Adjective: Free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere.

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Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been reading a Psalm a day. On some days, I glean good reminders of God’s character and promises, and on other days, I feel comforted reading the psalmists’ cries as they remind me that I’m not alone in my pain and sorrows. And then… there are these occasional moments when I read a Psalm, and I don’t really know how I’m supposed to feel.

A recent Psalm that has left me bewildered is Psalm 58 — particularly the second half,

Break the teeth in their mouths, O God; Lord, tear out the fangs…

Noun: deep sorrow, especially that caused by someone’s death.

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It’s strange how so much can happen in a couple of days that it feels like a whole week has gone by. It’s strange how in the moment, minutes can feel like they’ve been stretched to hours, but at the same time, the day feels like a blur, and I’m taken by surprise when I reach the end of the day.

This weekend felt like this for me. It was a long weekend with the many things that had happened, yet it was also a short weekend because I feel like I’m still catching my breath.

I had so many…

Verb: put out of one’s mind; cease to think of or consider.

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:4–5, NIV).

Growing up, I was a rambunctious child, and I have the scars to prove it. One of the earliest scars that I’ve gotten is from when I was about four years old. My mother worked a number of part-time jobs, and she’d often bring my brother and me to work with her because we couldn’t really afford daycare…

Noun: silence; quiet; hush; the absence of motion

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Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him (Isaiah 30:18)

For most of my life, I lived on-the-go. My car was symbolic of my busy life — it was my closet, my pantry, and my second bed. I stocked it with extra clothes, a sleeping bag, and snacks to ensure I could efficiently move onto the next thing on the agenda. …

Adjective: being other than the former or old

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But that is not the way you learned Christ! — assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:20–24).

With the first month of 2021 coming to a close, I can sense the feelings of freshness and hopefulness starting to slip…

Verb: see or observe (a thing or person, especially a remarkable or impressive one).

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But now, this is what the Lord says — he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine (Isaiah 43:1).

For as long as I could remember, I wished for a different name. My name is very common, and I guess it comes with its set of conveniences. No one will ever mispronounce it, and it rarely gets misspelled. But, it also comes with a set of inconveniences. …

Noun: steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.

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So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?” Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:6-8).

I recently moved into a new apartment, and it’s been a big transition for me. I moved from the suburbs to the city, and I’m also living by myself without family or roommates for the very first time.

Surprisingly, the move itself wasn’t…

Adjective: enough; adequate.

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She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah (Genesis 29:35).

Reading the story of Jacob and his wives always leaves me feeling confused… but I suppose it makes sense. It’s a story filled with deception. A liar deceives his brother and runs away only to meet another liar, who ends up deceiving him. On top of that, the daughters of the liar who lied to the liar are also well-versed in lying.

This is a story filled with masters of the art of…

Reorient: (verb) change the focus or direction of; find one’s position again in relation to one’s surroundings.

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God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground” (Genesis 1:28).

For most of my life, the Creation story was a confusing and uninteresting part of the Bible. I was basically taught that its primary function was to be evidence and a counterargument against the theory of evolution. So, whenever I approached the first two chapters of Genesis, it was with the expectation that it would solidify…

It’s actually pretty empowering.

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I’m not going to lie. When I see those memes, comics, and listicles that portray introverts as people-haters, it’s mildly infuriating. A small part of me sees these as a type of cop-out excuse that enables people with introverted tendencies to just hate on others. But, if I’m completely honest, I’d have to say that most of my frustration with these sorts of depictions of introverts is because they don’t accurately depict me (it sounds so self-centered, but it’s true).

I’m an introvert through and through. I find so much more comfort and realness in the intangibly internal parts of…


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