Tuesday, November 22, 2011

email and reply


(this video was shared to me by email a couple of weeks ago)

what is so admirable about this guy is not that he does so much with no arms or legs,
but rather his positive attitude and outlook on life.

I know I've been asking God to work on my attitude. It is like my pride still gets in the way. I know that in whatever I do I should do my best for the glory of the Lord, but lately I've been whining like a baby. I really ought to be more responsible with what I have right now and count my blessings. AND I am BLESSED!

I am blessed because...(and these are just a few items)

-I have family who loves me and we make effort to keep in touch and continue to pour out love by God's word and encouragement.
-I made a big move only 3 1/2 months ago...
we have a church family, with people willing to take us into their home while we find a place to live.
-within a week of arriving to the island had a place to live.
-within the next 2 weeks I had a job and Rob was in the UH system for his job.
-and we hopped into a small group
-I had the opportunity to go on the All-Church Retreat, camp for a night and boldly seek God's word and the Holy Spirit.
-I attended "Love Feast" (potluck) last Sunday and witnessed people getting baptized.
-This week is Thanksgiving!


The world presents statistics about our economy with such a bleak outlook but look....
I have family, a home, a place to work, a community, yummy food to eat and many opportunities to be in fellowship with other believers and be encouraged.

When I really think about it, I really kind of feel like a pilgrim meeting with the most diverse group of people in this new land and breaking bread, sharing a meal and giving thanks for God bringing us here safe, providing and receiving an abundance of care and love.

John 10:10
New King James Version (NKJV)

10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

What spurred on this entry was me asking God yesterday, "Just tell me what to do!" and his reply this morning was:

Shallow and Profound

Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God —1 Corinthians 10:31

Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not ordained by God; they are ordained by Him equally as much as the profound. We sometimes refuse to be shallow, not out of our deep devotion to God but because we wish to impress other people with the fact that we are not shallow. This is a sure sign of spiritual pride. We must be careful, for this is how contempt for others is produced in our lives. And it causes us to be a walking rebuke to other people because they are more shallow than we are. Beware of posing as a profound person— God became a baby.

To be shallow is not a sign of being sinful, nor is shallowness an indication that there is no depth to your life at all— the ocean has a shore. Even the shallow things of life, such as eating and drinking, walking and talking, are ordained by God. These are all things our Lord did. He did them as the Son of God, and He said, “A disciple is not above his teacher . . .” (Matthew 10:24).

We are safeguarded by the shallow things of life. We have to live the surface, commonsense life in a commonsense way. Then when God gives us the deeper things, they are obviously separated from the shallow concerns. Never show the depth of your life to anyone but God. We are so nauseatingly serious, so desperately interested in our own character and reputation, we refuse to behave like Christians in the shallow concerns of life.

Make a determination to take no one seriously except God. You may find that the first person you must be the most critical with, as being the greatest fraud you have ever known, is yourself.


Anyway there is a tidbit of my life right now.

I know it is kind of a novel, but it is what it is.

Love,

Jen, Ateh, coz, bff

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Bluewater Mission - all church retreat


It is funny how things turn out. Never really anticipated returning to Hawaii.
Anyway, it was strange I felt like I was leaving home but returning home at the same time. I knew we would come back to this church, Bluewater Mission. It is really a treasure to find a church and community you naturally feel at home with.

The retreat this weekend was refreshing. We had the chance to build on our new friendships as well as our previous ones and just be peaceful-minded, having had no agenda really.
Rob and I only camped one night instead of two. It was so busy Friday (moving the piano - ref. to previous post) and running several other errands that we were both knocked out.

It turned out for the best, I guess it was really windy out in Kaneohe, where we were camping. That would've been too difficult to pitch a tent - in the wind, in the dark.

So Saturday we arrived had lunch, Rob went on a hike, I met with some people, threw the Frisbee around, took a walk along the bay, ate (a lot at) dinner and had a evening of worship with the other church members. Having a weekend like that was sooooo needed. After worship we all made s'mores by the bonfire and having had camped in the designated "loud" area. People were up playing like, 70s, 80s, 90s greatest hits music.

In the morning, for breakfast I had a croissant with cream cheese and nutella (awesome!) we had normal church service to conclude the weekend and caught a ride home with Lori in her mustang convertible with the top down.

Yes, it was all good.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Yay! I got a piano!

I've been really wanting to get back into things I love that I have put on hold since I was a student. Yeah, that means I haven't given much of these things I love much attention for the last 8+ years of my life.

I was surfing craigslist and I tend to put my location in the search box so any good finds would be in close proximity.

A piano was advertised for sale and at a price that was awesome. Immediately I jumped on it and accepted it as a blessing from God.

Met the seller, Debbie, who was super nice. The piano is in great condition for being a used piano.

Anyway, I was all worried about how it was going to be moved, but God also always answers prayers. Rob asked his lab mate and I texted my research group friend. I was scrapping trying to think of somebody who could help.

Friday came and we moved it on a four-wheeled dolly and into a rental truck with a ramp. Turns out moving it went exceptionally well. I was imagining the worst and it was finished in just about an hour.

Please comment if you have songs you love.
I'm so excited to play again!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

ok i totally didn't keep up with daily thanksgiving


I was aiming to write an entry for what I am thankful for each day of November, but it has been a week now since my last entry and that kind of stinks. However, that being said, I shall type one out now.

I'm thankful for God providing my daily needs. I try so hard to think about how I can achieve a particular goal, direction or just something I want/need. And sometimes I get worried or frustrated because my outlook doesn't match my desired outcome.

