Living a Life of Faith. Still.

I have been living in Korea for over five years now. In August, it will be six. Wow. That’s awhile. That’s longer than I spent in college. That was most of my twenties. Sometimes I feel incredibly at home here. It was like that since the beginning. There are moments of frustration, miscommunication, and helplessness, […]

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The Coming – Advent Reflections, Part 3: Joy

Christmas is a time of Joy. Everyone knows that. Whether because Santa is coming, gifts are being exchanged, or loved ones are uniting, Christmas is generally known for being a time of cheer. But for a moment, amidst all those lovely Christmas festivities, I’d like to take a moment to examine the joy that was felt […]

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The Coming – Advent Reflections, Part 2: Hope

Hope Hope is essential. It’s what carries us forward in dark times. It’s the ability to see beyond what is now, to what could be, to what will be. God was silent for 400 years before Jesus came, but some did not lose hope, including Simeon, a man who was “waiting for the consolation of Israel.” […]

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The Coming – Advent Reflections, Part 1: Faith

At my church growing up, we celebrated Advent. I miss it sometimes. The countdown of the weeks until Christmas with the traditional Scripture readings. The prayers led by families holding hands. And the candles. I always associate Christmas and Advent with candles. My church now doesn’t observe Advent, but I decided to prepare myself for Christmas more intentionally this year by […]

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When Being Thankful Isn’t Enough

If someone asked (but no one is), I could list off many reasons why I’m thankful right now. This is a good season of my life. So much freedom, so many things I love. Funny moments, solid relational connections, activities I find fulfilling. Things are good. It’s so easy to say that, if called upon. I could say […]

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Waiting is Only for a Season

Waiting is one of the hardest things to do. It's one of the toughest parts about faith. If you need some encouragement in the waiting, click through to read the full article!

There are many promises from God I’m still waiting on. By promises, I mean things that God has spoken to me personally. Words I’m holding onto in faith. Things He told me He would do sometime in the future. Some of them are big things, things much bigger than me. But some of them are just […]

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Falling (why I’m thankful for mistakes)

I used to be deathly afraid of making mistakes. Not only as a straight-A student, not only as a classical pianist, but also as a person. I pictured this ideal of who I was supposed to be and found the idea of slipping outside of those imagined lines unbearable. It has taken a lot to learn to accept the messiness […]

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Boracay: Not Just a Tourist

Just got back from a week in Boracay. (It’s one of the more famous beautiful Philippine islands, if you were unaware.) It was gorgeous. White, soft sand. Clear blue water stretching as far as the eye can see. Puffy clouds, blue skies, hand-painted sunsets, twinkling stars. That’s Boracay. But while I met some cool people, did a lot […]

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