Surely we can change

This morning, I had a rude awakening to my mom lecturing me. My door was closed, but I was already awake. I had somewhere to be at 9am, and because I hadn’t left my room (or the house) by 8:50am, my mom took it upon herself to say the following. I’ll do my best to provide a rough English translation to her words.

“Why won’t you wake up? You’re always like this – waiting until the last minute to do everything. You’re going to turn out just like your uncle. He was always like this, being lazy and waiting until the end. If you keep doing this, you’re going to spend the rest of your life losing out and coming in second.”

Needless to say, not the best good morning I have ever received. I left the house for my 9am appointment just a little after that, but I chose not to respond to my mom while she was shouting about this.


On the drive back home from my appointment, I started reflecting on how best to respond to my mom. Of course, I wanted to lash out and point out the inconsistencies in her opinion, how they’re particularly offensive/harmful, and how judgmental she is. But I was listening to this song In my car, and it reminded me of how we are intended to love people as they are and be edifying in the process. For the LORD’s greatest commands are written in Matthew 22:36-40

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

I’ve been reading crazy love as part of my 2-a-day devotional times. One of the passages I read two days ago that struck me is written here:

“The fact is, I need God to help me love God. And if I need His help to help me love Him, a perfect being, I definitely need His help to love other, fault-filled humans. Something mysterious, even supernatural must happen for genuine love for God to grow in our hearts. The Holy Spirit must move in our lives.”

As I was reflecting in the car, I asked God to intervene on my behalf. I know that I am totally incapable of loving well and righteously. I need his steadfast love to overcome my sinful desires. I naturally wanted to oust my mom’s opinions and assert myself as more knowledgeable and capable. But I know God would rather me be a loving servant to my parents who do not know Christ. My example to them everyday can and should be a testament of God’s grace in my life. Here are some of the lyrics that spoke directly to me.

“And I don’t know
What to do with a love like that
And I don’t know
How to be a love like that

When all the love in the world
Is right here among us
And hatred too
And so we must choose
What our hands will do”

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My Journey is Over. or Try again.

I lost. Here’s a list of all the pokemon that have died in the process (and how)

  • Bear Bait (Oshawott) – Gym leader Cheren manhandled him
  • Bueno (Herdier) – Gym Leader Roxie rocked his socks off and  2 hit KOed him
  • Broccoli (Growlithe) – Random encounter with the Train bosses. They ran right over him
  • ironman (Darumaka) – random battle, nothing glorious
  • Chester (Sandile) – while digging underground, crushed by a magnitude 7 earthquake.
  • Chocolate (Tranquil) – eaten
  • Purrloin (Patchy) – Sacrificed to use Cheetoh’s intimidate  in between switches
  • Audino (Audino) – didn’t have a nickname
  • Jerry (Minccino) – couldn’t beat a marill. Turns out being a round mouse is better than being a grey one
  • Billy (Zubat) – bug bite (literally)
  • Hardy (Woobat) – again, sacrificed for the good of the many
  • Cheetoh (Sandile) – kind of just stood around taking a beating.

a letter fro Luah

Dear Mom, 

I wonder if this is what you wanted for me. I’ve been beaten, and my pokemon are dead. I’ve only been away from home for 9 hours and 58 minutes. I only have three badges. And now, as a stare up into the heavens, I hear them calling to me to try again. Just because I whited/blacked out after battling, I shouldn’t give up. So here’s what I’ll do. I’ll go find a stick and rock. I’ll use that stuck and rock to catch myself a few more random pokemon. And once I find 3 pokemon that I’m satisfied with, I’m going to continue my challenge. I’m going to prove to you that I can do that. I’m not going to give up and go back to Professor Juniper and ask her to give me a new starter pokemon; I know I can. but I won’t. I’m going to prove to you that I CAN DO THIS.

A second letter to whoever…

… I don’t understand why I’m on this journey anymore. I don’t know what I’m doing. I just sent my mother a letter of intent saying that I’d stick to it. If her goal was to get rid of me, then she certainly achieved that. I don’t think I agreed to go on this journey because of her, but if it wasn’t for her, then why did I go on this journey? I’m so confused. Why I did I decide to leave Aspertia 9:58 ago? I miss my bed, I miss my friends, I miss rachet… I’m scared everytime I turn a corner I’ll see a trainer that wants to kill me. Actually, that want to kill my pokemon. Actually, to be honest, I’m most anxious everytime I enter a new route because the first pokemon I might run into will be a woobat. I just don’t understand…

Luah vs. Rachet

10 year old girl sets out on a journey away from Aspertia City!

