in the valley

The times we were close, the times I sought You above all—You were close to me because I had nothing. You pushed all aside so that all I had was You. I was in a foreign place, surrounded by those who were different from me, far away from those who knew me. I clung to […]

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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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your Savior has come

I was looking through some prayers and messages I’d written down in my notebook in the course of the last year or so, and I came across this that I honestly don’t even remember writing down. But it was the word that I received from God at the time, and it’s an encouraging one: Your […]

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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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just lucky, i guess

I seriously don’t know what it is, but for whatever reason, I seem to always get into conversations about singleness. In particular, conversations where I have to convince someone I don’t need to be cured from it. It’s the most bizarre thing. Anywhoo. At my age, most of my friends are getting married or have […]

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a prayer for Hong Kong

Three Sundays ago, I browsed my Instagram and Facebook feeds as I was getting ready for church. I was overwhelmed by photos taken by my friends and former students in the midst if a peaceful protest in Hong Kong—a peaceful protest that was interrupted by police armed with tear gas and batons. These are teenagers […]

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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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home sweet home

Hard to believe I’ve been home for a little over two months now. I keep promising an update, but truth be told, I haven’t really been in the mood to say much. Not a whole lot is going on in my life right now, and I guess I want to write when something takes a turn […]

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What is Grace?

(Someone sent this to me in an email. it meant a lot to me, so I wanted to share) The following is from a book by David Jeremiah called Captured By Grace. I thought his insight here on the difference between mercy and grace was quite illuminating, and make sure to see the illustration below. […]

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wake your dreams

“A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.” I came to Seattle in chase of a dream. I was positive that this dream was in my future, so I looked for reasons to be up there. The ones I found were so good […]

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