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Hi. This is Karen Cheng. I am~
A daughter called out and loved by an incredible Heavenly Father;
A fellow sojourner.
Welcome to my blog.

嗨!我是 Karen∼
是個蒙呼召,受恩典的孩子;
是天父所愛的女兒;
是位〝真理之旅〞的過客。
歡迎你到我的部落格。

Nov162011

Good Night

Posted by: Karen Cheng  |  Filed under English entries - 英文文章

I went to a girlfriend’s home for a couple of hours tonight.  It was great to see old girlfriend, to visit and catch up on life.  Lately I have the urge to get out and have more girlfriend’s time.  As I act upon this longing, I realize that I have been neglecting this aspect of my life – social enrichment.  For one reason or another, I was completely and solely devoting all my free hours to be home with my family.  It might be because I traveled a lot for a number of years while doing the two CDs and I was missing home life.  But these days, whenever I am out or having coffee with a friend, I find my heart refreshed and nourished by listening, laughing and just plainly hanging out with another soul.  Friendships are good for the soul, indeed.

Nov152011

Restart Is Always A Good Option

Posted by: Karen Cheng  |  Filed under English entries - 英文文章

For one reason or another, we weren’t able to keep the violin lessons going for the kids since this June.  After 6 months of break, I took the kids to their violin lessons again this afternoon.  It feels so good to restart.  Even the kids had big smiles on their faces when they were done.  They liked it, to say the least.

I am restarting a few things in my own life.  Some of the things I have left untouched and only picked up again this month were things I used to do almost twenty years ago.  It is really wonderful to pick things up and get going – second time around, there is much appreciation and thankfulness on my heart.

Second Chances in life are priceless!

 

 

Nov142011

Thanksgiving Thoughts 1

Posted by: Karen Cheng  |  Filed under English entries - 英文文章

I have been reading and studying the Song of Songs this month.  Tonight I was listening to the first of twenty-four lectures on this book.  To add on top of this, I also want to start recording thanksgiving thoughts each day as I approach the Thanksgiving Day.

I am thankful for Jesus’ relentless pursue of me all my life.  Reading through the book of Song of Songs, one thing for sure is His Love begets and beckons my response.  As my love matures in time, it comes a time when both blessings and testings in life all serve one common purpose – that my love towards Him gains substance, and my understanding of His love towards me becomes deepened.

I am thankful for the work that He has done on the cross, which made it possible for me to receive, relate and experience His love, His desires for me and His delight over me.  As I grow, I allow Him to love me in all seasons of my life – dark time and good time, ugly time and glorious time, falling-apart time and growing-strong time – in all and of all, I can come before Him just as I am and let His love woo me closer to Him.  If He didn’t draw back when He went to the cross, He will never draw back in pouring out His measureless love for me because I belong to Him.  This realization is powerful enough to tie me voluntarily to Him, for life or for death.  It is indeed in this liberty, that I give myself to Him.

I am thankful that it is His brilliant idea to cause me to come into full maturity before Him as a beautiful and spotless Bride, co-partner, to Him.  It is also His wisdom and powerful commitment that the Spirit of revelation and wisdom will be at work in my heart to reveal the Beautiful Man, Son of God, so that I will be transformed by His beauty and love.  I become what I worship – whatever I spend most of my time to gaze upon, will determine what kind of continence and fragrance I give out.  It is to my glory that I sit here and look upon Him, the most beautiful One, and receive from Him, light, purity, joy, and love.  In sitting in His presence and His truth, I see and perceive therefore I live and give.  I am so thankful for this realization and invitation.

I am thankful for last six months of testing and blessings I have walked through.  As crazy and unexpected as everything has been, it was all a part of growing up.  I am so thankful for the weakness that’s still in me.  I am so thankful for the gifts He has surprised me with.  Life is never stale.  Moving forward in life now becomes real, exciting, hard-working, and realistic.  Moving forward, indeed, is what I want.

Tonight was a milestone in my moving forward, and I am so thankful, for the lecture I heard.

