Friday, August 28, 2009

Happy Birthday to My Sister

God sure knew what he was doing when he gave me Deborah as a sister. Very few people on this earth knows me as well as she does. She understands my moods (sometimes not even I understand myself), she can hear my words behind every glance, grunt and facial expression. It is not rare for us to be thinking about the same thing at the exactly same time, or even randomly start singing the same part of the same song at the same time.

Maybe we were supposed to be twins.

This beloved sister of mine is turning 21 today and I am so proud of the person she is. I love her bluntness, her silliness, her desire to know God more and her love for family.

I have been blessed to share millions of memories with her and I pray that there are many more to come.

Happy Birthday to Deborah!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Encouraged by God

The word of God never ceases to surprise me. It is not rare for me to find myself in awe of how scripture speaks to my heart and soul during the times I need it the most.

This past week I felt somewhat down and uninspired. I doubted my abilities and felt inadequate in many different ways.

At that time, all I wanted was to be a child in God's arms. I wanted to sit on his lap and have Him tell me of the plans He has for me. I wanted to hear Him whisper his vision for my life.

During a sleepless night, I decided to spend some time in the word. I wasn't really sure what I was looking for, so I finished the last chapter of Romans (which I had been reading) and continued on to I Corinthians. It was here that I heard God tell me a little bit about who I am in his eyes.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

"Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things— and the things that are not— to nullify the things that are, so that no-one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God— that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."

Through these verses God reminded me two important things. First, that I am not capable, adequate, intelligent or wise by my own abilities. Second, that God uses my inabilities and weaknesses for his glory. Created as a human, I am not good enough. It is through his grace that I become a mighty warrior.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Pesto Sauce

I am a big fan of pesto sauce!

If I could choose between red sauce, white sauce or pesto - I would choose pesto for sure. As a matter of fact, I am pretty sure that I could just eat pesto by itself. Is that gross?

Oh well.

When my friend Camille gave me a bite of her pasta with REAL ITALIAN pesto a couple of months ago, I just wanted to keep eating and eating. But seriously. I cannot afford to buy pesto at a grocery store when a little jar costs $10.

So, I have been on a roll to create my own pesto sauce - with the help of my mother in law who makes wonderful meals!

About two months ago, I headed to Home Depot and bought myself a basil plant. I have taken care of that plant with special attention to make sure it would grow into a healthy 'pesto bush'! Well, today I got the chance to use its enormous leaves plus a couple of other ingredients to make a beautiful container of pesto!!!!
I am sooo excited to eat it with pasta and chicken tonight :)
Maybe I'll make a pesto sauce pizza for tomorrow...

**Lessons Learned**
-use a food processor, not a blender
-buy little containers to be able to freeze the pesto in small amounts
-don't make such a big mess in the kitchen!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Soul Birthday

On August 12th, 2001 - I gave my life to God and declared that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Savior of my life!

I have never forgotten that day. That day marks a new beginning for me.

Trying to find words to tell the story of my spiritual life, I discovered a song that describes my relationship with Jesus to this day.

Before The Throne of God Above

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace,
One in Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Savior and my God!
Praise God for his love, mercy, grace and patience!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


I think it is funny when people refer to Seattle as this miserable place that gets rained on every day of the year. Well, although the rain shows up quite frequently, Seattle is one of the most beautiful places in the summer time.

By the way, according to Wikipedia, Seattle receives less precipitation than New York City, Atlanta, Houston, and most cities of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.

Days like today makes me be thankful for all the rain Seattle gets, for it allows green trees to grow everywhere, gorgeous flowers show up in the Spring time, and the clean air is such a privilege! Oh, and when the temperature is not so crazy, one can enjoy being outside picking blackberries!!
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