Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

food for thought: gain in doubt.

"A faith without some doubts is like a human body with no antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask the hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic. A person's faith can collapse almost overnight if she failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection.” 
- Timothy Keller

this subject has come up more than once over the course of this week in discussion with friends. 
so i took it as a sign.
unfortunately, there are uncomfortable circumstances we sometimes have to face as Christians.
the hard, intimidating questions that some people may ask us about our faith that we may or may not know how to answer in the moment.
the questions that we often do not want to think about, ourselves, because we haven't bothered to search for answers.

for example:
"if God is all powerful and all-knowing why is there so much death of innocent people in the world?"
"if God really loves you why would he want you to abstain from sex before marriage? you're basically setting yourself up for a terrible sex life once you're married."
"it's pretty vain for some man to call himself "GOD" and expect people to worship him."
"if God is real why doesn't he just come down to earth and reveal himself?"

the list goes on.
all valid questions.

but it's important that we know how to answer these questions when the time comes.
because the time WILL come.

we cannot live ignorant lives. (Ephesians 4:8)
it's so important to know what you stand for and why.

 i struggle quite often with spitting out truth when i'm put on the spot.
and i believe, depending on the situation, that that's okay.
it gives us an opportunity to pray about it and/or say to the person "you know, i'm not sure how to answer that, but let me get back to you."

it's  important to seek The Lord in every situation that we find ourselves in. (Deuteronomy 4:29)
He may give us the wisdom to answer immediately or He may lead us only to be silent and to just listen

as Christians we are continuously growing more and more in our faith everyday...
IF we choose to.
if we CHOOSE to open our Bibles on a daily basis. (Colossians 3:16)
if we CHOOSE to be devoted to prayer each day. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
if we CHOOSE to consistently surround ourselves with others who can encourage us more in our faith. 
if we CHOOSE to abstain from things that distract us. (Joshua 1:8)

and by growing through the trials and hardships. (James 1:12)
so often we too easily want to give up and blame God, and perhaps cry out "why are you doing this to me?!" when something goes wrong.
instead, we need to come before Him, lay everything down and ask Him
to iron out all the kinks at hand. (Philippians 4:6)
whatever it is, we need to fully surrender and TRUST in Him. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
He will bless you for that.
there's nothing that makes Him happier than to see His children obedient and relying heavily on Him for ALL things. (Psalm 55:22)
how profound is it to know that we don't have to carry these burdens of our own, 
but to be able to hand them over to Him.

because, as unbelieving as it may seem at times,
Jesus cares about us, more than we can fathom. (John 3:16)
... literally beyond what our brains can comprehend. (Romans 5:8)

it is an undeserving, gracious love.

trench game

i was kindly gifted this trench coat from The Lab a few weeks back..
i figured i'd wear it here and there- mainly in the spring and perhaps in the fall.
but i've been wearing this coat nearly every day, since.
not to mention that it's beige and goes with practically my whole wardrobe,
but it's really just a great, simple, classic piece.

oh ya.
and it has a deep, funky side pocket just in case you need a place to keep your umbrella.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

the truth about love.

today i celebrated "Single's Awareness Day"... with myself.
i later realized that abbreviated it spells "S.A.D."

how cute is that...

but jokes aside i am a content gal.
i've accepted singleness into my life with open arms.
there's really no sense of the whole "wallowing in pity" party.
i've got incredible friends and family who demonstrate love toward me every day.
it's their selflessness, patience, kindness and thoughtfulness that encourage me.
even through our imperfections and flaws. 
through our arguments and things we've said that we wish we could take back.
because there is forgiveness.
and forgiveness stems from love.

who is love?
God is love.
because of Jesus Christ we are dearly loved.
The truest and purest love of all.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

nocturnal workshop | wings + horns || SS'15 || hypebeast

Nocturnal Workshop's SS'15 lookbook on Hypebeast

art direction + styling: myself
model: ben etienne


wings + horns SS'15 lookbook on Hypebeast

photography: alan chan
stylist: tung vo
assistant stylist: myself
model: david pachal