Is He Good?

This last year, I've been on a journey. Locationally, of course. Since last March, I've called 2 states, 2 countries, and at least 5 houses "home." Just looking at that portion of my life feels a little crazy! After all, for a time, I was living with THREE different families a week! (Major props to... Continue Reading →

Riding a Bus Now

I'm riding a bus now. Maybe this shouldn't feel like such a big deal. After all, hundreds of thousands of people step onto public transport every day, relying on a bus to get them where they need to be. They download the apps and add money to their passes and memorize the timetable so that... Continue Reading →

Goodbye & Hello

I've said goodbye to so many people and countries by this point, I feel like I should be a pro. It seems like saying goodbye should get easier—that my heart should no longer feel like it's breaking. If anything, though, saying goodbye and walking away from those I love has gotten harder. I understand the... Continue Reading →

Not Home Yet

As a college freshman, I hated the idea that I would call anyplace "home" but the house that I grew up in, the place where my parents and sister lived, the place where I could walk outside and be surrounded by corn fields. Since then, I've lived in more homes than I can count. At... Continue Reading →

Life Update

Hot Dang! My life recently has been a whirlwind and I'm not even sure where to begin! The cliff notes version: in the last six months, I've graduated from college, interned with middle schoolers at a church called The Chapel, moved to Pennsylvania, started a kidmin internship at a church called LCBC BranchCreek, and submitted a... Continue Reading →

Whole Lotta Change

For me, last week was VBS week. I'm on staff at a church in Fort Wayne, working with the middle school ministry. Except last week. I was farmed out to the children's ministry and given 12 preschoolers. They followed me around like ducklings all week, except for the fact that I'm fairly certain ducklings walk... Continue Reading →

#ImpressingIsExhausting

Impressing is exhausting, ya’ll. It’s far too easy to build a fake persona so people can see what they want to see and hear what they want to hear. After all, they don’t want my messiness and I don’t want to admit that I’m a mess. I want to look as good as possible. When... Continue Reading →

To Serve

As part of our time with Hosea’s Heart, we planned short devotionals that focused on our identities in Christ and how that impacts our relationships with God and others. Last week, our devotional talked about loving others through serving them. I wrote the following in my journal after the devotional was over, as Liesel, Karalyn,... Continue Reading →

Hosea’s Heart, eSwatini

(Just for the record, eSwatini is the SiSwati way to say Swaziland. In April, the name officially changed to Eswantini, although many people still refer to this land as Swaziland or Swazi.) It's summer here, and all the schools are on break. This means that while our days have a "schedule", we really have no... Continue Reading →

Faith

Sailing on the Sea of Galilee, it was easy to envision my Savior walking towards me upon the water. I could easily imagine the excitement Peter felt as he vaulted over the edge of the boat to approach Jesus, easily forgetting that water stood between them. Peter's steps, likely strong and sure at first, began... Continue Reading →

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