Categories:


Faith and Visas

When I flew from Nanjing and landed at Beijing airport that early summer morning, I didn’t know I would be stuck in the city for the next five days with only one day’s changing clothes packed in my small backpack. I hailed a taxi and asked the driver to take me straight to the South…

Keep reading

Newsletter Alert

Hello friend, I want to drop you this message that I just sent out a newsletter! If you didn’t receive it, please go here to subscribe to my newsletter, and you will find the latest one in your inbox soon. I don’t want you, my blog reader, to miss out on my newsletter’s exclusive content.…

Keep reading

Everything

6:03 am, I woke up before my iPhone went off. I got up, walked gingerly to the anteroom/office, poured myself some water, and sit down in an armchair at a small desk with my bible opened. Thus, I had started my morning routine.  Just recently, I decided to get up about one hour earlier than…

Keep reading

Reframe for Joy

One  “I want my diaper changed. ”  It was 8:30 am. I heard my two-year-old son talking to my husband in the living room, while I was sitting at my desk praying to God for some fresh words for the day.  I knew right away that my husband would need some help in getting the…

Keep reading

The Loneliness You Are Feeling Is a Gift

Years ago, I spent the winter in a village in Switzerland, where it was covered with thick snow most days from November through January. I was working in a training center for a non-profit in that remote village. That Christmas holiday, I decided not to travel thousands of miles home, instead, staying at the center…

Keep reading

Peace beyond Quietness

The apartment was quiet. My 5-month-old daughter had fallen asleep a few minutes ago in her stroller in the kitchen, where I just finished up washing lunch dishes. My toddler son was soundly sleeping in his bed in the bedroom. And my husband was napping on the couch in the living room.  I went to…

Keep reading

Receive the Gift of Today

Have you ever woke up in the morning, feeling so tired that you wish to go straight back to sleep again? But you knew you couldn’t because you have kids to feed or work to do. A day full of plans and responsibilities is awaiting. I’m sure you have been there. So have I. In…

Keep reading

On Building Your Imagination

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most Highwill abide in the shadow of the Almighty. This is a Bible verse from Psalm 91. What do you imagine as you read this verse? And more from this psalm: For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowlerand from the deadly pestilence. He…

Keep reading

From Time Travel to Surrender

I recently watched a British film called “About Time.” It’s a story about a family whose male members possess the ability to travel back in time. They could go back to any occasion in the past and live through it again. They could, in the exact moment, choose to do things differently from the first…

Keep reading

An Encouragment to Rise Above Fear

When I was about eight years old, I rode the roller coaster for the first time with my dad. Regardless of my dad’s effort to calm me down, I cried and screamed from the beginning to the end. I was so scared that the first time ride became the last one. I refused to ride…

Keep reading

A Note to the Anxious Heart

The outbreak of coronavirus since January this year has caused tremendous loss and damage in China and world-widely. Because I’m Chinese and I have friends and family living in China, I can tell you many heart-wrenching stories in Chinese news. Now, since the virus has come to Europe and the second case has been found…

Keep reading

The Taste of Grace

It’d been over two months since I arrived at Burtigny, a village about half an hour’s drive from Geneva, Switzerland. I came to the training center in the village for a three months course on Communication. This training center belonged to the mission organization I was working with at that time. When it’d been the…

Keep reading

The Wind from Cape Point

My hair was wafting in the coastal wind as I climbed the stairs following a crowd on a sunny autumn day. Seagulls were squawking, flying in circles nearby. I finally reached the top of the tower on the hill, panting, excited. Here I was, standing at the southwestern tip of the African continent, on a…

Keep reading

In Face of Bad News

I saw a post on Instagram the other day, “It is already five months into 2020, yet it’s still January.”  I grinned tiredly, couldn’t agree more. What a frantic start of a new decade! I don’t just mean personally. I mean, world-widely. I sighed when Harry and Mehgan decided to leave their royal title behind…

Keep reading

In the Name of Self-Care

It’s Friday evening. We just finished a simple, hearty dinner, and it’s time for our toddler son to go to sleep. Friday night is the movie/date night for my husband and me. Usually, after we put down our son in his bed, we watch a movie or an episode of our favorite show with some…

