Burn

Fingers of flame, tickling the air; Why are you so captivating? Waves of light surge and disappear; Are you real or phantom?   This small flame, so insignificant In my hands threatens to burn me. But pain is just a shadow compared To the fullness of Your glory.   You consume me in Your mystery. […]

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Spiritually Blue

“Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable? Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Psalm 77:7-9 (ESV).  These words, these questions, raw and vulnerable, remind me of the times when I’ve felt spiritually low. And this helps me […]

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This Half of Reality

I keep coming back to this theme that somehow life is so much more vast and unsearchable than I think. Truth is so complex and multifaceted. The gospel is an unending story of redemption that might never be completely resolved. I have questions–are there answers? Are we supposed to live in mystery? What is the […]

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Humble and Worthy

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:5-7,  ESV). Recently, someone told me […]

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Sharing the Same Heart

When I walked into the nursing home that’s just a three-minute-walk from campus, a game of Bingo was about to start. Visiting the people there is becoming a regular part of my schedule, but I still meet new people with each visit. This time, I sat at a table next to a man named Frank, […]

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Cross-Cultural Beauty

The past month has been a whirl. From waving farewell to Fiji and entering back into life in American, to packing up for college and saying “goodbye” to my friends and family, to jumping into a whole new life at college. It has been crazy and exhausting at times, but it has been so rewarding. […]

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The Gift of Everything

The sun rose calmly over the long stretch of mountains in the Fijian islands as my team climbed into our van and departed for Nawaka Church. The week of missions here was beginning to wrap up, and I was definitely feeling tired this morning. And it was more than just the jet lag. This morning […]

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Love in the Waves

The wind whipped through my long hair as I sat on a little speed boat, sailing back to Fiji’s main island, Suva, after a beautiful day of relaxation on stunning Beachcomber Island. Even as I thought back through the day, my heart raced, and I couldn’t help but smile, pull out my phone, and type […]

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Everyday Dirt

The blazing sun shone down on me from the deep blue Fijian sky above as I worked my shovel into the hard-packed earth. Pausing for a moment, I leaned against my shovel and wiped the sweat from my face with the back of my hand. I breathed the clean, rural air in deeply as I […]

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My Island Encounter

I went on a mission trip. I got on a plane, my passport was stamped, and I stepped foot on an island called Fiji. I wanted to expand my horizons, learn about the culture. But I didn’t expect to come home carrying a truth that would change my life. I can still visualize my first […]

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