Tuesday, December 22, 2015

to the Great Dreamer

Draw me near,
O Great Dreamer.
Reveal the depths of Your thoughts,
Reveal the dreams You had for me,
Before the earth's frame was formed.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

December

December has been a busy month. I've been wrapping up projects and classes with my students. My students have been working on an entrepreneurship project in which they designed, marketed and sold their product to the school community.

I have also been busy attending rehearsals and concerts. My violin and musicianship have substantially improved and I'm so happy that I can play in 2 orchestras.

I will be flying in to Canada the 4th of January to complete my teaching practicum.

Life is good. God is good.











Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Longing for Home

"It is when he comes home that he recognizes most poignantly that he is, at a deep level of his being, homeless, and that whatever it is that is missing, he will spend the rest of his days longing for it and seeking to find it."

----Frederick Buechner

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Core Values

Spirituality
Truth
Compassion
Kindness
Acceptance
Honesty
Education
Adventure
Friendship
Community

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

IBM

Today, I was invited to a Missionary Conference at a Baptist Church near Downtown San Salvador. Although the traffic was horrible and I was in a (sort of) cranky mood, God spoke directly to my heart. He reminded me the importance of following His example in loving the hurting, the broken and the marginalized. The sermon was heart-felt and sincere....not extensively elaborate. There was something that tugged my heart-strings: there is still so MUCH need in this world; so many people who need to know about Christ. So many people hurting and blind by all the lies from the enemy. And yet we as Christian tend to settle into shallow waters, shallow lives of comfort and mediocrity. God invites us into His boat to travel into the deep waters where we can sip and enjoy the depths of His wonders and mysteries.

I uttered a prayer later that night:

"Lord, lead me into the deep waters, although my feet may fail. Lead me where my heart truly belongs....to love those who are broken, lonely and hurting in this dark world."

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A reflection



A lot of changes has happened these recent years that it's hard to imagine where I was 3 years ago. 

I am so thankful that I am no longer in a place where I felt drained and unhappy all the time. It's been taking me time to heal from all those bad experiences, but I give thanks to God that those memories and people are simply ghosts from the past. I don't want to be with them ever again. 

Sadly, most of my unpleasant experiences in life has been with religious people. 

Letting go of all that negative energy and bad experiences has been a challenge. But music has helped me through the process. 

Now I can breathe, and have the hope that God has the best prepared for me. 

From those experiences, I learned to discern, to establish healthy boundaries and to weed out toxic people. 

I also learned to be more selective with who do I let into my life; people who are positive, loving and whom I can have constructive conversations. People who genuinely care for my well-being and have no ulterior motives. 

I pray for more meaningful and loving relationships in my life. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Culto Misionero Juvenil

Today, I had the privilege to speak about missions in front of thousands of youths. It was truly inspiring to see so many people wanting to go on missions and serve the Lord. I am thankful because it has been my desire to continue to serve in missions and God has provided me so many opportunities. I am planning to go to Honduras to serve the Garifunas this December. Please pray that the Lord may open the way for me to go for Him again.




Thursday, October 22, 2015

First Period

This semester, I've been experimenting a lot with art and language in my lessons. I love engaging with my students with creative activities in class.

Here are some samples of my students' work and prepositional poems:


















In other news, I have been accepted back into my Teaching Certification Program this coming January. I will be returning back to Vancouver next year.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Music


Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. ----Plato

Concert Night

Concert in Santa Ana


Sunday, October 11, 2015

October

October has been a busy month full of concerts, missionary conferences and readings.

God has given me the wonderful opportunity to grow in all areas of my life.

I now belong to two orchestras which pushes me to practice the violin continually and expand my network. I am also aspiring to become a professional harpist, and I am receiving harp lessons. I was also invited to speak in front of 3000 youths about missions and different worldviews around the world in November.

But all in all, God has been shedding light and understanding to my heart. Everyday, I am trying to practice positive thinking, meditation and prayers. I am also working pro-actively to achieve my two goals in life: Become an influential educator and a professional musician.

I believe that God will make my vision come true one day.