What I Desired to Convey to You

Journal

Dear Friend,

I’ve always been embarrassed to share my writings, especially to a large number of people; thus, I had been limiting my readers to close friends. The reason was that writing is such an intimate craft to the writer that sharing it exposes the writer’s inner self, making him/her vulnerable and easily discouraged from destructive feedback.

Howbeit, God has greatly encouraged me through various people He placed throughout my life, and I’m grateful for Him guiding both my writing and personal journeys. I could say they are very much interlinked as He has taught me so much in both. After all, I’m writing for Him, and He wants me to communicate my words with others.

Interestingly, the root of communicate in Latin is communicare, meaning to share. Thus, I’m sharing what God wants me to write with you. This poem was written a few years ago–or was it a year?–for a close friend of mine.

Psalm 37:4a (KJV)
Delight thyself in thy Lord, dear Friend.
Though thy path be dark and drear,
His Light is within you always.

Delight thyself in Him, dear Friend.
Though His silence be so long,
His Presence is ever still near.

Delight thyself in thy Father, dear Friend.
Though the world appears immense,
His tender Heart upholds you.

Delight thyself in thy Saviour, dear Friend.
Though you are filthy,
His Blood had washed you clean.

Eternally.

Very Sincerely Yours,
Clarissa Choo-Choo Train



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Clarissa Choo is a vessel used for Christ’s glory. Although she’d lived in four countries, Heaven is her only Home. She desires to sow His seeds and to serve third culture kids, teens, and writers. Peek into her Christian TCK Email Ministry or read more posts.

When He Desires More Mountains

Journal

Dear Friend,

The train halted at the base of a mountain–no, a mountain range. My second draft for Book B is still a first draft. I planned to rewrite it. . . again; howbeit, I understand it is deemed necessary.

The Conductor pressed a new idea pressed in my mind. It is substantially higher than my craft level. Albeit it be impossible, He will help me. Does He truly desire me to write this? To be certain, I wait upon Him.


Very Sincerely Yours,
Clarissa Choo-Choo Train



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Clarissa Choo is a vessel used for Christ’s glory. Although she’d lived in four countries, Heaven is her only Home. She desires to sow His seeds and to serve third culture kids, teens, and writers. Peek into her Christian TCK Email Ministry or read more posts.

A Craft

Journal

I am scribbled on paper or typed on a processor;

I begin unkept and plain, raw and unsightly;

I comprise of numerous parts, but my whole is greater than my individuals;

If I were practiced by a patient, persevering hand,

I will show you another world, another eyes, another thought, another emotion, another heart, another struggle, another change, another twist, and another truth;

I stitched my messages into the background, subtle, yet forthright;

My messages are intimate and dear;

If you look closer, they reflect the Conductor’s Hand;

I am a Craft.



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Clarissa Choo is a vessel used for Christ’s glory. Although she’d lived in four countries, Heaven is her only Home. She desires to sow His seeds and to serve third culture kids, teens, and writers. Peek into her Christian TCK Email Ministry or read more posts.

Ameliorating Oneself

Journal

Dear Friend,

In my current and beginning of my writing journey, I soon found that writing is similar to playing a piano. One improves one’s skill and sound with daily practice. Good practice comes in a form of quality, not quantity. Applying this to my writing, if I desire to improve creativity, I should practice writing; that is, with firm concentration in this specific area. Similarly, if I wish to better my character descriptions, I would practice writing on appearances and personalities of diverse individuals.

Furthermost, I realised that if I fail to see anymore rooms of improvements, I would have extreme difficulties in bettering my words. Nothing I write is perfect.

So enjoy the blessings of the journey itself and trust the Conductor.


Very Sincerely Yours,
Clarissa Choo-Choo Train



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Clarissa Choo is a vessel used for Christ’s glory. Although she’d lived in four countries, Heaven is her only Home. She desires to sow His seeds and to serve third culture kids, teens, and writers. Peek into her Christian TCK Email Ministry or read more posts.