Gosh, it’s so weird being away from mom. When she first said “Good luck on your journey!” I didn’t think she was serious. This must be some sort of abuse or punishment – forcing me to fend for myself in the wild giving me nothing more than an Oshawott 

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I mean, he’s cute and everything, but I feel like he’d get eaten up by a Beartic or an Ursuring. My mom probably gave me Oshawott because she wants me to get eaten by a bear. For that every reason, I named Oshawott Bear Bait. We’re getting along quite well. His water gun attack is pretty strong. 

 

Purrloin

 

Once I set out on Route 19, Bianca, my mentor, taught my how to catch pokemon. My first thought was, “Pshh I know how to do this. I’ll show her up!” Right after I ran into the tall grass, some shadowy figure appeared! Some random fight music started playing out of nowhere and a text bubble appeared around my waist leve (I was so confused… I felt like I was star on the show Yu-gi-oh). The text said, “A wild Purloin appeared!” My first thought after that was, “Why do I need a pokedex if the text box is going to tell me about the pokemon anyway?” Long story short, I caught the Purloin, named her Patchy, and continued on my way.

I finally arrived at my first town. FLOCCESY Town. This peculiarly haired guy named Alder approached me saying that he likes to watch intriguing people. I should be careful around him; I think he might be a stalker. Nonetheless, because I am 10 years old, I’m going to follow him because he wants to train me and teach me about pokemon. My journey isn’t exactly ideal, and i have no idea what my mom wants me to learn, but I’m sure that I can trust a 6 foot tall, cut, red mohawk hair guy who wears a frock and sandals. He tells me I should deliver my extra town map to my best friend (and future husband) Rachet. He’s sorta like my rival, but I’m confident that we’re just both playing hard to get right now. I hope he doesn’t turn out like Alder. 

Pidove So, I decide to take a stroll through Route 20 because Alder tells me that Rachet is on in the Floccesy Farm, just a little beyond 20. This time, while walking through the grass, I find a Pidove! And since I was hungry, I caught it and decided to name it Chocolate. Sadly after trying my hand at cannibalism, Chocolate didn’t satisfy my tastes. I brought him to the pokemon center and he was alright again. I should go find real chocolate.

I found Rachet! I had my first pokemon battle!snivy_and_lillipup_by_meltymole-d3b5fl8fdfadsfsadf

okay, so essentially, Rachet’s Snivy was teasing this little Lillipup. I’m a 10 year old girl and I will not stand for humans and pokemon abusing little cute puppies! So went over to that little snivy. kicked snivy in the tail, and then Chocolate used Gust attack and I won my first pokemon battle. I wasn’t REALLY trying to win the battle… It just kinda happened. Then I realized lillipup was hurt (go figure), so I decided I should catch him instead. I named him Bueno

I finally handed over the extra town map to Rachet, and instead of him saying thank you, he said, “Great Battle, we should do it again sometime.” I was like.. WHATTT You mean you want to see me again? *blush* I was thinking about letting mom know about all the stuff that’s happened in the 1 hour and 30 minutes of my journey but I figured she wants me gone anyway. 

Until next time!

 

 

Pokemon Black 2: Nuzlocke Challenge take 2

I’m going to start playing pokemon black 2 tonight with the nuzlocke challenge rules. If you’re unfamiliar with the rules, here are the general rules: 

  1. Any Pokémon that faints is considered dead, and must be released.
  2. The player may only catch the first Pokémon encountered in each area, and none else. If the first Pokémon encountered faints or flees, there are no second chances.
  3. I must nickname each pokemon for the sake of forming stronger emotional bonds.
  4. A black out/white out is considered to be “game over”, even if there are Pokémon left in the PC.

As an additional task, I’ll be blogging about my adventure on here – makes the game seem more realistic and fun. While this game might be considered a time-waster, I have also prepared an important to do list for this summer. At the very least, this blog post won’t have lost all its value.

find a job, plug into CBC, student life tour, visit my girlfriend, visit ryan, support summer missionaries, buy a guitar, read changes that heal, hang out with friends! 

So, who is a friend that wants to hang out? 🙂 Well, I choose you!