Valentine’s Day

I have tears today.  I have so many thoughts on this day… in this season. Sitting on a couch in my apartment in Germany, I think about my nephew who has started taking his first steps. I think about my friend who went to be with Jesus four years ago and the pain his family … More Valentine’s Day

Jesus is Better than Sunshine: Thoughts from a Southern Girl who Moved to Germany

It was day 4 in country. Less than a week prior, I had packed bags, cried until I had no more tears, lingered in hugs as long as possible, and said goodbye. One-way ticket in hand, I boarded a plane to head across the ocean.  Greeted with warmth and friendliness, I found myself smiling and … More Jesus is Better than Sunshine: Thoughts from a Southern Girl who Moved to Germany

How to Get Gain

So much sin. So much darkness…right here in my heart. I woke up with a sense of dirtiness—unworthiness. Conviction of pride and idolatry. I was discouraged at this newfound blindspot. The still light of pre-dawn, white Christmas lights, soft worship music seeping truth and Ezekiel open speaking Truth. The same theme snaking like a river … More How to Get Gain

When You’re Not Where You Want to Be

“What are you most excited about [for moving overseas]?” A friend recently asked me.  “To be honest…right now I’m having trouble feeling any excitement at all.”  Roughly three weeks ago, I left home for seven weeks of pre-overseas training. Classes, fellowship, homework—even a trip to NYC.  And it has been hard.  Because, like I said—despite … More When You’re Not Where You Want to Be

What Makes Life Good

An all-girl drive to Ohio with conversation, Jon Thurlow, and Adventures in Odyssey to pass the time was a sweet gift last week. We stepped into the cozy home of my grandma and were welcomed with homemade noodles, mashed potatoes, and garden vegetables for dinner. Black coffee greeted us in the morning. A sister run … More What Makes Life Good