Day by Day: Week 13

It’s been a few weeks. Here are some photos from the past month or so–20140323-194433.jpg

Vegetables. Memories: a favorite during finals + paper-writing in college. 20140323-200911.jpg

Coffee on a rainy day.20140323-200944.jpg

Baked apple tart. Salted caramel glaze.20140323-201028.jpg


Birthday celebrations–cheese, assorted flatbreads, berry cobbler a la mode. Good family time + smiles.20140323-201037.jpgMid-week date night. Uplifting and joyful!

This past week, I…

  • felt God’s love and closeness by seeing M wrestling with the Word and hearing from God. It is deeply unifying to walk alongside each other, supporting and helping each other experience God’s heart–growing closer to Him and each other. God works so beautifully; He is relational.
  • felt afresh God’s heart for His people, His children. He so desires our friendship.

Looking forward into this week, I pray for…

Day by Day: Week 13

Day by Day: Week 6




We tell our students who have a general vegetable aversion to pretend like broccoli = trees. “Pretend like you are a giant and you are eating a tree!” It’s fun. Guess who else does that, just for fun…? : )20140210-101953.jpg


Beautiful fabric.20140210-101842.jpg


Mid-week dinner w. friends. Always full of laughter. So much love. 20140210-101923.jpg

Lady time.


The cutest! One of my favorite pastimes: looking at friends’ childhood photos. So many laughs.



M’s favorite lemon cake! Also, sharing with friends.20140210-102019.jpg


Fundraiser. Deliciousness: ribs, fried chicken w. sriracha + honey glaze, mac n’ cheese, pork n’ beans, collard greens and beautiful desserts! 20140210-102100.jpg

Day by Day: Week 6

Day by Day: Week 5

Good morning.


A simple heart.20140203-091950.jpg

Rain + sweat. 20140203-091145.jpg

Gelato + folding laundry. Pistachio!20140203-091153.jpg

Museum day, rain boots, leftover thai food.20140203-091202.jpg

Skip skip smile skip skip smile.20140203-091210.jpg

“String tornadoes, dinosaur fingers.” 20140203-091222.jpg

Bird feeders.20140203-091230.jpg

Date night: wine tasting + tasty hot dogs. Lots of butter on good bread.20140203-092051.jpg

Grilled onions, mustard, sausage, soft pillowy bun. 2x!20140203-092059.jpg

Many hands working in the garden. So many weeds! Preparation. 20140203-091251.jpg

Lush + peaceful.20140203-091258.jpg


Thoughtful flowers. 


This past week, I…

  • continued to shape and reflect on a more full picture of the past few months–what God’s been growing in me, in myself and M together, in M and in the students.
  • saw once again the power of the body, of community. A friend from church told us that hearing about the work we’re doing has blessed her. Through that, she’s had opportunities to talk to others about what God has been doing–blessing them as well. Serves as a sweet reminder that our obedience to God does not exist in a vacuum. When we say the small yes’, He multiplies the blessings and testimonies–for His glory. This life is not for me. Thank You, Lord, for the uplifting reminder that You are with me, alongside me through all things. 
  • felt more rest in Him.

Looking forward into this week, I pray for:

  • urgency in seeking Him, daily.
  • rest in Him so I may be an encouragement + support for others.
Day by Day: Week 5

Day by Day: Week 4

Morning coffee + breakfast burrito. Sunshine shoes. 20140124-143152.jpg

Colors from the garden.




Visiting chicken.


Gentle chicken.



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Simple baby kale salad with smoked gouda. Packing lunch at night. 20140124-133905.jpg

Vegan molasses cookies. College memories. 20140124-133914.jpg


Stripes + striped socks. Prep for striped noodle 10’s group making. 20140124-133942.jpg

A sweet soul spurs many on. 20140124-133932.jpg

Weather fluctuations.


