My first full time job out of college was as a Preschool English teacher at a bilingual Christian school in the Dominican Republic. My job was to go into each of the 6 preschool classrooms every day for 30 minutes and teach an English lesson. It was fun and exhausting and hard and awesome. The … Continue reading Having tattoos, being a balloon, and the wilderness
I'm at a YouthWorks training this week. People from all over the place are going to work together this summer. We come from different states and regions. It turns out people in the South handle conflict differently than people in the East. And this is important! And it helps us grow. I am so grateful … Continue reading Vast and Amazing and Unimaginably Ginormous
I know that Lent is almost upon us because today my Michigan friends were posting pictures of paczkis on Facebook. And yes I had to look up how to spell that word. Growing up Baptist Lent was not something I observed or practiced or even knew anything about. Once my world expanded a little bit … Continue reading Lent this Year
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At the beginning of 2015 I choose a word to define the year - soften. At the end of the year I did feel softer - in my attitudes, in my words, and in my relationships. And I wanted to keep that flow going. So this year, rather than choose a word, I chose to … Continue reading Letting go of criticism
I grew up going to "an old fashioned Bible believing Baptist church." I asked Jesus into my heart by way of the Romans road in a King James Version Bible. I would and will tell you that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him shall … Continue reading The Church
Remember when I talked about how I see God in Sirius Black? Well since then I've been keeping an eye out for other places where I see more God. I see who God is in church and in His Word and in prayer (oh, the prayer of some of my Dominican friends - so much heart … Continue reading Here’s the thing about More God
This week we're starting to wrap things up! (Only 8 more days of school!) Fortunately, "wrapping things up" means a lot of shared meals! Two weeks from today I'll be in Brooklyn! Articles worth checking out: The Best Burger in Every State at Business Insider - I just think this might come in handy. In which … Continue reading Check this out!
The other day I was perusing books on goodreads.com and Pinterest and other places (because, you know, I need more books to read) and I complained to my roommate, "Everything is a love story. So much of my life is not like that." (Just for full disclosure, today I was literally squealing about the fictional romance … Continue reading Here’s the thing about love
We're three weeks into a series on Short Term Missions. Let's get practical. I'm a list-lover. I will feel confident doing almost any job as long as I have a check-list to follow. I create lists for myself - to-do lists, to-read lists, to-write lists, to-watch lists. I just love lists! It's genetic. My father … Continue reading Short Term Missions Mondays: Okay, but HOW?!