Friday, May 31, 2013

On Death & Dying

This is really only my second actual post on my blog and I'm already talking about something as heavy as death. You may be wondering, why? Well my dad's side just experienced two deaths in his family in less than a week, so everyone's dealing with a lot of emotions right now. I feel like this is the most appropriate topic to talk about right now.

One time, one of my professors asked our class to individually describe to someone next to us how we picture the story of our lives to be, and he listened in on the conversations. When we came back together as a class, he had noted that none of us mentioned death as part of the story of our lives, although we all know that someday that's how our stories will end.

Although we all know that death is inevitable, many times we don't want to believe it. A lot of us have that "outta sight, outta mind" mentality about the subject. Death is hard no matter which way you go about it, so the grief that comes with it is bound to come along.

I read a devotional one day from this book by a woman named Joyce Meyer, and it talked about grieving. I actually read this just last week. The title was called "Let Yourself Grieve," and the Bible reference was to the shortest one in the entire Bible: "Jesus wept." 

If you didn't know already, yes, Jesus did cry. This just goes to show that it's okay to grieve. It's okay to show emotion, whatever emotions that may be; God allowed us to have these feelings for a reason. Maybe you've heard this clichéd saying about death before, but it is so true. Lots of people nowadays try to put up a front and show their tough exterior and do everything in their power not to show how they are really feeling. But if you need to cry, cry it out. If for some reason death makes you laugh (even if you don't mean to), let it out. Everyone handles death differently. Some cry, some get mad, some get quiet, and sometimes, others just isolate themselves. However you need to deal, please do it.

Just know, that while there may be pain in the night, joy comes in the morning. God is there to comfort you and remind you that while it's a sad thing that loved ones have left, life goes on and they are in a better place now.

I'm really sad that I didn't know the two uncles that died very well (they lived in the Philippines), but it's saddening to watch my dad deal with the death of a brother-in-law and his only brother. I can't even imagine how it is for my aunt, who lost both her husband and brother in less than a week. Please keep my family in your prayers, as I will be praying for them as well.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A New, Easy Way to Follow Me (& Other Blogs as Well)

<a href="">Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>

As you can see on the sidebar to the right of this post, you can see the badge that says I'm part of the Her Campus Blogger Network. All of the girls part of the network are put into this group on facebook where we can all connect, and I have noticed that many of the girls have Bloglovin, a site that allows someone to follow all their favorite blogs in one place. If you would like to follow me, follow me on Bloglovin!

P.S. The link above isn't working for some reason... I'm not so sure why, but just search up my blog URL on Bloglovin & you should be able to find me then!

T-minus 11 Days...

In 11 days, I will be heading south to the South American country of Peru with this wonderful team you see right here. I'm beyond excited to travel to a new country, but at the same time I'm a little nervous. This will be my second mission trip, and all I hope for is to be open to whatever God may reveal to me while I'm there. We will be working with people from all different socioeconomic backgrounds, kids from all ages, and we even have to somehow be able to give our testimonies in Spanish. Not to mention, we will also be playing soccer (or fĂștbol as they call it) into the wee hours of the morning. I know that I'll have the time of my life out there, but I just want to also be aware of what other things I may see while out on the mission field. After all, my first purpose for being there is a mission trip, not a vacation.

Despite my reservations, I'm just happy to be going with the team that I'm going with because all of us share the same love for Peru and God's people there. We've all been able to connect on a deeper level and I know that we have each others' backs. We are there for each other not only as friends, but as brothers and sisters in Christ.

On the flip side, no matter what adventures may happen while I'm out there, I'm ready.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Welcome to My New Blog!

This took a lot of time and contemplation, but I decided to create a new blog using Blogger! Welcome to my new blog! This is where I will be posting quite often (if not every day) about random things from my life, mostly food, writing, things regarding my faith, adventures, and fashion. I will be writing anything from summaries of my days or my opinions on certain topics based on what I mentioned above. This is my life, out online for you to read. Feel free to comment or ask questions if you ever feel the need to do so! Please subscribe or follow me on my other social networking sites listed on the sidebar. Enjoy [:

P.S. If you would like to see my old blog (which I may still use just to reblog things I like), here is the link: