Choosing Forgiveness (Learning to Love Myself)

I had this unexpected epiphany recently: I realized that I needed to forgive myself. As a Christian, forgiveness seems like a pretty basic concept. God forgave us, so we must forgive others. We need to let go of offense, get rid of bitterness, and release to others the grace we have been shown. It’s one of those seemingly simple […]

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Teacher Life: Working Through Conflict

Last week, I saw an ugly side of one of my young students. English name of Brian. He is normally very cute and engaged during class (and I may even subconsciously favor him sometimes..). He just has the kind of attractive personality that makes you want to call on him all the time.

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The Hardest Thing in the World

The hardest thing in the world is choosing to forgive. Choosing to let go of offense. Feeling betrayed and hurt by people and then choosing to get back up and keep loving on people. Sometimes I want to give up. I want to give up on relationships. I feel that way every once in a […]

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Together is Better (the scariness of intimacy and other issues)

I am a strong introvert, but I hate living by myself. After living alone my first 10 months in Korea, I couldn’t wait to move in with a roommate. But living with someone else is hard, too. Because: 1. We all have intimacy issues and 2. We are all inherently selfish and like doing things our […]

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The Key to Forgiveness: Being Made Unoffendable

At my church retreat this past weekend there was a lot of talk about dying to yourself. “Just die!” was a favorite mantra of one of the speakers. Sometimes I focus so much on the new life I have, on the promises of God, that I forget that those things were bought at a price––they […]

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