Monthly Archives: February 2014

Losing Expectations


Do any of you have a memory where you will recall lyrics or other once-memorized bits at the strangest times? I was at the acupuncturist Thursday night lying on my back with 20 or so needles in my back and the verse about the word of God being sharper than any two edged sword came to my mind. I could picture it, and could say nearly the entire verse but I couldn’t recall exactly where it was located. 

I had a student say something and I started singing a song to them with words similar to what they had said, but I couldn’t quite remember all the words to the song.
I had a story and a memory come tumbling back to me, in an English department meeting of all places when Milo started talking about imaginative sympathy. When we read, we are changed. There is neuroscience to back this up. We can empathize with the characters and that’s how we connect with literature in a powerful and often, positive way. My mother used to tell this story about the first book I ever ‘felt’ instead of read, as a kindergartener in the back of the car traveling to North Bend. 
I had a picture of how my life would go, and I assumed I could memorise some of the words but I couldn’t… there’s no way to remember how the rest of it will go.
I had an expectation that I was meant to live up to, but they got lost along the way…. misplaced like what I do with my work ID or my favourite pair of earrings or my passport before I need to travel. Sometimes the misplaced items or lyrics or verses come back to me. Sometimes I find them because I am looking for them. Sometimes I find them because I forget about it for a while and I stumble back across it. Sometimes they don’t come back. 
…. and then, what do you do? 
As it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1:20

Booked Tickets


It’s ticket booking season and I am in the process of trying to finalise a trip to Bangkok in March using miles and a trip to the States using company money. OF COURSE it’s not easy! I should have bought my one ticket last week, when it was a price I could afford! I’m trying for open jaw tickets this summer (ICN – SEA then after a week SEA – ATL and return ATL – ICN on 1 August!) and I am finishing a trip to come home to….. MY FRIEND ERIKA! She’s flying in from Wuhan the same day that the Brennemans and I fly back from our Thailand EARCOS trip.  The joy in thinking I will be sad leaving the airport, but that I will be back the same day to pick up my dear friend makes it so I can hardly sleep! And my sister is hopefully *fingers crossed* coming to visit me too! The last time I saw her properly was on my layover and before that, in England. I am thinking of throwing a weekend trip to Seoul in for my sister, but I don’t think she’s interested in the Costco run that I would want to make. 🙂 

This TCK heart is glad for ticket booking season. I have an assignment that my 2nd graders are working on right now, and part of it included brainstorming the names of favourite amusement parks. Our list included parks in over five countries (Malaysia, USA, Japan, UAE, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore). It made me want to go on a trip….. HOW’S THAT!?! for an international school. 🙂 

How fitting is it then, that in the smack dab center of ticket booking season, all the verses I’ve been reading lately have had to do with waiting on the Lord???!? Hopefully it’s waiting in an airport gate, getting ready to board somewhere grand on my adventure with God and not waiting like stuck in a traffic jam due to inclement winter weather. I’ll let you know when I find out myself.

19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful


I am really going through a difficult time with understanding why I chose to stand up in a situation when backing down would be easier. This blog reminded me it will all be okay!

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Enjoy the list below 😉

You have to do the hard things.

  • You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.
  • You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
  • You have to give more than you get in return right away.
  • You have to care more about others than they care about you.
  • You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.
  • You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.
  • You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.
  • You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.
  • You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers…

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