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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Resurrection and Travail

Last weekend, I started thinking about heaven. Not even because it was Easter weekend, but just because of life. There are certain moments when I feel a deep heaviness––it’s difficult to comprehend later, in the normal moments––but I would describe it as a truly horrible feeling, the sort of emotional breakdown that leads either to personal implosion or a deeper grasp of life’s […]

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Looking Back, Stepping Forward

As 2015 comes to an end, I have been reflecting on the past year, coming to understand the winding pathway it was with greater clarity. If I had to use one word to describe my 2015, I would say: Restoration. One year ago, I was in a place of brokenness, my faith shaken, my hope […]

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A Bit of Truth

I just have one simple thought to share tonight. This one goes out to all my fellow believers in Christ: Don’t forget that Satan is always doing everything he can to convince you that God doesn’t love you and that He isn’t good. We often get caught up in all sorts of confusion because we let our […]

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Searching

Being shaken forces your roots to go down deeper. That’s something I’ve been learning during this 40-Day Media Fast. (Currently on Day 25––I’ve passed the halfway point!) Man oh man, I didn’t foresee how challenging this fast would be when I started it. Not the giving up TV and movies part. That’s been relatively easy. But […]

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Smashing Cockroaches

The other night, I had one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. I entered my bedroom just in time to see a huge cockroach leap right into my bed!! To give some context, I sleep on the floor (on a mat). I also sleep inside a pop-up mosquito tent with a zip-up flap door. Inside […]

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Something Better Than TV

When God calls us to sacrifice something, it is easy to focus on what we are losing, to feel like God is taking something from us. (I do love me some quality TV.) But the truth is that He always gives something far better than whatever He takes.

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In the Meantime

The real battleground is in the mind. That’s where the real war is waged. It’s where I do battle every day. Sometimes so many voices fight in my head that I get completely turned around. Small suggestions that seem harmless, like natural thoughts, can be poison. Sometimes it takes me the whole day to realize I’ve been slowly dying inside. I’m an over-thinker. […]

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