The Coming – Advent Reflections, Part 2: Hope

Hope Hope is essential. It’s what carries us forward in dark times. It’s the ability to see beyond what is now, to what could be, to what will be. God was silent for 400 years before Jesus came, but some did not lose hope, including Simeon, a man who was “waiting for the consolation of Israel.” […]

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The Coming – Advent Reflections, Part 1: Faith

At my church growing up, we celebrated Advent. I miss it sometimes. The countdown of the weeks until Christmas with the traditional Scripture readings. The prayers led by families holding hands. And the candles. I always associate Christmas and Advent with candles. My church now doesn’t observe Advent, but I decided to prepare myself for Christmas more intentionally this year by […]

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Waiting is Only for a Season

Promises There are many promises from God I’m still waiting on. By promises, I mean assurances that God has given me personally. Words I’m holding onto in faith. Things God told me He would do sometime in the future. Some of them are big things, things that are much bigger than me. But some of them are […]

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Early Morning Prayer: When You are Willing to Pay a Cost

I am not a morning person. As in, I usually sleep through mornings. So you could say we’ve become unacquainted. But this week, I decided to go to early morning prayer. In Korea, early morning prayer is a staple of the church. Crowds of middle-aged women (and others) faithfully arise with the sun to seek God’s face and intercede […]

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Why I’m Thankful for My Mistakes

I used to be deathly afraid of making mistakes. Not only as a straight-A student, not only as a classical pianist, but also as a person. I had this ideal of who I was supposed to be and found the idea of slipping outside of those imagined lines unbearable. It has taken a lot to learn to accept the hot […]

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Still Single: The Struggle and The Journey

I have been single longer than I ever desired or planned, but I can't help being thankful. Click to read why.

It recently hit me that I am not going to get married in my twenties. I am currently 29-and-a-half, so that ship has sailed. I guess I should have seen this coming, but the initial realization was a bit of a shock. And that is what inspired this blog series […]

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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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