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Eudora

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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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I Am Mary.

Have you ever read the gospels and found yourself astounded by the number of Mary’s that were involved in the events of the time? It’s almost like watching a modern day play where every other female character is named Jennifer, and yet every Jennifer has a distinct personality, and is somehow involved in her own concurrent plot. Now, I’m no theater major – I’ve never even watched a show on Broadway. I didn’t study literature and have never read Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet (though I am preferential to the adaptation that featured Aaliyah), and I’m not a hundred percent sure what a sonnet is – but I do know a literary device when I see one. I’ve read the Bible enough times to know to never underestimate God’s ability to weave a narrative throughout history that speaks through the written Word to the unique experience and circumstance of an individual…

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Yoked!

I never understood the story of Samson and Delilah, even when I was a child. Don’t get me wrong – it was an intriguing enough story; a man who had such power coming from just his hair. And as I grew older, I couldn’t help but picture Samson a la Man Bun (don’t tell me you can’t see it), a sort of Sinbad-esque figure, slaying beasts. But despite my hyper imagination, the story was one that still left me with one burning question: What the heck was wrong with this dude? It’s one thing to have a deceptive wife, but it’s a whole other thing to be married to someone who is CLEARLY trying to get you killed. If you’ve never heard the story, think Romeo and Juliet… except if Juliet was a conniving, backstabbing wife. It goes that Samson, this powerful man of God with the strength of an…

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The Real [Desperate] Housewives of Haran

There have always been stories in the Bible that puzzled me. Jacob stealing Esau’s blessings. Saul hunting down David. David taking Berthsheba for himself. Amazing men of God who were purposed for greatness and yet at the same time seemed to have so many hit-and-miss moments. Over the last few weeks I’ve found myself in many of these stories, gleaning for some level of wisdom or understanding. Afterall, the Bible is not just a guide for us on how to live life, but also very much a cautionary tale on how not to. So I wasn’t surprised that I found myself wrestling today with the story of Rachel and Leah, the Desperate Housewives of Haran (and perhaps rightfully so). Though many of you already know the story of Jacob and his wives Rachel and Leah, I’m going to share the TBE (Told By Eudora) version anyway, because this is just a…

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