A Little bit about me
Thanks for checking out my site! My name is Debi, I’m 27, and I have been following Jesus for most of my life. I was born and raised in Canada, but am of South Asian descent. Even as a child, I found that a lot of Christian songs, books, and even sermons did not do God’s truth justice. There was a lot of fortune cookie-esque advice masquerading itself as biblical theology. I wanted to create a space on the web for others like me – regular believers who haven’t gone to seminary, but who want a deeper look at the truths of God’s Word.
Five years ago, I became a licensed teacher in Ontario, Canada. Since then, I’ve held down a plethora of jobs in the education field – I’ve taught ESL and workplace skills to adults, tutored, taught high school credit courses one-on-one, designed online courses, and taught in international high schools. I also taught Sunday School during this time. My current position is at an independent, Christian elementary school where I can combine my passion for education with my love for the Lord.
About my site
As mentioned before, I am often shocked at how many materials for Christians lack Biblical depth. Some resources go deep, but don’t necessarily point back to us growing closer to the Lord. In addition to teaching my students, my current job requires preaching once every few months at our weekly chapels as well as leading staff devotions. I spend a lot of time preparing for these and was often praised for bringing a depth and clarity to simple concepts that most Christians often overlook. I’ve dabbled in the blogging world on and off over the last ten years and finally decided it was the right time to share my devotional materials with the world. I launched this site in March 2020 (in the midst of the COVID-19 scare) when I had some time off from work.
I am especially astounded at how most books or blogs by Christian women tend to focus on the same topics – homemaking, marriage, and raising children. If you are a single Christian woman (as am I), there’s not much out there for you other than advice on finding a husband and dressing modestly (and very little reference to salvation). This exclusion is further compounded if you have a genuine desire to go deeper in the Word beyond Proverbs 31 and Jeremiah 29:11. Where are the Biblically literate young, millennial, evangelical, women?
They do exist, but many are seminarians. I would love to go to seminary myself, but choose not to because 1) It is expensive and I’ve already spent 7 years of my life in post-secondary school (M.Ed, B.Ed, B.Sc [Hons]), and 2) What purpose does it serve me? I don’t have a desire to be a preacher/pastor.
The problem with many theology blogs is that their pieces are often targeted at readers with their same level of knowledge. I’ve lost count of the times I went onto a Christian blog with words like soteriology, eschatology, and ecclesiology that I had never heard of before. I often had to use Google just to understand the meaning of the title of a post. Some theology blogs and podcasts also go off about topics and debates in the church with little reference to Scripture. This isn’t to diminish the importance of these outlets, but merely to illustrate what Beauty of Hope seeks to avoid.
My goal was to create a site that wasn’t about the domestic aspects of our lives or similar to a theology textbook. I just want to share the things that I have been meditating on that brought me closer to the Lord. Improving your lifestyle or expanding your book knowledge should come second to knowing and loving the Lord. That is what the focus of Beauty of Hope is.
My desire is to focus on the gospel. It amazes me at how many Christians will be enthralled by tales of prophecy, healing, and the end-times, but will have glazed over expressions when discussing salvation. The gospel should permeate every part of our Christian life. As Charles Spurgeon once said:
“The motto of all true servants of God must be, ‘We preach Christ; and him crucified.’ A sermon without Christ in it is like a loaf of bread without any flour in it. No Christ in your sermon, sir? Then go home, and never preach again until you have something worth preaching.”[7/9/1876; sermon #2899]
That is my goal with my blog – to glorify Christ in all my posts. I originally started off wanting to do devotionals, but I felt led to take a more topical approach with an in-depth focus. I originally started off calling the site ‘Deeper Christianity’, but then decided I would make it a bit more personal.
Why “Beauty of Hope?”
The name of the site comes from a song by the Christian pop trio ZOEgirl. ZOEgirl’s music was an integral part of my life, particularly during my teenage years. Their ministry really made me see the importance of having a personal relationship with Jesus, which was something that was not emphasized much in the church I grew up attending. I had always tried to follow God even as a young girl, but it was because of ZOEgirl that I had a desire to read the Bible for myself and know Him outside of the legalistic realm I was raised in. The well known apologist Alisa Childers was the founding member of the group.
In 2003, ZOEgirl released their third studio album entitled ‘Different Kind of Free.’ One of the songs, ‘Unbroken’ contains the following lyrics:
“To be unbroken, what would that be?
If words that were spoken, had not shattered me
If I was unbroken, I’d never know
The beauty of hope, and how far grace will go..”
It is in our brokenness and weakness that we truly experience God’s goodness and grace. The hope that we have in Jesus, through the indwelling of the Spirit, can never be usurped by even the most desire of circumstances.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”– Romans 15:13 (HCSB)