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Dear Younger Me July 24, 2017

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Dear Younger Me
Dear younger me
Where do I start
If I could tell you everything that I have learned so far
Then you could be
One step ahead
Of all the painful memories still running thru my head
I wonder how much different things would be
Dear younger me
Dear younger me
I cannot decide
Do I give some speech about how to get the most out of your life
Or do I go deep
And try to change
The choices that you’ll make cuz they’re choices that made me
Even though I love this crazy life
Sometimes I wish it was a smoother ride
Dear younger me, dear younger me
If I knew then what I know now
Condemnation would’ve had no power
My joy my pain would’ve never been my worth
If I knew then what I know now
Would’ve not been hard to figure out
What I would’ve changed if I had heard
Dear younger me
It’s not your fault
You were never meant to carry this beyond the cross
Dear younger me
You are holy
You are righteous
You are one of the redeemed
Set apart a brand new heart
You are free indeed
Every mountain every valley
Thru each heartache you will see
Every moment brings you closer
To who you were meant to be
Dear younger me, dear younger me
You are holy
You are righteous
You are one of the redeemed
Set apart a brand new heart
You are free indeed

Countdown Kinda Gal July 21, 2017

Filed under: faith,life in CA,life in HK — chinabean @ 1:28 am

There’s something about the anticipation of something coming up, whether it’s your birthday when your a kid, an exam as a student, or special holidays, trips or even a big move/transition coming up.

Little kids count the number of sleeps until their next birthday.

Teachers count the days/weeks/minutes until the next holidays or summer holiday.

Future mothers count each week when they’re expecting a baby.

I count down so many things. I have an app called “Days Until” and I absolutely love it. It helps me to count each day until a special event. I usually put in holidays, trips, nephews birthdays, big moves, and pregger friend’s due dates. It helps me to take each day into account and builds up anticipation for what is to come. It helps me to be intentional and recognize that each day is truly a gift.

The other thing that “Days Until” does, is that it gives the time elapsed after it passes. It’s similar to another app, “Time Hop,” which I also love. It helps me to reminiscence and be in awe of how fast time goes by but also how much has happened.

I really like the quote, “We’ve come so far, yet we have still so far to go.” For some reason, it’s motivating as well as humbling and patience developing. All in all, it’s good reminders that we’ve changed and we need to celebrate the fact that we’ve reached these “goals” and also be able to look back and thank God for all He’s brought us through. It serves as an “Ebenezer” in some way.

Today, ONE MONTH. 30 days have elapsed since I got on a plane and left HomeKong for California. It’s been a crazy month of traveling and reconnecting and settling back into the suburbs of CA.

There are many moments I miss HK: the food, the high speed internet, the transportation, the freedom, the church, the people, the community, the list goes on and on. It’s quite true though, because I know I am to be home with family… (for now) I recognize that the missing of Home Kong and it’s people isn’t as hard as it could be.

Having been away for the last 9 years, America isn’t the easiest place to re-enter into, but I’m “doing” it. There are some days, “Wow, AMERICA, you’re amazing…” and there are other “Christine isn’t made for America” days. Anyone who has lived overseas for a significant amount of time and moved back, knows the feeling…

I tell people about the famous tv Netflix series “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is the story of my life… except I’ve been stuck in the Asia Bunker of Shanghai and Hong Kong for the last nine years. People laugh, but sometimes, that’s really how I feel… especially in the Silicon Valley and the many apps and techy things, I do not understand.

It’s only been one month, 30 days, and most those days, I’m really grateful to be home… especially being able to get to see and be a part of my cute adorable love bug nephews grow up.

Cheers to the next 30 days… maybe it’ll hit me soon, that I don’t have a return flight to Asia. But for now… Here’s to life in America, the Cali girl that is not so Californian.


15 months ago July 13, 2017

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15 months ago, I said that the art of blogging was difficult and a week later I was going to write something… but I didn’t. All to show, that no one kept me accountable to that or maybe no one read it…

Regardless, I’m going to try to blog again, since I have time, now that I’m back back to Cali Cali and have absolutely nothing to do… It’s actually a great feeling. Maybe it will help me process parts of life, update my friends and family and just keep in touch with people. Life’s a funny thing… and truly, it is an adventure wherever He leads.


Blogging April 7, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — chinabean @ 8:41 am

The art of blogging is difficult. I just needed to put it out there. So many things I want to share and have to say or am learning and this is the perfect place to put it but… it’s hard. Thinking I need to update this more often.

Don’t think. Just do. 🙂

Hold me to it. In the next week, I will write something significant that God is teaching me about. 🙂 til then… ttfn!


YL Hard Thoughts April 27, 2015

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This is an AMAZING story from my fellow YL Leader, Rob!

Rob's Blogs

In Young Life, we do a great job of celebrating the successes. The kids whose lives went from nowhere to somewhere, from dead-end to star-studded. Jesus has a way of making glorious redemption stories, and we love to celebrate those times and those kids.

But maybe we don’t always do the best job of communicating the failures, the heart-aches, and the tragedies. Yesterday, we celebrated the life of a young man who touched the lives of many in a way that few could, yet we also mourned the loss of a life with more potential than we had probably ever seen in our years of ministry. Jake came into our lives bigger than life itself, wearing a batting helmet and a 10,000 watt smile. His was a life on a collision-course with disaster, but through the efforts of numerous teachers, coaches, friends, Young Life leaders, and pastors, Jake came to…

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YoungLives HK April 24, 2015

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AMAZING MINISTRY in HK! GOd is so at work and so amazed that we get to be a part of it!

The Powell's In HK

IMG_5906If you look back over our strategic plans and, ahem… very thoughtful ministry strategy of the past two years, you wont find a single mention of YoungLives– Young Life’s ministry to teen moms.  But thanks to a number of faithful women, and my awesome wife, there won’t ever be another plan in Hong Kong without it.

We’re still measuring the age of this ministry in weeks (probably appropriate), but every new week brings more and more girls.


We’re so excited about the humble beginnings of this new ministry in Hong Kong and the opportunities it presents to partner with churches, hospitals, and even the Hong Kong government.  But mostly, we’re excited about the sweet, young, local mothers and their babies now being cared for by an awesome growing team of leaders, some of whom are pictured below.

IMG_5907A simple and replicable model is being developed with hopes to…

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Teacher Blog February 13, 2015

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Dear Blog friends,

I seldom write here because my life is too busy updating my teacherblog that is mandatory for my school.

If you want to see what’s happening in my life.. it consist of 25 rascals from all over the world that bring me much joy and yet stress every single day. 🙂