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The Reason I Don’t Like Reading

The Reason I Don’t Like Reading

I don’t like reading. It’s something I’m ashamed of, something I hope to change. But that’s the honest truth of it. The issue isn’t that I hate reading. No, I love the idea of reading. But when I actually glance over a bookshelf, my theoretical […]

Personal Freedoms, Self-Expression, and Why a Secular Society Can’t Survive

Personal Freedoms, Self-Expression, and Why a Secular Society Can’t Survive

The United States of America, the country I am privileged to call home, was founded on the value of freedom. It began with freedom of religion. Freedom of speech. Freedom from oppressive rulers by a system of self-government. It was freedom to make our own […]

How I Found My Voice (And Learned to Use It)

How I Found My Voice (And Learned to Use It)

For years I’ve struggled as an overlooked, misfit kid. My natural tendency is to hide in the crowd—If I try to speak out, I find that no one is listening. The thoughts that fill my head were crowded in there. Opinions, ideas, emotions all left […]

What Martin Luther King Jr. Teaches Us About Identity

What Martin Luther King Jr. Teaches Us About Identity

My generation is obsessed with identity. Our culture screams at us to be whoever we want to be and to do whatever we want to do. Self-expression is one of the core values we embrace. You’ve probably noticed the prevalent motivational messages of “Be yourself”, […]

Why I Cried for a Fictional Character and Wrestled with God

Why I Cried for a Fictional Character and Wrestled with God

My heart thumps as if I was running. What’s unusual about that? I’m not running. I climbed the stairs, and five minutes later, standing still, my heart was thumping ferociously as if the abominable snowman was chasing me. It makes me think. An old man […]

How to Stop Plodding Through Life

How to Stop Plodding Through Life

Over the past few weeks, I’ve slipped into a slump. Instead of looking forward to life, I’ve been wasting time, neglecting responsibilities, and living aimlessly. Depression was knocking at the door, and I let it walk right in and make itself at home. I knew […]

Clinging to the Hope of Heaven in a Cruel World

Clinging to the Hope of Heaven in a Cruel World

By Audrey French School-related books rarely make me cry, but today that changed. No, I wasn’t crying over Algebra (even though I have done that in the past). I was in the middle of the classic Uncle Tom’s Cabin- a heartbreaking novel centered around the […]

Do I Write Just to Fill the Emptiness?

Do I Write Just to Fill the Emptiness?

Depression. Remember that ugly word, the one I’ve talked about before? Well, sometimes, it bobs up into my life. I think I’ve tied an anchor to it and tossed it down to the depths of the sea, but it’s still there, and every now and […]

God is Doing Something in Your Life

God is Doing Something in Your Life

On the first day of summer music camp, I walked out of the fine arts building into a misty rain, slightly less stressed now that my audition was over. But I was late for orientation, and I had no idea where I was supposed to […]

Why You Should Pray Scripture (And How You Can Do It)

Why You Should Pray Scripture (And How You Can Do It)

Over the past weekend, I gathered with eighty other youth at a retreat where we learned how to pray from Scripture. I was skeptical at first. Methods of anything having to do with Scripture intimidate me because reading plans and praying methods and all of that […]