Waiting sucks but worry not; pray instead!

Waiting sucks, doesn’t it?

Be it for a friend to come for a meetup or for a grad school’s application decision or for an IELTS result. Whatever it is, we don’t like waiting and once we do have to wait, our hearts go restless. Our natural tendency is that we start to overthink or exaggeratedly worry about what’ll come.

However, there is one excellent response that we can train ourselves to do; pray while we wait. Instead of wait in worry and restless thoughts, we should pray, for the Scripture said:

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These verses never fail me when I start to worry. So, here is my prayer: may we find peace in our hearts and minds as we wait for anything we are waiting for!

Stay rooted in the Word, people!

Love always ❤

-superriska

Are you plugged in?

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Life is not always like walking in beautiful flowery gardens. It also gets bumpy at times and it can get dark and exhausting. We need a lot of energy to live – not only physically, but also mentally and spiritually. Therefore, brothers and sisters, eat well, go see your friends, and most importantly, stay plugged in the source of life, for he himself said:

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30 (New Living Translation)

Hang in there, friends!

Love always ❤

-superriska

When Valentine’s day and Ash Wednesday meet in one day.

Both Valentine’s day and Lent season are two things that most people are familiar with. Valentine’s day is explicit with its message about the celebration of love, while Lent in its remembrance of Christ’s suffering is also at the same time talking about a greater love that is overlooked by many.

Valentine’s day has been around for a long time. Although there are many speculations on how it was initiated, people nowadays celebrate it and identify the Valentine’s day as the celebration of love. What kind of love? A romantic love which people celebrate with chocolate, bouquets of flowers, candlelight dinners, or sadly a one-night-stand love in hotel rooms.

At the same time, Lent season starts today. Lent is a season of repentance as a preparation for the coming of Easter Sunday. It is a season when Christians are called to commemorate the suffering of Christ before his death on the cross. It is a forty-day length of reflection and pondering of one’s sins. It starts with Ash Wednesday which is still faithfully observed by the Catholics and some Protestant denominations until today. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the journey that leads to the commemoration of the greatest romance: the loving Lord died for his dear people to free them from the slavery of their own sins. Many celebrate it with practicing abstinence of eating certain kinds of foods, fasting, and also giving up things that they really love doing.

Happened to fall on the same day this year, Valentine’s day and Lent speak out one important message to me personally; both represent love – the worldly one and the divine one. There’s nothing wrong with the worldly one and I personally think it is okay to have the longing of the worldly one because even the holy people are struggling with their own desires of being in an intimate one. What’s wrong is that if we love the fleeting one more than the eternal One.

I don’t know which and how you celebrate both Valentine’s day and Ash Wednesday. I don’t even know how you respond to the reality of these two. I am no judge. But here is my prayer, a prayer to me and all other Christian fellows out there; when Valentine’s day and the beginning of Lent meet in one day – may we never lose sight of the greater love; “In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” – 1 John 4:10

Love always ❤

-superriska

Thou shall not assume.

“Kirain y*kult mengandung bakteri baik. Eh, malah bikin batuknya balik.” I said to myself earlier this morning.

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I just recovered from a cold and cough two days ago but yesterday I made a bad decision based on my assumption. I drank two tiny bottles of fermented milk after school. I thought it was okay to drink it because I was not sick anymore. I thought. Well, this morning I woke up to a familiar feeling and symptom like before, my throat was itchy! I felt like coughing and guess what, I think I’m getting it again. Great. I asked my nurse friend and she told me that dairy products can actually clog your throats and make cough worse. Oh man, I should’ve asked her earlier! Okay, a lesson learned.

This is just one of the many examples of why we shall never assume. Assumptions are as frail as building a house on sand, people. So, be wise and don’t drink dairy products when you have cough.

Have a great day!

-superriska

 

Ebenezer: I am (almost) 27

Two weeks ago I was teaching Indonesian history to my 7th graders. We were talking about Indonesian kingdoms and the artifacts that prove their existence. The artifacts of these kingdoms are in forms of writing on different media such as stones and leaves. I remember one of the questions that I asked my students was: “Why did people write or build memorials?” And some of the students said almost in unison, “because they want to remember it.”

It made me recall one part in the Bible about Samuel building the memorial and he called it Ebenezer which means “the stone of help”, for he said, “Up to this point the Lord has helped us!” (1 Samuel 7:12) Samuel built this memorial because the Lord had just helped him lead the people of Israel to victory against the Philistines. Samuel wanted to remember that he and the people of Israel were able to get to the point where they were because the Lord had helped them.

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Today, just a month before I turn 27, I’d like to also build my own Ebenezer memorial by writing this post on my blog. I’d like to take time remembering how the Lord has brought me this far in life with all the ups and downs that He has allowed me to go through. I didn’t always get to taste only the sweet moments, but also the bitter ones. Both moments of rise and fall have helped me be the person I am today and I am thankful for both.

I remember almost ten years ago, I had to bury my dreams of getting into university because my parents could not afford sending me to one. I remember feeling like my world has ended because I ended up staying at home after graduation. But through a friend of mine I heard about UPH Teachers College and I applied for it. Today, almost ten years after that day, I am an alumni and in my fifth year of teaching. Oh how time flies so fast!

