Good Vibes here
"Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.”
Words by: Jewish poet, Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai, 1050
Melody later added, along with two other verses by: Fredrick Lehman, 1917
My favorite verse of one of my favorite hymns. You can just feel the inspiration and connection that the author had when he scribbled down these words.
Random Update on my life.
My computer has trouble recognizing my face. I think I’m starting to realize why.
1st pic: Last Thursday, for my first day tutoring someone, I happened to have extra time and decided to clean up a bit. Taken right before leaving the house.
2nd pic: Taken right after my yoga session today. Whoever said yoga was easy or fun was lying. Yoga is a good type of exercise; yoga is NOT easy nor fun.
On the bright side, I think I’ve exercised 3 days in a row and tomorrow shall make a fourth. Early morning jog. Let’s see how far I can jog with my legs in so much pain. I exercise on and off a lot, but I really need to start getting on a regular schedule…for health…ahem…and because the grades of 3 classes this semester kind of depend on it: Personal Fitness Plan, Weight Training and Conditioning, and Health Psychology. This is definitely good for me though. I lost 10 lbs during the first two months of being in Hong Kong and another 5 lbs since. My goal is to lose another 5-10 lbs before I leave here, which will put me at a healthy weight for my height (the traumas of being short). I’m not so concerned about the weight though as I am about my overall health. Definitely trying to cut back on sodas, snacks, and whatever. And just start exercising. I know that people rarely lose weight just by jogging and weight gain is common for people who lift weights… So I know that weight shouldn’t be my main focus.
On another note, I’ve been eating raw as a form of moral support for my best friend who—heavens knows why—decided to go raw for 10 days. I’m only doing a week, but it has been a REALLY good experience thus far. I had raw lasagna yesterday, gazpacho today, and then there’s my amazing fruit salads in the mornings. Glad it’s only for a week though. I miss the convenience of buying food or popping something in the microwave. Not to mention how much I miss my mom’s cooking.
Oh. She started a new diet, as recommended by NEW START, and fasting 2 days a week. In just 1 week, she’s already lost 8 lbs, and I’m super proud of her. The food smells delicious, but I still haven’t gotten a chance to try it. =/ It’s okay, I’ll get a taste of it after next Monday. Did I mention that my grandma did NEW START in Weimar, CA and lost 30 lbs in 18 days? She finished the program last week and has lost 9 lbs since then. I am amazed at my family. I have never ever heard my grandma be so excited about her health. Seriously a PTL moment.
And on a concluding random note, I’ve been tutoring a 3rd grade boy in math recently and I’m LOVING it. It was so funny though because I recently bought a purple mascara (that I’m wearing in the first picture) and it looks really neon-ish and bright in person. So I was in my first session of tutoring with this kid, who has ADD, and I asked him a question. His answer: PURPLE! …Note to self: No more purple mascara on Mondays and Thursdays… I love this tutoring business though. I don’t know why I didn’t start earlier.
Well, that’s all for now. Don’t do these updates on a regular basis or anything. I guess I was just in a sharing mood today. Man, it would’ve been a great opportunity to catch up with an old friend. Oh well. Some other day, some other news, some other time.
Ceramics by Clive Bowen, image by Drew at Gallery Le Fey
I was walking the other day by the pond. I found a nail. It was rusted, not big. I thought, “ God really loves me”. You might think….”ok. random”…… but it reminded me of His sacrifice. How He gave His Life on the cross for me. I question God at times for the things I’m going through: these emotions, temptations, ups and downs, pains of friends and family. A walk at the pond helped me realize His sacrifice, His pain and torture: emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Mercy. Who am I.
The color and your edges. The shape and your shadows. Oh sun will you shine through me.
I finally decided on my sermon title… now I have to actually write the sermon. oyy.
Sermon title: #TheStruggleIsReal
Verse: Hebrews 12:1-2
Preaching this Sabbath. PFM