Welcome to the Table: Making Space for the Master or the Maid

Welcome to the Table: Making Space for the Master or the Maid

I loved living in the States; however, when my husband and I felt the Lord leading us to return to India, I began looking forward to running medical clinics, evangelism outreaches, and continuing to raise my three children.  And, not gonna lie–I also looked forward to hiring a maid. Whether you high-five your maid or raise a disdained eyebrow at the notion, this type of service is common in India and is thread throughout the biblical...

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When Rewrites Go Wrong: The problem with editing out the letdowns in life

When Rewrites Go Wrong: The problem with editing out the letdowns in life

When I was just out of college, I housesat for an actress in Los Angeles. One afternoon, her dog ransacked the bedroom and shredded up whatever he could get his teeth on: blankets, books, and to my horror, an audition script for a TV show. I was young, not yet a Christian, and too embarrassed by the incident to say anything about it. I replaced the blankets and books, but had no clue how to find a replacement script. I pieced together what I...

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“La, la, la… I don’t want to know”: Too Comfy to Care

“La, la, la… I don’t want to know”: Too Comfy to Care

A few months ago, I had an unexpected day off of work, so I decided to get cozy on my sofa. I grabbed a soft throw blanket and could not wait to find a good movie to watch on TV! As I flipped through all the possible flicks, one caught my eye. I had avoided this particular movie previously because of the cover image of a lonely woman who just looked cold and isolated. It screamed “Debbie Downer.” Perhaps against my better judgment, I decided to...

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The Grass is (not always) Greener

The Grass is (not always) Greener

A message from Angel Angell: I’m a dreamer, a visionary or maybe I just get bored easily. I like adventure, mission, and knowing that what I’m doing is making a difference, and I especially love when I get praised for my hard work. I also adore my kids, but the thing about my children is they rarely offer much positive feedback. I have yet to get a thank you card in the mail from any of them. When I’m changing a diaper in a sleep-deprived state...

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Trading Up: TV for True Life

Trading Up: TV for True Life

I love when the lights drop and I can just lift up my eyes to some easy story on the silver screen. I sip my favorite orange tea with honey and fall into some new AMC adventure or epic remake, like Superman: Man of Steel. Ryan and I were heading into one of those AMC escapes when we started talking about something so moving that we both just lost interest in whatever movie we were planning to see. We left the theater and began our initial...

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The Living Dead: A Wilted Woman

The Living Dead: A Wilted Woman

I was having one of those days when nothing seemed to be going as planned. I wanted to crawl back in bed so I could rise again to some other, new beginning. Just as I was having one of those mornings, for no apparent reason, a friend brought me a beautiful bouquet of roses, stargazers, and carnations. I inhaled their sweet fragrance and cut the stems at an angle so they’d absorb the water and nutrient packet I poured into the vase. And day by...

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Settling for Silver: Life’s Second Bests and Empty Promises

Settling for Silver: Life’s Second Bests and Empty Promises

Do you ever feel like God is holding out on you? I remember wearing a promise ring that meant my boyfriend and I would eventually be together forever. We had dated off and on for five and a half years. I wanted God’s permission and blessing on our relationship, so when I went to a Christian conference, I decided to leave the ring at home and put the relationship entirely in God’s hands. If He didn’t want us together, then we’d break up. I...

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Equality: It’s All in the Family

Equality: It’s All in the Family

I grew up with four brothers, two older and two younger than me. As a young girl, I remember a time when my brothers protected me from a teenage boy they knew was bad news. They saw how he used other girls, so my four brothers took it upon themselves to threaten this guy away from me. They did this because they cared for me, like a sister. They protected me and sought my best interest. We also have spiritual Brothers and Sisters who have our...

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Wait a Minute!

Wait a Minute!

Have you ever noticed that waiting on God often requires more than just “a” minute? Sometimes, waiting on God feels like an eternity! The ache. The confusion. The questions: “How old are you?” and “You’re still single? Why?” I’ve had people answer the “why” question for me by telling me things like: “Oh, you need to stop looking, and then God will bring the guy along.” Or, “You are just too picky!” Or my absolute favorite: “God must want to...

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