The Pen is His

“There is a place where your fears must meet the God you know.”[1] Where is that place? It’s here. Here—as I sit at my desk, books, journals, half-written letters scattered around me, somehow reminiscent of how out-of-control my own life feels. Behind me is difficulty, those haunting memories of trials that only time can work…

Look to the Bulwark!

Imagine being inside a castle during a siege. Outside the thick, stone walls surrounding you, the enemy is shooting flaming arrows and preparing a massive siege engine to ram against your gates. Occasionally, you are jolted awake as huge boulders are catapulted against the stone walls. But despite their ceaseless attacks, you are safe. The…

5 Must-Reads for Young Ladies

My family loves to tease me for being notoriously bad at directions … and for being the family bookworm, which ironically, have a lot to do with each other. The truth is, I never paid any attention to where we were going — that is, until I had to start driving — because I normally…

Encouraging our Siblings Toward Christ

As the oldest daughter in my family, I had many dreams of being the “ideal oldest sister.” My siblings would always feel like they could share anything with me, they’d never feel like I was too busy for them, and I would always be the perfect example. Well, it didn’t take long for me to…

Encouragement in Times of Uncertainty

There’s something about uncertainty that gnaws at you. It’s the thousand “what ifs” that can so easily hijack the mind and spin you into an endless cycle of worry. Sometimes it feels like there’s a storm brewing of confusion and just wish desperately you knew where you were going. But in the midst of the…

The Gift of Mentorship

There’s something – indefinable but almost tangible – about certain people that just radiates Christ. It’s as if you can almost sense you’re in the presence of someone who knows God, and you come away with a yearning desire to know Him better too. That’s how I felt when I met Mr. and Mrs. Doty….

Who Am I?

John Urqhuart was hardly seventeen when he received three first-prizes as a student at St. Andrews University under the tutelage of renowned moral philosopher Thomas Chalmers. While the other students lined up for public recognition at the awards ceremony, Urqhuart quietly accepted the awards and slipped away unnoticed. His classmates could only describe him as…

Even If

I couldn’t believe my eyes. There, right in front of my eyes: an “F.” I, who had always prided myself in being a good student. I, who had worked hard to do this assignment right. And now, a sickening weight enveloped me as I realized I had read the deadline wrong. It seemed like there…

Our Good – His Glory

If there was a time to disobey, this was it. Maria Dyer had finally summoned up the courage to ask the superintendent of the girl’s mission school under whom she worked. She was but twenty, but in face of the loneliness creeping in at every side, the newly-arrived missionary Hudson Taylor was all she could…

Kaleidoscope

I know what it’s like to feel pulled in a million directions, one moment desiring nothing but God and the next chasing a thousand fleeting baubles. In these, the prime years of our lives, we face a labyrinth of pursuits vying for our attention. We have the energy, yes, but at some point, we cannot…