Yesterday’s depth is feeling really shallow.
‘To me this is like the days of Noah,
when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth.
So now I have sworn not to be angry with you,
never to rebuke you again.
Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,’
says the Lord, who has compassion on you. —
How good is His love.
State win against Duke, 70 degree weather in the middle of January, and so much love. Couldn’t have asked for a better day yesterday. Here’s to an amazing 21 years :) So blessed.
I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stunned by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say, ‘Hi.’ They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word. — Augusten Burroughs
“New year blessings”
The neighbors brought sticky rice over and wrote this note to come with it. Chinese can be so edgy, I love it. Have yet to see a language more aesthetically pleasing.
View from a high rise in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. #tbt #nostalgic
What a year it’s been. Four days into 2013 and I still can’t help being nostalgic over the past 12 months. It’s been a year of growth, really — some months more than others. Getting back from Australia, I knew life would only get a little tougher. College will be harder, job hunting will get more desperate, missing people will be worse than ever, and life will stop for no one. And God, these past two months. I sometimes wonder if I made a really good mistake. But mistake or not, I think I’ve just gotten to this point where I’m literally on my knees reaching out to God. It’s been such a whirlwind and at the end of the year, you just get exhausted - emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually. There are no words for just how much I miss everyone I’ve met over the course of 2012. But I’m learning and yes. Still growing. Commitment is commitment. I’m giving this year completely to God. So done with living in a halfway manner. I’m at constant war with my vices but I pray my heart stays torn until His will is done in me. I’ve had a taste of everything else and quite frankly, I’m still left empty and hungry at the end of the day. So Jesus, my 2013 is in your hands.
Don’t get me wrong, though. 2012 was the best year of my life. It’s times like this where I’m left dumbfounded by just how blessed I am to have been able to meet the people I’ve met, see the sights I’ve seen, and taste the foods I’ve tasted. Looking back on my past entries… speechless. I mean, sometimes I think, “Was I really there?” I am so loved. 2013, you certainly have big shoes to fill but I’ve just got this feeling that I won’t be disappointed. There is this hope and I’m thankful for that. I’ve got my sights set on Jesus and I know that is the most treacherous course I could take… so here we go. xx
At the end of the day, warmth is one of our most basic necessities.
I am absolutely loving being with family this year for winter break. How true is it that Christmastime is so wonderful? Best time of the year. There’s also something so nostalgic, yet blissful about Christmas. You hug everyone a little harder, you smile a little bigger, everyone’s a little more cheerful, and we’re all craving a bit more of that thing called romance. Renewal, love, joy, and peace is what Christmas is essentially about, isn’t it? I feel it all when I’m shopping for those loved ones - you get so caught up in looking forward to seeing their reactions that you forget you are getting a gift yourself too. And I feel it when I’m at home with my family - thankful as ever that I even get to be with them. I’m feeling so loved. And in turn, so blessed. And finally, I’m thanking God for giving us the ultimate, ultimate gift. Christ is every bit the reason we’re feeling this glow. He’s the reason for our hope. So with that being said, merry Christmas. I’ll leave you with a note reminding you to love with all you’ve got. Because that’s what I’ve learned these past 2 months and after all, aren’t we all created to love and be loved? But most of all, when our fountains run dry, nothing/no one satisfies like Jesus. Who else can give us everlasting joy and redemption over and over again? So good.
Merry Christmas :)
The odd thing about this form of communication is that you’re more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings. — Kathleen Kelly (in an email to Joe Fox) from You’ve Got Mail.