An Advent Prayer

Pausing to Say, “Thank You,” and “You’re Welcome!” We’re halfway there, Lord. Halfway. We’re walking through this season of waiting we call Advent, this season filled with songs in a minor key, and we’re grateful for it. More than many in recent memory, this particular Advent feels heavy, confusing, and terribly sad. The world around […]

Counting the Small Wins

A friend of mine graduated from university this month. She’s spent the past three years back in classes with people a decade younger than her, doing the work to get the degree she needs to make a major career shift. It’s been a long and hard and expensive road, full of sacrifice, and it is such […]

How I Learned to Stop Assuming the Worst

I’m wading through grad school right now, somewhere in the messy middle of things. My goal in doing the grad program I chose, had a lot to do with an inner restlessness I can’t quite explain, and a desire to know I’ve put my back into life and am making the most use of the cards […]

Falling Off the Missionary Pedestal

As a twenty-something single missionary home for the summer, I sat quietly judging the other girls in the room who were laughing and talking about which color Kitchen Aid Mixer they had registered for at their bridal showers. I thought about my own home—a 300 square foot cinderblock apartment in China with one sink in […]

How I Learned to See the Future

I got my first job in the hair industry at 15. At the time, I was technically homeless and not going to school either. I answered an ad to a small shop hiring a receptionist/apprentice. At that time, you could earn a trade license through an apprenticeship. I worked for a quirky Japanese man who was cheeky, but […]