I’m so glad you came by to visit.
My name is Vangelina. I am a Hmong-American girl, eldest of nine children, and most fabulously, I am a sinner reborn through Christ, healing, and improving myself as a daughter of God. I am a simple and complicated (which means I am complicated, doesn’t it?) child of God who loves crafting, baking/cooking, sewing (just learning), and singing off tune praising the Lord.
I constantly battle with identity issues as a person, as a daughter of God, and as a Hmong daughter. Who am I? What is my purpose? Where do I belong?
It wasn’t until two years ago I found my voice, when I discover who I want to be. Through God’s love and knowing what God wants me for, I can voice my opinions and rest assure that I have the right to be me. I could not be who I was because of fear: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). I love myself and thus cannot punish myself; God’s perfect love sets me free.
And in love I found where I belong so I continue to seek love. Love not by my definition, or yours, or society’s, but a love that changes me, lightens and brightens me until I am but a child refreshed and refilled on a warm summer day. I am not in any way perfect in expressing love; I am very imperfect. I do not want to live a life without love, I want to fill it with love – not just for the people closest to me, but also those around me, strangers.
I have a desire to live out a life of love, to focus on loving and I want to share with you how I do it – or how not to do it. I hope you will share with me how you learned to love, how you chose love over the other paths before you.
I am new in the blogging world, but I encourage you to join me in this journey of living love, finding healing, and fighting fear as women and daughters of God. And if you have no interest in God but would like to hear about love and the kind of love that is better and harder than fairy-tale love, stick around, share with me what you think love is and how it should be shown, and I hope, in the process, you will find your way to God.
Come join me on my journey to finding and living out a life of love. It is tough to love when all you see is hate, greed, and lies, but you must choose to love, not for anyone else but because of who you are and who you know and want to be. God loves us even when we are at our lowest and worst; He is the perfect love. We live because of love, so let’s live love, faith, and hope by choosing to love first.