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 »

Prophecies & Parables: Clarity in Confusion

Deep truths in Christian faith often come packaged in the form of paradox. We serve a God who is omnipotent yet personal, a God as perfect in love as He is in wrath. Giving does not deplete us, rather fills us so that we have more to give. Our slavery to righteousness sets us free. We are to… Read more »

North Africa Testimonies: Samuel

We spent a week in North Africa. The two days when we hosted art gallery receptions went by in a blur. We framed pieces, put up walls, printed flyers and statements, arranged furniture, and prepared to speak with hundreds of people. The real beauty of preparing for the gallery, though, was not anything we accomplished…. Read more »

North Africa Testimonies: Fiona

The two days of our art gallery in North Africa went by in a blur. We framed pieces, put up walls, printed flyers and statements, arranged furniture, and prepared to speak with hundreds of people. The real beauty of preparing for the gallery, though, was not anything we accomplished. The real beauty was accomplishing it… Read more »

A Different Jesus

Cameron and I just got back from our honeymoon a couple days ago. It was an amazing trip to Barcelona, Rome, and Paris. We were both in awe of these places we had heard of and never been, these cities that are full of history, culture, great food, and legendary art. Throughout the three cities,… Read more »

Your Clothing Is Not Armor & Modesty Will Not Keep You Safe

As a result of #MeToo hashtags, big names resigning, allegations flying, and brave individuals coming forward, we have had to scrutinize who we glorify, what they’re allowed to get away with, and what our standard for behavior really is in America. In the midst of change, discussion, and reflection, I’ve seen a particular argument pop… Read more »

The Woman Who Killed A Would-Be King

I’ve read through 1 and 2 Samuel my fair share of times. Apart from reading it on my own, really who has been to church and not heard about the ascension of Saul, his downward spiral, and King David’s rise to power? Those stories are important and, if you go to church in America, inescapable…. Read more »

Michal And Her Grief

I’ve read through 1 and 2 Samuel my fair share of times. Apart from reading it on my own, really who has been to church and not heard about the ascension of Saul, his downward spiral, and King David’s rise to power? Those stories are important and, if you go to church in America, inescapable…. Read more »

The Hydroelectric Plant

Today’s post continues my meandering series digging through old photos and sharing some that have good memories, or interesting subjects. These photos, all at the bottom of the post, are from the hydroelectric plant at Belle Isle. Seven years ago, I saw this building for the first time. It’s mostly obscured by trees, a little… Read more »

The Casual & The Omnipotent

  This post starts with a good chunk of text from the bible and everything I have to say relates to that excerpt, so please do read it through. This takes place after Jesus’ death and resurrection. A handful of disciples had gone fishing together and Jesus appeared to them. They ate breakfast together by… 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 »

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    Give Thanks

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    Today I will again make a list of things to be thankful for. There are a few things in my life that I am very frustrated about, but I do not think they are worth dwelling on. Also, I cried it out in my car last night, so I’ve effectively vented my emotions. Now it… Read more »

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    Monday, Muddy Monday (also a recipe for Somalian Chai Tea)

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    Yesterday I went apple picking with the other interns and a few staff at Carter’s Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville, VA. This is my fourth year going, so it’s a tradition at this point. Side note: the apple cider doughnuts are amazing. They’re some of the few cake doughnuts that I actually like and I think… Read more »

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    My Week in Tennessee

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    I’m sure if you’ve seen my Facebook or Instagram, you’ve seen pictures from my road trip (mostly food, I have no regrets about that). But, what was the road trip for? How long was it? What did I do? Fear not, soon all your questions will be answered and there will be no mysteries left… Read more »

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    Day 3 at Lee

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    Yesterday was our third day at Lee University for their Missions Week. It was also the first day I wasn’t walking around in a Benadryl-induced haze (because of bed bug bites, not because I have a drug problem). So far, we have spent our days manning the World Horizons booth and walking around campus talking… Read more »

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    Ode to a Knight

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    Here I present: Ode to a Knight Oh Knight’s inn, you made for the worst night in. You smelled like cigarettes I saw a tiny roach in my room The bedspreads were offensively outdated Your little cable-box had a ridiculously bright green light And you gave me bed bugs I hate you Our new hotel… Read more »

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    Happy Fundraising Friday!

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    Hello wonderful friends and family and happy Fundraising Friday! Yes, that is something I just made up because I am still in the process of fundraising for my internship! Hopefully you’ve been reading about my internship experience on this blog. If you haven’t, go ahead and check out previous posts, they’re pretty cool. Everyone at… Read more »

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    Queen of the Comfort Zone

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    I used to be the queen of the comfort zone. That does not mean I was comfortable everywhere. Oh no. I was the queen of the smallest comfort zone. The Lichtenstein of comfort zones, if you will. I was uncomfortable wherever I went and I think I was really only comfortable when I was on… Read more »

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    Remember Remember the Whole of September

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        September is over and fall is really here! “Oh my gosh I just can’t even!” I exclaim while holding a diabetes-inducing pumpkin spice latte in one hand and pulling on an Ugg boot with the other. Just kidding. But pumpkin flavored things are shamefully good. So what have I done this month? Let’s… Read more »

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    Sketchy sketchy

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    Now don’t worry your sweet little heart. Nothing’s wrong, nothing’s seedy. Things are getting sketchy though. As in I’m sketchin. As in drawing. Right now I’ve been drawing some of the fellow interns. Here’s Danielle:   Here’s Dorothy:   And here’s Emily: