About the Author

Tasha is a Korean American melancholy dreamer, wife to Matt, mom to three wild and wonderful humans. She writes about everyday life and cultural and ethnic identity, and writing has always been the way God has led her towards the hope of shalom. Her first book, Tell Me The Dream...

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  1. Thank you so much for your words of comfort, that remind and encourage today.
    God is our only constant and his gift of grace never moves away.
    Keeping you and all readers in my prayers.
    So lovely to read about your time in Japan!. I’m hungry now after reading all the delicious food I enjoy.❤

    • I’m glad they provided some comfort, Kathleen. Thank you for entering into this story space, and taking the time to read. I love that you know the foods, scents, and tastes I wrote about! Grateful you are here.

  2. No matter what part of the world we live in. No place like home. I thought I like to work in a children nursery in Belfast. Only 86 miles from my own family home. Live with my Grandmother. Who was so good to me. No matter how much love she gave me. This was when I was 17. I loved the job. My Grandmother was so good to me all those years ago when alive. But I was never as home sick in all my life. I can remember telling my Mum when I came home every weekend then get the bus back home on Sunday for work on Monday. Stay with my Grandmother during the week. She loved the company. Loved having me to look after and feed. I loved staying with her. My Grandmother was so good to me. But I was so home sick. I told my Mum. My Mum said Dawn your going to have to tell your Grandmother your leaving and the Job because your so home sick. I did not like having to do it. As I knew it would break my Grandmother’s heart. As she got used to having me stay and looking after me and the company. The Nursery was sad also as they loved me. As much as I loved the job but understood why I could not stay. When I was so home sick. My Grandmother took longer to get over it. As there was empty space in her heart no me too look after. I then believe it was right thing I done leave and it was God’s will that I left and went back home. As shortly after that a year later I met the man I was going to Marry and He is saved like me. We are still Married 27 years later. Plus during that time I came home my Grandmother took ill. We were still very close. If I had of stayed I wouldn’t have met the man I was to Marry in God’s eyes. I would have saw my Grandmother take ill go down hill. Even though she looked great for my wedding. She was not well. I broke my heart. I would never got over her being so ill. So God timing was perfect for me to leave the job in Belfast. Go back home. Even if it did brake my Grandmother heart. I didn’t like leaving her. Now looking back at it. Now my Grandmother is not here and gone to be with Jesus I can see God hand in it all at the time. Even though telling my Grandmother was hard. My Mum said Dawn. You have to do it. As you can’t stay to please your Grandmother especially when your so Homesick. It will only make you very sad. You will be putting on brave face for the wrong reasons and making yourself ill. I know now God would not have wanted to do that. I am Glad I did tell my Grandmother.
    God hand was in it all. Thank you for today’s reading. Love Dawn xx

    • It can be so difficult to step towards change and even more so to see the impact it has on others. Thanks for sharing a little bit of your story here, Dawn.

  3. We’ll get there. One new mercy at a time. Yes. Thank you for these words of comfort and understanding, Tasha. I had such a hard time with transitions as a kid. Maybe I’m not so different as an adult. I’m so grateful we don’t have to navigate each burden or change on our own. Jesus walks with us.

    • Thank you, Becky. Yes, I often think I’m so different now that I’m older, but some of these pains and memories keep. Maybe they stay this fresh so we can tend our empathy and offer comfort to others.

  4. I am so glad that through all the changes and uncertainties around us, that God never changes and He is always with us. Thank you for you comforting and encouraging words.

    • Tona, me too. It’s such grace that we can remind ourselves and each other of this, no matter how often we need to. I’m so glad you are here!

  5. Thank you for the reminder, Tasha, that “all of us are offered new mercies each day.” THAT’s what I want to focus on: the new mercies, not the new frustrations. Gratitude is a powerful antidote for what bothers us!

    • Nancy, it’s so easy for me to forget that God has an endless supply, and that I might need his new mercies each day. Thank you for reading.

    • I’m so glad to hear that Patricia! I’m trying to remember to be gentle with myself, along with others. This time we’re in can urge us towards the opposite, and I’m finding that God’s mercy is needed more than ever.

  6. Tasha,

    Change is never easy. Not many of us like it. We kick & scream like a little child begging it to go away. We want life to remain constant. That rarely happens. Life is constantly changing & moving forward. Thankful we have Jesus who is the one constant in our lives to steady, shelter & move us forward. The best thing we can do for our country now is pray. Ask God to help us through this dark valley to the other side. Great devotional.

    Blessings 🙂

  7. Beautiful piece…Our ability to adjust really reflects the point of where we stand in our relationship with Christ. Do we stick tight in fellowship & in His Word every day, able to easily move into submitting or are we the ones charting our course?
    Thank you for this special writing!

    • Thanks, Didi. I’ve found that God pursues us and steadies us in transition – the intimacy with him in these unfamiliar times is a gift of such grace!

  8. Your words are a balm of comfort to my weary soul and hopeful encouragement reminding me God’s new mercy each day will be enough to carry me through.