This week's post is more of a question than an answer. Reading through Revelations, it speaks of the Bride's dress as "fine linen, bright and pure--for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints." (Rev. 19:8). And that made me wonder: what is a righteous deed? James speaks of it, too. And throughout Revelation,… Continue reading good deed
A Letter to God
God (You: Jesus), I look for you everywhere. But not in numbers made of cold stone; rather in stories made of flesh and blood even as I myself am. - written in July, 2022. Sometimes, I still think of Sabaa Tahir's words in the Ember in the Ashes quartet. When Elias cries, "Why is it… Continue reading A Letter to God
who will you die for?
Revelation helps us remember that everyone dies. The question is, for whom will you die? Reading Revelation is like watching a back and forth -- a war between two armies. In the first half, creatures are unleashed on nonbelievers: "They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And… Continue reading who will you die for?
thoughts on death
I think death is something we don't think about enough. Either we obsess over it, or forget it; I find neither to be right. But one thing that gives me hope is reading about Paul's perspective on death in 1 Corinthians 15 (selected passages): What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.… Continue reading thoughts on death
When Things Don’t Go Your Way
Lately, I've noticed myself gripping tightly the few things I think I control: my schedule, my food, my work. When some situations spiral out of control, do we attempt to control other areas in our lives--and explode with frustration and anger when it doesn't go our way? I'm thankful for math. Math teaches me that… Continue reading When Things Don’t Go Your Way
God and circumstances
One question in the Bible (and my life) that pops up frequently is, "Do my circumstances define God, or does God define my circumstances?" Whenever something goes wrong--when I feel sad, unproductive, angry, or scared--my first instinct is to blame God. And scream at him. And sometimes, we see this in the Bible. Job's circumstances… Continue reading God and circumstances
the pain of new beginnings
There's an earring I wear--a silver hoop earring. For some reason, clasping it to my ear hurts. For anyone who has earrings, you know the wire goes through the ear and then a metal clasp clicks forward to press the wire in place. Except this one presses too hard. It digs into my skin. After… Continue reading the pain of new beginnings
to know Him
"Then they will know that I am the Lord." In my reading of Ezekiel, this phrase is sprinkled through chapters 10-13 more than three times, which is God's punctuation when he speaks of what will happen to Israel's remnant. I think the presence of false prophets and Ezekiel also helps us understand that God's purpose… Continue reading to know Him
A Reaper at the Gates
Some thoughts on the third book of "An Ember in the Ashes" quartet!
How hard is it to do one thing at a time? My theory: It's pretty hard. With cell phones and more to-dos than ever, it's easy to multitask without realizing. Think about it: are you checking your bank account with one tab and writing an essay with another? Or baking cookies while texting a friend?… Continue reading Focus
5 Reasons Not to Fear Man
I had a close friend who spread lies about me. It was hard, especially because he was my only friend. I said he was my best friend, but I meant he was my only friend. The point of this story is that when you have only one friend, it gives them a lot of power… Continue reading 5 Reasons Not to Fear Man
Understanding Princess Mononoke
Two years ago, I got obsessed with Princess Mononoke. I can’t remember how; maybe I saw some stills from the film on Pinterest or Instagram. The moment I laid eyes on Ashitaka and San, I was hooked. I needed to see the movie. In February 2019, I watched the movie (English dub) with my best… Continue reading Understanding Princess Mononoke
four tips from my writing process!
Jujutsu Kaisen: REVIEW
So it's not twelve pages, but if you're curious, here's my thoughts on the best manga I've read in three months: Jujustu Kaisen.
Tower of God: Seasons One and Two
Get ready, TOG analysis is here!
