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Photo by Neal Fowler

By Jerrica Ching

As an intern therapist I have had the privilege for sitting with clients for the past 9 months, hearing stories of pain, perseverance, hardship, and resilience.  As my time as an intern draws to a close as I prepare for graduation, I have sometimes found myself fixated on immediately proposing a solution to a problem.  This is in stark contrast to my firm belief that it is not a therapist’s job to fix anyone who sits in that room with us.  I feel that a therapist’s duty is to walk with a client through a journey of self-discovery, but I as a therapist am not meant to magically cure a person of all trials and tribulations.  I also found myself very frustrated when a client told me that what I had recommended did not work, or that the client did not want to do anything that I suggested. (more…)

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Life Map

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Photo by Courtney Rhodes

By Wendy Choy-Chan

As part of an exercise for a spiritual formation program, I had the opportunity to construct a life map of my own.  As I answered various prompts and filled in event after event in my life — negative and positive childhood memories, encouragement and criticism from major figures in life, etc. — something wonderful emerged from my life map.

There have been negative life events that have shaped me and given me false beliefs of myself and of God.  In the first few weeks of the program, we talked about negative cultural and family influences and how they project for us a false image of God. (more…)

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Photo by Lel4nd

By Jerrica Ching

Last week I took advantage of a low-priced airfare special to fly back home to Hawaii for about six days.  It was a very short trip, yet with leafless trees, an earlier sunset, and temperatures gradually dropping, those six sunshine-filled days with my family and friends made it all worth it.  (more…)

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Photo by PhillipC

By Liz Chang

Birthday week is one of my favorite times to slow down to reflect on the journey God has brought me through, to observe the place I find myself in today, and to look at the road that lies ahead. I think back to the parts of my journey where I walked through valleys of sorrow and pain, valleys of waiting and transition, and valleys of tiredness and despair. (more…)

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Photo by » Zitona «

By Melanie Mar Chow

Recently I had the opportunity to visit some friends at Fuller Theological Seminary. I noticed quite a bit of upgrading and remodeling of the buildings and grounds. Though very compact in size, (“if you walk too fast, you will miss it”, I recently told a friend), the campus has a large feel.  (more…)

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Photo by kennymatic

By Elizabeth Chang

Napkin dispenser.

Muffin.

Sea glass.

Porch swing.

Turkey, Muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo on a roll.

Trampoline. (more…)

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Photo by StandUPP

By Eun Joo Angela Ryo

The idea of a labyrinth was a rather foreign concept to me. I had briefly been introduced to it when I was in my first year in seminary, but it never occurred to me that it could be used as a powerful spiritual practice and tool for self-reflection. (more…)

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