Intentional Living

The Gift I Didn’t Deserve

Last Year… It was about 8 PM, and the plastic surgery patients were suffering from cabin fever after a month on board with no windows. We often took them to the outer decks after hours to get some energy out. Dylan’s grandma was holding the mobile phone to her ear and holding me tight with […] Read more…

When Routine Takes Over

Breathe. It’s supposed to happen involuntarily. We don’t need to tell our body to do it every few seconds. Each breath gives us oxygen and yet we carry on without thinking about it. Breathe. It’s the name of our monthly hospital gathering. It’s set apart because at this gathering we tell stories seen through our […] Read more…

How Selfishness Affects Friendship

I used to think potential friendships were predicted by the quality of those first few meet ups where you exchange names, home-towns and hobbies. If I get along and enjoy being with her, then a potential friendship is in store. Now I know that anyone can be considered a friend. Friends aren’t always the people […] Read more…

Deep Wounds

It’s been the focus of every work day for the past 4 weeks. I’m staring at them, analyzing them, writing about them in patient charts, talking about them, and praying for them. These wounds are, for now, the reason I get up in the morning. I’m there to cleanse them, dress them, pray for them […] Read more…

Why I Wrap My Hair

Many of you have asked me what got me interested in hair coverings. In case you’ve not noticed, I’ve been wearing scarves to cover my hair about once a week for the last 3 months. I’m truly not sure what people think when they see me coming with a hot pink/teal head, but I’ll share […] Read more…

The Offering Bowl

I’ve never been to church in Africa before, until now. It’s both foreign and familiar; I’ve read and heard stories, but all the experiences are new. I’m struck by how beautifully simple things are.  I can look at this place with fresh eyes without comparing it to any other place. It’s like no place I’ve […] Read more…

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