Smog checks + trying new coffee place. 20140127-112233.jpg

Community = life giving. Dinner + honest talk. 20140127-112241.jpg

Saturday brunch. Baked french toast, bacon, eggs cooked in bacon fat, sourdough toast + fruit. Always tea lovers. 20140127-112250.jpg

This past week, I…

  • gave thanks for increased rejuvenation and rest.
  • praised God for community. Dinner and tea with church friends filled my heart with joy + gratitude. Their serving hearts and desire to listen to us made me feel deeply loved + cared for. Their wisdom was edifying and life giving.
  • praised God for His faithfulness. Talking to our friends about the past 5 months allowed us opportunity and space to see and articulate how God has worked consistently and deeply. Sometimes, the day to day, it’s individual needs and what it takes out of me, keeps me from reflecting on the big picture. The big picture displays God’s love + faithfulness in a more full, whole manner. It is amazing how much joy, thankfulness + growth can be reclaimed, just by speaking. I pray that what I say is uplifting + encouraging to others.
  • listened to people who have been working to bring justice to under resourced communities for a long, long time. Was blessed to sit at their feet and listen. Teachable hearts.
  • deeply thankful for M. His support + serving heart teaches, uplifts and encourages me.

Looking forward into this week, I pray for:

  • (continuing to pray for): humility to rely on God for strength, patience + wisdom in what commitments to take on/scheduling. I cannot do it by self reliance. I will sink! Praying to give all that up to God.
  • grace. 
  • Seek His kingdom first, in all things. When we forget to make God the center of all we do, it becomes about ourselves. When I forget to make God the center of all I do, I make it about myself. Less of me, more of You.
  • continued growth in releasing to God: “all prayer will end in praise…are you happy enough to be a weeper? Are you assured of the glory enough to not be afraid to weep in repentance?…are you happy enough to get involved in the lives and the hurts of the people of the city…if you are, the tears you experience will produce a harvest of joy for the people around you – and for your own heart” – Tim Keller
Day by Day: Week 4

Day by Day: Week 3


Little people, big hearts. I made a pepperoni pizza smiley face to make you happy, she said.
I say, YOU make me happy!


Lunch. Baby kale, shaved carrots, sun dried tomatoes, goat cheese, avocado + oregano olive oil. Hazelnut happy crunchiness. crunch crunch.


After work chai + chia. Grocery list generating. Smiles on heart + face.


Sore left hip. Yoga. Warm + quietly difficult. No sore hip in the morning!


Handsome coffee + homemade breakfast burrito. Made by loving hands.


Walk + prayer: Protection, abundant love in their lives + hearts, healing, sustaining hope.20140120-083523.jpg

Coconut coco coco nut nut.20140120-083546.jpg

Sweet breads from the bakery. Lord, grow, pour into, encourage him.


Ice cream math.


Date night crazy chili crab. Dense yet fluffy beignets. Truly delicious. But also vengeful!



Roast with caution. Boiling is better. Chestnut explosion.20140120-083702.jpg

Flowers for loving grandparents. 할아버지, 할머니, I love you. Thank you for showing me what faith, love and gentleness look like, modeled in daily living. Small decisions made in obedience paint a rich life of joy in the Lord.20140120-083713.jpg

Health in a bowl for dinner at grandparents. 20140120-083735.jpg

Small table, small apartment. Every thing has a place in this home – each lovingly, thoughtfully placed by soft hands.


This past week, I…

  • carried with me the feelings of being overwhelmed from last week
  • recognized the causes of the feelings shifted due to external circumstances (see below)
  • was reminded of the brevity of life when my grandfather was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia.
  • felt helpless when my strong, hard-working mom felt ill (hypertension)
  • found joy in the week spending time with friends + grandparents
  • did not spend enough intentional time with God
  • grieved for the injustice around me.
  • so many, many tears.
  • was so deeply grateful for community. A precious sister + mentor took the time out of her busy, busy day to speak truth + life. Even with little children needing her attention. Sometimes, when external circumstances are piling up around you, it’s hard to have clarity. The lies of the enemy easily seep in, making you feel weak, inadequate, overwhelmed + unworthy of grace and love. Lord, thank You for placing wise, thoughtful, truly loving women in my life.

Looking forward into this week, I pray for:

  • refreshment + rejuvenation from the Lord. Freedom in Him.
  • understanding once again the meaning of grace. Having humility enough to accept grace.
  • the discipline and desire to spend intentional time with God
  • His gentleness to help me cast off + release the burdens to Him
  • healing: grandpa + mom
  •  justice, protection, deep healing + abundance of love in the lives of those around me.
  • a loving, encouraging, gentle heart. Lord, pour into me and strengthen me, let me cast off the heaviness to You, so that I may pour into those around me, and love them with the love You give me.

