God has an assignment for you that nobody else can fulfill. God needs you. He needs your gifts, your smile, your love, your passion. You are a part of His divine plan. You have something to offer nobody else can offer. Nobody has your exact personality, your exact looks. There is something unique about you. Don’t wear that “average” label. If you think you’re average, then you’ll be average. If you think you’re ordinary, then you’ll live an ordinary, “get by life” and never do anything great.
The truth is, there is nothing ordinary about you. You have the fingerprints of God all over you. The Creator of the universe breathed His life into you. He crowned you with His favor. You have royal blood flowing through your veins. You have a destiny to fulfill, something greater than you’ve ever even imagined. Embrace His truth, embrace His love, and embrace the blessings He has in store for your future!
And that is spectacular. I am humbled and amazed that God created me to do something so great for His kingdom.
Langston Hughes, “April Rain Song”
Possibly a cool bulletin board idea for freshmen! especially about how to get stains out, fold clothes, and laundry symbols
If you don’t pray often, you won’t gain a love for praying. Prayer is work, and therefore it is not very appealing to our natural sensibilities. But the simple rule for prayer is this: Begin praying and your taste for prayer will increase. The more you pray, the more you will acquire the desire for prayer, the energy for prayer, and the sense of purpose in prayer.
And then it occurs to me. They are frightened. In me, they see their own daughters, just as ignorant, just as unmindful of all the truths and hopes they have brought to America. They see daughters who grow impatient when their mothers talk in Chinese, who think they are stupid when they explain things in fractured English. They see that joy and luck do not mean the same to their daughters, that to these closed American-born minds “joy luck” is not a word, it does not exist. They see daughters who will bear grandchildren born without any connecting hope passed from generation to generation.
Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club
I was talking to a Vietnamese friend earlier this week about how we will never go through anything as horrible and traumatizing as our parents did. I will never be a war refugee. I will never travel on a boat for 3 to 6 months to emigrate to another country. I will never go delirious from hunger. I will never have to watch my home and my family be barbarically taken away from me. I will never fear as much, want to protect as much, or be as grateful as my parents are.
It’s also very interesting because my parents have reacted to this trauma in very different ways. My mom is especially paranoid and overprotective, constantly worrying about feeling secure. My dad, on the other hand, is grateful. Regardless of what’s happening, he understands that things are much better than they were in Vietnam, and they could definitely be worse.
I don’t know. It’s not that I forget, but when I’m reminded, it’s certainly a humbling experience. In an effort to work on this generation gap, I read The Joy Luck Club and just bought Understanding Vietnam. I’m very excited to share my readings.(via frumpiest)
I am ashamed she is ashamed. Because she is my daughter and I am proud of her, and I am her mother but she is not proud of me.
"The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan xx
That bad crab, only you tried to take it. Everybody else want best quality. You, your thinking different. Waverly took best-quality crab. You took worst, because you have best-quality heart. You have style no one can teach. Must be born this way. I see you.
Words to keep inside your pocket:
- Quiescent - a quiet, soft-spoken soul.
- Chimerical - merely imaginary; fanciful.
- Susurrus - a whispering or rustling sound.
- Raconteur - one who excels in story-telling.
- Clinquant - glittering; tinsel-like.
- Aubade - a song greeting the dawn.
- Ephemeral - lasting a very short time.
- Sempiternal - everlasting; eternal.
- Euphonious - pleasing; sweet in sound.
- Billet-doux - a love letter.
- Redamancy - act of loving in return.
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