• Faith & Life,  Lent,  unexpected blessings

    An Easter Perspective

    It’s Holy Week. This one is much different than the rest, at least the ones that I have experienced. We are in a time where fears need to be acknowledged and thankfully God’s Word doesn’t make us wait to receive the Gospel. We are all struggling with the idea that we won’t be together on Easter. It’s real grief, but this sentiment reminded me that the first Easter was also observed separately by the followers of Jesus. 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with…

  • blog update,  Introversion

    3 Weeks

    In 2006, I traveled to New Orleans with my college classmates to participate in relief efforts post a hurricane known as Katrina. Three weeks later, in early April, I was back at school and struggling with some emotions. As I showered, as I did on a regular basis, I broke down in tears. What was wrong with me? Where did this passion and anger and sadness come from? I realized, as an introvert and extremely slow processor, that all the mental and emotional anguish of what the Katrina victims had experienced, and what we had assisted with, had finally caught up with me. Fast forward to last Friday. It had…

  • Faith & Life,  Holy Land,  Lent,  One Word,  unexpected blessings

    Savor: A Reflection

    Since this strange season began just a few weeks ago, I have been reflecting on how I have been taking advantage of my 2020 word in these first few, long months. In late December 2019, as I selected the word ‘Savor’ for 2020, I imagined the opportunities that would arise. When I selected the word “Savor” this is the verse that came to mind. On January 1, 2020, I woke up in the middle of the tour of a life time of the Holy Land, savoring every moment of that trip. On January 10, 2020, I woke up in my own bed, ready to enjoy 3 more weeks of rest…

  • Holy Land,  Lent,  unexpected blessings

    The Value of the Desert

    I shared this devotion in worship this weekend and wanted to share it with all of you as well. What is the value in the desert? This question was raised to our group as we toured the Holy Land this past holiday season. Sounds like an odd question to ask, because what could such a barren place possibly offer?  For the Israelites, this was a wilderness full of wandering. For Jesus, he experienced temptation and fasting for 40 days. How could this place have any value? Yet, God taught me about His provision of water in these desert places.  In the Jordan River, Jesus was baptized by John to show us…

  • Holy Land,  Lent,  unexpected blessings

    Passport to Jesus: Temple Mount

    I am leading a Bible study during the season of Lent at my church about Holy Week. I began this weekend and due to the advancement of technology we were able to live stream it! This is one of the ways you can learn more about my experience and connect it to your own faith journey. Blog posts and pictures are still in progress, but hopefully this is a tool that you can use in your own walk through Lent and study of God’s Word! Check out the live stream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX9S1k00qDk&feature=youtu.be

  • blog update,  Faith & Life,  Holy Land,  Inspired,  unexpected blessings

    “Welcome Home!”

    I am excited to share with you about my trip to the Holy Land, which I experienced just about a month ago.  This weekend was my first one back with my local community of believers. It’s the best way to explain how I plan to approach what I share with you.  While “Welcome Home” is a sentiment many of you have and will say to me, it’s actually the first thing our tour guide said to us when we got on the bus in Israel.  The Holy Land is where God created humanity, therefore it is our home. It’s the place where Jesus was born, taught and died, therefore it’s…

  • blog update,  Faith & Life,  One Word,  unexpected blessings

    Savor the Savior

    “ But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19 (ESV) Pictures are powerful. They evoke memories of experiences. They take you back to the time and place and people who were/are a part of your life. This must have been one of the first pictures I took and posted on social media in 2005. It takes me back to my college days and the friends I made. But at the time, I didn’t who care who saw the photo. It was just the new trend to post it for others to see. Remember a time when we lived life, took photos and enjoyed the moments?…

  • blog update,  unexpected blessings

    Stress

    I went to a new doctor this week for a regular check up, and when I got on the scale, the number was one I had never seen before. It wasn’t bad, it just confirmed how stress has wreaked havoc on my body for the last several years. I came to the realization that I can’t casually discuss this concern with just anyone in my daily life. Many people that know me, have made assumptions that because I look a certain way, I don’t have to do anything to take care of my health. In casual conversations, many times, I am told I can eat whatever I want, wear whatever…

  • Faith & Life,  unexpected blessings

    Abishai

    We met on the metro on our trip home from downtown. We had both just witnessed a rather strange occurrence. A kid got off the metro as I sat and waited to continue. Immediately he was tackled to the ground by police. He was trying to sell dope, the police officer told the lady on the platform as he put handcuffs on him. The kid didn’t seem suspicious at all and he said he was innocent. Another police officer came on our car and searched it. He walked right by me. I noticed another passenger who was witnessing these events with a sense of anxiety as we waited. The police…