YALLWEST Writer’s Conference: Review
As some of you know, YALLWEST transferred its writer conference to online, meaning that I got to participate on several talks on some interesting topics. For anyone who didn't attend, or wants to review, read these summaries! Meeting #1. Modern Magic Worldbuilding This was the first meeting I attended. My favorite part of it was… Continue reading YALLWEST Writer’s Conference: Review
The Rise Of Skywalker: Review
Man. Before we start, first of all, major spoilers ahead. Also, looking at my TLJ review has me nostalgic right now. Since there is a LONG post ahead, I'll break it up with some gifs. 😉 *drumroll please* Review Goodness is wholesome, healing, exciting, inspiring, fulfilling, and uplifting. When you say a movie is good, you… Continue reading The Rise Of Skywalker: Review
2019 is almost over. Did you blink? I did. It's okay to say you didn't have a happy year. The thing is, it's over now, and a new one's beginning. What did 2019 mean to you? What memories will you keep, what will you carry with you? If this year had a color, what would… Continue reading 2019
The Purification Era Series: You’ll Read It Again
I planned to finish Sowing, review it, post it, and then start on Quelling. Things didn’t go as planned. Mostly because the Purification Era Series is a brilliant book series, but I’ll get into that in a second. I’m going to avoid spoilers as well as I can, but please be aware that you will… Continue reading The Purification Era Series: You’ll Read It Again
Hello, wanderers. I know it’s been a while. Plans didn’t go how I thought they would, and still aren’t. I guess if everything in life went the way I thought it would or wanted it to, we’d have very boring lives, wouldn’t we? This article is brought to you by a thought. Just a few… Continue reading forever
dealing with stress and
Well, it appears I've cut off the other part. I'm not sure about you, but I'm going to be honest: lately, i've been going through extreme stress and anxiety. It happens like this. God blesses me! I've done something good! God's allowed it to become FAR more wonderful than I could dream of. As you… Continue reading dealing with stress and
It Sounds Like It Was Written By A Man
It seems like every time I’m debating with an atheist about the Bible, Leviticus is always brought up. I understand the struggle. I remember going through Leviticus one day and reading this: “If two men are fighting, and the wife of one steps in to rescue her husband from the one striking him, and she… Continue reading It Sounds Like It Was Written By A Man
There is a girl who lives down the street and even though I have no reason to to love her, I do. I can't help loving her, even though I've no reason to love her. And it's the kind of love where you want to run and lift them up and spin around with them:… Continue reading strong
The Wind Rises: Dreams
Watching a good Ghibli movie is like getting hit by a train. Watching The Wind Rises is like falling into a sad and very beautiful dream. The Wind Rises is a semi-autobiographical movie about Jiro Hiroshiki, an engineer who made airplanes--specifically, the airplanes used to bomb Pearl Harbor and begin Japan's chapter in World War Two. The most… Continue reading The Wind Rises: Dreams
I built this article on one idea: Life isn't what we see, but also what we don't see. This morning I've been researching New York's third trimester abortion law. I looked at the bill. I could not believe my eyes. ""Person" refers to the victim of homicide who has been born and is alive." You mean… Continue reading becoming human.
we might get snow tomorrow and we're happy about that. See that? Happy. Okay so here the definition of happy is going to be "pleasant feelings or associations" with an event or thing, like snow. and i mean i have nothing against feeling happy about stuff. Feelings are nice. Note that you can also feel angry, sad, surprised… Continue reading Things.
does anyone else have this problem?
I sat down at my desk planning to write and schedule three blog articles! Yay! I also wanted to do a lesson of math today (wow, ambitious) and write for thirty minutes, and--! Maybe it's because I'm sick, but I'm having this issue. As soon as I sit down on, my attention is fractured into… Continue reading does anyone else have this problem?
Your fingers hover over the keyboard. You know what you should do, but you can’t bring yourself to do it. Ah, yes: Editing. The dreaded word. Don’t feel bad: it’s true for every author. No one’s thoughts and ideas appear on paper the exact way we imagine. Especially in environments (your ENG II… Continue reading E-D-I-T-I-N-G
So You Want To Start Again?
Starting over. I think it's a universal desire, something everyone can relate to; can you?
New Theme: Wednesday Posts
Hello, wanderers! Just a quick announcement that I will attempt to consistently post a new article, every Wednesday. Themes can range from writing to poetry to theological/Bible findings... If any of you have suggestions, let me know. Otherwise, look for an article next Wednesday! 🙂 Sorry for being so irregular with the posting. Sincerely, PS-Thanks so… Continue reading New Theme: Wednesday Posts
Inward Hips, Inward Heart
I’ve been doing a lot of stretching and flexibility practice these past few weeks, thanks to Alivia D'Andrea and her inspirational tutorials. Anyway, me being the nerdy theology geek I am, I began to notice a similarity between stretching one’s body and stretching one’s heart. Like this. A big part of flexibility is pushing past… Continue reading Inward Hips, Inward Heart
God’s Plan (for real, though)
A few days ago, I came home from a trip. My dad told me, “Charles Krauthammer died today. Maybe you’ve heard of this too. Now, do I know him personally? No. Do I agree with all his politics? Do you? Perhaps not. But that’s not what I’m talking about here. To me, having heard his… Continue reading God’s Plan (for real, though)
Perfection VS Completion
There's a difference.