Keep reading

Life in Surrender

In my early 20s, I took several mission trips with like-minded friends. The very first one, we were given two destinations to choose—- Thailand or Kazakstan. Our leader told us upfront that we can pray about it and make a choice. However, taking consideration of the size of the teams, our preferences couldn’t be guaranteed.…

Keep reading

He Is In The Boat

It’s in January 2020.  I have so many things in my head.  Husband’s job searching, increasing our monthly income, trusting God for a bigger apartment, waiting for a place in kindergarten for my toddler son, taking care of the kids, housework, planning and cooking meals, service in the church, and my commitment to posting a…

Keep reading

The Confession of a Mom (a Former Evolutionist )

I didn’t want to have children. As the only child growing up in China, I was often told how burdensome I was by my mom, especially when she’s angry at me about something. I’m sure she had her point. An ambitious career woman as she was, to have me must’ve brought her much inconvenience in…

Keep reading

Happy Thanksgiving

I didn’t grow up celebrating Thanksgiving in China, of course. I’d learned about it at school as one of the historical events written in the textbook. But it didn’t mean much to me until I was invited to my first thanksgiving dinner at my American friends’ home. I was in my early 20s, fresh out…

Keep reading

Waiting Not

How many days in our life do we find ourselves waiting for something? Waiting to grow up a bit more to put on that gorgeous dress or drive a car, to hear the university entrance exam result, for that phone call from someone special, a job interview, a visa to a foreign country, an engagement…

Keep reading

Becoming

I started regularly journaling maybe since I was ten. I gradually fell in love with this exercise. I loved to keep a notebook with me all the time. I wrote when I felt happy, sad, or bored. I wrote when inspirations hit me or just for the sake of passing some extra time. I also…

Keep reading

Glory

We went to Talloires France to celebrate my 36th birthday. It was a last-minute decision. In the middle of my husband’s job searching, financial pressure, my 33 weeks’ pregnancy, searching for short term accommodation for my parents-in-law who are coming to visit us in less than a month, we didn’t plan much for my birthday…

Keep reading

My Fresh Take on “Love Never Ends”

My son has grown up fast. Now he is almost two years old! The more I spend time with him and get to know him through all the changes and growth of his young life, the stronger and deeper my love grows for him. I’m sure many parents can relate to me. As days go…

Keep reading

Thrive Where You Are

It was a fine spring afternoon. My baby just woke up from his nap and I decided to take him out for a walk along the Geneva lake.  The crispy air brought the hearty fragrant greeting of the spring flowers. The lake reflecting the soft sunshine looked like a huge glowing sapphire. My baby was…

Keep reading

Homeward

It was mostly a rainy day. We decided to drive along the lake. As I was driving, the wet cloudy view outside the car window was calling for something like a mug of steam hot chocolate… something cozy. A yearning started to appear in my heart, a yearning for home… I told my husband my…

Keep reading

Soul Detox

Being a mom of a young child is tiring, especially living as an expat who is learning the local language and without any help from the far-away extended families. Despite the challenges in life, I try to stay healthy for my family, which means I tried to exercise and cook nutritious meals as often as…

Keep reading

Finding Rest in the Trials

2019 is here. You might have celebrated the New Year with a big feast with family and friends, and you countdown on New Year Eve till the dreamy fireworks went out at midnight, then raised a glass of champagne cheering to the loved ones and to the coming year, starting strong. However, for our family,…

Keep reading

The Greeting of Snow

My first experience with real snow started on one morning being woken up by my dad’s whisper in my ear: “ Get up baby, it’s snowing! ” I was about 10 years old then and we were staying at my grandparents’ place in a small village two hours away from my city in China, for…

Keep reading

Made for Home

It was a cold December day, I was traveling with a girlfriend to another city for a meeting, just for one day. We had a contact of a married couple who were living in that city, happy to host us for the night. My friend had met them briefly before while I hadn’t known them…

