New Beginnings

Beba Schlottmann Going Places, Other Writings Leave a Comment

In Korea, people welcome the New Year by going to the mountains, the sea, or a beautiful café with a view of the horizon to watch the sunrise. This morning, I decided to wake up early, brace myself for the freezing cold weather, and then make my way to Page 38 (a nearby café) to join others in welcoming 2021 the …

Compromise Not Promise

Deborah Newport Other Writings, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Reading your Bible and coming across a verse that lists “thirty gold dishes, a thousand silver dishes, twenty-nine duplicates, thirty gold bowls, 410 silver bowls of a second kind, and a thousand other articles” (1:9, 10) might not garner a lot of your attention. Like a list of begats, we might quickly pass over the list. However, Ezra’s detail, consuming five …

The Quarantine Experience

Beba Schlottmann Going Places, Other Writings, Tipping Parade, Uncategorized 6 Comments

Recently, I experienced fourteen days of mandatory quarantine in Seoul, South Korea due to the recently introduced COVID-19 health and safety measures. (Thanks, pandemic). I think it is an understatement to say that life as we know it has changed dramatically all over the world, and going through quarantine upon arrival in Seoul is certainly one of those dramatic changes. …

Perils of Anxiety

Beba Schlottmann Other Writings, Uncategorized 1 Comment

“An anxious mind is a divided mind” Hakeem Bradley The date was April 14, 2014.  I had just finished sharing an inspiring testimony about my father’s journey of faith.  During that morning’s sermon, I noticed my husband suddenly began to nervously text back and forth, and I was frankly annoyed that he would do this during service, which in all honesty is …

Changing

Beba Schlottmann Other Writings, Uncategorized 2 Comments

“Can we drink of the cup of suffering when it comes? How will we react to a season of wilderness, isolation, pain, and suffering?” -Chasing Life: Lessons on Suffering Well (P38) I think by now, everyone who knows me and is familiar with my journey with suffering, knows well that pain and grief are pretty much long-stay friends of mine.  Nevertheless, …

How Do You Deal?

Beba Schlottmann Other Writings, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines suffering as “to submit to or be forced to endure”, also to “undergo, or experience,” and “to put up with especially as inevitable or unavoidable.”  One thing is for certain, everyone “undergoes” or “experience” suffering.  Hard times have a way to finds us no matter our marital status, gender, color, nationality, height, weight, social and financial status, political …

Everyone Suffers

Beba Schlottmann Other Writings, Uncategorized 1 Comment

“You will suffer, son of Hades!’ What else is new? Nico thought.” ― Rick Riordan, The Blood of Olympus Let me just begin by saying that Suffering is not a phenomenon that, like a virus, affects some people and not others. The truth is suffering will find us all. It is part of life, and no one is exempt from …