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Photo by Leo Hidalgo

Photo by Leo Hidalgo

By Sharon Lee Song

I’ve called the summer after my senior year in high school “the golden summer.”  I didn’t have a care in the world.  I think that may have been the only time in my life that I had ever felt so carefree.  My destination for college was set, and all I had to do was show up for work, and hang out with my friends all summer.  The memory of it shimmers in my mind, and the feelings of being so carefree tap into a deep sense of longing. (more…)

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Photo by Nishanth Jois

Photo by Nishanth Jois

By Ann Chen

It says in Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”

I’ve always thought about this particular proverb in one particular way: When we hope for something, and it doesn’t happen, our hearts are sad. When it does, we find joy and life.  Who of us hasn’t had moments of disappointment as well as celebrations, and consequently, also our share of emotional peaks and valleys? (more…)

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Photo by Thomas Leuthard

Photo by Thomas Leuthard

By Diana Gee

I’ve had several friends remark to me, “I’m glad I don’t have your job.” I take it as a backhanded compliment from people who have experienced enough of church life to know the demands and expectations placed on pastors. But having worked in secular industry and having friends in all sorts of jobs, I know that stress comes in all shapes and sizes.

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Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography

Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography

By Ann Chen

“For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. Isaiah 54:5

Growing up, I’ve heard God described in many ways. Father, Provider, Healer, Shepherd, Redeemer, Husband. I’ve seen God demonstrate himself in so many ways as the first few, but husband? It’s such a hard concept to grasp. (more…)

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Photo by kevin dooley

Photo by kevin dooley

By Ann Chen

“Are you willing to lay down your dreams for a season, even the ones I’ve given you? It will be glorious.”

In September of 2011, I went on a personal retreat for my 30th birthday at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. One of the days there, I had a chance to be prayed over. (more…)

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