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Photo by Joshua Wong

Photo by Joshua Wong

By Maria Liu Wong

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. —Micah 6:8 (NIV)

I just returned from a nine-day journey to Latin American cities with my 11-year old son Joshua, my colleague Mark, and his 12-year old son Daniel. (more…)

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A Prayer for my Daughter

Photo by Capture Queen

Photo by Capture Queen

By Wendy Choy-Chan

She has just walked out the door, a little nervous, holding onto the key that will lead her to her next milestone in life.  It is her driving test, finally, after a year of practicing and anticipation.  How many of these similar milestones and life stages has she gone through?  Each time with fear and trembling, but also each time learning to trust God and to have confidence in herself. I pray that God will be faithful and reward her for her efforts and give her courage, protection, wisdom and a smooth drive. Pray that this will be like the other steps that she has taken before. Yes, just like that very first step she took all by herself when she was one. I still remember clearly. (more…)

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Photo by amanda tipton

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

It was a typical toddler meltdown. My two-year-old, overtired and over-stimulated, wouldn’t talk to anyone or eat any of the food we put in front of him. Instead, he retreated into a corner of the room to wail.

But the scene, which took place a couple months ago, was anything but typical. (more…)

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Photo by Keoni Cabral

Photo by Keoni Cabral

By Tina Teng-Henson

As the mother of a 22-month-old daughter who is expecting a second child this summer, I am doing theology these days in the context of early motherhood. Personally, I can attest to both the dramatic and multidimensional changes that have occurred within me – and the strong conviction I have that God has used the unique particularity and challenges of this life stage to bring about deeper sanctification, spiritual transformation, and greater reliance on the Holy Spirit within me. (more…)

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Photo by Maria Liu Wong

Photo by Maria Liu Wong

By Maria Liu Wong

Coming out of the fog of an intense push to finish my dissertation in the midst of the holiday season in December – while juggling full-time work and family life raising three little ones – I was close to being totally burnt out and needing a serious break. A month later, in a session with my spiritual director, I looked back at that time as a gift, where I learned an important lesson of gratitude, in a journey and process that was surprisingly life-altering and life-giving. (more…)

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Photo by  Jonathan Kos-Read

Photo by Jonathan Kos-Read

By Tina Teng-Henson

Dear Reader,

I realize, I don’t really know you. I read your little bios at the bottom of your blog posts, and I remember bits and pieces of things you’ve shared over the years… but who are you really? And who the heck am I? 🙂 Our words take us a long way on this journey to know and be known – yet at their best, they are still an approximation.

It’s mid-January, 2015. I don’t have any formal ministry responsibilities lined up ahead of me. I have one class this quarter then one class next quarter — then I’m done with my MDiv. I am, Lord willing, going to give birth to our second baby this summer, but that’s about it. (more…)

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Meditation

Photo by Kenny Loule

Photo by Kenny Loule

By Tina Teng-Henson

Psalm 131 

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore.

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Photo by Mike Behnken

Photo by Mike Behnken

(In her previous post, Tina shared her inner ache to serve in Christian ministry again, even as a mom with a baby girl only just turned one.  A continuation of her reflections…)

By Tina Teng-Henson

I do not shape my life or direct my steps. I do not even know if I will have a tomorrow, honestly. (more…)

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Photo by Horia Varlan

Photo by Horia Varlan

By Tina Teng-Henson

After 9 months of being my daughter’s main care-provider, I was finally ready to find and pay for consistent childcare so I could focus anew on schoolwork — which then led me further down a path I needed to take: one of more fully integrating this new identity of mine as a new mom with the other parts of who I was before my daughter arrived – daughter, grad student, minister, friend, wife. (more…)

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Photo by Robb North

Photo by Robb North

By Joy Wong

Despite the fact that I’ve been getting my ducks lined up to start the ordination process and I’m enrolled in a spiritual direction certification program, the day-to-day reality of my life right now is that of a stay-at-home mom.  I’ve certainly had my ups and downs, good days and bad days, but on the whole, it’s been a great joy.

One of my greatest struggles, however, is watching those around me accomplish much and do impressive things with their passions and vocations.  I find myself thinking, I have gifts and can do good work too! but the reality is that no, I really can’t do very much right now as a mom of a 1-year-old.   (more…)

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