Posted in Based on Scriptures, Beauties and Colors of Life

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

With my limited understanding, sometimes I still find it hard to fully understand how the God and Creator of the universe would humble Himself in the form of a man, suffer for man’s behalf, and die on the cross for man’s redemption.

How great your love for us is, Jesus, that you would choose to live among us and die a shameful death for us!

Thank you for Your great love! Thank you because Your love had set us free from eternal damnation. Thank you because Your love continues to give us hope in the midst of all the chaos in our own lives and in the world around us.

Thank you for being our Source of strength; for sustaining us in times when we face trials and challenges that are seemingly too difficult for us to overcome. Yet we do overcome them because of Your mighty power working in and through our lives – if we choose to believe with all our hearts!

Thank you for the joy You alone can give. Thank you for being trustworthy and true to Your promises.

This DAY is about You, Jesus!

May You be honored and glorified as we remember Your birth that led to our salvation. May we truly treasure and ponder upon these truths not only today but for the rest of our lives!

I love you, Jesus! But thank you for loving me first. When I was lost and hopeless, You had already chosen from a long time ago to love me by dying on the cross to save me from the penalty of all my sins!

Oh, how can I thank you enough but offer my life to You and to faithfully walk with You – to live my life for Your honor and glory till I breathe my last!

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

 

 

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Posted in Expat Diary, First Times

It Wasn’t That Bad!

I’ve always disliked the idea of eating out alone. I once told a friend that I’d rather stay in and eat in my room than go out and sit at a restaurant or cafeteria alone.

So in my almost 5 years here in China, I’ve never gone out to eat alone. If I didn’t have company, I had always managed to order food online or cook my own food when I had time to spare.

But guess what? Tonight I managed to sit and finish my meal at a cafeteria ALONE!

Maybe for some this is nothing, but for me this is a BIG thing. I’ve always avoided this scenario because I’ve always thought that it looks so sad and lonely to eat out alone. Eating out should be with family and friends.

It wasn’t that bad at all actually! It was kinda nice to eat and just enjoy my food without the “sort of” pressure of having to engage in a conversation when you’re eating out with a group of friends.

I’m writing about this because this is a conquered fear for me. Maybe for some this may sound too shallow and insignificant, but for me, and maybe for a few others out there who could relate with me, this moment is a moment of victory! I feel like I’ve slain a dragon that’s been a source of fear and anxiety, perhaps some kind social anxiety to be more precise.

So if you’re like me who have always feared eating out at a restaurant or cafeteria alone for whatever reason, go out and enjoy some really good food! It’s kind of rewarding actually! 😉😊😁