24
May
stored in: 2019

Despite being stressed before a vacation, I realize I do need to get away to relax. Here are my beach experiences that helped me to relax: I insisted on a room with an ocean view. Hawaii isn’t even worth it without a room with an ocean view. Our room was on the 38th floor across […]

22
May
stored in: 2019

Continue… Fun hikes in Hawaii that I am grateful to have experienced: We booked a zipline experience for Wednesday. I was attracted to it on their website because it said it was good for all levels, no experience needed, only a few 5 minute hikes. I want a little fun but not a lot of […]

21
May
stored in: 2019

I have no complaints about our vacation. Seriously, who can complain about Hawaii?? FOMO is a thing with me. I don’t want to come all the way to Oahu and miss something that everyone else had done on the island. I had a list of stuff I wanted to do, and I am quite satisfied […]

10
May
stored in: 2019

I always lose sleep before vacation. Is it even worth going on vacation to relax when it takes so much to get ready to go? Once the plane leaves the ground, then I feel relax. When I had 3 months of Sabbatical last year, I felt very relaxed once I was away. I hope to […]

06
May
stored in: 2019

Saturday: After morning deacon’s meeting, Mike and I had an adventure and bought a blueberry plant. So excited! Harvested 5 berries so far! Sunday: 3 moms who are friends with their children came to church for the first time. They are Mandarin-speaking, which is not unusual. Every week we have visitors who are Mandarin-speaking. Neither […]

03
May

Yesterday I posted my issue of aging. I’ve developed all kinds of¬†obsessions with problems that come with getting old. First it was my digestion with pain in my stomach. I asked my doctor run all the tests. I was obsessed with supplements. There were bottles of pills arriving at my door everyday. It was so […]

29
Apr
stored in: 2019

It’s really nice to have Monday off! The weekend is always busy, either ministry or personal. The thought of unwinding on Monday is such a relief! I can see why people look forward to retirement if you don’t like your job. What a drag to go to work on Monday mornings. I am doubly blessed […]

27
Apr
stored in: 2019

It was a joyful morning of training with over 60 in attendance plus 2 young adults helping with 5 kids. Thank God for all volunteers who love God and love children ministry. I’ve always struggled with my ethnic identity. Usually I don’t “feel” like I’m Chinese. I grew up with white people and tried hard […]

26
Apr
stored in: 2019

I said something really stupid at the mom’s fellowship today! One mom shared how she’s always giving to others and it’s hard to also have enough energy to encourage her husband. I meant to say self focused constant complaining makes things worst and doesn’t allow us to experience God’s victory. But I’m afraid it came […]

24
Apr
stored in: 2019

What did we used to do before search engines? My searches today – outdoor plants in a pot, hamstring stretches, bump on forehead, eggplant recipe, ministrysafe, Sacred Fire, Office Depot, tight gluts Enjoyed praying with Glenys at prayer meeting. In our lifetime we pray many prayers, but we don’t recognize God’s answers to all our […]

23
Apr

Sunday highlights: A parent texted me Sunday afternoon and thanked me for helping her children. It is my privilege! Watching the baptism in the Chinese service, and live stream the English service in Children Worship. Chinese baptism was very serious. Lots of laughter in the English baptism. In Children Worship we cheered after every baptism. […]

19
Apr
stored in: 2019

I have to admit, it’s hard for me to get emotional by the crucifixion of Jesus. I am definitely grateful and don’t take his sacrifice for granted. But I’m the type of person who doesn’t care to make a big deal of birthdays and anniversaries. What I enjoyed about today’s Good Friday service was not […]

18
Apr
stored in: 2019

My Perspectives reading today revealed a flaw in my understanding of church. Wow, after all these years as a Christian and attending church, and now on the pastoral staff at church, I get a revelation that makes me think how “Western” I am in my Christian theology. Fortunately it’s not too late for me to […]

16
Apr
stored in: 2019

Today was my turn to lead staff devotions. Weeks ago I already thought of sharing about the good soil. But this being passion week I am obligated to focus on that instead. I enjoyed my own devo, I hope others did too. I usually enjoy my own lessons, which is a good sign I think. […]

14
Apr

Another joyful Sunday! Our Perspectives speaker was great. He already learned Gujarati, and now he wants to learn Japanese. He’s only a few years younger than me. Yet he wants to learn the language because he has a heart to reach the Japanese with the gospel. I have a hard time with language. I can […]

10
Apr

I honestly can’t remember what I do each day. Each day rolls into the next. All I know is I’m busy, I’m reading Perspectives, I’m doing church stuff which is my job. Is this what life is? Is it like this for everyone? Before you know it, the year is gone, and you wonder, what […]

05
Apr
stored in: 2019

Is it coincidence or God ordained? I wanted to talk to one of the parents today. Usually I’ll just try to find people at church if I need to talk to them. This time I just thought thought I’d text him to give him a heads up. Later he told me he was just about […]

04
Apr

Perspectives reading this week focused on adapting cross-culturally. All the difficulties involved, issues I’ve never considered, made me appreciate long term missionaries much more. And I feel like, I can’t be a long term cross-cultural missionary! I read missionary biographies of their sacrifices, even when they are older like me. I always thought I want […]

A funeral yesterday is a reminder of how flitting life is. When I was younger, I thought I had all the time in the world. Now I feel like I have no time at all. A year goes by and I wonder what I accomplished. Did I do the things that matter? Should I spend […]

I’m always excited to start a new book, but the excitement wanes usually about 3/4 of the way through. I usually get enough of what the author is saying that I don’t want to read anymore. This book was no exception. I was given this book by HL for Christmas. It was really good in […]