I have always enjoyed paradoxes, the blending of opposites to make something new. I see paradoxes constantly around me but particularly in the nature of God. Especially when I do not understand the logic of His being. I was taught that God was real and listening so I have always thrown my questions in His face. My prayers as a child rarely felt innocent or … Continue reading How to Make Sense of a Paradoxical God
“Rachel, are you joining?” A woman at church points to a stack of paperbacks in her Amazon Prime box. I stare. Open my mouth. Close my mouth. “The women’s Bible study?” she adds. Oh. Bible, good. Women, good. Studying together, good. “Yes,” I say. She hands me a copy of the study book. I examine the Instagram-perfect cover: Seasons of Waiting: Walking By Faith When … Continue reading What I Long for the Most
I never thought that I would go to university, even though everyone always told me that I should go. I didn’t think of myself as going to university type. I didn’t want to go into either ten thousands dollars of debt or thousands pounds of debt. Honestly, I never considered university was a plausible option for me. Then six years ago, out of the blue and … Continue reading Savvy’s Weird Education Journey
She’s wearing a ring. I just met her today at the coffeeshop and now we’re splitting Ben & Jerry’s in the Walmart parking lot. The Florida sun wages warfare on our shoulders. I point my plastic spoon at her wedding ring and say: “How do you do it?” “What do you mean?” she says. “How do you stay committed?” I ask her. Because, you see, … Continue reading Jesus and the Single Girl
What are the pros and cons of being a flight attendant? Guest blogger Daniel Bhowanidin has the scoop: Imagine, if you will, that you have the ability to travel to anywhere on this tiny but beautiful blue planet. Anywhere your heart desires and BOOM, you can go at a free or close-to-free price. Pretty amazing, right? Well, let me tell you: it is. Hi, my … Continue reading What’s It Like to Be a Flight Attendant?
Guest blogger Sarah Joy “Shine” Curtis threw away her purity ring. Spoiler: she gets another one. Why? Read on: When I was sixteen, my dad and I went to Olive Garden and he gave me the ring. It was accompanied by a mini-speech about his heart for me and my future love life. That it all comes down to him wanting the best for me. That … Continue reading Why I Got Rid of My Purity Ring
What’s so great about personality tests? Okay, guest blogger Melodie Castellanos, enlighten me: If you’re reading this, you’ve probably taken a personality test. For the sake of accurate statistics—I won’t give a random numerical percentage—but I do believe it’s safe to say that if you are, in fact, a human being who stumbled upon this blog post, there is a pretty big chance you’ve taken … Continue reading What the Enneagram Taught Me About Self-Love
What does saying goodbye to your cat have to do with the Gospel? Guest blogger Jenny Rose Curtis reflects: Have you ever had to say goodbye? The kind of goodbye that leaves you with an awful sort of emptiness you can’t shake? As silly as it sounds, one of the hardest goodbyes I’ve ever faced was when I took my cat to the no-kill shelter. … Continue reading What Saying Goodbye Taught Me About the Gospel
What does it mean to be Pentecostal? Guest blogger Nicole Ponder has the scoop: I recently took a spiritual giftings test and scored highest in the following three things: Gift of Hospitality Gift of Discernment Gift of Tongues “Yep, okay, those make sense” was my reaction as I read the results. This was not my first giftings test in my thirty-one years. In fact, it was … Continue reading What’s Up With That Pentecostal Girl?
What is success built on? Guest blogger Matt Liu shares his insight: This year has been a fantastic year for my friends. My friend Katrina got an offer letter from Tesla with less than a year of formal computer science education on her résumé. My friend Rishi was accepted to Harvard Business School. My friend Julie opened her trendy bar in a big city. Friends … Continue reading What it Means to Be Very Successful