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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. Wow. This really spoke to me. I retired before I was really ready. I try to fill the days volunteering, subbing at a school, connecting with friends but so often question my worth. So thank you for the reminder.

    • Madeline, I’m so glad. All wonderful things. May this season be one of growing in depth of God’s love for you.

  2. We are His Instruments of Peace wherever we go; that sweet fragrance of Christ. Oh how I long to bring joy to Abba Daddy & spread that joy in my everyday life. My heart was challenged.

    I am a writer too but often procrastinate. I am a perfectionist in recovery, please pray for me.

  3. WOW! The Lord knew I needed that! Please would you keep praying for my mama (Linda) and me?

  4. My oldest loved Thomas when he was young, and I have fond memories of many of the stories. We can probably all still sing the theme song. My youngest son has an intellectual and developmental disability, and that has shifted my thinking on how God values us. Thanks for this post.

  5. Wow! Thank you for sharing these insights reminding us of our worth that has little to do with our abilities and achievements. Our American culture is so not wired this way!

  6. God bless you for this post. God bless you for stopping the story and speaking to your son.

    As I near retirement and now aging to a point I have felt obsolete, I have to remember I am not a part in a machine that is wearing out. I am here for whatever God has planned for me. WHATEVER that is.

    My measure of usefulness is not what I do. I am loved as I am.

  7. I remember Thomas the tank engine when I was a Registered Childminder for 19 years. Watched it TV had the books. Plus the trains From all the different colours. Thomas Blue James Red good fun and all the others. It taught the kids I looked after names and colours. Plus sound. It also reminds me of how we learn all that God want us to learn. Plus how we learn that God know ours names and loves us the same way you love your kids if you have any know they know the names of their toys like your kids Tasha knew the names of all the Thomas the tank engine trains and toys and love them. That is amazing you don’t have to God to be loved you are loved by him anyway no matter what. I say Amen to that. Loved today’s reading xx

  8. Your article gave me a bag of mixed feelings. While it’s so encouraging to read that, I can’t say that’s been my reality and I still fight hard to believe and accept that in my life. Either way, you’ve given me something to sit and reflect on today so I’m grateful for your words!

    • That makes so much sense. It’s not an easy message to swallow sometimes—especially in environments that say otherwise and seem to reward usefulness. I pray it becomes more and more of a reality for you-maybe even one that you discover is/has been fighting for you, dear friend.

  9. Tasha, thank you. THANK. YOU. This: “Being delighted in and loved is the spiritual womb that Jesus’ ministry is birthed from. It’s the intimate place He goes back to again and again throughout His ministry and it’s the place He offers us to begin from and return to as well.” When I was so sick with Lyme that I couldn’t hardly function, this was a hard but comforting truth that God began to show me. Now that I’m doing a little better it’s easy to slide back into the old lies instead of luxuriate in the truth I was starting to understand. Really appreciate your message.

  10. Oh dear, what does it say about my heart that I immediately started to think about how playing with trains and tracks IS useful??? I know it’s because I’m a former TK teacher and there are lots of developmentally appropriate things being practiced and learned in those settings BUT THE REAL POINT IS THE DELIGHT. Lord, please help me to remember that You delight in our delight. Amen.

  11. Tasha,

    Oh how I needed this today. December 2021 I began working in Covid ICU unit as clerical. My co workers kept singing my praises. I kept doing all that I could. September 2022 the other clerical suddenly quit. At that point my job changed drastically. No longer doing clerical work but stocking 28 ICU rooms. I didn’t like it at all. Felt like I had gone backwards from when I started working at hospital in 2019. Add to that I made some mistakes & have trigger finger pain. My self worth went down hill. I felt like no one really needed me anymore. Anyone can do my job. God has been doing a work in & through me. I’ve listened to Steven Furtick & read messages like these. It seems as if Jesus is trying to tell me something. Quit striving to prove yourself. Just be yourself & let your joy shine through. Help others as often as possible. Great message!!

    Blessings 🙂