such as these

To know and be known.

To understand and be understood.

To accept and be accepted.

To encourage and be encouraged.

To learn from and learn with.

To trust and be trusted.

To love and be loved.

Is there nothing better than a friendship that has Christ at the centre?

There is nothing quite like it.

Thank you for friends such as these.

♥ Ames

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positives in the pain

  • At least it’s the weekend and I’m not missing class
  • At least my left foot is working fine
  • At least I have a loving father who cancelled his appointments to take me to the doctor :)
  • At least my hands are fine
  • At least I had the time to listen to a podcast that gave me the courage to take another step in the letting go process
  • At least I had a bed I could rest in
  • At least I’ve been reminded of the gift of health

The last point made me think of The Church and about how each Christian is a part of the body of Christ.  When one part of the body is hurt, the whole body suffers and can’t function properly.  We are all unique just as each part of the physical body is unique and has a special part to play.  We need to appreciate each other, know that we all have a different purpose and work together in harmony… just like each part of the body.

♥ Ames

the guy I’m waiting for

Your life is centred around Christ instead of just fitting Christ around your life.

You love what He loves and hate what He hates.

You are more wrapped up with selfless activities than in self-indulgent ones.

You don’t live by your feelings but by what you know is true and right.

When I spend time with you, I will leave wanting more time with God.

You will protect and value my purity over satisfying your own desires.

You are patiently waiting for me too :).

—————

Darling boy,

I know that if marriage will bring me closer to God and know Him more, then you are alive right now (unless you will be 22 years younger than me which is highly unlikely haha)!  Know that I’m praying for you and keeping myself set apart for you.  I pray you are living well and spreading God’s love with all you meet.

Love, your girl.

♥ Ames

teaching blood

I can officially say, 1 down and 2 more to go now :D.

Boy, it’s been an eventful day already and it’s not even 3pm hehehe.  I learnt a number of valuable lessons today on 3 hours of sleep (or maybe because of only 3 hours of sleep):

  1. 1L Milk costs $2.60 at the local milk bar
  2. A bit of preparation really does make all the difference when it comes to teaching (I know – revelation of the century right?)
  3. How to stay calm in high pressure situations
  4. Always leave a Yellow Pages in your garage
  5. Never leave the house without your phone or driver’s license
  6. Somehow my parents always seem to end up being right (it’s a reality I can’t deny anymore!)
  7. It costs $125 to….

That last one shall be elaborated at a later date.  All I’ll say is that I really need to work on being less careless (i.e. more careful) and less absent-minded (i.e. think through things before actually doing them… this has been my greatest character flaw to date).  In other news, my lil five-year old student brought along her lil THREE year old brother who was sooooooooo cute!  He was quietly colouring a Bob The Builder page in his mother’s arms during the lesson and he gave it to me at the end… your cue: ‘AWWWWWWW’. Such a darling!

It just occurred to me that I actually do come from a family of teachers.  My grandparents (on my mother’s side) were actually principals of a school in Vietnam back in the day and my aunties and my uncles (and my mother as well) all had tutoring jobs before they left the country.  Now in Australia, my uncle runs a music school in Sydney, my cousin’s wife (not exactly blood relative but family enough) teaches Grade 2 at my old primary school, my cousin teaches bass guitar on the side of his day job and my cousin in Chicago is a music teacher too.  So I guess, if this law thing doesn’t work out, I know what I have as back up :P.

Bonus news: The domain has been registered and the blog name has been chosen!  Should be up and running after exams, and after I get a proper chance get a few blogger opinions on my choice, tweek it and make it home-y :).

Double bonus news: I entered my first ever online blog competition… hope I’ll be inspired to brush up on my french if I win ;).

Now, back to study.

TTFN.

♥ Ames

pictures speak.

I wanted to write another short story but I feel like I don’t have the adequate brain power or creativity to do it justice right now so… 

7 picture/posts that have resonated with me and that I’ve had the privilege of reblogging over at Tumblr:

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4. 

5. 

6. 7.

Hehehe.

Plus a bonus for the romantic in me (or in you):

So looking forward to it, My Darling.

♥ Ames

P.S. Now that I look through this pictures, most have words in them lols.  So may the ‘words’ speak to you too :P.

MP: The Overflow

Apologies for the lack of photos in the last couple of posts… we’ve got issues with our broadband internet so I’ve been working from our 2GB USB stick and I’m trying not to use too much of it… but probably gonna call up today and get that all sorted because lots of lovely pictures to feast your eyes on very soon :P.

So first off, we’re like 5 days from me turning another year older! lols, I have planned to meet up with my girl, Vee some time on that special day and dinner with the ‘rents plus probably lunches/dinners with special people all week long (I’m taking a page out from Chess who is celebrating all MONTH long- kudos to you, girl!)… hope to power through an assignment this weekend so I’ll be free to have a bit of fun without it hanging over my head :).

But this post is really just to gush about how awesome God is (yeah, I know… I’ve had a few of those lately but I just can’t seem to stop… He has just wowed me so much recently!)… this past week has been quite emotional in many respects so I wasn’t feeling quite together yesterday morning… however, I still sat down to feed my soul with the Good Stuff (a.k.a. God’s Word) and was given so much encouragement and there was something in me that dared me to pray those kind of dangerous prayers of faith (see boxed text):

I call it a ‘dangerous prayer of faith’ because you are going out on a limb, believing for something you haven’t seen yet and you don’t know in what shape or form it is gonna happen… but you run with it anyway.  What I realised is that God really is a gentleman… He won’t make you accept Him or love Him or obey Him… He’s waiting on us at the doorstep of our heart; waiting to offer Him space to move in our lives, and when we give Him the go ahead, He comes in and does amazing things that we could have never fashioned for ourselves… beyond our expectations :).

