Had Me By The Tail

Dear Reader,

For about a week, I’ve been contemplating on my earliest recollection of being a comfort to someone. I was in preschool in Germany. I was wearing a lion costume my Mom had made for me (this was when the family were all celebrating Halloween). A classmate of mine was fascinated with my tail. I remember her having blonde hair. Her face didn’t have a smile on it. She appeared expression-less. All of a sudden, I felt this overwhelming desire to nurture and remain gentle instead of defending myself; saying “Let go of my tail!”

I remember slowly moving around the classroom and, surely, she followed me around—still holding onto my tail. I believe that day was a party day (no classwork being done) so that would be the reason for my free roaming.

The teacher didn’t tell my classmate or me to stop our behavior so I wasn’t under distress for having the classmate “harass” me nor was my behavior inappropriate at the time. I wish I had remembered more (like if the classmate remained quiet or by herself for the rest of the year).

Today, I was thinking how this could be a spiritual symbol. Since a lion stands for strength and Jesus Christ is known as the Lion of Judah, have I even held onto The Lion to receive strength from Him? When I felt I couldn’t speak and remained emotionless on my face (after a traumatic experience), do I grab hold to The One who has the ultimate strength?

I pray that we may hold tight to our Redeemer and follow Him wherever He may lead us. For He desires to give us hope, power, and everlasting life.

“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength” (Isaiah 40:29).

That We May Be One – Part 2

Hello Readers,

I finally found some time to come back to “That We May Be One” (read part one here).

According to Yerkovich & Yerkovich (2008, p. 304), “God is capable of using far more than this workbook to help you experience and manifest his love in your relationships.” I totally agree with this so don’t feel like you have to buy How We Love so you can conquer your relationship experiences. Note that it is one tool of many. The authors go on by saying one can simply write out a personal prayer (based on the ideas that are expressed in the verses: John 17:20-23; Psalm 139:23, 24). Then ask God to reveal some new insight “about the ways in which you give and receive love” (Yerkovich & Yerkovich, 2008, p. 304).

I would also suggest to keep a behavioral awareness journal. Within the journal, answer the following:

  1. What behavior occurred?
  2. What do you believe occurred to cause this behavior?
  3. How does this behavior affect those close to you?
  4. How has this behavior affected you in the past?
  5. What are you willing to change?
  6. What are the consequences of your behavior?
  7. Please write your commitment and share this with your counselor (God is your Counselor; ask Him to reveal some new insight).

I believe I have succeeded in completing this thought so there shouldn’t be a part 3. Must rush off again to attend to this day activity. :) I wish you well, readers, in this journey of life. Keep pressing on.

Reference: Yerkovich, M. & Yerkovich, K (2008). How we love. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press.

That We May Be One

Hello Readers,

The following thoughts comes from the workbook section of Chapter 1 of How We Love by Milan and Kay Yerkovich:

“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me” (John 17:20-23).

What does Jesus pray for you? That we may be one. Here, in How We Love, it is speaking about relationships (moreso marriage). Unfortunately, situations, events, and/or behaviors may hinder this oneness. The next step in the workbook has the reader to go to Psalms 139:23, 24:

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Yerkovich & Yerkovich declares three different translations for that verse: “wicked way in me” (KJV), “offensive way in me” (NIV), and “hurtful way in me” (NASB). According to the NASB notes, it means “way of pain” (Yerkovich & Yerkovich, 2008). The workbook of How We Love claims to help the reader to identify “specific ways of pain that hinder the expression of love and unity in your relationships” (Yerkovich & Yerkovich, 2008, p. 304).

I didn’t mean to use my time to pitch this book. However, I don’t have any more time (as of now) to expand on oneness and heart searching. I hope to return to add more to this subject. But as of now, I must get ready to get my boys to the bus stop. :)

Reference: Yerkovich, M. & Yerkovich, K (2008). How we love. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press.

An Attitude of Gratitude – Day 7 of 7

Hello Amber and Francisco,

Finally! The last day of blogging about what I am grateful for. Why am I grateful for not blogging about what I am grateful for? Because I keep thinking “Ah! Now I can go to bed” but, in reality, that is the time when I remember that I haven’t written out what I am grateful for! >:(

  1. I am grateful for the Sabbath (a day of rest and rejuvenation).
  2. I am grateful that my parents were able to fill out the “32 questions to ask a loved one” (so you will know more about your loved one — often filled out by a parent so you will know more “deep” stuff about him/her before he/she dies).
  3. I am grateful that my husband takes time out to appreciate who I really am.
  4. I am grateful for Korean food!!! :D (went to Collegedale Korean Church of Seventh Day Adventist today)
  5. I am grateful for find a Facebook group of ISTPs (Myers-Brigg Type Indicator).
I am SOOOO grateful that I am so done and now I can go to bed! Goodnight! :D

An Attitude of Gratitude – Day 6 of 7

Hello Amber and Francisco,

Here’s day six of me focusing on recognizing at least five grateful things (having an attitude of gratitude).

  1. I am grateful for my walking buddy (walk every Friday).
  2. I am grateful for natural endorphins! :D
  3. I am grateful for the safe travels (went with husband to run some errands).
  4. I am grateful for quality time with husband.
  5. I am grateful for music! :)
Have a Happy Sabbath! :)

An Attitude of Gratitude – Day 5 of 7

Hello Amber and Francisco,

Here are my five things that I am grateful for:

  1. A am grateful for the ability to share knowledge to children.
  2. A am grateful for chores! :D
  3. A am grateful for the time of reflection I had today.
  4. A am grateful for being able to bounce ideas off of my classmates.
  5. A am grateful for Christian counseling devotional thoughts.
For the upcoming week, I would like to focus on the mental aspects of my self-care plan. It will probably either be doing a cognitive puzzle or attempt to do my creative project (I want to do two of them per month). Just in case you both don’t check on my blog, I will email my goal later on.

An Attitude of Gratitude – Day 4 of 7

Hello Amber and Francisco,

Happy hump day, my accountability partners! :D This means I’m halfway through my “attitude of gratitude” (my self-care plan that I am focusing on this week for Clinical Practicum II class). Amber, I hope you have been able to keep up with your two goals for this week (going to bed by 11:00pm and go to the gym at least one time this week). How are you doing, Francisco? I think you had mentioned what you wanted to focus on this week during class last week but I failed to write it down… :/ I’ll have to email you…

Here is what I am grateful for today:

  1. I am grateful for the nice cool water I was able to drink today.
  2. I am grateful for individual supervision! :D
  3. I am grateful for my parents.
  4. I am grateful for the nice, cool, soon-to-be-fall weather we have been experiencing lately.
  5. I am grateful for the ability to learn new things. (Such an ISTP personality answer) :P
I’m done writing. Need sleep… Goodnight! ^_^