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 […]

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 […]

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 memories. The poverty is weighty and the […]

4 Ways to Break Free from New Years Resofailures

It’s that time of the year again. The time of year where we make promises to ourselves to save more money, get fit, become more organized, and overall become “better” individuals. The first couple weeks usually go pretty well, but by February we are backsliding, and often frustrated at our failed attempts of self-improvement. I […]

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 search of Treasures. A treasure is “something […]

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 was impressed […]

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 before driving […]

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 into the […]

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 an […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 explanation […]

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 all understanding, will […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

joyful experiences

Currently listening to: Brian and Jenn Johnson—A Little Longer “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” –John 10:9-10 Joyful […]

Deep Meets Deep

Deeper issues. Everything has a deeper issue. We rob ourselves of intimacy with the living God when we become slaves to the bandages we continuously put over our wounds. We’ve learned to bandage our pain and our sin, without a cleaning process.  All the while, the wound is throbbing and the infection is spreading. But, […]

Fears and Freedom

Fear. “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’” Romans 8:15 Slavery. That’s a tough word to describe fear. But, that’s exactly what fear is. It can hold us captive, without us even […]