africa · Five Minute Friday

Expectations {Five Minute Friday}

It’s been a while, friends, since I’ve written with the Five Minute Friday crew. So I’m joining in with the amazing #fmfparty community and writing on a common theme, for just five minutes. Today’s word is: Expect. Go. When I hopped on a plane and flew to South Africa for two years, I was told… Continue reading Expectations {Five Minute Friday}

Faith · Reviews

Brave Enough {Review}

I recently finished Brave Enough by Nicole Unice, and I found this book to be remarkably encouraging, delightfully funny, and highly engaging. Directed towards women, it addresses the areas women tend to live in fear, showing how to cast aside fear and take hold of the bravery God created us to embrace. And honestly? Unice… Continue reading Brave Enough {Review}

31 Days · Intentional Living

You Make Me Brave {#write31days}

It’s a song I’ve heard many times on the radio, and eventually during worship services as church: You Make Me Brave. To me, it’s become an anthem. Even when I don’t feel brave, God makes me brave. Do you see how beautiful this is? In life, we are constantly called out to be brave. And sometimes… Continue reading You Make Me Brave {#write31days}

31 Days · Intentional Living

At the Edge {#write31days}

I stood at the edge, my toes lined up against the harsh horizontal line in front of me, separating me from open space. I barely had a moment to register the gorge gaping wide in front of me before the guide started counting down quickly… “5, 4, 3, 2, 1!” I bent my knees slightly,… Continue reading At the Edge {#write31days}

Faith · Reviews · Trust

Girl Meets Change Review

Time to talk about a book I LOVE, so be prepared! I was honored to be part of the launch team for Kristen Strong’s Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You Through Life’s Transitions. After I was accepted and learned a little more about the book, I wondered if being part of the launch team… Continue reading Girl Meets Change Review

Five Minute Friday · One Word 2015

A Hope that Ebbs and Flows {Five Minute Friday}

It’s time for Five Minute Friday, where I gather with hundreds of other women from around the world who write together, for just five minutes, on one word. The time each week when we forsake our inner editor and let the words flow freely. Want to join in? Head on over to Kate’s place for… Continue reading A Hope that Ebbs and Flows {Five Minute Friday}

Five Minute Friday · Intentional Living

#FMFPartySnailMail Round 7!

It’s back! Tired of only getting bills, junk mail, and political ads in your mailbox? (I’m from Iowa, so the political ads for 2016 are already a VERY real thing!) Well….#FMFPartySnailMail is back for Round 7! Whether you’re new to the game, or have been around since Round 1, we welcome you to join in… Continue reading #FMFPartySnailMail Round 7!

africa · Five Minute Friday · Intentional Living

The Small Gifts {Five Minute Friday}

It’s Five Minute Friday time, where I gather with Kate and many other women to write freely, for five minutes only, all on a common prompt. Kate’s blog has all the details and the link up, but for now, it’s time to write. Today’s prompt is: Gift.   When I lived in South Africa, I… Continue reading The Small Gifts {Five Minute Friday}

Five Minute Friday

Brilliant Renewal {Five Minute Friday}

It’s Five Minute Friday time, where I gather with Kate and many other women to write freely, for five minutes only, all on a common prompt. Kate’s blog has all the details and the link up, but for now, it’s time to write. Today’s prompt is: Blue Go. The cerulean sky seems to stretch endlessly,… Continue reading Brilliant Renewal {Five Minute Friday}

Five Minute Friday

An Improbable Community {and Giveaway}

Community comes together in an odd way, sometimes. Just about two years ago, I hurried across the worn dirt roads to the Xitsavi Center, where I was working. After checking in with my supervisors and stuttering through the soon-to-be routine Xitsonga greetings, I settled down in the computer lab and quickly found my way to… Continue reading An Improbable Community {and Giveaway}