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Jacob and the Ladder

October 24th, 2016|

How many people does it take to tell you something and actually believe it is true? To tell you that the objective of life is not to just escape through with the least amount of

Proper Lives Lived

September 26th, 2016|

“‘Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.’” —Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn     Her parents started a major missions organization that impacts thousands

Proper Goodbyes

September 12th, 2016|

Tears welled up in his eyes and his throat closed shut and he creaked out the words between swallows. "I don't want to write a book...I don't need a big church...if you guys email me

Kitchen Table and Expectations

August 20th, 2016|

I'm sitting at the breakfast bar in my parents' kitchen. It's 9:30pm and I'm knocking back coconut chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven, courtesy of my mom and her practical love. I'm thinking

Please Get Me a Bigger Box

July 28th, 2016|

I've recently noticed that I have a natural aversion to things I cannot figure out, pin down, hammer out. It stresses me out if I cannot put something  in a box; life is so complex,

Please Rescue Me from my Mind Palace

July 25th, 2016|

The black hole of my mind. I can spend hours pondering my future, internalizing anxiety and trying to over-analyze my heart's current state. I can become absorbed in replaying memories, following threads into tomorrow, running

A Snicket in Time

June 29th, 2016|

Motto for the summer, courtesy of a fictional children's hero: "Get scared later." I have been blessedly led to an internship in The Suburbs. I have been working with H the Women's Ministry Director. I

Small Escalator to the Dungeon

June 13th, 2016|

Orlando. Jane Doe, the survivor of the Stanford rape case. I read their words today. The world is broken, suffering, a slew of one-after-the-others. ISIS. Another Ebola outbreak. Another mass shooting at a high school.

Formica Counter-ing Culture

May 30th, 2016|

"Above all else, guard your heart,     for everything you do flows from it."   -King Solomon. Prov 4:23. I grew up in the mid-2000s, hyper-purity youth group culture of Christianity. Youth group emphasized saving yourself