“In vain have I struggled. It will do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to you how ardently I admired and love you.” – Mr. Darcy
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Even for the author herself, Pride and Prejudice was her dearest work and Elizabeth Bennet her favorite character. After all these years since its first publication in 1813, the same novel has remained well-loved by many, young and old, from all over the world. Continue reading “200 years of Pride and Prejudice: Thoughts about men and love, then and now”
In whom though not seeing Him at present, yet believing, you exult with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory. 1 Peter 1:8
“…that when we are most conscious of impotence, God is often most powerfully present. Don’t look for greater things. Don’t look for things other than they are. Don’t set your expectation on some great vision or on some great experience. And don’t expect anything outward, for the God who hides Himself is at work within your life, and He is working mightily. Your responsibility is to cooperate with Him by responding to His voice within – that ‘still small voice’, that voice that seems so much a part of your own feelings that you scarcely recognize it as a voice at all. To that voice, registered in the deepest depths of your being, you must say, ‘Amen,’ for there, secretly and ceaselessly, the God who Himself is working.”
(Witness Lee, A God who hides Himself)
God works secretly. God works silently. God continues to work in us, in our lives, though we may sometimes not be aware of it.
On the eve of December 31, 2011, I was a thousand miles from home as I celebrated the countdown to the New Year in Taipei, Taiwan. A great fireworks display was to be held, courtesy of Taipei 101, the tallest building in their country. I was with friends, both Taiwanese and other foreign exchange students, and we shouted with glee as the countdown began. As the digital screen on Taipei101 reached 1, fireworks began shooting from its sides making everyone present that day really quiet. It was a moment of silence as everyone watched in awe. I was one of them. When it ended, couples began kissing and friends began hugging each other, taking pictures here and there. That was how my 2012 began.
The end of this year however, was spent somewhere closer, somewhere nearer to my heart for I am back home, to the place where it all began. True, last year’s was more exciting but there is something that could never replace the feeling of being with the people closest to your heart especially on the most special of days such as the beginning of 2013. Continue reading “Little Miss Hopeful”