I am a BIG Lord of the Rings nerd. (and The Hobbit too… yes, I also thought The Hobbit sequel was amazing). Not just because I can relate to the hobbit’s experiences as short people, but because it combines ALL of my favorite little and big things: noble battles, fighting for love, everlasting friendships, embarking on an incredible journey, and of course, second breakfast.
But the journey that these hobbits embark on is not just full of good things. Their journey is incredibly difficult, requires a lot of sacrifice, humility, and pushing past things way bigger than them (most of the time, literally).
Continue reading “An Unlikely Soldier”
When Jesus called his disciples to follow him, they dropped everything and followed. When Peter gets called out of the boat into a stormy ocean, he steps out. I want that kind of boldness, that kind of faith in Jesus.
Continue reading “Get Out the Boat”
There are times I almost shock myself with the amount of things I’ve never read in the Bible. I find familiar verses as I’m reading, but I’ve never read it straight through to really understand the context. I’m working on it!
Today I found myself reading through Hebrews 11… Go there. No, seriously, go get your Bible, or download the Bible app on your phone and read through Hebrews 11. Not sure what the title is where you are, but mine says “By Faith.” First, it explains what faith is. Which is so beautiful. After the explanation, it’s literally a list of names of people in the Bible who stepped out in faith. When it made zero sense, but “by faith”, they did something seemingly crazy because they trusted in God. Whatever He said, they would do. Wherever He led, they went.
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I remember the rush of determination I got when I started going geocaching (basically, an outdoor treasure hunt). Running through the bushes, looking under rocks, climbing through the trees, I was determined to find the treasure, even if that meant getting stuck by thorns and spending hours looking in the dirt. I wanted it. And I knew I was capable of finding it, because my dad would tell me I was.
Continue reading “The Great Search”
Ever have one of those moments where you look around and you’re struck with a massive magnitude of meaning? A completely unexpected moment where something mythic unfolds right before your eyes?
I had a moment like that a couple months ago in Kenya. Now, every missions trip I’ve been on has been filled with occasions that have stopped me in my tracks. A church filled worship service in Poland , a mountainside prayer night under the stars in El Salvador, a prayer moment with a father and his kids in Trinidad. So many memories of pivotal God-orchestrated intersections with beautiful people.
Continue reading “Finding Nemo Among Orphans”