daughter day one

“Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” – Luke 8:48 “Daughter.” In a time and culture where fathers advocated for their daughters, this woman came to Jesus alone and ashamed. She was known to all as unclean, and there was no father to defend her or speak on her behalf. Upon touching […]

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Ben

“The LORD said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that […]

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ohana

Dear Family, What does this word actually mean for you? You toss that word around when it’s convenient for you, and when it’s not, you hoard it to yourselves and keep it exclusively. When has that word ever been used to describe us? Yet you asked me this week—no, you shamed me—in order to convince […]

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eternity

Where the desert is covered in roses [Isaiah 35:1] Where I can outshine the stars in a single day [1 John 2:25] The face of God isn’t hidden [Revelation 22:4] When I wake into eternity [1 Corinthians 15:51-53] Where the shadows are never discovered [Revelation 22:5] Tears are nothing more than a memory [Revelation 21:4] […]

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regret

I have regrets that eat at my heart. When I was 8-years-old, I met a friend. He was best friends with my friend’s brother. Yeah, he was a boy, and boys at that age would terrorize girls here and there, but even at the age of 10, he was sweet and tenderhearted and would show […]

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Glass Heart

A piece of glass is created from chaos. It comes about when sand is struck by lightning hotter than five times the surface of the sun. Or it is created in the heart of a volcano. It is transparent. Glass has no means to lie. It is recognizable by anyone. It is vulnerable. It is strong […]

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It’s a Wonderful Life

I could have died when I was fourteen. No, I didn’t run up against any near death accidents or get kidnapped by a maniac or anything that dramatic. No one was threatening my life either. Except me. My dear reader, I know by now you’ve picked up a bit on how traumatic my childhood and […]

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above the ashes

God has given me a powerful name: “the appearance, the bearing, of a phoenix.” It’s this name that the devil must destroy in order to defeat me. Names make one strong, mighty, significant, but they can also make one vulnerable. It is at the name of Jesus that every knee will bow, that expels devils […]

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Perfect Life

Background story on this entry: in Friday’s counseling session, my counselor had me speak to my cousin as though he were in the room and tell him what it was like for me growing up and what it was like living in the situation I was living in upon entering high school. At some point, […]

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to the man who broke my heart

You. Didn’t you know? You were supposed to be my first love. Didn’t you know? You were supposed to protect me from tears and heartache. Didn’t you know? You were supposed to model a good example for me. Didn’t you know? You were supposed to love me. Didn’t you know? Didn’t you know? Instead… Instead, […]

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