There Is Nothing New Under The Sun

The sun rises, and the sun goes down,     and hastens to the place where it rises. The wind blows to the south     and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind,     and on its circuits the wind returns. All streams run to the sea,     but the sea is not full; to the… Read more »

The Woman Who Feared No Man Or Beast

A while back, I read first and second Samuel and started a blog series about the strong women who appear as blips in the stories of David and Saul. You can read the first post here, and the second post here. While these women can easily become background elements as we follow the main narrative,… Read more »

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Speaking of God

Just a video for you on the blog today. Does that make me a vlogger? No? That’s okay. This is a poem a wrote and decided was better read out loud. I’m at a point in my life where I’m coming to better understand negative associations that people have with Christians and the Church. I’m… Read more »

The Taste of Honey

Tiny sugar crystals Scrubbing my tongue Melting away like butter Leaving traces of foreign sunshine Wildflower pollen Mountains capped with snow Streets bumpy with cobblestones Skies open and wide The call to prayer echoing upward   I love that the taste of a food can transport you. I don’t have a long post to write… Read more »

Give It A Name

I end up writing about chronic illness pretty frequently on this blog. It doesn’t define who I am, but having Crohn’s disease has impacted some fundamental ways I think about the world. Illness has forced some realizations in me that I may have otherwise waited years for, if those epiphanies ever came at all. By… Read more »

What Is My Good?

Maybe I’m entering a cynical phase in my life. Maybe I’m taking things to seriously. Maybe I’m being a touch dramatic. Or maybe I’m finally developing a more full view of the world. What I’m feeling and examining now has been building for a few years and I think a similar sensation builds in all of us when we… Read more »

Vegetarian Recipes Pt 1: Fettuccine With Roasted Eggplant, Mushrooms, Ricotta, and Arugula

I want to share a collection of vegetarian recipes I’ve made over the past few months that I really enjoyed. I’m not a vegetarian, but for environmental and ethical issues, I’m trying to eat less meat. Cameron and I actually tried out a vegetarian diet for a couple months to help adjust our tastes and… Read more »

Wild Wild Country

Netflix has a new documentary series called “Wild Wild Country” about a cult that created/ took over a small town in rural Oregon in the 1980’s. It’s a crazy story, the cinematography is beautiful (except for the animations they add in) and the sound track is pretty on point. If you don’t want any spoilers, you… Read more »

We Are Becoming: Adulting in Your Twenties

We are aging like whiskey, Slow and steady, Ancient and sweet. Right now we’re Crude and sharp, Biting and bitter. We are nothing close To what we should be. We can please nobody’s palette, we are worthy of no accolades. After decades of loss and joy And celebration and pain, We will be ready To… Read more »

Summer in Virginia

Summer in Virginia makes anybody who’s not from Virginia tell you stories about a “dry heat”. “It’s a dry heat,” they explain with a wave of their hand as they regale you with tales of Colorado, or Arizona, or that one time in Nevada. “It doesn’t feel hot like it does here.” After his first… Read more »

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    Being a Christian with a Chronic Illness

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      In case any of you didn’t know, I have Crohn’s disease. I was diagnosed three years ago. With the help of a good doctor and good medications, it’s pretty much under control. Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness and I’ve been pretty lucky with it so far. Basically, this disease is genetic (probably, the… Read more »

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    God Appoints Suffering

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    “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and… Read more »

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    Five Ways to Make Monday Better

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    Ugh, Mondays. The word evokes almost universal feelings of disgust. Lucky for all of you, I have come up with a foolproof guide to improving your Monday based solely on my morning. Five ways to make Monday better: 1). Eat pizza 2). Wear wool socks 3). Borrow sugar from friends 4). Race down the stairs… Read more »

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    Wonderful, Great, Amazing News!

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    I have some amazing, wonderful news for all of you: My internship is 45% funded!!! I can buy 45% of my groceries and pay 45% of my rent and drive 45% to places I need to go for the next seven months! Thank you so much to everyone supporting me financially, emotionally, and through prayer…. Read more »

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    Horse Races and a Favorite Verse

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    Jeremiah 12:5 “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?” This is one of my favorite bible verses. Just to give you some context, this is the… Read more »

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    I’m Losing It

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    I’m losing it. Not my sanity. Just everything I own. (Annnnd relax) I feel like I usually remember things. However, occasionally, my brain decides to let go of little things that I really should have remembered. Today, for your amusement, entertainment, and delight, I present three examples of things that I have forgotten recently: First:… Read more »

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    Waiting to Hear

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    Is it a Church?

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    Last week we had a church planting class with a World Horizons missionary who had lived and worked for a while in northern Africa. He taught us church planting techniques that would be especially helpful in Muslim communities or areas where a large, corporate church would not be sustainable. Basically, it was a formula for… Read more »

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    Things I Can Cook

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    In order to fundraise for my internship (all staff and interns at Hillside fundraise their salaries, it’s basically the posterchild for nonprofit), one thing that I’m doing is offering to cook for people who donate. If you donate 30 dollars or more a month, I will cook a dinner for you. If you donate more… Read more »

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    Why We All Need to Read the Old Testament. Right Now.

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    I have led small groups for three years and been participating in them even longer. Wanna know something funny that they have shown me? We all agree studying the bible is a smart idea**, but have a really hard time getting ourselves to actually do it. By far, the hardest part of the bible to… Read more »