#03: fighter and overcomer in Christ

This is a friend of mine from back in AC. We were classmates and she was one of my first friends in class. People always say we look alike…hahaha but our stories are alike too. She is one cute soul, and someone who goes all out when she falls in love with something. The best thing I like about her is her child-liked faith that is so precious! She  calls me whenever her prayers are answered, whether big or small. I love that  because these calls and stories remind me to keep trusting the Lord in the big and small things as well. I’ve seen her in the tough times and I’ve seen her now. She is a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) and she fights with joy now! To me, she’s a fighter and overcomer in Christ. She struggled and still struggles today, but now, she has the peace of Christ in her heart. And that makes all the difference!

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Tell us about yourself?
I’m Simin and I love South Korea so much that I read its news everyday to feel like I’m a citizen.

Where do you recommend to go shopping?
South Korea HAHA just kidding but Seoul is really a shopping paradise. Bugis because you can buy something cheap, wear it a few times and buy new ones again.

Your favourite drama and why?
Secret garden and the master’s sun are on par actually HAHAHA I’ve watched them more than 5 times already because of Hyun Bin and So Jisub.

Give us a little insight into 1 life-changing experience?
I wanted to die at the age of eighteen. It’s not because of A levels HAHAHA, it’s just that I couldn’t see where my future was heading and I swear what I saw for my future was literally blank. So I started planning for my death, like legit – I intended to go Vietnam myself after A levels, I told everyone that I wanted to volunteer and experience something new but the truth was that I wanted to go there to die, otherwise I’m just gonna find a job and live there (very unrealistic but the main point was I don’t intend to come back). But it failed becauuse my family refused to let me go (they agreed in the first place as they wanted me to focus on A levels). Then bad results came back HAHA and of course I was sad la.

The most difficult thing for me to cope with was the realisation of being looked down on. I became terrified of going out because I was afraid of people. It intensified so badly that the only way for me to go out was to wear a cap and a mask. Oh and I dared not take the train as it gave me panic attacks. Sometimes things got better then they worsened again and whenever it happened, I isolated myself (locked myself in my room, ate meals in my room etc basically I would only be out of my room for the toilet). Then one day, Ellie came to my house because apparently I went MIA hahaha, together with Lillian, they brought me to God. No doubt I’ve ran away from them again and again but Ellie ALWAYS came to find me and brought me back to God. Today, I don’t live in my room anymore, I take the train and I’m at peace. So hi Ellie and Lillian hahaha thank you and I can never thank y’all enough!!!!

What is 1 thing you learnt about yourself that you think applies for the person reading this?
Your success rate of overcoming (a)  bad day(s) is 100%. And if you’ve friends who encourage you to pray or seek God, and you don’t find it effective IMMEDIATELY, please understand that your healing works in God’s timing, not yours. It took me almost a year to stand up again so yup fighting (insert thumbs up emojis) HAHA.

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#02: καλός, all things good and beautiful

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kalos; all things good and beautiful.

“…as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, ‘Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.’ And they scolded her. But Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.’ “

Mark 14:3-6

what beautiful thing can i do for You today, Lord?

This is my best friend, Judith, friends since the age of 8 and I count her as one of the biggest blessings in my life. The above excerpt was taken from her little space and it encapsulates much of who she is! Humble, that’s what she is!

Always thinking of what she can do for the people around her. She baked tiramisu and turn up at my house at 23:56pm yesterday right before my birthday ended, despite spending the afternoon with me and listening to me recount the faithfulness of God in my life the past 20 years. She’s someone who writes tons of letters to her loved one, in the hope that one day, that loved one would know the Lord (and she did!). She’s one who listens and is ready to give. And she takes this business of writing very very seriously. The reason why she writes and perseveres is the best! She has the gift of words and crafting poems. And I absolutely love learning from her. Cannot emphasize how amazing she is!!!

Today, even as I write this to honour and celebrate this bestie in my life, here’s my little challenge to you too!

what beautiful thing can you do for the Lord today?

what beautiful thing can you do for someone today? 

