Declare Victory, Even Without A Sword

“I’m not sure if I should just start doing what I love, or if I should go to college to learn more about doing what I love.” I kept stirring and glanced up at the laptop “You probably won’t know until you get there,” my friend commended from her home in Georgia. That Skype call,…

The Helmet Of Salvation Isn’t Optional

When we lived in Korea, we walked everywhere. And my head was at just the right height — not for roller coasters, but for car mirrors. Look away for one second, veer slightly to the left and whack! I banged my head on the mirror attached to the car parked on the side of the…

Stop Concealing Your Faith

We stopped to stretch out legs and explore a small town. We were on a road trip, and there was rumored to be some very good ice cream in one of the shops. It was semi-crowded as walked to find the legendary ice cream. That’s when I saw him. I glanced at a man turning…

Lonely, But Not Alone

“God, I ask for a hug,” I wrote in my journal. I felt so alone. Desperate for fellowship. Craving visible signs of love. Surrounded by people, but so, so lonely. I knew my family loved me. But they were carrying so many burdens themselves that none of us had the capability to bear even one…

When God Leads By Obscurity

“What do you want to do with your life?” my mom asked at the dinner table recently. I just started laughing. This was not the first time she’d asked that question in seriousness in recent weeks. I’m seventeen going on eighteen, a senior in high school. It’s past time to decide what’s next. But the…