Insignificant Happenings

When life is short, every moment counts.

March 15, 2013 at 4:51am
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As a college student, I focus a lot of my effort on things that are urgent yet not important. I neglect things that are essential to my life because there isn’t a deadline attached to them. I live life passively. 

November 12, 2012 at 1:10am
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I finally figured out how to use my kindle and I’m currently reading The Pursuit of God. This is my favorite quote so far:

"Sound bible exposition is an imperative must in the Church of the Living God. Without it no church can be a New Testament church in any strict meaning of that term. But exposition may be carried on in such way as to leave the hearers devoid of any true spiritual nourishment whatever. For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard the truth. The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.” 

What are you reading? 

July 14, 2012 at 10:27pm
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Day One

The phrase “everything will be okay” gets thrown around a lot in today’s culture. More often times than not, we don’t have a clue how things will really turn out in the end, but we still reassure people that “everything will be okay.” I guess that beats saying “your life is totally going to suck.”

After thinking about it some more, I’ve come to the conclusion that the fear and anxiety doesn’t come from not knowing if things will be okay. What people are actually afraid of is the process that it takes to get there. Because in a sense, yes, no matter your situation everything will be okay in time. It may take one year or ten years, but eventually you’ll get there. So the fear isn’t in if I will be okay or not, but it’s in the unknown of the time and process of getting there. It’s in the process where you learn who you truly are. It’s in the midst of hurt where your inner most thoughts and feelings are exposed. You not only get a clear perspective of who you are, but you understand more about life and human nature.

Right now, I’m in the process. I know things will be okay in the end, but to be honest, I’m terrified of the process haha. I’m writing this post because after however long it takes me to say “everything turned out okay”, I want to be able to look back at this moment when I was so uncertain of that reality. Life is so unpredictable sometimes (but then again I guess it’s not because God is sovereignly working everything for His purpose). After three years of being in college, I’ve learned more about myself than I ever have. I’ve painfully learned my weaknesses and the consequences that follow them. I’ve learned what my strengths are and how I can encourage others through them. Things that I’ve been so sure of, I no longer believe in and have assurance of. I’ve met people that have changed my perspective on how I see certain things, people that I value and care for. And I’ve met people who have pushed me to emotions I didn’t know I could feel. I’ve gone through the saddest and happiest moments in my life up to this point. I feel like I never know what’s going to happen next. I know that no matter what happens I will be okay at the end, but the process to get there will be different each time. But each time, I’m learning more about God’s character and His unfailing promises. His mercy is more than enough for me and it’s times like this that I’m reminded of that.

PS. I’m going to try to post every day for a month! 

March 17, 2012 at 4:56pm
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"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

March 2, 2012 at 2:05am
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I can!

Today I learned how much unrecognized potential people possess. 

About 15 minutes ago, I was in my room when I heard an alarming banging noise coming from the washing machine in my apartment. It registered in my mind that hearing something like this probably wasn’t normal, but I simply dismissed it (hoping that if I ignored it for long enough, the noise would subside). Ten minutes later, my housemate comes downstairs letting me know that the noise is still persisting so she stopped the machine. I walk upstairs and go to the washing machine, literally staring at it for a good minute not doing anything. Just me and the machine in utter silence. After one solid minute has passed, I stick my head inside the washing machine. To be honest I had no idea what I was looking for, but I figure I might as well do something to try to solve the problem and I guess that’s the best thing I could come up with. After looking around, I pull my head out of the machine and simply close the top again to let it resume washing. Immediately after closing the machine the awful thumping noise started pounding away. I opened the top frantically, slightly embarrassed by my lack of success and I stand there. Again, staring. My first instinct was to call someone else and ask for help. But everyone was at a basketball game and my roommate was in the shower so I was stuck with myself.

Solution? I go on my laptop and I start to google. This is literally the first thing I type in: “why is my washing machine making a weird noise?” (This question is actually more common than you may think). After doing some quick research, I again walk up the stairs determined to fix the machine. And guess what! I fixed it! I was pretty ecstatic because in situations like this I usually look to others for help before relying on myself. I often doubt the capabilities that I have, undermining what I am really able to accomplish. Today I realized that there is a lot in each of us we haven’t discovered yet. There is a vast amount of potential in all of us. Sometimes we just need to be pushed by our circumstances in order to discover that potential. 

-Joy

By the way, all I had to do was just rearrange my clothes in the washing machine because the “drum” was out of balance.  

February 29, 2012 at 11:28pm
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Progress

For the first time in a while, I’m taking a class in Davis where I’m actually learning about myself. I’ve become so acquainted to taking science classes where I learn all about the human body, all the while forgetting that there’s more to biology that makes someone human. For the first time I’m taking an upper division Communication class, and it has really changed my perspective on what it means to be an effective person.

I’ve been learning about myself lately so bear with me as a I attempt to articulate my thoughts in one cohesive idea. I guess I can start out by saying that I’ve realized that life is about constant improvement. For the longest time, I’ve had this misperception that there were things in life that I’ve already mastered. And I simply thought throughout one’s life, the goal is to master a skill or competency, and then move on to the next. However, every time I encounter failure I’m humbly reminded that there really is no such thing as ‘mastering’ a skill. The reason I say this is because life is always changing. Ideas are always evolving, people are always progressing, nothing stays constant. Unless you know how to adapt with the progressive nature of life, your skills will one day become obsolete and your failures will be a manifestation of that. This is why I think it’s important to strive for personal improvement. To not just be complacent or satisfied with where you’re at right now, but to know that there’s always room for improvement. Knowing that self-pity and frustration are not ways to respond to mistakes and failures. Instead, it is necessary for all of us to encounter trials, because in those situations we learn to remain humble and recognize what our weaknesses are. 

But what I’ve also realized is that it’s not just enough to realize our shortcomings. We need to be specific and realistic on how we want to improve ourselves. For example, this week I specifically wrote down in order, my priorities from greatest to least importance. It’s really interesting to see how that list compares to how you actually invest your time throughout the day. 

All of this comes down to the fact that I’m tired of living each day for the next exciting thing that’s going to happen. I really want to do more than just exist on a day to day basis, I want to use each moment as a learning experience on how to be the most effective person I can be. 

-Joy 

February 14, 2012 at 1:50am
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February 2, 2012 at 11:17pm
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"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." -Hebrews 12:1-2

December 12, 2011 at 1:40am
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Captivated

Your laughter it echoes like a joyous thunder
Your whisper it warms me like a summer breeze
Your anger is fiercer than the sun in its splendour
You’re close and yet full of mystery.

November 28, 2011 at 5:21pm
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"Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." -John 20:29