Happy May Day! As you begin trading out the sweaters for t-shirts and the coats for windbreakers, may you feel the Holy Spirit clothing you in your new attire for the coming season! Perceiving with open eyes and receiving with open hands the new thing He is doing within and through me has been my experience the last few weeks … Continue reading Finishing with Excellence
Paul instructed the church in Rome to honor each other above themselves. "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality." Roman 12:12-13 My design is to bring the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the earth; my calling is to live … Continue reading Sincere Love
After the standard "hurry up to wait" procedure at the airport, my travel mates Donna, Morgan, and I boarded our 10-hour flight from Chicago to São Paulo, Brazil. It was a seamless immigration procedure, adding another beautiful stamp to the passport! (Shoutout to Pops driving us Cedar Rapids to Chicago!) Rainbow Tunnel in Chicago O'Hare … Continue reading Welcome to Brazil! Bem-vindo ao Brasil!
"My life has not fit into any real pattern, other than the fact that anything anybody else could not do or would not do God would drop into my spirit, and I would do it. Sometimes God sent me to a pastor, sometimes to a king, sometimes to a church that was praying. But everywhere … Continue reading I Am Sending You…
One of the greatest gifts we can give to another is knowledge. In sharing about the Enneagram personality test, I hope to empower your life by the self-actualization this resource can bring! Like any tool, it is not the be all, end all. The greatest danger I've seen (and at times, personally experienced) is making … Continue reading What’s All This Enneagram Hype?
The pilot's voice booms over the intercom: "I have good news and bad news. The bad news is we're lost; the good news is we're making great time!" Doesn't that ring so true in our busy, busy lives?? When we accidentally hit that pause in the hustle, we look around and wonder where we're even … Continue reading Busy Busy
I’ve struggled with buying into this concept of self-love for awhile. It’s the trend, and I’m always wary of those. Especially if something deep in my spirit pings at the sound of it. Before accepting a fad as gospel, I try to test it against God’s Word. Through this lens and exploring wiser sources than … Continue reading Beloved-Self, Not Self-Love
We have misconstrued Jesus. Do we worship an Eastern Rabbi who knew the Torah backwards and forward, who came to fulfill the Law and Prophecies of the Old Testament (meaning He followed the 613 edicts of the Mosaic law perfectly because He was raised in a culture that poured over them daily), not to abolish … Continue reading Let’s Meet Him
I am on the receiving end of short-term mission trips. Now, I am the host for these energetic teenagers seeing the other side of the world for the first time in a 2-week intensive experience. And wow, what a joy they are!! I’ve heard all the arguments about the danger of short-term mission trips and … Continue reading Reflections of Christ
It has been a whirlwind of a week, settling in to life in Nairobi! To be honest, I'm not sure how my mind hasn't imploded from stimulus overload, cultural confusion, and emotional ups and downs. Christ has been my consistent rock, and the fantastic community who have graciously welcomed me "home" keep pointing me back … Continue reading In Freedom & Confidence
Is the day finally here?! Is it already time to go?! I’ve been praying over and hoping for this since early December of last year. God’s timing is always perfect as we know...but often forget since we like to take matters into our own hands and think we know exactly when everything should happen. If … Continue reading Kenya Believe It?
I "checked myself in" for a 3-day private Silent Retreat at a Benedictine Monastery this week. Nestled into the San Bernardino mountains in Southern California, St. Andrew's Abbey is not necessarily a beautiful location. But the prayers and reverence for God that cover the small acreage bring a tangible peace for retreatants. As I clipped … Continue reading 26 Reflections on Silence