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By Emi Iwanaga

“I myself am the road,” replied Jesus,
“and the truth and the life.
John 14:6 (Phillips)

I have no greater joy than to hear
that my children are walking in the truth.
3 John 1:4 (NIV)

Truthfulness — An Invisible Shield

As if it were a bubble

A bubble in which I am living

A protection

An influence

The world seen through it

Interaction flavored by it

A privilege

A joy

God extends it to me

Envelops me with it

A strength

A shield

His character yesterday, today, and forever

His teaching permeating the soul

A rock

On which I stand

His truthfulness

Emi Iwanaga served thirteen years as a missionary in Amazon Valley in Brazil, over 20+ years as a children’s ministry director, women’s ministry director, and pastor’s wife, and is currently a spiritual director.


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I’ve developed a wonderful habit in the last several months: when someone asks me how I’m doing, and I can feel the genuineness of the question, I pause and dig deep inside myself to give an honest reply. Often times I say, “Hmmm how AM I doing? Let me see. Can you hold on a sec?” I love these moments because it gives me an excuse to pause and check where I am and how I’m really feeling. Continue Reading »

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By Wendy Choy-Chan

Dear friend,

I am sorry that we seem to have drifted apart lately. Maybe you are thinking that I have changed — I am no longer always agreeing, always approving, always complying. But it is only because I want to be your truer and better friend. Continue Reading »

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Not gonna lie
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