What’s Your Word?

Lately, I’ve been reading this whole idea of having a “word.” I hear inspirational stories of women whose word is courage or perseverance. They want 2015 to be a year of risk, or a year of determination—and I get it. When I think of 2014, I think of words like: healing, self-discovery, adventure, … [Read more...]

Dreaming of That Day

Today we celebrate the life of someone who had a dream…a dream that a nation divided by hatred and racism would be brought together to live in in one accord. Over 50 years ago, our nation experienced a time of heavy racism. Although, thanks to men like Martin Luther King Jr. we have come pretty far … [Read more...]

Get Fit: Start Simple

Let’s face it: we’re still carrying the excess holiday weight. And if you’re anything like me, starting a ‘get fit’ regime can feel twice as difficult after the over-indulgence of holiday feasting. But we can’t shake it; it’s time to get back into shape. I am someone who has fought long and hard … [Read more...]

The Unglamorousness of Travel

I’ve been traveling pretty regularly for the past 2 years. What started off as a trip every few weeks, turned into quitting my job and taking off for 8 months straight. I constantly get messages from friends asking me how I travel so much, to which I reply, “because God is so stinkin’ good,” (and … [Read more...]

Healing in 2015

A new year is in full effect. Two weeks into the month of January and I still can’t help but cringe at the abundance of articles promising this “new you.” And I get it...as I mentioned in my New Year's Resofailures Post, we all want to better ourselves, we want to take action. I’ve been guilty of … [Read more...]

Celebrating Haiti

I’ve had the incredible privilege of visiting Haiti twice in the past two years. My first visit to Haiti was similar to most other well-intentioned, short-term missionaries—overwhelming, to say the least. The drive out of the airport through Port-Au-Prince is one that I’m sure is embedded into most … [Read more...]

A Committed Pursuit

This past Friday I had the privilege of joining the women of Vite Transformate on their bi-weekly outreach. Vite Transformate is a non-profit dedicated to reaching women trapped in prostitution in Italy. Every other Friday night, the VT women boldly and faithfully walk the streets of Bologna in … [Read more...]

Mastering the Art of Lost-ness

I always surprise myself when I travel to a new country, specifically because I am forced to do things I didn’t even really think I was capable of (i.e. asking if the next train to Venice was downstairs at station 10, departing at 9:20—in pretty much all Italian with occasional hand signals—Right? I … [Read more...]

Sweet Home Birmingham, Alabama.

A one day guide to Birmingham, Alabama I had the privilege of passing through “The Ham” while on my drive to Chicago. I must say, it was a perfect mid-way treat. Alabama was quiet and quaint—even the atmosphere downtown was one of solace. Exactly what you would need after driving 12 hours and … [Read more...]

Love That Heals

What love is this? My heart can’t fathom. It’s an overwhelming kind of love that makes my knees weak. It’s a love so flawless, that my human mind literally can’t comprehend. What a relief to be a part of something so abundantly perfect, that you know you will never understand. As I press … [Read more...]

Hope-filled flights to South America

There’s nothing like being blessed with the opportunity to meet a stranger. The first couple minutes into a conversation with a brand new person, is like opening a door to an endless hallway. The hallway could lead to somewhere dull, or it could possibly lead to a wondrous place. I try to never miss … [Read more...]

Coffee Shop Life Lessons

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself … [Read more...]

Beautiful Disaster

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” “…for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my … [Read more...]

not of this world

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” Philippians 3:20 As I ponder on this verse, I can’t help but think about C.S. Lewis’ quote from Mere Christianity: “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable … [Read more...]

The Gift of Prayer

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses … [Read more...]

divine encounters

“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 It’s 7p.m. I’m driving down US1 with only an hour to spare. “I need to encounter Jesus”—I think to myself, as I press my foot down on the gas pedal. I was almost desperate. I had been a rough couple of days … [Read more...]

Beside Myself

“For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.” 2 Corinthians 5:13 “Excuse me ma’am, would you be so kind as to take a picture of us, please?” I hear a voice call out to me in an adorable French accent. “Ahhh, a foreign accent” I think to myself. “Of … [Read more...]

trust.

“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share in his sufferings, … [Read more...]

RAIN

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” Matthew 11:29-30 The scenery: Sunday morning, in the Dominican Republic, sitting on the balcony at my dear friend Ludi’s house while … [Read more...]