06
Mar
stored in: 2019

I love to listen to podcasts. I can multi-task: listen to a sermon while cleaning the bathroom, learn about apologetics while stretching. Today PT and I recorded a podcast. It’s harder than it sounds. Found so many ways to improve when we listen to ourselves. But I wanted to do this, and got PT into […]

04
Mar
stored in: 2019

I listened to a coaching podcast advising people to take small steps towards a goal. The feeling of a small win would encourage us to keep moving forward. The example of the host was to exercise. Instead of getting discouraged and mad at herself that she’s not exercising, she started with just setting her running […]

03
Mar

In Children’s Worship today:Me: Jesus knew he would one day go back to heaven. He needed to choose disciples who would continue to do his work. What kind of person should he choose?3rd grade boy: Me! Perspectives class was great. The speaker did a first person of Hudson Taylor, my hero. Went out to dinner […]

01
Mar

A well-meaning young lady at church asked me with all sincerity, “Do you work everyday? What do you do all day?” Before I started working full time in ministry, I had the same thought about what pastors do. Yes, I know it takes a long time to prepare a sermon, and then what? Now I […]

26
Feb

An ultrasound did not detect the heartbeat of the baby. This is the second time this year I accompanied a mom to an ultrasound. The first one was joyous with results we hoped for. This one was not what we hoped for. We cried, yet, there’s hope. I sensed the parent’s peace. We know our […]

24
Feb
stored in: 2019

If I was not a Christian, I would miss out on the life of the church. The church is a big part of a Christian’s life. Church should not be the only thing in a Christian’s life, but it is a big part. Church may look different in different cultures, but the love and unity […]

Uttering a few words of prayer doesn’t seem like much. Even if it was heartfelt, passionate, deep, long – whatever “good” prayer looks like, do those words make a difference? The obvious answer from any devoted Christian is yes. But why? How do words I say translate into changes in real life? Logically speaking, prayer […]

18
Feb

ughhh, the floral wire I bought was cheaper at Michaels and I wouldn’t have had to wait for it to be shipped! I love both Amazon and Michaels, but now I love Michaels more. Especially because they gave me a $5 off coupon, which I used today. Went kumquat picking with Elliot and Nancy, and […]

17
Feb
stored in: 2019

I’m not good with details. I don’t like to plan things. I used to do ok with it, but now I get stressed out planning things. But I want to invite people to my house, I want to be hospitable because the Bible says so. It’s a way invite people in to build relationship and […]

16
Feb
stored in: 2019

I feel accomplished today. I made a wreath that I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Walked up the street to a corner house with a cypress bush I’ve been eyeing. In broad daylight I cut some branches. It’s a big bush, on a corner slope, I’m sure no one cares. Crafting the wreath […]

15
Feb
stored in: 2019

Another great Awana night. What makes it good are the volunteers. They not only get the job done, but does it with enthusiasm, joy, going the extra mile. And the true test of a dedicated volunteer is that they would do it again, and again and this team does! I am blessed to be a […]

14
Feb
stored in: 2019

I’ve not heard of this term of being “woke” or “wokeness” until I read this. Very well written. It makes me want to cry. I’ve been feeling “off” the last couple days. Yesterday, I couldn’t remember my routine for going to prayer meeting – something I go to every Wednesday. What time do I normally […]

13
Feb
stored in: 2019

From yesterday, 2/13/2019 It was my turn to share in staff devo today. I shared about what I learned in Perspectives about prayer as an act of spiritual violence. Prayer pushes back the spirit of darkness and the devil’s work on earth. I felt a bit hypocritical talking about prayer because I am not one […]

I always have high expectations that I’d get a lot of things done on Mondays. It’s my day off, I can clean the shower, clean the garage, clean the dresser, do some yard work..and I usually do none of those things… Instead we go to Costco  to buy stuff instead of cleaning out stuff. When my […]

At church today: Me talking to a 2nd grade boy: I’m not punishing you, I just want to help you worship God, and i think you can focus on God better if you didn’t sit next to your friend M. Where would you like to sit so you can focus on God? Would you like […]

To celebrate my big birthday, my family surprised me with afternoon tea at the Huntington Library. It was hard to settle on a date when everyone is available. Today I had extended deacons meeting in the morning, got out at 12:30, ate In n Out and drove out to Huntington Library. We stayed till closing […]

07
Feb
stored in: 2019

It was a privilege to lead the caring team to visit Muiha today. I am on the “bench” and only asked to lead if none of the other pastors can go What a joy to see God’s faithful care on this family. When I asked for one word character of God that you experience, Muiha […]

06
Feb
stored in: 2019

Have you had those moments when the Holy Spirit convicts you of your sin? And it’s one of those sins that you know is a sin, and have confessed it, but only on the surface. And the Holy Spirit convicts you of it again when he opens your eyes to see the gravity of it […]

06
Feb
stored in: 2019

My day yesterday, 2/5/2019 We try to stack all office meetings on Tuesdays so that other days will be open for us to plan for whatever we need to do. Had English team meeting in the morning, and staff meeting in the afternoon with an hour in between for lunch. By 3pm, with another hour […]

04
Feb

Ikea was the perfect work space today. There’s underground parking so we don’t have to get wet, I get free coffee or tea as an Ikea member, we sat next to the window in the cafe with an open view of the rain. Read my Perspectives book and felt productive. And of course we got […]