Category: Friends

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[Halloween]

I tried to resist writing this. I tried to reason with myself and two quiet voices inside of me: one saying that it is my own life I am living and the other whispering that my life is not for me.

Yet the daily verses kept coming and I felt the whispering voice grow stronger.

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[medical trip]

I have spent this past Saturday with my mother and our family friends in Western Ukraine. We went there on a medical trip to offer free medical consultation (as well as quick tests / consultation) to people in Berezna Volya, a little village of about 300 people.

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[robots and love]

Sometimes you realize that even your best friends don’t understand you.

It hurts.

But then, you realize something else – even if you don’t see eye to eye on every single thing, being best friends means that you can put those differences aside because friendship matters.

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[on joy and choices]

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. // Philippians 4:4-7

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[should we or should we not care?]

A friend of mine, Andrei, writes songs.

He just started a couple of years ago, but I can tell he’s got the passion and the gift for it, even if there are still things to learn.

The other day he was joking again about a song he started writing and then stopped… because he realized that the first couple of words and even the tune were quite similar to that of another song. We laughed about the fact he has listened to Hillsong music for so long that the tunes are stuck in his brain for a long time now.

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[youth pastors and the trash]

A few days into the camp, I was sitting at the bonfire waiting for the water to boil so we could make tea, and our youth pastor was sitting next to me.

He glanced at the pile of trash that was waiting to be cleaned, “People are such pigs. Why not clean after yourselves when you party?”

I looked at him and wondered about the same thing. But also, I thought about the way our youth pastor matured in these 13+ years I’ve known him.

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[opposites attract]

We’ve met almost 11 years ago.

I was still a very-introverted person back then and meeting new people was not something I successfully did.

Sugar cubes made it possible.