December 15, 2015

 

The semester is over.  Two weeks ago, I wasn’t even sure how I was going to get through.  But here I am, and the only explanation is the power and grace of God.  He took care of me even when I didn’t know to acknowledge it.  And this has been true every single semester.

 

This is the lesson, more than anything else, which I have learned from my time with SBSB.  God’s provision for the group has reminded me time and time again to renew my trust in Him.  As a member of SBSB leadership, it can sometimes be even more difficult to remember that SBSB exists, as written in our constitution, for one purpose – “to glorify God.”  It’s tempting, because of the personal investment I have in the group, to find self-worth in tangible results and seek to control every outcome.  But when I a...

December 4, 2015

Welcome to the official beginning of the Christmas season! Now that it’s socially acceptable to start playing Christmas music, you can be sure I'm playing Pentatonix’s latest Christmas album on repeat on every device I own, including the best song on the album, “That’s Christmas to Me” (which also happens to be the best Christmas song since, like, “The Christmas Song”).

 

So in the spirit of sharing what Christmas means to us,  I thought I’d share what makes Christmas so special to me this year. 

 

Yes, it is truly the most wonderful time of the year, complete with good food, music, warmth, and snow. 

 

But that’s not all that Christmas is about.

 

Christmas is significant not because we celebrate with family and friends, nor because we get to give and receive presents (not that any of those...

November 28, 2015

As I settled into the festivities that come with Thanksgiving, I stopped to try to take it all in. I was surrounded by a loving family and caring friends, amazing food, joy, laughter, and songs. I realized that I had so many things to be thankful for this year. I have the privilege of being a student at a wonderful university, I have fostered friendships that will last a lifetime, I am blessed with an incredible roommate, and I get to sing with an amazing a cappella group. These are just a few of the things that bring a smile to my face on a daily basis. However, this semester I had fallen time and time again into the trap of the sophomore slump, and I felt so much anxiety and stress that I began to feel numb. When I analyzed my life and the blessings that I was surrounded with, I simply f...

November 16, 2015

 

Two months ago, when I arrived at Duke for the first time as a student for First-Year Orientation, the concept of a “Christian a cappella group” on a college campus was unfamiliar to me. I lacked imagination — in my mind, generic college a cappella groups were composed of friends who sang songs sometimes. Sure, each group might perform different music and have different people, but their purpose — to sing— was the same. But Something Borrowed Something Blue called itself a “Christian a cappella” group, and its purpose was not just music but also ministry, a dimension that I did not expect to see.

 

It wasn’t that I had never heard singing in a Christian context before — the opposite, really. While growing up in Dallas, I learned to sing at church, where every Sunday morning would begin with...

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