articles by colleen chao

ARCHIVES: 2017

Beauty

Ezekiel 16

I remember you before you were beautiful. Before you stopped people in their tracks and made jaws drop and heads turn. You, who are now

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person holding a green plant
Community

Kindness

This past year has been one of the hardest of my life. My hubby will say the same. We watched the bottom drop out from

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anonymous woman walking in refugee camp
Community

In a world of refugees….

Today I sat with a friend from Romania whose family has suffered upheaval and persecution as far back as she can remember. Her heritage is

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close up shot of a person reading a bible
Gratitude

Remember

My life is a story of God being with me. I can point to time after time when He broke in on my darkness, when

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close up photo of coffee on table
Favorites

Date at dawn

I penned this almost eight years ago in the midst of a desperate season, when I was hungry for the Word and a quiet space

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woman turning around on green fields
Bible study

I don’t have to scream anymore

They’d been running around in circles all morning, yelling, begging their god to answer them—to no avail. So they screamed louder. Louder and longer. And

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white dried and cracked ground texture with dry plants
anxiety

If you’re feeling insecure….

In his book The Importance of Being Foolish, Brennan Manning writes: “What keeps me feeling insecure are my addictive emotional needs, which must always be satisfied. When

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a person sitting on wooden planks across the lake scenery
Bible study

“Get to God, dear heart”

I love praying Scripture back to God. It wakes up my sluggish heart, it focuses my scattered thoughts, it helps me sense God’s presence. And it’s been

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white clouds
Beauty

Imagine this….

I’m not sure where the idea of a harps-and-clouds heaven came from, but it’s as far from the truth as we could get. The God

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