08
Sep

Our life consists of what we do. The sum total of our life is what we do with our time. That doesn’t mean we must be busy to have a meaningful life. How we spend our time is hopefully intentional, or at least somewhat intentionally meaningful towards what you want your life to be. I’ve […]

05
Sep
stored in: 2019

I feel so useful when people ask me for things. This morning, I got a request for popsicle sticks by the 7th/8th grade SS teacher, and hula hoops for International Students Ministry. Last Sunday, someone wanted to borrow a few nursery toys as props for filming a segment on abortion for a Chinese Christian Youtube […]

02
Sep
stored in: 2019

Sunday – The sermon today described a passion as something you are willing to suffer for. To love God and people passionately is not like a hobby – something you enjoy. To¬†love God passionately means we give up other things – idols – in order to pursue Him. I am constantly fighting idols that get […]

31
Aug
stored in: 2019, Spiritual life

I think we officially decided I will go by Popo. My daughter called my mom Popo. It sounds right that the title should be used by my granddaughter to now call me Popo. Since it’s the last Friday of the month, we don’t have Awana, I have the evening free. We decided to visit baby […]

My favorite fiction author is Agatha Christie. Josephine Tey is not going to take her place, but offers me a source of entertainment since I’ve read everything written by Christie including those under her pen name Mary Westmacott. A murder mystery is all about the ending and resolution. This one is not completely satisfying, the […]

24
Aug
stored in: 2019

I learn a lot by other’s example and how they handle situations. Those are great sources of wisdom. At Awana last night a parent got very angry and left in a huff. It was nothing we did; she seemed to have come in with a chip on her shoulder. I wasn’t there when it happened, […]

20
Aug
stored in: 2019

My son married after a relatively short dating period. I asked him if he wanted more time to go out on dates and have fun as a couple. He said, “Isn’t it better to date after marriage?” He’s right. And they are having fun dates now. I’m proud of him that he treats his wife […]

18
Aug
stored in: 2019

I was planning to attend worship service today but I didn’t make it. I ended up talking to people because I needed to and wanted to catch up with them. I’ve been told that you need to take a number to talk to me on Sundays. I’ve literally had people waiting in line to talk […]

Today I was conferred the role of grandma. Today my granddaughter was born. I have a grandson in heaven who was born last year. I don’t tell people that I feel somewhat sad. Sad at the passing of a season of life that had been the best years of my life – it was 31 […]

15
Aug

Had a conversation yesterday to explain to someone why we don’t have a certain event anymore. It’s hard to explain to people why we change things at church. All the things we did in the past are good. So why change? Why eliminate it? I’m writing this out so I can clarify in my own […]

12
Aug
stored in: 2019

8-11-2019 Sunday. Had a rough day giving the children’s message. One of the children with autism was screaming for a long time. I was so distracted I don’t think I gave a good message. I trust God knows and I’ll let it go with that. We had a very good STM prep with a prayer […]

Aaron gave me this book a while back. It’s been on the stack by my bed. Finally finished reading it. This is my August read, one book a month. I really liked the first chapter explaining what true worship means. Then when it got to the details, it was too much detail. The last chapter […]

10
Aug

8-5-19 Monday. Still hate the LA traffic, visiting Audrey. Almost the same distance to Irvine to visit Elliot, but much more pleasant for me, suburban living in Irvine is more my comfort. Audrey is so close yet so far. 8-6-19 Tuesday. I’m an external processor and I like being in meetings with others like me […]

04
Aug
stored in: 2019

I was too ambitious. I stacked a lot of meetings today. Forgot to go to one of them. Postponed the last one. Today was promotion Sunday, so lots of questions of where kids go, one child with special needs had a melt-down. While these situations may or may not demand my personal attention, I feel […]

04
Aug

Yesterday’s children’s outreach: Good: Pioneering a children’s event at Ybarra instead of at church Not so good: The AC wasn’t working until after lunch. Even I, who barely sweat in Taiwan humidity, was getting moist. Good: No one complained. And when the AC finally came on, we really appreciated it. Not so good: The speakers […]

01
Aug
stored in: 2019

I had lunch with someone who will be going to college. I’ve known her since 5th grade and I wanted to have an “adult” meet up before she starts school. Seeing her¬†excitement for what’s ahead made me appreciate my own journey through the years of college. God has been so faithful to me, steering me […]

01
Aug
stored in: 2019

I am thankful for the priority our staff puts on personal spiritual life. On the 5th Tuesday of the month we are told to take a spiritual retreat day. I spent half my day at home reading and half my day at my favorite retreat place – Mariners church in Irvine. There is hardly anyone […]

30
Jul
stored in: 2019

In an effort to daily post about my day in 2019, seems like posting a day behind is becoming the pattern. So yesterday, we went to eat Malaysian food in Anaheim – got a Groupon for it. Amy also has Mondays off work. Usually she has her own plans, but she had no plans and […]

29
Jul

After much deliberation for the last several weeks, I decided to go to the young adult retreat for one day. Funny thing is, I carpooled with Jedda; four years ago we carpooled to the women’s retreat to the same place. And on the way back, I drove Joyce home, which was what I did at […]

25
Jul
stored in: 2019

I went outside for less than 5 minutes and got 4 bug bites! This is in my backyard, not a jungle! This hot humid weather is no fun. It’s expected in Asia but I am not ready for this in SoCal Praise God He gave me inspiration for my sermons today. I am giving a […]