I remember almost five years ago, I was unhappy with the teaching assignment that I got. I had to leave my family and all the comfort of living in a city to go to a small town in a far away island to teach something I wasn’t trained for! But those years I spent in that small town had helped me grow to appreciate life and even find my deeper calling as a Christian. Today, almost five years after that day, I am missing to go there again to see my little students have grown after I left. They are not so little anymore, now! Oh how kids grow so fast as well!

I remember one and a half years ago I missed my flight to Jogja because I was so caught up with the news that I have been awarded with a scholarship by Indonesian government. It is definitely an amusing story to remember and to tell to my kids in the future for sure! Today, I am still striving for my IELTS score and waiting for the result to change my offer status to be unconditional upon meeting the English proficiency requirement. If the Lord wills, I am leaving for London in September this very year.

There are indeed so many things that I can remember on how the Lord has been good to me. Today, just a month away from my 27th birthday, I am recalling all the great things the Lord had allowed to happen to me. He allowed me to experience the trials but He turned it into praises for His own glory for it is not I, it is He who made all of them possible.

One thing I learned, welcoming myself into late-twenties is not that scary for they are just numbers. Instead, as I remember how good the Lord has been to me, it turns my heart into a joyful heart. Age is just merely number and His blessings are even more important to number. ❤

Love always,

-superriska

 

 

I miss my friends.

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I have only a few good friends that I would share all my craziness and insignificant cheesiness with.

All of them, I did not plan to find but the Lord gave me along my journey. None of them are near me now, we are scattered in different places upon the face of this planet. It is hard when your great friends are not around. That kind of situation doesn’t let you communicate with them easily. We are busy with our own lives and we are separated in different time zones. My morning is their evening and of course it affects how we communicate.

It was easier when we were together, I could just randomly knock at their doors and started my completely insignificant cheesy stories without asking if they are busy. They also could do the same way to me, even more rude haha. We would spend the night at each other’s place and leave a mess without saying sorry. We would turn off the lights and talked until we fell asleep. We would just do random things together like eating ice cream late at night and talking about some random topics. Sometimes we would just be silent in our room without talking to each other but feeling perfectly fine because we were together. We could cry, we could laugh until it hurt, we could do those crazy little things together. We also would jog together after work and talked for a very long time that we forgot to eat dinner. Yes, I miss those times together with my friends.

Today, as we are in different places, going to different directions in life, it is just not the same. We will have to wait for the other to respond our texts for a few hours because it is still their sleeping hours. Or we will have to record our voice messages because texting is just too long! Although we don’t get to see each other often now, we know our hearts are still the same. We know that we still pray for each other in time of needs. We know that we will still listen to each other’s stories no matter how silly they are. We know that life is always better with friends.

I am thankful for having a handful of them even though we are now apart. I miss you, friends. I’ll keep you in my prayers and I always look forward to the day we get together again. ❤

Love always,

-superriska

It doesn’t mean you have to.

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Research shows that the more time you spend on screen scrolling down you social media accounts the more stressed you’ll be. Especially, when you look at your timeline and you see your friends’ updates: some got engaged, some got married, some got babies, and some graduated for their masters and even doctorates already! Then your heart starts to sink and think like you’re not getting anywhere.

This is the thing: you have your own timeline and it doesn’t have to be the same as your friends’. It is wonderful to be reminded that God never used cookie cutter when he created each person’s story. Here are some implications for you to put it into perspective:

When most of your friends got their second degree at the age of 27, it doesn’t mean you have to.

When most of your friends tied the knots by the age of 25, it doesn’t mean you have to.

When some of your friends who went abroad for studies found their soulmates there, it doesn’t mean you have to.

When most of your friends got their first baby at the age of 26 or even younger, it doesn’t mean you have to.

You are on your own timeline and you are fine! You just need to live your life as if you’re gonna die tomorrow. Don’t let those thoughts worry you. Don’t let those thoughts wear you down. Remember that God makes everything beautiful in its time. Your story doesn’t have to be the same as your friends’. Your story is special, specially woven by the hands of the Lord Himself.

Everything doesn’t have to happen now, rest assured that the Lord is at work and He will make it happen in His time.

Have great evening, great people!

Love always,

-superriska

People will always have something to say.

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Familiar with the picture? I bet you all are.

We always worry about what people think or say about us. We always worry that we sort of have to please everybody around us. But the truth is, we don’t have to. Just like what we can see from the picture, no matter what they do, others will comment. Well, that must be exhausting to live like that. Living a life that is bound to other’s perception and judgment. It is impossible to please everyone and it is definitely not your job.

In the beginning of her diary, Anne Frank wrote:

I haven’t written for a few days, because I wanted first of all to think about my diary. It’s an odd idea for someone like me to keep a diary; not only because I have never done so before, but because it seems to me that neither I – nor for that matter anyone else – will be interested in the unbosomings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl. Still, what does that matter? I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.

To be honest, I had the same thought when I began this blog. Who will be interested in reading my writings? Who will be interested in my ideas? Who will bother reading my shallow writings? Oh well. Just like what Anne Frank said, “I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.” Then I started it and I will keep writing no matter what. I know that it is a practice and it is good for me.

So, if you’re thinking about doing something today and you’re afraid because you worry about what people would think about it? Better throw that thought away now. Do what is right, do what makes you happy, do not bother the hearsay. Remember, people will always have something to say anyway. So, do what you believe is true, you’re not doing it for them, you’re doing it for you.

Love always,

-superriska