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More thankfulness post-its from China

216.  journals
217. the start of a new week
218.  surprise cookies (not a rock!) and encouragement from Mel!
219. the enthusiasm and friendliness of the freshmen
220.  weekly lunch dates with Bridge
221.  functional plumbing
222.  friendship
223.  the Aupperlees ^_^
224.  the meat market and the incredible jiaozi
225.  lesson planning with Mel
226.  the music of Heath McNease
227.  silk
228.  Romans 5:8 ~ But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
229.  waking up to a beautiful day
230.  everyone being back from CBS!
231.  Psalm 25:10 ~ All the paths of Yahweh are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
232.  experimental dinners with Mel that turn out delicious
233.  Revelation 4:8 ~ Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.
234.  lunch with Yetta and a taste of home-cooked food from Dalian
235.  Mel baking an amazing apple pie for Canadian Thanksgiving
236.  the beauty of JingYueTan

Seeking Wisdom

It had been almost six months since I had heard from a particular student, when she had messaged me to ask what "walleye fry" meant.  (Why she needed to know this, I do not know.)

And then she started a new conversation.  Defying all conventions of normal ways to begin a new conversation, she threw a full paragraph at me that was crammed with words like regret and sins and forgiveand acquittal.  (Yes, her English is good.)

Being ever-eloquent, I sent her back an emoji making a questioning face, because that was the face I would have been making at her if she had started a conversation like that in real life.

So she clarified.  I wonder how to act.  the past is heavy and I cant help feeling weak.

And I thought, Oh, child, you are so ready for the gospel.

Chinese culture, no less than American culture, promotes a pulling-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps "gospel."  And it's a lie that plays into human hubris so beautifully that it's very powerful.  When I find my…

Things I was Thankful for in China

(about half of my post-its, in no particular order)

1 John 2:25 ~ And this is the promise that He made to us -- eternal life.desiring Godhow You take what men meant for evil -- and turn it to goodteammates and life togetherhanging out with HilaryJeremiah 29:12 ~ Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear Youthe holiness of Godgetting to talk one-on-one in the office with JulieDanielle asking good q's during O3 (and doing it outside!)Timgebeing an American on this 11th anniversary of 9/11the awesome dinner & movie night with Kelsey & Tempesttsharing truth and laughter with my teamthe solemn ceremony of convocation at Huawaitoothpaste2 Cor 1:4 ~ ...who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any afflictionrock scramblingeverything in Thailand being newYour promises that are fulfilled beyond our wildest expectationsSundays full of reststudents who are late to their final because they got locked in their dor…