I choose to practice having a positive an grateful outlook because regardless of what a scenario presents to me, God has got my back. He always has and always will.


Friday, November 4, 2011

TGIF

Thank goodness it's Friday :)


Thursday, November 3, 2011

I'm thankful for..."Gaurdian Angels"

I consider myself a person who leans on the side of caution. This covers only some ground against the elements, right? I drive and ride defensively. Watching out for other drivers, bikers, pedestrians who many not see me or be paying attention to the road.

In a day, I ride my bike to all sorts of places, take the bus, and it gets darker sooner now. All the time, anytime I feel uncomfortable with where I am at, I just talk to God the whole way. "Lord, protect me, keep me safe. Give me wisdom and discernment."

I'm thankful that He does. He has always extended His grace and mercy. I am so SO thankful that He has watches out for me and keeps me through all obstacles I face.

Well and to add to it, I'm going to go buy a helmet this weekend, because I should do my part too :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I'm thankful for....the rain.

Most of the time I'm like, "ehhhh, I don't want to get wet. If I am going to get wet I would prefer to take a shower or jump into a pool, or even better the ocean.

Rain is like, you start by getting drizzled on and feeling icky and you run for cover.

This drizzle factor is a regular thing in Hawaii, you get drizzled on, then you dry off. Then it happens again.

I'm not fond of getting partially rained on but I just got home and had a marvelous time biking from work and around town, stopped to meet somebody, dropped of my resume to a potentially fun part-time job, and stopped by the farmers market to spend some cash that maybe I shouldn't spend. Upon leaving the farmers' market it was inevitable that I was going to be drenched by the time I got home.

1/4 of the way, I'm okay,.... 1/2 way, little drizzle, .....last stretch and hear comes the downpour.

Biking through the downpour was very climatic and refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure of it.

I'm thankful that when I surrender my bad attitude of being inconvenienced or discomforted I am blessed with joy and fulfillment.




Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I am thankful for....

1. I am thankful I have a job.

I am guilty of complaining because I expect more. I have pride and think I deserve more than what I have at present. I am guilty.

Then I think how many people don't have jobs right now. And are being pushed to the edge of their hope.

I can't complain. I am thankful to have a job, to have food, clothes and a roof over my head.
I have a great church community who encourages me and a husband who loves me.
I live in freakin' Hawaii.

I am thankful for a God who gives me a hope and a future. Who provides. Jehovah Jireh.

Jeremiah 29:11

New International Version (NIV)

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Aina Haina Shopping Center - REopening Extravaganza :D

I am so refreshed.
I love being around families and children.

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to illustrate the windows for a small business called, Bee Green Cleaners at the Aina Haina Shopping Center. David, the owner, is so great to work with. I'm so delighted to have had the chance to be creative and support his business.




Upon finishing, I had a really fun time painting children's faces. It was so much fun seeing them thrilled when they look in the mirror at the flower, or honu, or smiley face, etc.
Occasionally, I had a special request such as a red dragon or Socks for Heroes. I have to admit, I may have made the mistake and spelled "Heroes" incorrectly on a couple of girls faces, but they loved it anyway :) whoopsie daisies.

By the end of the afternoon, my treat to myself was keiki sized ice cream on a sugar cone from Foodland and free samples of awesome food from local farmers and seasonal items in for the holidays.

What a great Saturday!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

on TheBus ride

In commute or travel tends to render moments of reflection.

Have you ever felt the emotions of another as it is radiating through a small space?

A dad, mom and child were on the bus this morning on the way to work.
The dad exited the bus to be off to work and said, "bye-bye." to his son and wife. Immediately, the child burst into tears and cried waving his little hand bye-bye.

I observed the dad step out of the bus and looked back waving to his son. The mom must have just told her son, "Dad is just going to work. He will be back later." The son quieted.

Immediately, my mind spiraled back in time to how I felt as probably a 5 or 6 year old child saying bye to my mom as she left for work in the evening. She had the night shift as a nurse.

I did not expect to be able to remember that feeling but for about 30 seconds I found myself empathizing with the child, feeling what the child was feeling.

It was strange and unexpected.
I guess in observing the family on the bus I'm thankful because it makes me realize how much love exists between a child and a parent and how you don't grow up and out of that love. And that in a world broadcasting so much "bad" news in a day. It is such a delight to see love expressed in the lives of passerby people on the bus.

I'm am thankful for ohana.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Manoa Falls Trail / Na Ala Hele: Aihualama Trail / Na Ala Hele: Pauoa Flats Trail


Google maps may say this is only 2.2 miles and takes 56min. to walk, but really it took ~1.5 hours each way. The elevation and footing was quite the obstacle. The hike was gorgeous! I think this is a new best in terms of hiking elevation. Phewwwffff.....
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

You make everything GLORIOUS!

Just reconnecting with some songs from the David Crowder Band.

One song he sings,

"You make everything glorious!
You make everything glorious!
You make everything glorious!
And I am yours.
What does that make me?"

I just found encouragement listening to this song again.
That while I'm waiting and still making the best with the circumstances. My purpose is here.
Right here. Right now.

I keep thinking ahead, but I always need to remember that he has purposed me to be right where I am today.

"Dear God,
My spirit is lifting! Oh how you love me! Thank you for everyday that I am alive and every breath I am able to take. You sustain me and keep me and made me glorious!
Thank you for your saving grace because I know I am far from deserving any good thing.
I am yours my Father above. In Christ's holy and precious name, Amen."