6 Ways to Immerse Yourself in a Foreign Culture

Finding your place in a new country can be lonely and discouraging at times. You no longer have your favorite coffee shop awaiting you on a hard day. Your best friend isn’t there to eat a gallon of ice cream with you, and you might not yet be able to fully express your roller coaster of…

When You Can’t Live up to Expectations

Once a week I give a drawing class to six of the missionary kids on our ministry training campus. This week’s class ended with four-year-old Mariah crouched under the table crying and shaking, overwhelmed with defeat. The boat she drew didn’t look quite like she wanted it to. It didn’t look like her seven-year-old sisters,…

3 Types of People You Can’t Live Without

We’re all following somebody’s example. We all look to somebody to figure out how the heck we are supposed to survive in this big, crazy world, and we are all influenced in one way or another by those closest to us.. Whether it’s your friends, your dad, your older siblings, a teacher, your pastor, or…

Happy Starts Now

“I’ll be happy once I lose the weight. I’ll be happy once I have a boyfriend. I’d be happier if I had more friends or a better job.” We all have at least one belief, if not more, about something we don’t have now that’s going to make us feel happier in the future when we…

Pros and Cons of Cross-cultural Dating

My mother gave me one rule when I left for Costa Rica, don’t fall in love!  I really did try not to. I knew that cross-cultural dating meant more than just the cliche of American girl goes abroad and falls in love with the exotic guy wooing me with all the adventure of the unknown…

Beginner’s Guide to Decluttering the Mind

We’ve all heard of minimalistic living, decluttering, and living simply. On the other hand, we’ve all seen at least one episode of Hoarders and you know at least one person who has a storage closet, room or even a unit rented out for their extra stuff, you may even be the guilty one. There are books…

5 Things No One Told Me About Living Abroad

There are few events in this life that are so big and new we do whatever we can to prepare ourselves. We buy self-help books, get counseling, and try our best to equip ourselves mentally and practically for such endeavors as parenting, marriage or living abroad. In other cases, we are thrown into this unknown…

“Cold Tangerines”

They say, ‘Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.’ Through the unexpected and winding roads of depression, anxiety and an eating disorder, I full heartedly say, touche. Before you object or take your stance on the cause and cure of mental illness just hear me out. This has…

15 Must Know Travel Hacks and Tips

The first time I went to renew my visa, I got my exit stamp from Costa Rica and to my surprise, was denied entry into Nicaragua. I was officially in no man’s land with a no longer valid passport and no visa. Once I finally had my new passport, more than two weeks later, now…

All You Who are Weary and Burdened

A little over two years ago, I started to record impactful moments and the meaningful things God has spoken to me. Yesterday, I flipped to the pages of this story… February 20, 2016 Today, I went with Bibles for Costa Rica. I debated whether or not to go because last night I didn’t fall asleep…

El Roi {The God who Sees Me}

You know those moments in life that intrude abruptly, and you’re suddenly faced with a decision to commit to the spontaneous adventure ahead or to remain in your zone of comfort and convenience? Well, that’s the exact spot I stood a few weeks ago less than 72 hours before some of my now greatest memories…

Jehovah Jireh is His Name

For the last couple months I have been very consistent in my times of prayer and worship with God…that is – consistently avoiding them, in fact, running in the opposite direction. I know that as a missionary “I am not supposed to have this struggle,” but I do. Last Wednesday, with much resistance, I finally…