The Power of Storytelling

Before becoming a mom, my visions of birth and labor were based on the trend at the time for bloggers to write about their labor experience. They painted beautiful images of water births and singing hymns and leaning into the pain of motherhood. I was inspired by their words and looked forward to my own […]

When the Holy Spirit Plays Cello in My Soul

Of all the instruments in an orchestra, the cello is the most soulful. I am sure of it. Perhaps I only believe this because my mom always loved cellos. Perhaps it is that the melodies most often played by cellos lend themselves to lyrical loveliness. Whatever the reason, hearing a cello’s voice in a piece […]

Listening to My Hair

I don’t have a lot of hair. My natural hair is thin and very straight. It falls around my small face, letting gravity do all of the work, each strand aiming directly towards the ground. It’s dark brown, defying the stereotype of jet black Asian hair, which is why I am often mistaken as mixed […]

Spreading Out Safety Nets

A friend of mine, we’ll call her Candice, has a 14-year-old daughter. Candice’s daughter has a friend we’ll call Susan. Susan lost her mother to cancer a couple of years ago. Candice’s daughter and Susan go to school together and participate in many of the same activities and Candice watches out for Susan. She noticed […]

Love That Doesn’t Cost Is Just A Feeling

I still remember the moment I heard the Holy Spirit whisper to my heart, “Send her flowers.” It seemed so ridiculous to me at the time that I dismissed it only to hear that still, small and insistent whisper again, “Send her flowers.” It seemed unfair that I should be the one to send her […]