“Seasons of spiritual dryness often stems from a period of forgetfulness. In these times, I find that engaging my emotions through writing poetry, listening to music or observing God’s paint strokes in nature can help soothe spiritual dryness because art in its many forms inspires awe for my Creator.”

Heidi Tai

Heidi Tai

I’m an Asian Australian writer, committed to sharing honest words from a hope-filled heart. I love a strong coffee, getting lost in the Marvel universe and pumping 90’s R’n’B and Hip Hop beats.

In 2018 I entered the ‘Stories of Life’ writing competition and my entry ‘Closing The Cultural Gap’ was published in its anthology. The story described the unique challenges of growing up in an immigrant family, the tension between East and West, and how the gospel of grace transformed my family and enabled my father and I to reconcile our differences. Since then, I have committed myself to penning content where life, faith and culture intersects.

I am married to Mikey, and together we planted Providence Church in Brisbane in 2015. We are hosts of The Greater Story–a podcast dedicated to discussing film, theology and how every story ever written points us to God, the Master Author. I recently published a 14 Day devotional titled “Meeting Mercy: Stories Of Rejects And Rebels Redeemed By Mercy” and am completing Lazy Susan, a memoir filled with short stories about faith, freedom and fried rice.

You can find my words on The Gospel Coalition Australia, The Sola Network based in Los Angeles or on my blog heiditai.com.

Do you have a daily 'quiet time'? If so, when and where does it take place?

I like to carve out time in the early morning–preferably before anyone else is awake–to spend time with God and his word.

How do you spend this time?

I read a section of Scripture and journal my reflections, reasons for gratitude and prayers of response. This task is supplemented with a strong coffee in hand, hymns playing in my ears, and my mobile phone far, far away.

How do you read the Bible?

I am awful at following guides and reading big chunks of text so I tend to choose a book of the Bible and digest the verses in bite-sized pieces. I have found devotionals by trusted authors very helpful for learning new theology and for accessing parts of the Bible that I wouldn’t normally turn to. I recommend “New Morning Mercies” by Paul Tripp and “None Like Him” by Jen Wilkin.

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