When Holiness is a Piece of Red Yarn

When Holiness is a Piece of Red Yarn

Today I am honored to be guest posting for my internet friend Amy Peterson. She ¬†writes about culture, faith, family, and Southeast Asia, which are some of my favorite topics! She is also in ESL education like me. Right now she is running a beautifully honest series called Second Simplicity, on spiritual coming of age stories , and it's a privilege to share my thoughts as part of this series.¬†   During my sophomore year of high school I went with some friends to a youth service in downtown Nashville. We were in…Read more …
Lost

Lost

Back in June, the Atlantic published a fascinating article about the confidence gap between men and women. My boss (a female) sent it to me. We both found the article to be so true. Some of the big points I remembered were that men tended to be overconfident while women tended to be under-confident. When applying for jobs, only women who had ALL qualities and experiences required would apply, but men who only had SOME of the requirements applied often. One of the writers gave a workplace example of a male coworker constantly…Read more …
A Doubters Anonymous Link-Up: The Bible and Doubt – How the Bible is Full of Human Fingerprints

A Doubters Anonymous Link-Up: The Bible and Doubt – How the Bible is Full of Human Fingerprints

For the past few years, I have taught sixth grade Sunday School at my church. If you're looking for embarrassing and awkward situations, teach sixth grade Sunday School. You will have to listen to twelve year old boys read the word "bosom" aloud and burst into giggles. And then one of them might ask you what "bosom" means. You will have to explain what "adultery" means when you have no idea which kids have had "the talk" with their parents and which haven't. And you will hope to God none of your students…Read more …
When It’s Time to Retire My Writing Hour

When It’s Time to Retire My Writing Hour

Writing is so full of stops and starts, failures and successes. It is never easy. I have come to realize that my four am writing hour isn't really working anymore. I'm getting up at that ungodly hour every morning, only to stare at a blank screen or peruse Facebook most days. A few weeks ago I made a long list of writing topics and mapped out a writing schedule for myself, putting actual topics and essays on my calendar each day. I thought that would help keep me focused in the mornings. But…Read more …
What I’m Into – Summer Edition

What I’m Into – Summer Edition

I haven't linked up with Leigh Kramer's What I'm Into monthly link-up in a while, so I am just going to make this a "summer" edition rather than just "August" edition. Books As usual, I read a ton of books this summer. Here are my favorites: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie This was a story about a young Nigerian teenager. The story touched on issues like economic status, religious fanaticism, and abuse. However, the author skillfully wove those dark subjects into a hopeful coming of age story. I really like this author!…Read more …