OK, the little preaching thing is over and you survived lols.  SOOOOOO… I still wasn’t feeling 100% after reading the Good Stuff but you know, you still have to go to work haha… so I kept feeding myself with P&W songs on the train and I could feel my spirits being lifted and the joy of the Lord being renewed :).  I was the first intern in my department to arrive and as I greeted the head of our department on the way to my desk, he asked me if I would like to attend a meeting with him…? “I would LOVE to attend a meeting with you!” was my response :D.  On the trek over (it was 3 blocks from our building), I got the opportunity to talk to him about the academic requirements I had for my internship subject so he is now aware of the papers that I’ll need to submit and will have me in mind if something comes up that I can help with… so, this is Blessing number 1.

Blessing number 2 came in the form of just being able to sit in on the meeting he had with other big players in the field that I’m working in (I’m a bit cautious as to give away too many details because of stories of how these kind of things get back to employers…) and I was able to absorb a little of how things work in the court systems and also how meetings run in this line of work.  It was also interesting because I realised that most meetings that I’ve attended have always started and ended with prayer and this one didn’t… I felt like it was missing something because of it lols… weird eh?

Anyhow, back to work after the meeting and I was able to complete a project that I had started 2 weeks earlier for one of the lawyers there and then my next task was to put together an article for the department’s newletter on the topic of community-based orders… very interesting and it kept me occupied for most of the remainder of the day- Blessing number 3.

Then, the MOST awesome thing ever happened over a lunch: I was able to talk so freely and openly about God, faith and church with one of the students that I work with!  We were talking about really random things at first and in my head I was wondering how I could bring God into the conversation WHEN He gave me the perfect segway… without me even touching the topic or making a move to pray for my meal, when our delicious hand-made gnocchi arrived, she jokingly mentioned how her parents had given up on getting her to say grace before her meals because she just digs in straight away now… it was like lights were going off in my head hahaha…. everything just flowed so effortlessly from there… thank you God for the awesome opportunity to minister and literally share ‘your love and truth’… – Blessing number 4.

The rest of the day was spent completing that article and then on the way home, Dad calls and asks if I’d like to go out for dinner because Mum didn’t feel like going but he didn’t feel like cooking.  I agreed and when Mum picked me up from the train station she informed me that Dad wanted to go to this buffet restaurant (that shall remain nameless until I put up photos and blog about the food!!) which was a pleasant surprise for me :).  When we got home, I discovered two packages had arrived for me.  Here is Blessing number 5:

  1. new iPhone case (mine has recently cracked and snapped) that I bought on eBay… $6, mate! AWESOME. (sif pay 20 bucks at that MC Asian stall… what a rip off!)
  2. a book I had ordered last year but they didn’t have it in stock in Australia so Koorong had it shipped over for me… it has taken months but it’s arrival was quite timely because I’d just finished that last book that I bought :)

I was so overwhelmed already but it was off to the buffet dinner… the place was packed but we were able to find parking and were also given a table without needing to wait – Blessing number 6 :).  And then for the next two hours or so I was able to recount all of the amazing blessings that I received during the day (in between mouthfuls of pretty good food!) to my Dad and he was also able to share about God’s amazing goodness over his day as well – Blessing number 7 :).

*happy sigh*

God is so good… it’s so amazing living under the overflow of his blessings… thank you seven times over!  Whether you believe in God or not, I challenge you to pray some dangerous prayers of faith and then wait expectantly to see what God will do… He may surprise you as He did me ;).

OK, I better clean up my studio so that I can fit a run in before my students arrive… have a lovely weekend people :).

♥ Ames

P.S. This was categorised as MP standing for ‘Morning Posts’ :P.

P.P.S. Apologies for any grammatical or spelling errors… I usually publish posts first and then go back and find mistakes and correct the rushed job my fingers do as I type hehe. xo

the simple things

I’m sorry, Lor.  When it comes to blog posts, I’m horrible about keeping to the schedule that I put myself on… the song is coming!  It’s just a lot easier to type something up then find time to record or post up photos with new recipes >.<

(potentially you could read this as me just being a bit lazy… that’s probably true but we’re also getting up to assignment time, eekkk!)

Sometimes you just need to take a step back, and recognise the simple things that can just make you smile :).

  1. swimming solo at the near-deserted local pool on a Monday afternoon :)
  2. enjoying the (supposed) last bit of Melbourne sunshine on the lawns with fellow law buddies :)
  3. realising (after more than 1 year!) that it’s quicker to get to the law school via Elizabeth St than Swanston St- seriously big revelation!!
  4. emails that lift your spirits :)
  5. having the chance to impart what limited-knowledge you have about life as a law student to a 1st year :P
  6. going to the movies with my Sis :)
  7. exchanging life stories of God’s grace over the dinner table with parentals :)

BONUS: receiving an over-the-top-outrageously-sweet-compliment ^^

Enjoy the warmth of the sun, Melburnians…

♥ Ames