Name: Jasmine Lowell
Location: West Olive, Michigan
Occupation: I work at Hope College as the administrative assistant to the Dean for International and Multicultural Education.
Where did you come from? Singapore. I grew up in Singapore, and came to the US as an international student to attend Michigan State University.
A Fear: The unavoidable day when I lose a family member to death.
A Goal: For my marriage to flourish until death parts us, and for my sons to grow into honorable men who love God and love people.
A Memory: The moment my oldest son was born, I was struck by my instant love for him. The love I felt for him was not due to what he had done for me, nor based on his character or personality. It wasn’t even due to anything I had done for him. My love for my son was birthed from the relationship between us. My son – my flesh and blood. That was the first time I understood and could emotionally connect with God’s love for me. Nothing I do or don’t do can stop God from loving me. He loves me simply because I am His child.
A Mistake: When I was younger, I always compared myself with others to the point where I was dissatisfied and lacked confidence in being myself.
A Hero: My parents. They worked hard and sacrificed much to provide for me and my sister. They’ve not had it easy. When I was 5, they lost twin baby girls – stillborn – but they got through that without turning bitter, and got through that painful time by continuing to live life one day at a time.
A Fault: Pride. I’ve always tried to be good – to do the right thing. That can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on my motives. If it stems from pride and I’m trying to perform or please people, that’s not necessarily the right motive. I need to do what is right, motivated by love.
A Talent: I am musical and athletic. I love playing the piano and singing with our music team at church. I also love sports. I played a sport called netball from 4th grade until I graduated from high school. There’s no netball in this area, so I settle for being as active as possible with whatever opportunities come my way, whether it is roller hockey, tennis, biking, basketball, etc.
A Prized Possession: My wedding ring.
A Need: I need to feel secure and loved by my husband and sons; to know that each of us will be committed to our family unit, and will love faithfully with sacrificial action.
I want More: Visits to Singapore: to see my family, enjoy the fantastic food, catch up with friends, and soak in the beauty of the city and culture on that sunny island.
I want Less: Bills and household clutter.
What would you change about the world? The brokenness. I want the world to live life in the way of love and truth. To know we were created for a purpose, and that the only way to true freedom living is the way of love, the way Jesus taught.
What do you love about yourself? I am an optimist. I am easy going, and attempt to be a positive influence on people around me. I try to assume the best about everyone and strive to not dwell on the negative.