The Observer

Living, Loving, Observing Life


[running lessons – the beginning]

The lessons from the brain of an accidental runner ๐Ÿ™‚ This coming Sunday, I am planning to run my first ever 5K. I walked the route last night with my husband and it’s not going to be an easy one. But hey, life’s not easy and I am not giving up.


[what would you do if God was right there?]

We sat and talked about being real with God. Being brutally honest in our feelings when we’re praying (the example we were using was Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane when He asked if the cup can be taken away from Him, although I was thinking about Job yelling all those questions at God)…



I find it ironic that I wrote about breath recently and now I am struggling with that very thing: breathing.

You know, when you struggle for breath, there’s nothing more satisfying than inhaling and feeling that life-giving oxygen as it gets to where it is supposed to.


[BOOK REVIEW: This Is Awkward by Sammy Rhodes]

Perhaps it is a good thing (or, maybe not) that I have never heard of Sammy Rhodes and his @prodigalsam twitter troubles before reading his book “This Is Awkward.” I think it was a good thing. // Last week, I started and finished reading his book.



At our study group on Wednesday, we talked about the name of God (ื™ื”ื•ื”) and how the letters “yod,” “heh,” “vav,” “heh” remind us of the sound of breathing. Besides that, the words for the Spirit and wind / breath are the same in Greek (pneuma) and Hebrew (ruah). They even sound similar in Russian / Ukrainian.


[book review: #struggles by Craig Groeschel]

It is a good book for those who use social media on a daily basis, although the lessons learned there can be applied even when you don’t have an Instagram account. It makes one think (1) before posting something on Facebook and (2) before overreacting to someone’s post or comment.


[thoughts that come at 1am]

I used to keep diaries since I was a kid. It just felt good to re-read them later and laugh at my English skills (because I could never really convey the exact meaning or find the perfect word in Russian or Ukrainian). It also was interesting to observe the changes in my life and character.


[the Love]

It was a post that I have written seven years ago, but as I re-read it this morning (courtesy of “On This Day” Facebook feature, which reminds you what you posted years ago on this day), it still made sense. (Written originally on December 29, 2008, at 4:29 am)


[carry the burdens…]

Extroverts and introverts differ in one major characteristic. When extroverts are dealing with something, their path to healing is “talk it out.” For introverts, however, it is to โ€œtake it inโ€ (or “think it out”) rather than โ€œtalk it out.โ€ So when I was presented with my friend’s burden, I felt crushed by it.


[BOOK REVIEW: It’s Not What You Think]

One of the key things that made me think was the wrongfulness of those Christian beads bracelets. You know, black-red-white-blue-green-gold… I think anyone who has ever been to a kids’ camp or VBS has done these. Their premise is wrong.

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