Jeremiah 31:33
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.

God will give His people the power to obey Him.

Day by Day: Week 3

Day by Day: Week 2

Intentionally seeking to hear His voice and growing to have the courage to obey.20140106-174804.jpg

Coffee and sweets with an old and precious friend.20140106-174823.jpg

Favorite ice cream place after the first day back at work, post-Holidays.


Brown sugar vanilla bean + espresso. Happy hearts, happy bellies, happy place.20140106-174840.jpg

Library + neighboring park for play time afterwards. 20140107-174449.jpg

Revisiting Christmas gifts. Crunchy delicious granola:

  • rolled and steel cut oats
  • dried cranberry
  • raisins
  • hazelnuts
  • almonds
  • walnuts
  • cashew flour20140107-174506.jpg

Stripes on a cooler day. Currently seeing: a friend loves at all times.20140109-105637.jpg

Dinner with friends. Pork chops, greens, rice, sauteed green beans + lentil avocado salad. Goat cheese + sun dried tomatoes.  Travel stories, updates, laughs.



Polka dots + comfy pants.20140110-101552.jpg

Soul talk + encouragement.20140112-165803.jpg

Roller skating + fun with sweet friends!20140112-165940.jpg

Lord, pour into me this week. Let me rely on Your strength – less of me, more of You.

This past week I…
–  incoporated a new commitment into my weekly schedule
– spent good time with friends
– celebrated a friend’s birthday
– worked
– was reminded that when I rely on my own strength and stamina, I burn out, become overwhelmed and sensitive.
– had a re-centering, focused talk about how to keep God at the center of everything- even when schedules become busy and full.

Looking forward into this week, I pray for:
– confidence in You
– fullness and strength in You
– wisdom in how I spend my time – what commitments + requests to say yes/no to.
– affirmation and security in knowing I am Your daughter
– the discipline and desire to spend consistent time with You. Goal: I keep You as the focus, whether I am busy or free.
– the wisdom, knowledge and understanding to be the best support and encouragement.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘this is the way; walk in it.‘” – Isaiah 30:21

Let’s walk.

Day by Day: Week 2

Fierce, Prayer

“Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” – Acts 1:12-14

They were in constant prayer, together. After Jesus ascended into heaven, they joined together and prayed. For how many hours did they pray? Constantly, the Bible says.

When deciding which man to choose to take Judas’ place, what did they do?
“Then they prayed, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen, to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.'” -Acts 1:24-25

“Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” – James 5:13-16

It’s been too long since I’ve fervently prayed, in the private space of a room, door closed; on my knees, calves burning from the weight of my body, rocking back and forth at times, sitting still at others, face to the ceiling, palms sweaty and open upwards. Lord, I pray you’d forgive me my laziness. Praying everyday, spurts of talking to you here and there, a bit during my quiet time…it’s not enough. When I want to tell a friend something very important, I don’t walk past them saying, “something terrible has happened,” without another word or detail. No, I must sit with them, eyes wide and full, yearning to let everything out, the woes, hurts and pain I’ve been holding inside, all the day awaiting the time I can open myself up and let the ugliness go.

It must be so in the time I spend with God. We can all say we just don’t have time; when we say this, we are speaking as if praying this way is an inconvenience, a disservice, something that takes time away from all the other things we could be doing–even sleeping. It is, truly, an inconvenience. It is, in fact, a disservice. But it is so in another way–we are truly keeping ourselves from intimacy with God when we think this way. We ask so urgently for answers from God, getting frustrated and angry, defeated and weary when we don’t hear from Him. We will continue to feel this way if we do not commit our time to Him.

Sometimes, silence fills my mind and the room. I feel like I’ve said all I need to say, my legs are tired, my knees hurt, I’m sweaty and hot, I feel restless and I just want to get up and leave, go on with my day. Lord, in these times, give me the perseverance to be still. To be still and listen, let my desire to be close to You and obey You be so much stronger and so urgent that I will remain on my knees! Give me that kind of fierceness and intensity, for You. To know You. To obey You. To be with You, always.

Fierce, Prayer