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#01 : dies ist meine Freundin, Nat

All photos are from Nat herself and she has been very kind to share with us her life. I’ve known her at the age of 13 and we’ve been friends since then. She’s beautiful, need I say more?  And to me, she’s brave because she does not succumb to the unknown. From Indonesia to Singapore to Germany…I love how she’s embracing life right where she is, discovering magical places all around. It’s my greatest pleasure and honour to have such a friend like her, who is zealous in sharing the good stuff with people. Read more at www.stefanienatascha.wordpress.com 

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Tell us about yourself.
I am Natascha, a 20-year-old lover of all things pure and untouched. I busy myself with spending time with people who matter, whipping up something in the kitchen and going for runs before sunrises. I obsess over sweet potatoes, bananas and Medjool dates, insist on capturing moments with quality pictures (that means phone cameras are out of the equation) and I think it’s really cool to be kind. 😄

Name 3 of your favourite places in the world.
– In my parents’ arms
– Up on the Alps in Zell am See
– The part of Hebertshausen where green is aplenty and where horses roam freely

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What are you most thankful for?
The blessing that is life.

What is 1 experience that has shaped you to become who you are today?
A few years ago, my Dad suffered something which I thought could’ve been considered a stroke. We really don’t know what that was, he refused to go to the doctor (stubbornness runs in the family…). I’m really close to my Dad and that day scarred/ traumatised me quite a fair bit. I’ve never seen him so weak, so vulnerable and so out of my reach. I thought I lost him then. Three things dawned harshly on me that day:

  •  Life is terribly fragile, there are no do-overs and that the permanence of death is a reality. What’s gone is gone, forever.
  •  Who I was as a person was largely based/ dependent on those around me. I didn’t know who I was without those who play a big role in my life. I wasn’t my own person.
  • I was immensely lucky — I was given a second chance to treasure time with my Dad.

After that incident, I did things that have always been on my mind but never got the courage to do – I don’t believe in tomorrows anymore… only todays, I swore to utilise solitude to (as clichéd as this sounds) discover myself (my likes/ dislikes/ tendencies/ etc.) and I started yearning to get to know people as their spiritual beings and not just for their physical beings — this way, even as they cease to exist in my life physically, their spirits will always live in my heart.

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What would you say to readers today who are fearful of the future and the uncertainties it brings?
C’est la vie! (Such is life!) If we spend every day fearing about what is to come or are too caught up in what has passed, we will forget to treasure the magic of the present. It’s a pity to forget to live because we busy ourselves with what shouldn’t matter that much. Don’t forget to be present. Just be.

These two quotes have helped me through some difficult times:

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”  – Henry Ford

 “About life: It is not complicated unless I make it so. It is not difficult unless I allow it to be. A second is no more than a second, a minute is no more than a minute, a day no more than a day. They pass. All things and all time will pass. Don’t force or fear, don’t control or lose control. Don’t fight and don’t stop fighting. Embrace and endure. If You embrace, You will endure.” – James Frey, A Million Little Pieces

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#bravegirlsruninmyfamily

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Inspired by this hashtag #bravewomenruninmyfamily by Pastor Bobbie Houston, I think I want to learn how to honour the girls in my life that God has placed around me.

Sometimes, due to my terrible human nature, I find myself harbouring selfish and maybe unkind thoughts. This stems from our own desires that want to be better, tougher, stronger, greater.

For you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?

1 Corinthians 3:3

That is when we are in the flesh. I realise that it is very easy at times to slip into moments like this but the Spirit in me always prompts me and points me towards God. Imperfect as I am, I know that the love we are to have for our sisters and brothers is to be patient, kind, gentle, does not envy and does not boast, not self-seeking, not easily angered and keeps no records of wrong. 

Therefore through this little project I want to embark on, not really a project per say but yeah, you know what I mean :’) I will be doing it through various ways, such as an interview / stories of struggles and victories.

He has put various different kind of girls around me and all of them are all wrestling with this thing called life.  The girlfriends around me are amazing and each have their own passions, gifts, weaknesses, anxieties and stories. They have taught and blessed me tremendously. Hence I choose to celebrate the girls in my life and in doing so, declaring victory over my sometimes sinful flesh to be discontented, comparative and envious.

This also serves as  a platform for sharing stories and celebrating you all so that we can be encouraged by each other as well. And through the process of me doing this, I learn how to honour people with grace.

There’s so much to learn from each of us and I welcome you to join me in celebrating the people in your life as well :’)

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