I am not the kind of person who offers up politics as a conversation starter. Firstly, I rarely feel informed enough to argue a point in politics. Secondly, I tend to see that both sides have valid points but this tends to annoy people. Thirdly, I am a peace-keeper and politics have a way of disturbing the peace. Politics-talk seems to be more concerned with … Continue reading Should We Talk Politics?
I cannot bear insincerity. I hate it when people are only putting on a show. Stepping up onto the stage, smiling broadly with their perfect-white teeth, and they play their cool act. I prefer the honest indifference. I like the mispronounation of words and the mix-up sentences when one gets sleepy or lazy. I’m partial to the direct truth, even when the truth is not particularly … Continue reading If I’m Being Honest
Who is this Pentecostal God, sneaking around, putting words into people’s mouths, into their ears, wooing them to places they may or may not want to go?* Okay, so! I work at a charismatic-Christian publishing house which means that at work, I’m immersed in literature about getting closer to God, speaking in tongues, and, above all, hearing God’s voice. I always assumed the latter was a … Continue reading Can God Speak to You?
Dear Rachel (and Readers) Remember, Rachel, when we kept up-to-date with each other concerning books that we were reading? Remember the multiple times we took turns ranting and rambling on about the books we read or were forced to read, loved or hated or sometimes both? In honor of that spirit, I wanted to ramble about a book that I just finished reading called The … Continue reading Rambles: C.S. Lewis and Friends
Legit, it was because of popcorn. I’m watching a movie—Confessions of a Shopaholic, I am not ashamed—in bed with a bowl of popcorn at my side when I realize something. The popcorn does not have enough seasoning. You know that powdered white cheddar stuff? Oh yes. I bring the cinema experience home. I dart out into the kitchen, sprinkle some more on, and then head … Continue reading Getting Locked Out of My Room
Photo by the lovely Divya who I miss every much #savvylovesdivvy I was sitting on a train this last Tuesday morning. I was on my way to see an old friend of mine who is moving to New Zealand. I watched the fields of green grass and lambs go by and I thought about all of the people in my life, my friends, how much I love them, … Continue reading Why Friendship Changes as an Adult
What is a patriot? According to my little Webster Dictionary, it is someone who ‘strongly supports and serves his or her country’. What does it mean to be a patriot? What does patriotism mean to you? What moments did you have where you felt patriotic or moments that defined patriotism for you? To me, patriotism means pledging allegiance to a flag when I was 6 … Continue reading Patriotism: Yay or Nay?
“May God bless you,’ the old lady told me. As she walked away, I exchanged a look with my dad, a look that read: That was weird. I’ve said this before in my blog. For most of my life, I grew up in a Christian Reformed Church—think hymns, creeds, pastors in long robes, Dutch Calvinists—and until going to college and transitioning to an expressive evangelical … Continue reading You Sound Like An Atheist
My last blog post, I wrote about anxiety and how I had struggled and still struggle with it. I realized, as I received positive feedback from friends and family about my honesty, that I have shared more in writing than speaking. There are so many reasons why. Firstly, writing is easier. You can refine your delivery and polish up your words. With speaking, in face-to-face human … Continue reading I Am (Not) a Victim
Photo taken by my brother Garrett (it’s his birthday in a few days so Happy Birthday Garrett!) It has been one of those days. One of those small, feeling-insignificant days spent in hiding. I’m quite good at hiding. The last few days, my old anxiety has been coming back. You have never seen me Rachel, with my old anxiety. I’ve tried to shed it off, … Continue reading Anxiety VS. Confidence