am also very thankful toward Lorena and the acorn for having my favorite panini.


I was very glad to finish the scarf I’ve been working on for a while, and I was equally thankful for my mashed potato dinner.

Later in the day, I was able to get froyo thanks to Mary, and then Stephen surprised me with my favorite chocolate mints. Now I’m going to bed with¬†a happy spirit given that I’ll get more than six hours of sleep.

Today I am thankful for #3

wpid-mntsdcardPicturesVSCOCam2014-01-24-12.59.25-1.jpg.jpgI have forgotten to write for the last couple of days, but that does not mean I’ve forgotten about the things that I am thankful for. On Friday, I showed up to work at the art center, and it was freezing cold. Despite the weather, I still stood out sir some time taking a picture of another beautiful sunrise that welcomes me every day at 8:00 a.m. when I am walking either to the office or to the art center.



Four Years

It’s been four years since I’ve graduated high school and moved on to a different portion of my life. In 2010, I watched the first Google Zeitgeist and have been anxiously waiting for the release of new one every New Year’s Day. Four years have passed and I’m already bidding farewell to college and welcoming a new season of life. Although there are family and friends that could remind me of what has happened during my college years, I don’t think there’s a clearer way to remember it than through Google Zeitgeist. The news I hear everyday are easily thrown to the back of my mind and placed in much distant years. However, these videos remind me that there has been much to mourn for, but even much more to be grateful for. Happy New Year, friends.

Ode to Wisdom

Satan before the throne of GodWhile reading the book of Job, today, I found this passage that–while being read aloud–reminded me of epic poetry. Although, I know the book of Job is of the poetic kind, I don’t think I had ever read it and caught up with the beauty of its lyrics, its verses. There’s a rhythm to each line read, and there’s also something pretty marvelous about its diction. I especially like the passage because it centered on wisdom; it reflects on wisdom and understanding, and how different both are from the material and what is within man’s reach.

Here is the passage, and the bold type shows the verses I loved most.

28 There is a mine for silver                                                                                                                                                                                                       and a place where gold is refined.
2 Iron is taken from the earth,
    and copper is smelted from ore.
3 Mortals put an end to the darkness;
    they search out the farthest recesses
    for ore in the blackest darkness.
4 Far from human dwellings they cut a shaft,
    in places untouched by human feet;
    far from other people they dangle and sway.
5 The earth, from which food comes,
is transformed below as by fire;
6 lapis lazuli comes from its rocks,
and its dust contains nuggets of gold.
7 No bird of prey knows that hidden path,
no falcon’s eye has seen it.
8 Proud beasts do not set foot on it,
and no lion prowls there.
9 People assault the flinty rock with their hands
and lay bare the roots of the mountains.
10 They tunnel through the rock;
their eyes see all its treasures.
11 They search[a] the sources of the rivers
and bring hidden things to light.

12 But where can wisdom be found?
    Where does understanding dwell?
13 No mortal comprehends its worth;
    it cannot be found in the land of the living.
14¬†The deep¬†says, ‚ÄúIt is not in me‚ÄĚ;
the sea¬†says, ‚ÄúIt is not with me.‚ÄĚ
15 It cannot be bought with the finest gold,
nor can its price be weighed out in silver.
16 It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir,
with precious onyx or lapis lazuli.
17 Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it,
nor can it be had for jewels of gold.
18 Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention;
 the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.
19 The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it;
it cannot be bought with pure gold.

