Martyrdom Short Story

Tribute To The Modern-Day Martyrs

[Greater Suffering] Imagine this. Government officers barge into your house at night. They don’t only drag you out, but they also grab your parents and the kids too. You’re all thrust into concentration camps. Interrogated. Tortured. Locked away forever. Your crime? You believe in Jesus. Personally, the common kind of suffering I’ve experienced is stress …

Growth Journal Security & Identity

Small but Significant: A Lesson from Daisies and Sunflowers

[The Daisy Complex] I love sunflowers. They’re bright and alive, their sunny petals raised towards the skies. Eye-catching. Beautiful. The center of attention. Sunflowers are easily the stars of the garden, singing of their Creator’s glory. I wanted to be a sunflower—prominent and visible. But I felt like a daisy. I was small in the …

Beauty Security & Identity Word

Why True Beauty Doesn’t Try

[Two Different Kinds of Beauty] A music video splashes across the screen in psychedelic colors, throbbing with imposing bass-lines. The star dances like she’s the most attractive goddess on earth. I sit in the comfort of my bedroom, pondering how our culture finds this beautiful. The star bends and twirls. Her ultra-revealing clothes leave no room …

Journal Security & Identity Singleness

RESERVED: A Testimony on Singleness and Meeting the Greatest Lover

[Triggers] “*Ate, what should you do when you have a suitor?” my cousin asks. She’s pretty and smart. She rides the rollercoaster of high school flings, which I have zero experience in. She’s only a year younger than me, but she expects me to say something wise. All I say is something honest. “I don’t …