Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year!
Time to get homesick… Missing all the beautiful lights and decorations back in Singapore.
I asked God to challenge me during this retreat, and He certainly answered my prayers.. I struggled a lot with what I thought I knew about God and what it meant to be in His presence, and while this retreat was so much more of a spiritual challenge than anything else, it became extremely applicable in the sense that I am so much closer to God in my daily life.
Also decided to fast TV for a week - challenged again during P. Charles’ workshop about fighting our guilty pleasures. I have a ton to work on, but not watching TV for the past few days really opened my eyes. "Our appetite for the Lord diminishes as we nibble off the table of the world" - my hunger for and dependency on Him has definitely increased, and I realized that I’ve hungered more for community and fellowship. I usually watch TV when I eat dinner in my room and want to ‘escape’ after a whole day of classes, but I’ve begun to appreciate company and want to surround myself with others to conversation. I’ve also become so much more productive in my schoolwork, and started reading Ezekiel. Lots to be thankful for!
Friends are good - this one surely is :)
Restaurant week at Little Nonna’s. Such a sweet getaway from campus relaxing and catching up before leaving for retreat.
A second snow day at Penn :) nice and cozy inside the high rise
A snow day at Penn! Well.. after 2pm.
I was mentally prepared for a packed day today but what a pleasant surprise :) Hope everyone is keeping warm
Starting out the year healthy and right!
Thinking back to the first sunrise of 2014… Felt almost the same having my first classes of the spring semester. Hoping and praying that I keep to my goals and make 2014 a memorable one.
Last meal before heading down to Penn.
Already missing family & home.
Slow morningsBeen a while since I drew
Always nice catching up with a high school friend
I don’t remember being as motivated and inspired as I am right now for a new year. A lot of things to look forward to, including a fresh start of new classes, involvement in new clubs and new responsibilities for old ones, making new friends, applying to study abroad, and finding an internship.
Things I want to work on myself:
- The pursuit of holiness - with Jerry Bridges’ book by the same title as my guide
- Living a healthier lifestyle, which means making more time to cook
2014 will not be any easier with its own hardships, but I hope I can go about them more gracefully and continue to grow as a daughter of Christ.
Praying for a fantastic, memorable 2014!