20 Where then does wisdom come from?
    Where does understanding dwell?
21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing,
    concealed even from the birds in the sky.
22 Destruction[b] and Death say,
‚ÄúOnly a rumor of it has reached our ears.‚ÄĚ
23 God understands the way to it
    and he alone knows where it dwells,
24 for he views the ends of the earth
    and sees everything under the heavens.
25 When he established the force of the wind
and measured out the waters,
26 when he made a decree for the rain
and a path for the thunderstorm,
27 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it;
he confirmed it and tested it.
28 And he said to the human race,
‚ÄúThe fear of the Lord‚ÄĒthat is wisdom,
and to shun evil¬†is understanding.‚ÄĚ

-Job 28

For Each Tree Is Known by Its Own Fruit

re-1After reading the foreword, I did not foresee that each discourse would be so packed. I imagined short discourses that would focus on one area of how love is displayed through our actions. Instead, I found the first reflection to be much more in depth than I expected. The first discourse was on love’s fruit and how it can be recognized. However, the piece did not only compare love to a tree that yields fruit but it addressed subjects such as hypocrisy and deception and how they are an obstacle to love yielding its proper fruit. Within the discourse, there were a few passages that I found to be the most revealing–at least personally.

I have had many conversation about short-term mission trips with my roommate. We always say what we think and comment on what we have seen and the experiences we have had with such trips, but we are always left with one question: is it really for the good of others, or is it for our own good? There was a passage in the first discourse that quickly reminded me of said conversations:

“There are, indeed, acts which in a special sense are called works of love. But, in truth, because one makes charitable contributions, because he visits the widow and clothes the naked–his love is not necessarily demonstrated or made recognizable by such deeds, for one can perform works of love in an unloving, yes, even in a self-loving way, and when this is so, the works of love are nevertheless not the work of love” (30).

It makes me ask myself, when I think I do something for the good of others, is it them that I truly have in mind or am I acting to make myself feel better, look better?

Now, the second passage that called me to reflect further read,

“For the divine authority of the Gospel speaks not to one man about another man, not to you, the reader, about me, or to me about you–no, when the gospel speaks it speaks to the single individual. It does not speak about¬†us men, you and me, but it speaks¬†to us men, you and me, and it speaks¬†about¬†the requirement that love shall be known by its fruits” (31).

How many times have I judged others’ actions by placing them as self-loving, as opposed to seeking the good will of others? Perhaps, I should stop wondering about people and short-term mission trips. Maybe I should let them carry on with their action and let the Gospel speak to the single individual.

There is one last passage I want to leave with you to ponder on: “To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or in eternity” (23-24).

Journeying into Love

works of loveA few months ago, I began going with Mercy to Barnes & Noble to study. Every time I would give myself a break after finishing an assignment and would wander from aisle to aisle while admiring the books. One afternoon, I walked through the Philosophy section and grabbed a book title Works of Love. I read the review and was tempted to buy the book, but when I looked at the price decided to place it back in its shelf. However, my mind changed after a few visits and I decided to spoil myself, so I bought the book.

It was not until yesterday, however, that I was able to begin reading Kierkegaard’s piece. I read the foreword, translators’ introduction, author’s preface, and prayer–then I stopped. There were two things that kept me from reading ahead: something mentioned by the author of the foreword (George Pattison), and something mentioned by Kierkegaard.

First, Pattison suggest a way in which we ought to read the Kierkegaard’s discourses: “Although…there is often a clear link between one discourse and the next, each is a self-sufficient entity that it can be read and appreciated on its own. We are not to finish one and hurry on to the next, but are to consider how each can be made fruitful in its own terms” (xvi).

Second, Kierkegaard writes in his own preface: “These are¬†Christian reflections; therefore they are not about¬†love¬†but about the¬†works of love” (xxvii).

These two statements make me both excited and afraid to read the reflections. Works of Love refer to my actions as a Christian, as a product of the love in me, as a reflection of Christ who lives in me. I am afraid to continue reading and find that my actions are not the fruit produced by God’s love in me. I’m afraid I will find that I have not been a good enough neighbor, friend, daughter. Nonetheless, I am anxious to read on and be illuminated. I am anxious to know ¬†if my actions have not been the fruit of love, for if it is so, then I will be challenged and changed.

Additionally, Pattison’s statement calls me to take time and think about each reflection read. As a form of reflection I will write, blog; And hopefully invite anyone who reads this to be illuminated and transformed along with me.