Wednesday, March 23, 2005

even more about amanda I live in KaoHsiung County in southern Taiwan. This is my fifth year to live in Taiwan, and I enjoy Taiwan very much. I live in Taiwan because God brought me here to show the Taiwanese people His Love for them. I am in Taiwan as a tentmaker--I support my missionary work by teaching college courses. I teach public speaking, biz English conversation, and English composition (the essay) regularly. I have also taught Songs for EFL Teaching, Movie English, Internet English, listening, and pronunciation. I graduated with my master's degree in Foreign Language Education (2003) from the University of Texas at Austin. I received my bachelor's in communication theory from Dallas Baptist University (2000). My mom, dad, and kid brother, Sam, live near Austin, Texas. Both my parents are teachers, and my dad is also a bi-vocational pastor. My sister, Sarah, and my brother-in-law, Chad, both work for the Arlington Police department. Everyone in my family enjoys laughing--and laughing loud--something I didn't realize on my own (an "outsider" pointed it out to me). I am single, which is something I would love to be changed. :) And, last but definitely not least, I am a daughter of the King. I am saved by grace--something I of course do not deserve! I desire for all that I am and all that I do to bring glory to God. I desire to know him and make him known--this desire is the foundation of all that I am. Thanks for stopping by following an unknown path! I hope you find something that "tickles your fancy!"
my perfectionism Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. - John Wooden (mountain climber) Why is that we allow our limitations to define us? As humans, we tend to look at the things we can't do and mourn our weaknesses. Instead, we should focus on that which we are able to do and celebrate that achievement. This is easy for me to see when I am reading the learning journals and logs of my students, and yet so hard for me to put into practice myself. My tendancy towards perfectionism denies me the freedom to acknowledge that I have strengths worth celebrating. Moreover, it is in my weaknesses that I am able to find joy in an all-powerful God. He completes me. If I struggle to fill me . . . I will forever be struggling. If I acknowledge that I am unable to be perfect, He becomes the center, the focus, and not me. This is a relief. This is a joy-giving, freedom-bringing realization. So, why, therefore, am I perpetually forgetting this? Father, be strong in my weaknesses. "Instead, God has chosen the world's foolish things to shame the wise, and God has chosen the world's weak things to shame the strong. God has chosen the world's insignificant and despised things--the things viewed as nothing--so He might bring to nothing the things that are viewed as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. But from Him you are in Christ Jesus, who for us became wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, in order that, as it is written: The one who boasts must boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:27-31)

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