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One with Table Mountain

I’ve done so much self-reflection in the past month and I tried to resist, I swear. At home it’s easy to ignore what’s going on inside you more frequently. When you feel restless, lonely, anxious, angry or hurt there are easy ways for us to focus on something else or vent our feelings. Here in […] Read more…

For Fun

It’s one of those days that just blows my mind yet again. How in the world did I get so lucky? I’m laying in bed on board the Africa Mercy as we get clearance from the port of Capetown, South Africa. Last night my window had ocean, tonight it has lights, other ships and vessels, […] Read more…

8 Days of Ocean

It has been hard to keep current. Internet is so slow. Sometimes it’s impossible to access Facebook, Gmail, really anything besides my Mercy Ships email. So my thoughts have been piling up inside. Luckily, I think 3/4 of the ship is sleeping right now, so the world wide web isn’t as clogged up as it […] Read more…

Plans Change. God’s Call Remains

It’s all so ironic. “Irony: a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.” And it’s definitely amusing. Ruben felt the nudge, or maybe a push, last summer to do something more significant with his life. He knew God was asking for […] Read more…

Ship Life

Today marks a week since we arrived in the Canary Islands. It is just the weirdest life we are living! We have entered into a completely different world. A different dimension where most meetings start with worship, and my peers come from all over the world. I’m loving all of it, but I’m still surprised […] Read more…

Self-Righteousness Squasher

It’s really easy to use our trip to the other side of the world as a giant checkmark in the “I’m a good person” box. If these thoughts are what you think I’m thinking…I’m such a benevolent young woman that I left my comfortably paying job with benefits. I just love Jesus so much that […] Read more…

Last Day: A Milestone

I am no longer employed at Rochester General Hospital. My last day was Saturday the 9th. Since I chose my own end date, I was confused as to why I chose to end on a Saturday. Why voluntarily decide to do one more shift on a day when I would rather be outside or enjoying […] Read more…

I Am Anti-Anxiety

Can I have some permission to lighten the mood and stop writing about Mercy Ships for a minute? Maybe you felt a very light mood, but if you could get in tune with the way my brain works, you would see how easy it is for me to feel anxiety throughout the Mercy Ships prep […] Read more…

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