Lights In the Dark Trust Word

How Can Difficulty Be “For My Good”?

Dear Traveler, I’m doing a “Blog Swap” this month! I’m swapping posts with Eliana Duran, a talented teenage writer from the Young Writer’s Workshop.  She also posted my article “5 Ways to Love our Families Better“, on her website at Eliana The Writer.  If you’ve been facing big (or small) challenges in life, then this lovely …

Healing Journal Lights In the Dark

A Promise Of Stars In The Darkest Of Nights: Hope After A Year’s Breaking

For the reader whose 2019 hasn’t been the best journey: The year is ending.  Your emotions stir like a contrast of colors. Dark streaks stain the bright. You trace the silver lining on your worst months. There’s still something to be grateful for. Yet those months remind you of how these scars were formed. It …

Journal Loved & Worthy Security & Identity

Small but Significant: A Lesson from Daisies and Sunflowers

[Dealing With Comparison] Everyone loves sunflowers. They’re bright and alive, 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. [The Daisy Complex] I was small …

Lights In the Dark 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 …

Beauty Loved & Worthy 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 Loved & Worthy Security & Identity

The Princess in The Mud

[The Weirdo] “You’re so weird!” My classmate blurted at me. Her friend shushed her. “You’re so mean.”  The words didn’t stop my classmate from giggling. I stood before them with a plastic smile on my face. Play it cool, I told myself. My steps shuffled away from their snickers and grins. Yeah. Act cool. Like you’re totally unaffected. …

Journal Loved & Worthy 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 …