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Glimmers in a Perfect Life

As a Christian, we need to live up to that name. The word Christian basically means “little Christ” and often times we forget that it means more than just something you put down on our Facebook bio section—it is our identity (Philippians 3:7). We are to be like Christ in every sense of the word. Interestingly enough, there are aspects of Christ that we tend to forget. We know the big ones like not kill, not commit adultery, or whatever “big sin” that runs through our mind. Being a Christian means to follow and emulate our Savior. According to John 13:15, Jesus sets an example for us to follow. The Gospels are the only accounts we have of Jesus’ perfect life. And although this post is not an extensive look at the life of Christ, the following are a few that have recently convicted me on where I need to grow. Jesus worshipped in public regularly (Luke 4:16) And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He …

4 Lessons I Learned from the Wilderness

This is not a blog post on how to survive in the wild. I often call the time before a person is married, “the wilderness”. It is a barren wasteland that God has graciously delivered me from by providing the oasis that is Kelly. Here are four lessons that I learned during my time in the wilderness. 1. Contentment is a heart issue, not a status issue. Tell me if you heard this before? “If only I had someone, then I would be content” This was definitely one of my thoughts during my time of singleness. I thought discontentment would be done away with. But when Kelly and I started dating, I realize that I became discontent in other ways. Mainly, that I wanted to be engaged. Which then made me wonder, “What if I was engaged and became discontent because I wanted to get married? What if I was married and then became discontent because I wanted children? What if I had children and became discontent because I wanted them out of the house? …

4 Things I Learned About My Singleness (After I Got Married)

It hasn’t been very long since I was single and a student at UCLA and to be honest, the thought of getting married soon after college never occurred to me until God changed the direction I thought I was going and made it very clear that I was heading towards marriage. Looking back, I realized there were areas in my single life I wish I had been a better steward of. And so, I am thankful and humbled to know that I can still learn from that period of my life. The following are not only things that I learned about my singleness, but also things I can continue to grow in now as a newly married person. 1. I had more time. We often hear about how little time people have. “I don’t have time to meet today.” “How can it be 3 o’clock already?” “I need to manage my time better.” If these aren’t things we’ve heard people say, they’re certainly thoughts we’ve had ourselves. Time is the one thing we can’t earn …

Something More Glorious

I’ve realized that the longing I have to go home to my soon-to-be husband should fall short in comparison to the anticipation of being in my eternal home with Christ in heaven. We’re just a month from getting married. (!!!) It’s both an exciting and stressful time right now, but praise God for sustaining us through the past ten months! As the big day approaches closer and closer, the more I think about what I’m signing up for. Marriage is a big deal. People have described it as glorious. But marriage is not glorious in it of itself. The wedding is a big day. But ultimately, it’s a day to put Christ on display. As I think about how much I want to move past this engagement phase of my life, I’m convicted knowing that I don’t always long to be with Christ in the same way I long for my fiancé to be my husband. I’ve realized that the longing I have to go home to my soon-to-be husband should fall short in comparison …

What Gets Me Up in the Morning: 3 Reflections

A while back I heard on the radio about a recent study claiming that people could improve how they feel throughout the day by combing their hair upside down. The study basically revealed that this morning massage routine could help you get through your day much more easily. (Goodie!) Whether it actually works or not doesn’t really matter. (I couldn’t even find the source.) Why? Because nothing in your day or your life has actually changed by doing this massage regimen. You may feel better that day you remembered to comb your hair upside down (don’t forget behind the ears) but the state of your life, good or bad, didn’t somehow transform into something better. The reason why you’re just not up for it anymore is still same-old same-old. I would wake up feeling anxious and defeated by the day ahead of me. A year ago during my last year at UCLA, I would wake up feeling anxious and defeated by the day ahead of me. Within the first two minutes of waking up I …