To My Younger Self

To My Younger Self

To My Younger Self

Dear My Younger Self Who Wants to Be a Fiction Writer, Yes, you, hanging out with your friends and family, your graduation cap affixed to your head. Congratulations! You have graduated high school. You have already decided where you are going to college and what you are doing after graduation. Good for you! But before you sign all the paperwork and move out of your parent’s place, I would urge you to reconsider your decision. This may automatically make you stop reading. I pray you will stay with me as I give you well meaning advice. Don’t go to college.

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Reflecting on Never Alone

Reflecting on Never Alone

The song, Never Alone by BarlowGirl is one of my all-time favorites. The song is emotionally powerful as the lyricist expresses her pain of not hearing anything from God. Eventually, she realizes she has to trust what she knows about Him. You can watch their music video here to see what I mean. Wesley and I’s uncertain future made me feel like God was not hearing me. This is because I was so worried about whether his internship will turn into a full time job. Then I worry about our future and where we will live. Worry build upon worry

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Ministry Defined

Ministry Defined

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”-2 Corinthians 5:19-20.                   What is ministry? In my opinion, Ministry is the God-given calling towards a certain group of people. God gave Christians a mandate, which is to “reconcile the world to himself in Christ.” and take them to heaven with him. He wants Christians to grow in their walk with him and he wants

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Kinds of Love

Kinds of Love

I’ve always hated that love is expressed with only one word. This is mainly because so many people use it loosely, saying things like “I love my shoes!” or “I love that guy.” When people do that, I feel like they are cheapening the meaning of love. , not as an expression of interest. I also don’t like that we use the same word “love” for every kind of love. Whether we’re loving our significant other or loving our parent, we say “I love you” for both. In this crazy and weird world, I feel like having different words for

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Why I Love Horses

I have loved horses since I was a little girl. I collected horse stuffed animals like it was the end of the world, and voraciously read every single horse book I could find in my library. I watched movies like Black Beauty or Black Stallion and every time we played animals at school, I wanted to be a horse. My passion was fueled by mother’s personal love for horses, and she took me to see horses whenever she had the chance. My mom owned a horse named Lemon but was unable to afford to keep her close to home when

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Finding Inspiration

Inspiration: the elusive Muse from which writers or artists draw their skills. I say elusive because inspiration seems always out of reach, and often times as a writer I feel like the statue of the man sitting and thinking. I think instead of act, instead of writing what comes to mind. Even as I write this, I wonder if inspiration is really difficult to find or if I cannot hear the call of inspiration over the roar of things in my own life. I know how often I am distracted-by friends, by family, or by books or movies. Noise surrounds

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Grace Defined

Some of you may know this and some of you may not, but I thought that it was important to mention: I am a Christian. This simple phrase is not simply a system of beliefs I hold but an entire lens through which I see the world. Thus, when it comes to the concept of Grace and what Grace is, I define it in Christian terms. Some may wonder how I came to think about writing about Grace. I had thought that God was asking me to write about Grace, but I wasn’t sure. Seeing the movie Risen, which follows

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Friendship

“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”  ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves             Many of us know that one friend that we couldn’t live without. Maybe it is one person or multiple people. For me, it is two wonderful young women. One is a woman I have known since I was in elementary school. Her wisdom and insight has always guided me in what is good and Godly. The other woman I met in college and she demonstrated a righteous character and

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Discovering Etania

Writers feel like they pour part of themselves into their characters. I know I feel this way myself. In my character Keyel, I poured my service-heart and what I have observed from families with tough father-son relationships. Jakin is my charismatic and humorous side, and reminds me of a friend of mine. Tala is based on my own mother, and Unconsciously, I created these characters and then realized later who I had based them on. As an author, we tend to do this in the creative process-just painting our picture without really realizing how the parts are coming together until

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Dedication

Dedication

Photo by Elvert Barnes. Flickr Creative Commons. I know I’m guilty of looking for a quick fix to my problems. I don’t want to make dinner, so I’ll order out instead. I want to lose weight, but I don’t want to go on a strict diet, so I try a fad weekend diet instead. I’m sure you understand-you want to do something too, but instead of working at it slowly, you cut corners and try the fast way because it’s easier. We’re all missing one important quality: dedication. Dedication isn’t a simple fix or an easy cure. It is a

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