Tag Archives: Personal Accounts

  • 08-Prayer-lunches

    Prayer lunches

    When I was in the second semester of my first year in college, some Christian classmates and I started to feel concerned that our faith was getting buried amidst our assignments, friends, clubs, and hobbies. We didn’t want it to be something that we briefly attended to during the weekends, and then set aside as […]

  • 09-God-s-trading-hours

    God’s trading hours

    If, like me, you’ve gotten to a store only to find that you’d misread their “open hours” sign and ended up staring morosely at locked doors, this is for you. I don’t often have epiphany moments, but this became one. As I tried to figure out how I could have missed closing time by an […]

  • 10-A-thrilling-encounter

    A thrilling encounter

    I still remember that day. It was the early 80s and I was a teenager sitting in the back seat of our car. Somebody at a stop light handed my parents some beautiful color posters to read, and they quickly handed them to me in the back seat. Then they stopped at a place where […]

  • 02-The-goodbye-song

    The goodbye song

    Not long ago, I worked as a receptionist in a museum. Every day, about five minutes before closing time, the sound system would play a slow, romantic song over the museum’s loudspeakers. It was a signal for us employees to gather our things, turn off lights and screens, shut down exhibits, and make our way […]

  • 04-The-most-we-can-do

    The most we can do

    In my turn-of-the year cleanup, I found an old yearbook. I smiled as I read down the very long list of my resolutions for that year. I guess I had high expectations of myself! This past year, I decided to make only three resolutions: Be more loving and encouraging, finish a major writing project I […]

  • 06-Brighter-tomorrows

    Brighter tomorrows

    What does one do when their hopes and dreams get shattered? What should one do to move forward from disappointment on to new hopes? These were the questions I asked myself when I heard about a disappointing setback. A friend of mine and her family were going to team up with us on some of […]

  • 07-Its-about-time

    It’s about time

    Imagine if you could go back in time and relive any moment in your life. What decisions would you make differently? What specific moments would you enjoy again? With whom would you spend more time? I recently watched a movie called About Time,1 where the men of a certain family had the ability to go back in […]

  • 08-Change-for-the-better

    Change for the better

    It was one of those days when anything could make me angry. I was sad, irritable, made a big deal out of small inconveniences, and couldn’t stop thinking of negative outcomes or repercussions. But the day had to go on regardless. I had work to do, deadlines to meet, and part of my job was […]

  • 09-Choosing-less

    Choosing less

    My husband and I spent a year in a small town in Tanzania. When I say a “small town,” I mean a town with two stoplights, no supermarket, no restaurants to speak of, only one two-story building, and no entertainment! We lived in a simple house with only the most basic furnishings and conveniences. Our […]

  • 10-Achieving-my-dreams

    Achieving my dreams

    When I started mapping out my goals five years ago, achieving them seemed daunting. But I claimed the promise, “Faithful is he [God] that calleth you, who also will do it,”1 and with His help, I went forward. My plan was to write and create thousands of pages of good-quality faith-building books for children. Here […]

  • 11-A-yearly-appointment

    A yearly appointment

    One day about three years ago, my father invited his five children, married and parents themselves, to accompany him and my mother to the Holy Land. He was already 85 and hadn’t been traveling or flying for quite a few years. Up to that point, I think he had been feeling old and a bit […]

  • 02-The-light-of-christmas

    The light of Christmas

    I was gathered with friends in a living room full of Christmas decorations. There were refreshments on the coffee table, and we were singing Christmas carols together. What could be more typical? But I live in Southeast Asia, and I was surrounded by local friends and was attempting to sing “O Holy Night” in a […]