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Photo by Nick Kenrick

Photo by Nick Kenrick

By Sharon Lee Song

I wrote this statement on the inside front cover of my journal: “I need to establish a rhythm that feels sane, reflects a deep love for God, and a respect for how He made me.”  Lately this statement has been the meditation and longing of my life.  In these past months, there has been a deepening of the truth of who I am and who I am not.

I shared in January that I felt called to explore joining a holistic wellness ministry called Alive & Well Women.  I never expected that this exploration would lead to more clarity of who God has made me to be, and ultimately that I was not called to join this ministry at this time!   (more…)

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seyed mostafa zamani

By Vivian Mabuni

“If ever we needed prayer, it is now. The pain is indescribable.” I read and reread Maegan’s post on Facebook in absolute shock and disbelief. No. There must have been a mistake. This can’t be. None of the thousands upon thousands who rallied in prayer the past several weeks expected the story to end this way. (more…)

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Photo by EladeManu

By Jerrica Ching

I recently had a conversation with a coworker on the difficulties that I have with uttering the two-letter word of “no.”  Beginning in my undergraduate years, I struggled with not associating this word with lack of competence or confidence, and found myself feeling guilty and second-guessing my decisions when I use it.  Why is a tiny two-letter word so hard to say sometimes?

Through my work as a mental health therapist I often share with clients that some behaviors are motivated by fear.  The anxious person refuses to go outside out of fear that something awful will happen.  I also stress with clients that even though our mind can rationalize that nothing awful has ever happened or will happen, sometimes going out of one’s comfort zone can elicit a brand new sense of fear.  (more…)

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