Brokenness to Wholeness

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Do you have a deep longing in your heart? Are you looking for a love that completes you? Are you looking for satisfaction? Let me share my story with you. 

Growing up, I had a complete family, everything I needed was provided and my life wasn’t at all difficult.  I did fairly well in school, I never got into any sort of trouble but inside, something in me was broken. I felt unloved, incomplete and broken. I was always looking for love and appreciation – from my family, from my friends and from boys. Eventually, I realized that nothing satisfies. I still felt sad and empty.

Then I met Christ, and I was amazed by the fact that He really loves me. In  my imperfections, He accepted me and even gave His own life for me. It was a love that completed me and revealed who I really was. For the first time, I actually felt what it was  like to be loved wholeheartedly and to have joy and  peace in my heart. 

Since then, Christ has been my true north, my one true love. My anchor as I sail on this journey. There are days that storms come, when I suddenly feel inadequate and broken, but as Christ reminds me how I am now His, I press on forward, because I know He is there and that, is enough for me. I am now whole in Him. 

Reflecting on My Chinese Heritage

Coming from a Chinese family, I was excited to hear that there was a movie coming out about the Chinese culture. The last one I remembered watching was The Joy Luck Club which came out 1993.  I was happy to watch something that showcased a culture that not everyone understands and something I can totally relate with.

I haven’t read the book Crazy Rich Asians so I didn’t know what to expect aside from the summary I read over the internet a few days back. I knew it was a romantic comedy and that the characters were Chinese.

As I was watching the movie, I caught myself agreeing with some of the scenes and explaining how similar it was to my own family. Though our family isn’t rich like the Youngs, the Chinese family really puts emphasis on marrying “kai-ki-lang”, our own sort of people. There was also the unwritten rule of sacrificing for your family and putting self-happiness and passion aside. Though we never had dumplings, there was a lot of mahjong growing up. I watched my own “ah-ma’ and “ang-kong” play it with their relatives and friends all the time.

I am quite thankful that my family has somehow evolved over time – and now that I have a family of my own, I must remember to share with them the culture and the family heritage that we have so that my children will appreciate what they now have and be mindful of not taking their life for granted.

 

 

8th Grade Homeschool Portfolio

My daughter has just completed her 8th grade portfolio review with Homeschool Global’s Family Advisor last week. After doing portfolio reviews for the past 8 years, I think I’ve seen it all but as I look at the project she did for this year, specifically this last quarter, I am amazed.

She was inspired by the Timeless TV series we watched as it is a time-traveling TV show that visits the different periods of time.

This is her output as she studied arts:


She read Sean Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and this is her output:


As she enjoyed Hamilton music, this is her output:

As We Finish Our 8th Year of Homeschooling…

Homeschooling for the past 8 years, there are days that I think I know what I am doing but then, there are days that I am not sure if I have done enough. After all these years, if there is one thing I have learned – homeschooling is not for the faint hearted. It is a daily commitment. Just like our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

We chose to homeschool our children because we believe in intentional parenting. The only way to influence our young children was to spend time with them and be there with them in their daily activities. I remember thinking that this is the legacy I want to leave my children – that I love them and that we have many memories together as a family.

Now that my children are older, I can finally see the fruits of our early homeschooling years. They have a love of learning, they are inquisitive and they know that God is in-control of everything. I certainly pray that they will always pursue the Lord and develop a deep and abiding relationship with Christ as they continue to grow in their faith.

We have just finished our school year. In a few days, they will be presenting their portfolio to their Family Advisor. It is time to be grateful for the year that has been. This year has not been an easy one – as I have been too busy with activities outside the home. Though I am still thankful for all that we have learned and for the perseverance the children has started to develop.

As I pray, re-evaluate and plan for our next school year, I look forward to what God has in store for us. May we all grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Homeschool Help: World War II Resources

We have been learning about the World War II in our Mystery of History Volume IV lessons recently. It is a very heavy topic but I believe that the children should learn more than just what the book says. Thankfully, there are many historical novels and historical fiction books and movies that they can go through to give them a firm grasp of what happened during those gruesome years.

Here are some movies on World War II events:

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Hacksaw Ridge
    3. Saving Private Ryan
    4. Schindler’s List
    Here are some books on World War II :
    1. Adventures of a Child of War
    2. Barefoot in Fire

3. Parallel Journeys

4. Boy in Striped Pyjamas