Organization of the Blog

Thanks for visiting. 🙂 I recommend that you use a desktop or laptop to peruse this blog. I’ve got a handy navigation bar on the left; my posts are organized by different categories. If you’re using a smartphone, you’ll have to scroll all the way to the bottom to find the navigation bar.

And if you have a blog, please let me know. I would love to read yours.

Happy web surfing, friends!

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The Name’s Jen

Hi friends,

My name is Jen, and I am a 25-year-old Korean American girl. I have over 10 blogs, many of which are inactive today or only served a purpose for a specific time period. These include photography blogs, personal blogs, random facts blogs, a mission trip blog, etc. The site you are visiting now is my main and current blog.

It’s fair to say that I am pretty sentimental. I especially love quotes because of that. I love how people word things and their words make profound impacts in my life. My mind makes a library of quotes, and this blog helps collect all these quotes into one tangible place. I guess this is sort of a heads-up that my blog will be composed of mostly quotes.

In addition to a love for quotes, I also have a passion for blogging about faith. My hope is that these writings would encourage others and destigmatize the experience of struggling in life and faith.

Ultimately, whatever you do do it for the glory of God! That includes blogging. 🙂

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

— Psalm 73:25-26

Gaze Upon Beauty

One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.

— Psalm 27:4 ESV

In high school I chose the username, Gaze Upon Beauty because the words were beautiful and really stuck out to me. Now, that phrase means so much more to me. It’s practically a life motto.

My mentor would tell me a trick about cutting wrapping paper. If you stare at the end goal of where you want to cut, you’ll cut straight to it. In this life you also have to look at the end goal, the finish line. What is the end goal? To see Christ face to face. To enjoy God and glorify Him forever, in person, in intimacy, in heaven. Staring at yourself and your circumstances won’t be enough to get you through life. Staring at Him will not only guide you in this life, it will also give you joy, transform you, and make you more like Him. Gaze Upon the Ultimate Beauty and Prize.

“Being different comes from seeing differently.”

— Jon Bloom

 

Gaze Upon Beauty

When’s the last time I was overwhelmed by the beauty of something?

Today, as I walking on campus I thought to myself, I haven’t sought out or noticed anything truly, deeply beautiful– that kind of beauty that draws you, inspires you, and overwhelms you. That kind of beauty that makes your soul sigh with relief and lets you forget about yourself for a moment. That kind of beauty that needs no debate on whether it is magnificent or not, because its radiance will just hit you immediately.

I noticed that I don’t ever really look for beauty. If I do, it is rarely the beauty of someone’s inside. The last time I thought someone’s soul was majestically beautiful is when I thought about Mother Teresa.

Things are so fleeting. I recognize a beautiful guy or girl, and it’s fleeting. I see beautiful pictures on tumblr, but it’s literally fleeting. I scroll through my newsfeed so quickly that the pictures only last a few seconds.

My soul is hungry for a kind of beauty that is time-stopping and attention-seeking– not attention seeking because it wants viewers, but attention seeking because it demands and is worthy of all of your attention. I want to be overwhelmed by something beautiful. I want to get lost in a kind of beauty.

When I first began writing this post, I was going to end with wanting to seek beauty. I want to seek beauty in art, poetry, literature, people’s souls, compassion, and nature. But the more I think about it, it really is God, isn’t it. The only One who can satisfy these longings, even a longing for something overwhelmingly beautiful.