The art of discipline

This may seem like a weird thing to write about, specifically because I haven’t been super disciplined recently with writing blog posts. I’m such a journal-er. I journal every day, without fail, yet I don’t feel comfortable posting my journals online, or sharing them with others. Blogging gives me the outlet to make my journal-ed…

10 Ways to Sabbath

Hi, Friend! Let me know if this sounds like you: You have so many things to do that it is easy to tell yourself to push through and just get the next thing done. Does that ring true? In some ways that can be helpful, but in other ways it can lead to over scheduling…

2017 in Review

I know that this may not be the most interesting post for all of y’all, but I really like looking at my previous year and seeing what fun things I’ve been up to. Maybe if we have not seen each other in a while, you may be interested in seeing what has been going on…

What’s the Big Deal about Travel?

I’ll be the first one to admit that I’ve got the travel bug. I just spent the last hour listening to a podcast about travel, and I, myself have gone on numerous travel experiences. Two of my most impactful trips were my nine-month trip to the Dominican Republic and my three-month trip to Costa Rica….

What I Would Say to myself in my Hardest Moment

Looking back on my 3-month trip to Costa Rica, I really enjoyed myself. I had fun. I learned. I experienced another culture in a way that I never would’ve been able to experience otherwise, and I made friends with a family that loved me and cared for me throughout the whole time I was there….

A Letter to the Weary

Sweet Friend, I know you feel like you can’t do it anymore. I know you feel stressed, down, and depressed. The joy of life may be hard to see right now. I know, it sucks. Friend, while you are going through this, I want to remind you of something. God is not finished with you…

Present 

Today, my team and I are resting at a house near the Mennonite church we attend, away from our host families and away from our new “normal.” It’s a perfect time to bond more with my group. And yet, while I have the perfect opportunity to pour into others, I want to retreat away from…

Rest in the Work

Relaxed doesn’t mean lazy. “It seems like they have no care in the world. I wish I could be like them, with no stress whatsoever.” – Average person going on a mission trip Wrong.

Sleepless nights 

Have you ever had this happen to you? The moment you’re sick with a cold and need sleep the most is the moment that you cannot fall asleep? I’m having one of those nights. Instead of getting the rest I need, I’m just sitting in bed until the wave of exhaustion wins over my stubborn…

New Beginnings 

Today is day 37 our 82 day journey. We have officially moved from the big city of San Jose, to the small, rural area of Shiroles, just next to the Panama border on the north eastern side of Costa Rica. As the group paired up and set out to live the local way with their…