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By Sharon Lee Song

At the end of 2015 as I started discerning and moving forward with a major transition from urban ministry to another ministry called Alive & Well Women, the burning question at the forefront of my mind was, “Lord, how am I supposed to BE in this season of transition?” I had been struggling with feeling disconnected with God and remaining alive and well through it. (more…)

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Photo by Shawn Campbell

By Chloe Sun

My favorite character in the movie “Frozen” is Olaf, the snowman. He serves as the comedic foil during the dramatic turn of events in the movie. Although he is a fictional character, he is portrayed like a human being with emotions, ideas, aspirations and dreams. (more…)

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Photo by Butch Osborne

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

I’ll admit, I sometimes wonder about this. The impossible standards, the emotional distance, the indirect communication — and all that smiting in the Scriptures for offenses that really don’t seem that bad. All God would have to do is add piano-playing and good grades to the Fruit of the Spirit to become a fully fledged Asian deity. (more…)

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By Margaret Yu

It was a hard night where I tossed and turned with a horrible cough and a constricted throat — and I was not even sick! However, upon hearing my alarm, I was afraid that I would have to cancel because I was not sure if I had a voice to speak. (For speakers, that is a NO-NO. I had only canceled once in my life.) (more…)

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by Chloe Sun

The new year always involves new resolutions. It is not surprising to notice from public media and private conversations that weight loss is one of the top New Year’s resolutions. Many of us are obsessed with the way we look. We want to look good. The new year reminds us of that. (more…)

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By Tina Teng-Henson

I wore a dark blue dress into the city the other day, donned a white shirt over it, and slipped on a pair of new brown shoes. Not the height of fashion, but I didn’t dress with that in mind. I was more concerned with being comfortable, modest, and having a layer to add on.  (more…)

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Shared by Aileen Hong

For most of my life, I really struggled with measuring up.  Specifically, I felt the need to strive for the Asian American Dream.  I grew up hearing stories from my grandmother about my cousins who attended Ivy League schools, got respectable high-paying jobs as doctors and lawyers, and married good-looking successful spouses.  As I heard these stories, I wanted to be someone my grandmother could be proud of.  I secretly hoped that I would be worthy of her praise too, not just my cousins.  So, I internalized these stories of their worldly successes as expectations upon myself.  (more…)

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