Hi peeps! How are you doing these days? It's getting colder here in Korea, especially this week the temperature dropped. If you have been following me on Instagram, you must know that I finally got baptized! The most stressful final interview I've ever experienced in my life is finally over! YAY! I'm really excited, thank you God! I really missed my blog after a very busy week of preparing for baptism! I had so little sleep during these past 3 weeks, and even wanted to cry when I had to study all of the prayers in the bible and rosary within 1 night and there were so many things that I wasn't so sure. I slept at 4am, and woke up at 8.30am to interview with Pastor, and when I had the interviewed in the morning, I was really nervous about my interview! I was so scared I wouldn't pass this interview, but Thank God, I passed it! I'm screaming out with my boyfriend when I got the result yesterday noon! Teehee~
I know it's kinda late to talk about this, but I'm too busy to study so I didn't have time to blog. Please bear with me! Okay, before I get started, I'll let you know something, today's post will be a bit different and emotional one for me. If you know me even a little bit, you know that I begin to think about my post on my way in each day and type what comes into my head at that point. I truly need to get in a quiet place and really reflect on my year and my life.
I have realized that my indecision is the source of a lot of stress for me, but it is actually not difficult to choose between two things, because my parents gives me freedom to choose what I want to be and they never forced me into any belief. I was born and raised in a Christian family, my father lived a religious Christian life and never missed any church service and my mom supported him in the ministry. My parents brought me up in a Godly manner and they taught me all about Jesus.
I made a decision to accept Jesus as my lord and savior when I was 9 years old, but I didn't have a personal relationship and the Lord began to work in my life. Just because I was brought up in a Christian family doesn't qualify me to be a child of God, and the truth is that even though I'm Christians, I still sin and I didn't get baptized too, because I'm not ready yet to get baptized. I am a bit confused on these reasons, though. I know, it would be odd for a Christian not to get baptised.
When I was in Primary School, my parents decided to send me to a Catholic school and my faith and desire to grow closer to God has become stronger and stronger as I learn more from the school. So after years of study and prayer, I have become convicted of the truth of the Catholic faith, and I feel that every person I come into contact with helps me grow in my faith. But, I've suffered with panic attacks for 2 and a half years, because I was not sure how to tell my parents about this, and I began to seriously pray to the Lord. Each morning when I kneel down to pray, I ask the Lord to show me the right path, give me the strength that I need to face, if You lead me, I will never go astray.
There are several important differences between Catholics and Christians.
There are several important differences between Catholics and Christians.
One of the first major differences between Catholicism and Christianism is the view of the Bible. Catholics view the Bible as having equal authority with the Church and tradition. Christians view the Bible as the supreme authority for faith and practice. And a second key difference between Catholics and Bible Christians is the understanding of how we can approach God. Catholics tend to approach God through intermediaries, such as Mary or the saints. Christians approach God directly, offering prayers to no one other than God Himself.
Why I Choose to be Catholic? The reasons are simple! The Catholic viewpoint is that salvation is received by faith, but then must be “maintained” by good works and participation in the Sacraments. In my opinion, Catholic Church is the most peaceful Church and I can just feel the peace and calm come over me when I sit in the church. One of my favorite places to be when I need calm and prayers.
I'm not really a religious kind of person, but later that day when I close my eyes, and pray to find enlightenment. I was led to do random bible opening initially out of desperation to hear God. But it worked. I opened my bible at random to get direction from God, and trying to select a random verse and pointed to a verse on the page, my eyes fell on Isaiah 41:10 (이사야 41장 10절): "Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (내가 너와 함께 있으니, 두려워하지 말아라. 내가 너의 하나님이니, 떨지 말아라. 내가 너를 강하게 하겠다. 내가 너를 도와주고, 내 승리의 오른팔로 너를 붙들어 주겠다.)” From then on God used this method often to reveal his will and God has been doing amazing things in my life since then!
I remember that one day, I told my father that I wanted to convert to Catholicism. I've been afraid of dying he would yell at me for bothering him, and he would forbid me not to convert to Catholic. But I know that I'm wrong, the conclusion that God gave me was that my father were going to love me no matter what and he have always told me that he will support any decision I make concerning my future. I proudly say what I am today is by the grace of God! Have faith and you can move the mountains and can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. God works in ways we cannot see.
I recently got baptized today (Sunday, 20 December 2015)! I AM CATHOLIC NOW! Becoming a Catholic is something I never could've imagined or envisioned. I'm becoming Catholic because of what I've learned and I've learned it, I believe, by the grace of God.
The reason I want to be baptized is because I want to show people that I love Jesus, I want to be a follower of Jesus and God, and I also want God and Jesus in my heart through the good and bad. That is why I want to be baptized. I know baptism does not wash away my sins or grant me new life. Only Christ can remove my sins, and that happens when I put my faith in Him. Baptism and faith are simply the outside and the inside of the same thing. But Christ has given me baptism, and I will not neglect His gift. Now I know more about Jesus and want to keep getting to know Him better, and I pray more, too.
Thank You to my wonderful family and friends for your love, support, and generosity. My Christening day was made so memorable because of your presence and your loving thoughts.❤
Thank you for making my Christening Day even more special with your kindness and gift.
Selfie before I was baptized. I don't know why but I'm quite addicted with red lipstick, I used to hate it so much, but after my friend did my make up, I just fell in love with red lipstick. lol
My boyfriend and his friends decided to celebrate my baptism with just a dinner at Ashley Buffet in Mapo. I didn't want to make a too big party simply because I wanted it to make more meaningful with the people I feel comfortable with. I also didn't want to throw too much money only within a night too! I thought the place'd be so crowded since people said we had to queue, but luckily there's not any queue on that day.
We ordered the The New York Stone Steak, with a drink. I was also very surprised by their New York Stone Steak, it's large enough to be shared by two and delicious! It's so pricey but it's worth it! Oh~I forgot to take a picture of my drink (cranberry ade) before I drink it. hehehe.
After having our yummy meal, we're heading to Seoul National University Station from Mapo. We stopped at the amazing Wine Storage (와인창고잡) and decided to enter to this wonderful wine bar to do some wine tasting to heal our body after dealing with cold weather and eat this tasty steak salad (스테이크 샐러드). HAPPY TUMMY indeed! It was really an unforgettable experience for me!
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That's all that I wanted to share with you. I'm gonna stop writing until here. Thank you for reading and stay tuned for one of the most unforgettable moment of my life that will be posted soon! I'm still working on it guys! Please be patient! See you guys real soon!
Anyway! Please note, this isn't a Catholic vs. Christian debate. If you're Christian, great. If you're Catholic, great. But you have to know why you believe what you believe! Because this is where my faith was lacking all those years. I didn't know how it all started. I knew that I believed, but I didn't know why, and I didn't know why I did and said what I did in church week after week, I just did it because I followed my parents. I encourage your comments. However hateful and or hurtful comments will not be tolerated!!! Okay? =D