Fourteen

On July 4th, 2003 I left America for a three-month mission’s internship in Ukraine.  Little did I know at that time, nor could I have ever imagined, that fourteen years later I’d still be here in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine. When I left America, my plans were set; I’d finish my internship in Ukraine and then …

Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving!  The togetherness of family, the food - (gimme some pumpkin pie!), leftover food, and most importantly, reflecting on all the things in my life for which I have reason to give thanks. This year, as always, I have so much to be thankful for that I don’t even know where to begin. …

home going

On the 13th of September, at ten to seven in the evening, my Mom was ushered into heaven to be with Jesus forever.  It was a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer that is now over. Everyone keeps saying “she lost her battle” - but I just keep hearing my spirit shout that she won the …

Independence Day

July 4th!  Happy Independence Day America! Besides being a day to celebrate freedom in my home country that I love; it’s also an important date in my life, as two significant events have happened on this day. The first was back in 1999, I was part of a mission’s trip that went all the way …

The Fading Glory

Remember the story of Moses going up Mount Sinai to meet with God?  Then he came back down the mountain and his face was shining from the encounter he had.  I was always taught that Moses’ face was shining so brightly that people couldn’t stand to look at it, so he put a veil over …

Acceptance

To accept is to simply receive something or someone. We have to accept God’s free gift of salvation and understand that there is nothing we could ever do in and of ourselves to earn His love.  No amount of good works will earn us salvation nor will it make the Father love you even more. …

Loving me

Often times I tell people that I love myself and it offends them.  It must be because they don’t love themselves and wonder how I would have the audacity to do such a thing. But I do love myself, even though I am far from perfect.  Even though I have a tiny little bird mouth …

The beginning

Lately, a lot of people have been asking what has happened to me.  They comment how much I’ve changed since a year ago.  I can’t say that I have a specific answer, other than there is a fresh burning hunger and desire for Jesus in my heart.  I can point it back to one journal …