• ADVOCATE,  FAITH,  INTENTION,  LIVING

    Restlessness and Thought Bubbles

    Have you ever felt like God was calling you to do something; He gave you the desire, some gifts to help you with it but it feels like He forgot to give you the map to get there? This is the space I have been in lately. And by lately, I really mean the last four years. It has me completely restless because I feel like I was made for more (which is pretty much the title and subtitle of the book, Restless). This “normal” western life is not the kind of life I feel called to live. I feel as though I am supposed to make a difference somewhere…

  • 14 Christian Books that will Challenge, Inspire and Ruin Your Life - in a good way. Books that will completely change you.
    ADVOCATE,  BOOKS,  FAITH,  LIVING

    14 Books That Will Leave You Challenged, Inspired and Ruined

    People read books for a variety of different reasons, for some they like light and fluffy books to escape from life, for others they like deep books that challenge them and others, like myself, like a mix of the two. Today I wanted to share a list of books that have challenged, inspired and ruined my life. If you want some non-light reading, this list is for you. That being said, these books aren’t hard to read because they are written poorly or written as text books. They are hard to read because they have been written in a way that makes you analyze your life. It’s easy to see…

  • ADOPTION,  ADVOCATE,  LIVING

    The Loss of a Vision

    Ever since I was a teenager I had a fairly clear overall purpose in life. I knew God had put Africa and orphans in my heart. I knew that desire would one day lead to adoption and also strongly believed I would do missions work in some capacity at some point. For 15 years I had this clear vision in life, it’s one of the reasons I was able to persevere throughout the ups and downs of our adoption process. Then this last winter as we completed Ephraim’s adoption I also felt like I completely lost my purpose. Honestly, it felt as though God took that desire away, as though…

  • ADOPTION,  ADVOCATE,  LIVING

    depraved indifference

    It’s been over a year since I shared this video and I thought this would be a good one to follow up the one that I posted yesterday. *   *   *   *   * Warning: this video makes me cry every single time I watch it. If you are a movie crier are in a public setting right now maybe wait to watch it. And if you aren’t a crier I still think this video should make you cry. As he imagines his son, Hudson, in that situation I try to imagine my daughter, and it just breaks my heart. Transcript: “You see there is a cast…

  • ADVOCATE,  BOOKS,  LIVING

    books, quilts and human trafficking

    If you’ve been reading for a while you might remember that I mentioned a few months ago that God has really been breaking my heart for the enslaved and trafficked . . . and then I pretty much never mentioned it again. But just because I haven’t mentioned it doesn’t mean it hasn’t been on my heart and mind. It is something I’ve been thinking about almost daily. I have been doing some reading from the book list I wrote up back in February. To date I have read: Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd, The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam, Somebody’s Daughter by Julian Sher, Little Princes by Conor Grennan…

  • ADVOCATE,  LIVING

    advocate // for the poor // shoe cutting party

    I know this advocate series has been kind of all over the place but I’ve been researching and posting about different areas and organizations as God leads me to them. This post I am incredibly excited about. I think it is hard for people in developed countries to feel like they can do something tangible for people around the world but I was introduced to an organization that I think does a great job of doing just that.     The organization is: Sole Hope. They were inspired by this video on YouTube (just to warn you, it is a little graphic):   From their site: It shows Ugandan children who are seriously infected…