Words

“Just because I treat you like a princess, doesn’t mean you can act like one.” “Why don’t you like to run? You should exercise more. It’s good for you. You can at least look happy to run with me because it’s something that I enjoy doing.” “If you’re happy being with me, then why do…

Why

My eyes are sad after every fight. Whether I was the one at fault or not, my eyes no longer contain the light that they had prior to the conversation. Harsh words and pointed fingers, retaliation and pieces of old arguments… all of them resurface when we fight. We know that we’re not perfect, yet…

All we need is love… and grace

Day Camp 2014 is now over. The amount of stress I experienced never reached an overwhelming level, but I sure had my fair share of angry outbursts. Patience is a virtue, yet it has never been a strong trait of mine. I’m glad there’s grace for that. As the weeks went by, I started to see an issue…

Speaking in the native tongue

“Wong Geen Yun!” I’d hear one of my counselors yell down the hall. “Hey, Wong Geen Yun!” “What?” “Uh… I forgot.” Ever since some of my counselors found out how to say my Chinese name, they’ve been solely calling me using that name. At first, I felt a little embarrassed. “Stop calling me that!” I’d…

Day Camp 2014

This was Day Camp 2011. I was a senior counselor at the time, playing in the sand with campers, fellow counselors, and volunteers. I had a tough job, being a second year senior counselor with a group of about 25 seventh and eighth graders. I worked with a co-senior who was very patient with me…

to the One who deserves all the glory

Isaiah 40:28-30 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired…

When nothing else stands

I will sing, sing, singTo my God, my KingFor all else fades awayAnd I will love, love, loveWith this heart You’ve madeFor You’ve been good always – all sons and daughters  

Abba

After an exciting and life-changing week, I have a newfound respect for the way God moves so gracefully and lovingly through the His people. He urges gently, touches powerfully, yet remains an unfathomable mystery to all of us. He is ever so near, yet He won’t force Himself upon us if we don’t want Him. What…

Beyond the shore

Proverbs 31:25-26 She is clothed with strength and dignity, she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. “I’m glad you can hear how God’s been taking care of you,” she said. I laugh, because that’s been the theme of this season: I’m not going…

You make me brave

Even though I have been having some of my toughest days lately, today became a pivotal moment not only in this season but in my life. God reminded me today that I’m loved, He hears me, and He’s confirming His presence in my life. I can’t express how shocked, in awe, and completely humbled I…

Free

Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Be brave, help me be brave God.

Clean

It’s been a while, old friend. These are the first words that I wrote in my journal after I discovered it a couple days ago hidden under mounds of books by the edge of my bed. It was meticulously placed beneath World War Z, textbooks that I have yet to read through, books about marriage that…