Death Defeated

There is one particular moment that stands out from my church retreat experience last weekend: falling to the ground weeping at a single song lyric: Just moments before, I had stood for an altar call to release disappointment, and deep disappointment had surfaced about my grandmother’s passing back in December. It wasn’t just disappointment that God never physically healed her from Parkinson’s. Nor mere sadness about […]

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The Altar: The Place of Killing

Two weeks ago at my church’s retreat, a preacher said the heavens were open, that there was a special grace to make requests to God. “Ask Him for whatever you want from Him!” he said. I’m not sure what other people in the room were thinking, whether they were asking God for spiritual gifts or spouses or […]

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Choosing People

Sometimes I wish I could just swap Myers-Briggs descriptions with people instead of getting to know them organically. (And then maybe avoid the types that intimidate me..) I suppose that could be labeled extreme relational laziness, but there it is, that’s how I sometimes feel. (Incidentally, if you are interested in understanding me better, you can […]

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Encounters that Change You (God’s Love)

I got some crazy revelations last weekend. Some major mindset shifts. (I was at this awesome church leadership retreat, in case you’re curious.) And, I experienced a lot of JOY. Not just normal haha that’s funny let’s retell that story later kind of joy. But happiness so deep and wide and overwhelming it almost hurt. […]

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Indescribable Moments

Sometimes I wonder about things. Other times I simply stand in wonder. Do you know that there is always more? There is always more. It’s just a question of whether you want it. This past weekend was my church’s all-church retreat. Friday was a national holiday here in Korea, so we got to have a […]

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Stolen Joy

Several weeks ago, I declared war on stress. I realized it was stealing my joy. So I decided it was time to fight. Life is a struggle, I wrote in my journal, and being a fighter is crucial. But during my church retreat last weekend (all messages can be found here), I realized that that picture of […]

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