 

Nov122011

Thank You

Posted by: Karen Cheng  |  Filed under English entries - 英文文章

Love counts no costs, names no sacrifices; Love just gives and pursues – look at our lives, trademarks of His love!

Nov122011

I Love You Lord In the Mid Night Hour

Posted by: Karen Cheng  |  Filed under English entries - 英文文章
Love knows no cost, names no sacrifices because love is voluntary.
Nov112011

There Is No Substitute

Posted by: Karen Cheng  |  Filed under English entries - 英文文章

There are at least two lenses when I look at a project.  When I was little, I used to look at a project as something that needed to get done as quickly, effortlessly as possible.  To do a thorough job in the process was never my interest.  To get it done was.  Somehow in the process of racing through a project, I had very little enjoyment and plenty mistakes.  This was best remembered as one chemistry experiment I had to do in 9th grade.  There were two chemicals that needed to be poured into the baker and heated over on fire.  The assignment was to observe the changes, record the time, and the product formation afterwards.  However, since we were given specific temp to fire it to for safety purpose, it was very slow.  I then had the crazy idea of speeding everything up by adding double the amount, and turning the heat to twice the temperature so I could hurry up and finish the report.  Well, guess what?  the experiment turned into a explosion right in front of my eyes!  ha!

Well, these days, I have learned that the process is as valuable as the end result.  I tend to think through the process, and learn to “stop and smell the flowers” as they would say.  This is when I finally come to realize how much I have missed when I rushed through everything to get to my goal.  The relational aspects of lingering/listening when working with people who are very different is a new area to learn.  The communication aspect of trying with different angles, varied examples and choices of words to help convey the same idea but easier for others to receive (or disagree) is something I ponder.  Of course, the whole process of learning to be patient with myself and others is surely a good lesson to acquire.

There is no substitute for experiences learned through years.  Sometimes only when enough decades have culminated, the beauty of a lesson is revealed.  This is what I am thinking today.

Nov112011

Keep It Going

Posted by: Karen Cheng  |  Filed under English entries - 英文文章, Journal

I realize that one of my personality weaknesses is the lack of consistency, or lack of discipline.  Usually I have great zeal and passion when I first start a project.  If the project itself requires repetition and doing the same task on a regular daily basis, I loose my steam in quick time.  I enjoy variety, changes, and dynamics interactions.

But life is not always like that.  Majority of life is made out of routine, regularity, and slow, steady progress.

Not having worked outside of home also spoiled me and spared me from the necessary consequence of laziness and an undisciplined life.  Sigh.

So for example, I started a challenge of reading one book a day a few weeks ago.  After reading two in a roll, I lost my steam and have really stalled my book reading progress.  With my tendency of easily distracted and forgetfulness, I have actually completely forgot about his goal I set a few weeks ago, until this afternoon… So I picked up another good book once again, hoping to get it going anew.

I live to learn, always expanding.  Life is about growth and I want to grow well.

Nov102011

Art and Discipline

Posted by: Karen Cheng  |  Filed under English entries - 英文文章

For the rest of the year, I would like to attempt posting one Chinese and one English per day on this blog.  Writing is an art and a discipline.  Where inspiration abounds, the art form comes quite easily.  When it’s just writing because it’s the right thing to do at the moment, it’s a discipline.  At least this is how I see this; and I do enjoy both methods.

This morning when I rolled around, I missed my god-mother in Taiwan very much.  I translated the feeling into action and called her up.  Though she had already gone to bed and was half-asleep, once she realized it was me, she perked up and chatted away.  God-mom has a way to open me up no matter what.  She lets me talk my heart out.  I can empty my brain, and pour out my emotions no matter how inconvenient to her.  Love is powerful and so amazing.  She gave me the gift of her time and her care.  Time is one of the most powerful gifts of love.  Even now as I think about god-mom and her kindness, I get teared up.

As I turned around and started my day, I constantly asked myself if I am giving my children the same gift I have received from god-mom.  Am I giving my children my attention, my time, and kindness?  I truly pray that I will learn to mother my children the way she has mothered me.