Learning to Be Weak

I have been learning the same lesson over and over the past several months––actually closer to two years at least. The lesson is this: I am weak. It comes in waves. The depression, cynicism, and confusion do give way to happiness, laughter, and moments of intense clarity. But then another round comes. At times I’ve felt […]

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Putting Things In Order

When I was visiting the States earlier this month, I rediscovered my love for organizing. My mom was in the middle of a move, so I had to go through all my stuff […]

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The Boldness to be Me

I used to think of my life purpose as a job. It was my job to be Christ to the world. It was my job to support, encourage, comfort, and edify those around me. But God didn’t create me to do a job, He created me to be a person––a unique individual that no one else is or can be. He created me to be Me.

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Some Lessons From the Middle of the Process

I haven’t been blogging much the past month, because I’ve been doing a lot of personal processing. A lot. My thoughts, beliefs, hopes, fears, insights, and regrets have all been tangled together like a giant knot that is slowly getting loosened. And from that mess, I didn’t feel I had anything to share. I’m still […]

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The Tale of a Good Girl Seeking Escape from the Trap of Obligation

The Life of a Good Girl As a “good girl,” I have always known there were certain things I should do. Certain things I should be. I should be kind and considerate. I should be respectful and obedient. I should complete the tasks assigned to me with excellence. I should avoid laziness, tardiness, dishonesty, or anything that would […]

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Why the Movie ‘Lion’ is a Much Better Film than ‘La La Land’

A few days ago, I saw the movie ‘Lion’ and bawled my eyes out. It’s one of those movies that will stay with me for a long time (and which I’m certainly going to buy whenever it becomes available for purchase). I highly recommend it. I pondered many things during and after the move, but […]

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Young and Female: Relating to Men

Men and women have more in common than not. We are all people with feelings, thoughts, ideas, desires, hopes, and questions. But, we are different. It was so since the beginning. And it still is.

Sometimes, it can feel like we are on opposite sides of a divide, either failing to communicate or part of some tense, unspoken power struggle. Yet there is something very special about healthy male-female relationships (and I’m not just talking about romance).

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Being Young and Female: The Lies I Used to Believe

As a girl who grew up in a very liberal environment, attended college in the Bible belt, and has attended numerous churches of various denominations, I have observed and absorbed many different views of gender and gender roles over the years. I find there are still many contradictory thoughts floating around in my head about what it means to be female. Subtly and silently, hidden attitudes and beliefs play tug of war in my head.

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