Keep reading

A Search for Peace

Every once in a while, I get to have a couple of hours “alone time” when my husband is able to watch our one-year-old son. I would carry a cloth bag with a notebook, pens, high lighters, books, sometimes a laptop to go to a café or the local library, where I could sit, muse,…

Keep reading

Thoughts On My Birthday

Recently I turned 35, an age I had imagined in my 20s to be terribly dreading. It turned out quite the opposite. Not only did I have any fear, but also the day was full of grace and delight.  I went out for the whole day and went back for a homemade dinner by my…

Keep reading

Plow in Season​

Our first born son Caleb turned one last week! What a milestone for new parents! What I had hoped to do was to take some time reflecting the first year of my motherhood through the photos and videos we took over the year, only if we didn’t end up rushing into hospital emergency room with…

Keep reading

The Scent of a Lavender

It was during our anniversary road trip. We had just come into the Provence region and were driving on the country lanes.  We had planned to come to this region with a hope to see the legend lavender fields and smell the flowers. I had only seen them from TV or magazines before and was…

Keep reading

Brooklyn

Just watched a film called Brooklyn. It’s about an Irish girl saying goodbye to her hometown and going to New York searching for a new life, a better life. My husband and I watched it together on our “fun night” and we both loved it. I loved it because it reminded me a lot of…

Keep reading

Behind the Face

  I sit in the comfy arm-chair, holding my baby in my arms and looking at his half-closed eyes in his beautiful little face while I was breastfeeding him. 7:45 pm, it was the last feeding of the day. When he’s done, husband kindly took him and cuddled him, then put him down for the…

Keep reading

The Best Life

When I was in my 20s, I worked with an amazing nonprofit. Every staff raised their own funds to work there. I was working with people from many different nationalities, doing the translation, biblical training, community services in different countries. I had been on staff with this organization for about 9 years, got to know…

Keep reading

What I’ve Learnt as a New Mom

I was woken up by the baby’s crying at 4:50 am, and it was the non-stop, continual kind of cry, which meant my baby was hungry. My beloved husband got up from our warm cozy bed and went to the crib. He took the baby out and brought him to me. I fed him. Then…

Keep reading

My Gift of Thanksgiving

We just said goodbye to Thanksgiving and already the sweet Christmas vibes is in the air. I can’t believe how fast this year has been. As I’m sitting in my comfy sofa-chair in the living room, thinking about this year, I realised how full and wonderful it has been to us and how much I’ve…

Keep reading

Is 40 Really The New 20?

Recently, I read an article that argues about 40 is the new 20. It introduces a new term: perennial. “Perennials are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology and have friends of all ages. We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, and are passionate, compassionate, creative,…

Keep reading

When You Feel You Are Not Enough

I’ve entered into my 31 weeks’ pregnancy. Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a healthy pregnancy. During my first trimester, I hardly had any nausea. In fact, my schedule was so full during the first three months of pregnancy that I had to fly back and forth almost every week between Geneva and Barcelona to finish…

Keep reading

Dream on…

I moved back to Geneva from Barcelona two weeks ago. I had graduated from two years’ theology study the day before I flew out to Geneva. It was a lovely sunny day on my graduation day, and I was feeling very fulfilled and grateful. The past two years went by so fast. It’s been full,…

Keep reading

Who Am I?

She is wearing a light brown winter coat with her straight dark shoulder-length hair highlighted in dark-red. A thick cotton skirt just above her knees matching a pair of half-height glossy purple leather shoes. Also, you can tell she is Asian. In fact, she is Chinese. However, what you see is far from who she…

Keep reading

Contentment

I’ve been married for one month and a half now, to an amazing man. We live in a lovely apartment in Geneva, which has been newly decorated with our own hands. When I was thinking about writing a new article for my blog after a long time, the word came to my mind is “contentment”.…

Keep reading

How Big is Your Theology

I have been a Christian since I was 19 years old. At least that’s when I started to call myself one. I didn’t grow up in a Christian home nor was raised in a Christian manner. When I was 21, I started to have the revelation of sin and the need for a Savior. And…

Keep reading

Search the website

Get new content delivered directly to your inbox.

%d bloggers like this: