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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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By Ajung Sojwal

The phrase “truth decay” is being used a lot these days, especially on NPR. When I first heard the phrase, it stopped me in my tracks. How did we manage to come to this place where the word decay is used so frequently to qualify truth? (more…)

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By Angela Ryo

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. (more…)

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By Sarah D. Park

On an unconscious level, I think that I’ve made it a personal challenge to never be described as friendly. The sound of the word bothers me. The connotation of the word bothers me. “Friendly” is the word I use to describe someone when I don’t have anything better to say. A generic pass that someone is easy to talk to, accessible, deferential. (more…)

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By Diana Kim

When I was a school teacher, I developed a mantra that I carried over into my ministry when I served as a children’s pastor: You can be friendly to your students but you cannot be their friend. When you are a child’s friend, the child may not recognize you as an authority figure and will not listen to you when it is time to do so; this affects the teaching and potential discipline. (more…)

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By Liz Chang

My cat Benny likes to wake me up in the early hours of the morning by biting me or wailing meows like he hasn’t eaten in days. Sometimes, my mom tries to get a hold of me by calling ten times in a row, assuming that I might be able to pick up if she calls enough times within a 30-minute window. When arriving home after a long day from work, I have tripped over my husband’s shoes in the entry hallway. And, when doing laundry, I have forgotten to remove items that would shrink if thrown in the dryer machine. (more…)

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By Joy Wong

Once upon a time, I was good-tempered. Rarely angry, giving others the benefit of the doubt, I had an almost constant, perhaps uncanny, calm exterior. Even in the most tense of situations, people always said they could never tell if I was upset or riled up. What I showed on the outside wasn’t always what was going on inside of me, but I always withheld showing any anger until I had time to process it on my own. (more…)

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