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Tasha Jun is a melancholy dreamer, a biracial Korean American storyteller, wife to Matt, and mama to three little warriors. Most days you’ll find her craving kimchi and rice, searching for missing socks, looking for poems in the sky, and driving one or more of her three kids somewhere in...

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  1. I’m always beating the drum for finding the Jesus story in the Old Testament, the redemptive story arc that reaches all the way back to Eden, and now you’re reminding me that the arc continues forward!
    Blessings to you, Tasha!

  2. Tasha,
    I love your heart for those who are hurting and who have been hurt….I see a mission of compassion for others in your future (or maybe already in your present). Go with that quest God has put within you. Yes, the truth is that our stories are always changing, shifting directions, taking unexpected turns and even unwanted turns. There are mountains, valleys, and occasionally the steady days in between. The central character in our story is not us, it’s Christ, and the main action in our story is trust. I’ve found that if I keep in mind it’s not really about me, it’s about God’s plan and purpose, and along the way God’s greatest desire is to shape me into the likeness of His Son, then it better helps me to set aside my dreams and seek His will for my life and to accept the good, the bad, and even the ugly that may come my way. Beautiful reflections….keep asking your mom to tell you her stories and pass them on to your children 😉
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  3. Tasha!! This is beautiful from beginning to end. Starting with food as an illustration, you’ve given us much delicious food for thought :). I loved this: “The dreams I thought were worth chasing were only small clues to the story that was being written down deep.” because it tells my own story of God giving me over to myself in order for me to bottom out and realize all of those things were the cost of finding Him in the greatest measure, as He patiently waited for me.

    xoxo

    • Robin, Thank you so much for that encouragement. I am eager to read more of your story and hopefully hear more in person in the future!

  4. Tasha,

    Our stories are epic novels with parts unwritten. Who but God knows how this will all end?. I liken my journey to the Stephen C Chapman song “The Great Adventure”. He talks about blazing trails of God’s amazing grace. This life & the stories that make them up can be a wild ride of ups, downs unexpected twists & turns & the great steady days. The best part is that He is right there with us all they way. Guiding us with His steady hand. We need to learn the stories of our elders & predecessors to understand our own journey & who we are. The hardest part of all this is sticking with it through the tough times. Knowing that God has you in the palm of His hands. He knew this trial would come & He is preparing you & walking with us. This world says go for it all. Chase your dreams it will satisfy. Truth is nothing down here will satisfy our longing for a better home. Our souls crave to be with Jesus & one day we will. For now let’s cherish those stories & legacies. They are His Stories & He isn’t finished with us yet.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Sticking with it in some of those middle pages can be so tough, you are so right. I am so grateful we can remind each other to do just that and that God gives us his strength our weaknesses. There’s more to come. Thank you for your words, Beth.

  5. Oh Tasha, rice in cold water is definitely the best and unless you are Asian, you won’t understand this concept at all. I mean that sounds gross doesn’t it but it is totally comfort food for me. I remember my mom didn’t like to use the rice cooker so she made me get up extra early before school to cook the rice the good old fashioned way where you soak it the night before and steam in the morning. I hated doing it then but goodness, the rice definitely does taste better. Rice at all meals, of course… So many stories from my momma about the war. So many things she wished she had not seen. Those stories make me feel connected and closer to her. The story of Christmas is a story we must continue to share with everyone and especially during this season to remind those who are lost, hurting that there is hope and that hope is found in Jesus. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Yes, Maylee!! I love that you got up to make the rice and how you hold similar stories from your own mom. I am glad you are here and that we’ve connected here.

  6. Hi Tasha, thank you so much for sharing. These are true and beautiful words. Everything you shared spoke to me….loved the ending so much,

    “Our story, yours and mine, and all of ours together? It’s Christ’s story. This Christmas season, it’s His story that’s begging us to become those who let go of playing tag with our own small dreams and take up the courageous act of sitting still long enough to listen and become those who know how to pay attention.

    That’s my prayer….that I will sit and be still and pay attention.
    What a privilege and blessing to learn from your story and from all the other comments today. Thank you all.

  7. Profound wisdom that can only come from having lived and experienced the joy and the sorrow of knowing and becoming who we are in Christ. It is through this process that we become who we are to become – a beacon of the light that only Christ can shine as a hope to others trying to find their way in the darkness. Shine on dear sister, shine on

  8. Tasha,
    This was truly touching, thank-you for sharing with us.
    Psalm 37:1-17
    Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
    I hope that you all have a blessed day,
    Penny

  9. Oh this!! I feel like you’ve put into words what God has been whispering in the deepest part of my heart; our greatest calling this side of heaven is not what we do, but who we become; and how we help others become who they were called to be. How can we do that without entering into each others’ stories?

    • Jasmine, yes, exactly…who we become. Amen to all of that. I am so glad you are here and that you are obviously paying attention to God’s whispers and the stories surrounding you. Lovely.

  10. Tasha, this is so beautiful and so important for us to remember for us and for those around us who have different beginnings and so different stories. Oh, how I want to know the stories of those around me too and how they shape people. And I just had to laugh at the rice, all the rice. My son has not learned to love rice yet living in South Asia. My daughter looks like a true Bengali, digging into her after school “snack” of rice with her hands, messy and happy. My son refuses and all our friends asks, “But how can he live without rice?” Oh, how our roots shape our hearts.

    • Hi Nicole! Thank you. All the rice is right. I love the picture of your daughter’s embrace of it, and the picture of your son, still hesitant. 🙂 Both are stories in motion themselves.

  11. Hi, Tasha. I was touched by the way you spoke about your mom and the sufferings of your past stories. I had the privilege to visit my mom after 20 years living in US. I flew to Brazil in 2015 with my grandson, Wesley, to meet his 3 cousins. I couldn’t take baby Oliver because his immunization was not completed. I’m a grandma raising 2 grandsons. They both love rice, especially the white rice. On the following year my mom died. I identified myself with your love for your mom. I pray blessings over you and a very merry Christmas.

    • Marinalva, what a beautiful reunion that trip to Brazil must have been. I am sure you treasure those memories and especially getting to share them with your grandson. I am so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your own story and reaching out here – it’s a blessing to be connected to you through our unique stories. Merry Christmas to you as well!

  12. Tasha, I could read your story all day long. The way God stirs your mind and soul and sense in deep ways stirs ours. I’m so with you. Leaning into the stories that surround us, paying attention, grasping a vision bigger than individual dreams — it all matters as a matter of soul life or death. Thank you for this. xx

    • Becky, thank so much for those encouraging words and it means a lot to know we are in this together, friend.

  13. Thank you for releasing some of the pressure to do and be everything I want to be, to chase after my dreams and conquer them (all things that are supposed to be inspiring) and reminding me that’s it’s not just okay, but good to be still and Know that He is God and to wait upon the Lord. God is working through you, friend!