Archive for January, 2009

#9: i love my mommy

Posted: January 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

This past Tuesday was my mom’s birthday.  Sigh.  She’s getting older and I don’t like it!

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<Top L2R: my bro Haewon (Danny), my momma, me, my auntie Joh>
>Bottom L2R: good lookin’ cousins – Eunice (Eunbyul), Grace (Eunae), Daegon (Jonathan)>
SSC Senior Banquet ’08

i heart my family.

So anyhow, I’m so thankful for my mom, who encompasses such awesome character and constantly fills me up with love.  Even though it’s been especially hard the past few years, she still gets up at 4:30am and works so hard.  I can only hope to be as good of a mommy someday.

I leave you with a very funny lil’ article from CEJ (2006)

A Dozen Things My Mother Taught Me

1.  My mother taught me RELIGION:
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”

2. My mother taught me LOGIC:
“Because I said so, that’s why.”

3. My mother taught me FORESIGHT:
“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

4. My mother taught me CONTORTIONISM:
“Will you look at the dirt on the back of your neck!”

5. My mother taught me HYPOCRISY:
“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”

6. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION:
“Stop acting like your father.”

7. My mother taught me about ENVY:
“There are millions of less fortunate children in the world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”

8. My mother taught me about WEATHER:
“This room of yours lookas if a tornado went through it.”

9. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE:
“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way.”

10. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT:
“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

11. My mother taught me about HUMOR:
“When the lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

12. And my favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE:
“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!”

Seriously though, momma I love you!

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#8: Still Burning…

Posted: January 9, 2009 in Uncategorized

So, things have been pretty crazy at SSC Youth Group these days.  God’s been blessing us a lot and so many of the youth are just on fire. It’s great!  It’s been really encouraging to see our youth group kids on fire… It’s still burning… gotta love it! 

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So a shout out to the SSC YG Kiddies… keep that fire burning yo!

#7: Post retreat/revival

Posted: January 3, 2009 in Uncategorized

One of the biggest struggles I have is moving forward from an awesome retreat or revival experience.  Staying stuck in the same place or moving backward is just too easy.  I don’t think I’m alone in the struggle.  You have those awesome moments when you experience God in a very refreshing way, and you want to continue to build upon those awesome revelations and experiences… but it can be tough, especially if you spent like a week away from the “real” world in some horse land (Kentucky) or the middle of nowhere Wisconsin.  There are a few things God has continually been reminding me in my relationship with Him:

He’s always with me
I’m an idiot sometimes and I forget very easily that  He is the same God that has been working in my life and loving me every moment… He is always with  me, He is always working in my life, He is always speaking to me in so many different ways… He is always there.

Make the changes
Lots of times we are convicted about the areas in our lives, whether they are bad habits, relationships, thought processes, attitudes, etc. that have been causing us to stumble, be unfaithful to Him, and/or having been the hinderances to a deeper intimacy with Him.  Often God convicts us to make some changes in these areas, and it’s all good at that retreat or revival, but when we get home we fall into same lifestyles or patterns again.  Either those things are too tempting, or we just don’t make the changes we need to.  Whichever it is, we gotta take the necessary steps, even if it’s hard.  If we go back to the lifestyle that brought us so far away from Him, chances are, it won’t be long before we are in that place again.  We gotta make the changes… We don’t have to do it alone… which brings me to the next reminder..

I’m not alone…
The great thing about the body of Christ is that we’re a family.  I love family.  I love that I can be myself with my family, be “stupid” or silly, and be loved for who I am, the bad and good… I’m reminded of the Lord of the Rings, the friendship & brotherhood that existed between Mr. Frodo and Sam.  I’m very fortunate to have so many Sam-wises in my life that continually point me in the right direction, struggle with me and encourage me, and that I can count on for prayer.  I am also privileged to be like Sam to my friends and family.  We’re not alone, we have the fellowship of believers to spur one another on.  It’s a great thing!

Build, not tear down…
Growing is essential.  We gotta build upon what God is showing us and teaching us.  And so, although we are not defined by how many hours we pray, or how many chapters we read of the Bible, our relationship continues to grow in deeper intimacy with Him when we read and listen to His Word and we keep in constant communication with Him.  Sometimes we just throw reading the Bible, praying, and going to worship services regularly into a “being religious” category, or the “spiritual disciplines”.  We make these things so small and insignificant, when really, it is the food to help us grow, build, and go deeper with Him.

Get up again
Everyone sins and everyone stumbles.  I can’t get stuck in that.  His blood is too precious to just get stuck in my sin ya know?  I gotta repent and get back up and LIVE in the freedom of Christ. 

Anyhow, these are just some things I reflect upon and remind myself of continually.  Be blessed everyone and Happy New Year!

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