that one word can trigger a million different meanings:
it could be a place – your childhood home where you grew up.
it could be a certain moment, locked away inside a box of time that you regularly open, just to feel all the emotions rushing back and bringing a smile to your face.
it could be a specific feeling – like that one time you and your best friend stayed up talking til 2 am, and finally falling asleep hours later with the taste of that ben and jerry’s caramel ice cream on your tongue.
it could be a person – someone that sends you into spiral of joy, nervousness, and happiness all at once. someone who, just by seeing them or hearing their voice, refreshes your entire soul and body.
or it could even be
so before you build a home within anyone or anything, remember that you should find home within yourself.
your happiness does not depend on another person, so don’t put yourself in that empty prison.
repeat after me: your happiness does NOT depend on how another person treats you.
when you are nervous, falling apart, and afraid, pray. learn to forgive and accept yourself; even better, to love yourself. learn to love others. and finally, love God, because dwelling in Him is the most peaceful thing that you’ll ever experience~
Sometimes we don’t know why God lets things happen. The rollercoaster of life plunges down, down, down. We lose our jobs. We lose our friends. We lose our family. Yesterday, I lost a family friend who was like a second mom to me. I lost her to cancer. I was shocked and in disbelief the whole day. Every time I thought I’d run out of tears, they would spring forth to my already red and swollen eyes. Relatives and friends crowded into their house the whole day. The sounds of mourning were everywhere. It was probably the worst day of my life. That night, I couldn’t sleep. My heart was racing as though I had just gone on a run. Why did God let this happen? Why couldn’t she have gotten better? I always believed that she would, and now…she’s gone.
No matter what, I hold to the promise that one glorious day, we will all be united in the skies. I am so glad that this is our temporary home, full of pain and sickness and tears.
I know not what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future .
That Girl Over There
Wow! Time really flies! Here I am, with only one week left to spend here in Taiwan. After more than a month in this unfamiliar land, I am so ready to go back home to the US. I know I will be leaving behind relatives, delicious food, and fun sights, but home is where the heart is, of course. However, there is a time for everything. Sometimes we must leave the comforts of our home to experience new things and risk new opportunities. Sometimes we must stay in our home and draw closer to our family members.
Today I leave you readers with a wisdom filled passage from the Bible, our light. Read, and meditate on it.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
As we enter the New Year, keep in mind this passage when it comes to difficult situations. Pray to God, and let Him be your Lead in stormy seas. God bless.