How To Be By Yourself

Listen up, fellow extroverts! Guest blogger Taylor Berglund has the secret to being by yourself…and it’s not what you expect. Here’s what he has to say: When Rachel first asked me to write on “being alone,” I thought it was a poorly-concealed jab at my relationship status. After all, being alone comes naturally to me. I’m an introvert, so my problem is the opposite—if I … Continue reading How To Be By Yourself

If I’m Being Honest

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

Can God Speak to You?

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?

When Your Best Friend Dates Your Brother

Aww look at this picture, Rachel, Garrett is the epitome of heart-eyes emoji and you’re just….oblivious. Photo credit goes to Yury Kim, thanks bro for taking so many photos over the years even when we hated it. “NOOOOOO!!!!” Rachel has always assumed that was my reaction when Garrett told me that Rachel and him were dating. Though admittedly that word was said, it was meant to convey … Continue reading When Your Best Friend Dates Your Brother

Being in a Long-Distance Relationship

It is what it is, says love.* Is it perfect? It’s a long-distance relationship (ldr). It’s not fab because you’d rather it be different. It’s wonderful because the relationship is so good that you’re willing to go the distance. That’s what it looked like on my last evening in England as my boyfriend and I strolled along the cobbled riverwalk after our last date together. … Continue reading Being in a Long-Distance Relationship

Changing What I Don’t Like About Myself

She’s got a coffee in hand so obviously she wants to stay longer but her car keys are also in her hand so maybe I should wrap up this conversation and set her free except if she wants to keep talking and stay in this conversation, then I’m up for that too except now she’s glanced over my shoulder and yep, she wants out. I’m … Continue reading Changing What I Don’t Like About Myself

Take Care of Yourself

This year has been difficult. I have taken on extra work. I have struggled with university. I am emotionally drained by several deaths in my extended family. I am physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. So after submitting my last assignment for my module and in the midst of heading off to soup run, I realise something. I need to take care of myself more.  Of course this is a … Continue reading Take Care of Yourself

This Is What I Need Most

I’m sitting in the emergency room while my friend gets shuttled off to get a CAT scan. It’s 11:00 pm on a weekday but I’m not complaining. There’s a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart and it’s not just because I know my friend’s health is in God’s hands. Three months ago, I invited myself to sit at this girl’s lunch table—plopping my Tupperwared food … Continue reading This Is What I Need Most

Constantly Lost and Re-found

In terms of my faith, intellectually I’m convinced that I will never lose it. You can’t lose salvation. In my mind, I am reminded of comforting and affirming words that I read in Scripture, ‘ For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created … Continue reading Constantly Lost and Re-found