I’ve been going through some heart changes over the past few weeks. It’s been both challenging and good. I’m thankful when I am humbled and brought back to a place of realizing my great need for Jesus. While past blog posts haven’t touched as much on my faith (for a lot of reasons, including the country I used to live in), I feel a need to be transparent and share what God has been teaching me.
As a follower of Christ, I aim to live my life sold out for my savior. I want to be all in on this walk with the Lord. However, I’ve realized time and time again how hard it is to do it on my own strength. It’s impossible, really. That’s where trusting that God will guide me comes into play.
“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.”
-Arnold Bennett, Novelist
Isn’t this the truth?
Have you ever tried to change a habit and then became discouraged because it wasn’t as bright and sunny as from afar. This is one of the reasons why people get stuck in their ways. Change can be scary. There’s the fear of the unknown and also the recognition of challenge. Some of us shy away from uncomfortable times. Read more
I find walking quite enjoyable. There’s something wonderful about taking in fresh air while putting a little movement into your day. While some people are all about high intensity workouts at the gym, others appreciate the simple act of walking as their form of exercise. Although I must admit I like both levels of intensity, there’s something calming about taking a walk that cannot be achieved while inside.
When I lived in China, I walked several miles each day. The combination of walking to and from my daily activities and then adding in some exercise kept me active. Now that I’m back in American suburbia, I don’t find as many chances to walk in my daily life. This is due to a combination of circumstances along with my own laziness and conformity to societal norms. Read more
A couple nights ago, I was taking care of my 9-year-old brother, Markus, while my parents were out of town for the evening. I haven’t written a whole lot about my family on this blog in the past, but they are truly very special to me. One of the best parts about living back in my hometown again is getting to spend time with my brother. His faithfulness and love challenges me.
After a full day of being patient while I ran errands, I told him I’d reward him (and me!) with ice cream. I decided to stop in our local Hy-Vee grocery store to pick some up. After gathering the ice cream and checking out, we passed the floral section as we were leaving. I didn’t think much of it as I always pass by without thought. Markus, however, had more intentional ideas.
“I’d like to get flowers for Mom sometime,” he said.
“Oh yeah?” I replied.
“Yeah,” Markus said.
His comment about getting flowers for our mom made me a little emotional. My mom has been extremely busy and a little overwhelmed lately and I knew she would love the gesture. What a thoughtful brother I have! Read more