Novel Writing: You Can Do It!
If you, like me, have a novel idea just waiting to be told, you'll be no stranger to the difficulties involved in transforming this from a half baked idea to an actual, full fledged *book*.
Iron Core Interview!
Hello, all my faithful wanderers! Have you been wandering successfully? Sorry I've been gone for so long. I'm going to try to keep up more regular posting in the future. That said, for our grand kickoff article, we have my friend, author Rebekah DeVall, and her sister ah, character, Lunetta, here. Lunetta is the star of the… Continue reading Iron Core Interview!
1 Corinthians 2–Notes
1 Corinthians chapter 2 does something big: It explains and encourages. Here is the encouragement: “And I was with you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the spirit and of power that your faith might not rest… Continue reading 1 Corinthians 2–Notes
The Wanderer’s Approved Blogs–2017
7 picks from 2017! 😉
Copying from the Greatest Story
What is chiastic story structure? There's one place where it's clearly demonstrated: The Bible.
So many times when we "love" people, we expect something back. Well, that's not what true love is.
Wow, I'm done with Romans already! Before moving on, I will do an overview of this wonderful book. Also, I am very sorry for not doing any chapter expositions or summaries; I will attempt to keep that up more regularly for the next book I move onto. Favorite Verse: “Therefore there is now no condemnation… Continue reading Romans: Overview!
Raven King Review/Conclusion
And at last! We reach the end! The Raven King is very interesting. Plus, PLOT TWIST. Spoilers ahead! Proceed with caution. The Good: I'm reeling. I still can't decide whether the plot twist to do with Glendower is good or bad. SPOILERS: I suppose if Glendower was still alive, it would have made for an… Continue reading Raven King Review/Conclusion
Blue Lily, Lily Blue Review
Haha, it's the Blue Review. But I promise it's not sad. What is sad, however, is my appalling absences. I really need to deal with this! But hopefully I'll be able to start posting more regularly. That said, here is our review. For this one, I'm just doing my general thoughts on it. The Good:… Continue reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue Review
Dream Thieves Review
Review #2: Dream Thieves. My favorite character gets a whole book to himself! Basically.
Author Interview!! –The Light
The Light Blog Tour Hi guys! So, I'm doing my FIRST. EVER. BLOG TOUR!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT Today we're interviewing author Chloe Haddasah on her new book. The Light. Hey! Thanks for letting me interview you. Can you tell us a bit about yourself (hobbies, interests, unique facts?) Of course! I'm happy to have… Continue reading Author Interview!! –The Light
Your Name, Not Mine, Be Glorified
...I'm plagued with thoughts of comparison, of guilt, of that voice inside us all telling us we're not good enough. And the hardest part to accept is that that voice is right.
Why Am I Me?
Probably every person in the world (definitely including me) has had some time where they disliked themselves. Or something about themselves.
There's two ways to respond to this
The Valley of Trouble
Everyone has valleys of trouble. Places where we've tried, messed up, and tried again. And failed. And guess what? God has a plan for that too. Achan can teach us that.
Seven Things I’m Thankful For In Fall
So maybe all this fall stuff is overrated. Still, fall is becoming one of my favorite seasons, and here are a few things I'm thankful about for it.
How to NOT annoy your schoolwork partner
If we all treated others how we wanted to be treated, things like this would probably go a *lot* easier. So here's some advice from an annoyed student on how to ensure that YOUR schoolwork partner will not be that annoyed. xP.
the cube part one
in december, on the last day of the year, i got to help someone move. her apartment kicked her out, just like our landlord did. around our house are four roads: North, South, East, West. North extends up to a hill, around which gray leafless trees and mist swallow it. i'd never traveled that road.… Continue reading the cube part one
There is the idea that as you die, your life will flash before your eyes. What do you want to fill your life with? What are the most precious things in your life? The images you want to see as your life fades? It made me realize that I love worship. I want more worship… Continue reading worship
God's love can save me and you and all of us. Love matters most. Sometimes faithlessness is a choice. I wrote these words in August after a bout with depression. It's interesting, how some problems don't die but appear again and again, in different forms. Depression feels like a pinhole of light shuts, trapping you… Continue reading saved