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What to Do With Your High Standards

Anyone old enough to have had any sort of life experience will tell you that you will get to a certain point in your mid-to-late 20s where people around you will begin to question your life choices – that is if they haven’t already. Questions will range from the timing of your masters and eventual PhD degree, to the number of kids you plan on having, and the exact number of years you plan on having between them. If you happen to, like me, fall into the category of ‘still single’ during these blessed years, the situation will spiral downwards fairly quickly. Your parents’ narrative will go from, ‘Focus on your studies’, and ‘Don’t waste your time with boys who will waste your time’ to ‘Stop being so picky’ in the blink of an eye, and without any forewarning whatsoever. One moment, they loved you and wanted your well-being, and…

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Why You’re Not Talking About Jesus (And How To Get Over It)

Evangelism. Let me start off by saying how much I dislike the word – not because I dislike the act in and of itself, but because I hate the imagery it has come to incite: people standing on street corners, condemning people of their sin and calling down hellfire on them unless they repent and turn to Jesus. I think that we can agree that often evangelism has not been the church’s greatest strength (slavery, anyone?), but the heart of it is still important and relevant for us as Christians today, so I will use the word anyway and ask that you please refrain from gagging at its mention. However which way you feel about the imagery, and how it has been used historically, evangelism, at its heart, is important for every believer. You don’t find the secret to eating everything you want and not gaining weight and keep it…

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The Problem with Loving Life

Over the weekend my friends Angellah, Nana and I got into a discussion about materialism. Basically, it wasn’t so much about whether or not Christians should be wealthy or have nice things, but about where the thin line between enjoying God-given wealth and materialism lies, and how we can make sure we’re not crossing it. Closer to the end of the discussion I voiced something that’s been on my heart for about a week now – something I’ve personally been struggling to come to terms with – and the moment I voiced it, I knew it was something I’d have to really process and come to terms with for myself: The love of life can and will distract you from the love of God. If you follow me on social media, or happen to know me personally, you know I love life. I love travel, and eating, and shopping, and…

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Slayed & Saved’s Guide to Thailand

First of all, let me just say that you have Taste of Thai and Taste of Thai Express in Ithaca, NY to thank for this post. An unhealthy addiction to Pad See Eew and Thai Iced Tea developed during my years at Cornell is definitely the reason Thailand hit number one on my ‘Places I’d Love to Travel to (Once I Can Afford to Travel)’ list. Aside from the food aspect (which, let’s be honest, is always the first factor to consider in all important decisions of life: ‘will there be good food there?’), I think Thailand appealed to me because it was one of the Southeast Asian cultures that I studied in a class on politics and culture in Southeast Asia (abbreviated as SEA from here on out), and I just knew that it was a region of the world I wanted to explore in depth, especially because of…

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Come Dirty

You know how you can randomly just be doing something, and suddenly a memory that was locked away in the recesses of your brain rushes to the surface, and you find yourself piecing together all the events, not entirely sure what you’re replaying is actually a memory until you do? And then you burst out laughing at the sheer ridiculousness of the reality? That was me yesterday when I remembered a time when one of my friends was really sick. I know, I know – it doesn’t sound funny, but I assure you it was. It was a random day when said friend called asking if I had any malaria medicine. It just so happened I did (because my dad is more cautious than I, and always requires that I take anti-malaria meds back with me whenever I visit), so I rushed over to his, along with our other friend,…

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The Three Most Important Lessons This Year Has Brought Me So Far

God is who He is, and will be who He will be, and not who you want Him to be or expect Him to be in any given season. He is not confined to your perception of Him, or of how He operates. As much as God doesn’t allow us to get comfortable in our seasons, He also doesn’t allow us to get comfortable in our knowledge of Him or how He functions, because then we’d become more confident in our own routines and processes of hearing from/receiving from/connecting with God, than in God Himself. There was a time in my life when I would wake up at 4:30 every morning and spend time with God before heading to the gym and starting my day off. For a long time, I grieved over my inability to maintain this habit when things in my life changed – new job, new responsibilities,…

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Summer Bucket List: 2017 Edition

Host a brunch Go to a BBQ Ride a rollercoaster Read 12 books Paint or color! Go to the beach and build a sandcastle Develop a new recipe See a play or Broadway show Learn to play an instrument Take a bike ride in the park Build a vision board (Habakkuk 2:2-3) Bake for someone Buy a new outfit Have breakfast in bed Visit a museum or art gallery Study Revelations Run a 5K, 10K, half marathon or full marathon Watch a movie in the park Go swimming Have drinks on a rooftop Share your faith with someone you typically wouldn’t Go three days without technology Start a new hobby Go thrift shopping Have an ice cream cone Learn a new skill Give clothes away Get out of your comfort zone Volunteer with one of your favorite charities/groups Go dancing with some of your favorite people Travel to a new country Travel…

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To Everyone Struggling With Their Faith…

I have to apologize – on behalf of myself and anyone else who ever made this Christian faith thing seem like a walk in the park. It isn’t always one. I felt like I should write this to you because I know sometimes it can be lonely feeling like you’re the only one who can never get it right or do right. I know how much guilt you probably feel not living up to what you know God expects from you, and frankly, a lot of what you’ve come to expect from yourself. This is me asking – pleading with you – to be gentle with yourself. Give yourself Grace. Ever tried tightrope walking? I haven’t. But I’m sure any circus acrobat will tell you that while it may look effortless, walking the straight and narrow is never easy and, in fact, takes years and years of practice and discipline…

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