On the Contrary (when life doesn’t go your way)

Sometimes things just don’t go my way. The bus driver doesn’t stop for me. The local store runs out of my favorite cereal. My kids come to class acting like they just did shots of espresso. Sometimes even bigger things happen…

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New Beginnings

“Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope.” – Zechariah 9:12 There have been heavy thoughts swirling around my head lately. This season is supposed to be a time of new beginnings, but it’s been a struggle to believe in new beginnings for myself. I’ve been wrestling with fear and dread. I’ve nearly gotten pulled under at times. […]

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One of Those Beautifully Overwhelming Moments

Sometimes I feel like an old woman. Especially when I try to get up after sitting in one position for too long. (My joints aren’t what they used to be.. sad but true.) I also felt like an old woman on Christmas Eve when I was watching my little siblings (ages 5-10) sing Christmas carols […]

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Star Trek Epiphanies

I just saw the new Star Trek movie! (And loved it.) I cried at the part near the end where.. well, if you’re planning to watch the movie I don’t want to spoil anything for you so.. SPOILER ALERT––watch the movie before reading this post! Anyway, I cried at the part where Captain Kirk is dying […]

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Nothing to Lose

I like to think about things. Like what kind of guy I should end up with. Or what it means to be a real friend. Or the best way to reorganize the layout of my budget spreadsheet now that I have a new version of Microsoft Excel. I like to reflect on the many moments […]

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Night Watch: Seeking Him When It’s Least Convenient

Last week, while I was in the middle of a funk, a state in which I couldn’t see opportunities, only burdens, a friend told me I should stay up all night to pray (for my church’s 24/7 prayer week). It seemed like an impractical suggestion. Maybe if I was really hungry for God. Maybe if […]

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Standards of Beauty

One of the first things I noticed when I visited Korea three years ago was the surprising number of girls wearing high heels. (My friend joked that they would even wear them with pajamas.) One of the first things I noticed when I arrived in Korea 8 months ago was how many advertisements there were for […]

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Destiny (and the process)

I am a believer in destiny. I believe nothing is random or purposeless. I serve a God who promises that He wastes nothing in our lives, not even the catching of a flu. (As I write this, I am sitting in bed surrounded by used tissues.) But sometimes I forget that destiny isn’t just about […]

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