Why I Journal

I’ve been writing on a regular basis since I was in elementary school, when I got my first Alice in Wonderland diary from the Disney Store. It came with its own lock and key, which enabled me to keep it safe from two meddling little girls that will go unnamed.  The first journal I filled completely…

On Working with “the Poor,” Part 2

Part 1 here. I usually leave work feeling satisfied. I do have a highly fulfilling job and have the privilege of helping people every day. And now that I’ve been here for 7 months now, I can see our students making educational (whether it be in English or typing or reading or whatever) and behavioral…

The secret of contentment

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how in the past 3 years, my circumstances have changed a lot. Granted, I wanted several of the changes, but there have also been some I never expected and certainly didn’t ask for. And unfortunately, the latter changes have made me complain and ask God what He thinks…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how in the past 3 years, my circumstances have changed a lot. Granted, several of the changes were brought about by me, but there have also been changes I never expected and certainly didn’t ask for. And unfortunately, the latter changes have made me complain and ask God…

A prayer for 2014

“AWE-INSPIRING GOD, when I am lost in wonder and lost for words, receive the homage of my silent worship but do not let me be content to bear your mysterious beauty and be still. Go with me in the places where I live and work. Lift the veil of reticence behind which I hide. Give me…

I will trust You always

A couple of years ago, my boss at the time gave me a copy of this prayer. While it is always encouraging, there are certain seasons of life that it really speaks to my soul! I guess now is one of those seasons, because the line from the prayer “I will trust You always” popped…

The best kind of life

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” -John 10:10  

Never Give Up

“Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam. Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the…

What Gratitude Is

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us-and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never…

The greatest gift, the greatest joy

This Sunday in church, the pastor was talking about the current Christmas season and said that Jesus is the greatest gift and the greatest joy. Luke 2 is clear about this-the angel says that the good news of Jesus’ birth is great joy, for everyone! Then he says that Jesus was born unto the shepherds,…

God is Awake

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” -Victor Hugo  

Thanksgiving, a week early

Usually there are 1 or 2 words that describe what my heart is feeling at the moment, and thankfulness has dominated this year. So, here is what I’m thankful for right now: -My sisters come home tomorrow for Thanksgiving, meaning our whole family will be together for the first time in over 10 months. -I…