Beauty from ashes

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a] 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. – Isaiah 61: 1-3

Month: October, 2012

That means first that when we prepare to serve in the ministry, we have to prepare to serve in the ministry. Our seminaries, if we must have them, should more reflect a training hospital than a university. Divinity is not a body of knowledge to be mastered like geology. The Bible is not a book to be dissected like Moby Dick. We go there, if we must go there, not to study the Word, but to begin to learn to have the Word study us. We go to pursue not advanced degrees but the fruit of the Spirit. We go to lose our reputations, not to gain them. We go not to be thought wise, but to learn what fools we are.

– R.C. Sproul (



More than you’ll ever know

Dear friend,

You’ll probably won’t see this (unless you’re stalking me, haha) but I’ll tell you soon enough, but for now, it’ll be on here 🙂

Honestly, I am so glad to have a sister with me right now. During this time especially. I’m not saying my other friends aren’t there for me, because they are also, and they are just as special. But you’ve been there every step of the way with me. No questions asked. You listen to my ramblings/nonsense/stressful situations and give advice to the best of your ability. You do things for me that are so random and out of the ordinary (such as taking pictures/taking me home at midnight, etc). And I think if you weren’t here, I’d be more lost than I would ever have been. I don’t have many close friends, and even of the few that I have, I don’t share with them like I should be. These days, I rarely see/meet with anyone, and even then, its all superficial, which isn’t a bad thing necessarily, but its just surface level, and I can play that off for a bit. So I’m glad that you are a consistent person I can be in contact with, or else I might just feel very alone when I’m in this dark place. I might have gone crazy by this point.

I’m glad we can just go eat whatever and go watch whatever and basically do whatever. haha. I’m glad you are willing to hang out with me, even though I know I can be annoying, weird, etc. I’m glad I’m known as “작은딸” in your house due to all those nights working/talking there.

I try to express my gratitude, but I know I’m not good at that, so here is this letter, just expressing my thankfulness for all the love and care that you are showing towards me. It’s more than I can ever ask/want, and I’m so glad you are here, because who knows where I would be right now….