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Moving Home: Keepsakes to Cherish; Provocative Joy

Moving Home: 4 (Cultural) Keepsakes to Treasure

This post contains affiliate links. When you make a purchase, I get a percentage of the proceeds to help me run this blog. Anything I recommend is something I use and love! The one month countdown is in 3 days, and the time to set sail and float away from Benin is days away. Emotions fluctuate and I manage some days really well. Other days feel like a failure when I avoid all feelings and hide in my room. In...

Moving Home: Using a Capsule Wardrobe to Simplify

Last week was the first week of the “Moving Home” series because I’m hitting the road and heading back to the U.S. after 3 years on board a hospital ship. I’m sharing all the things I’m learning and doing in the midst of this transition. Keep an eye on my Facebook page where I’m consistently sharing related articles and resources on all things moving home. You can also subscribe to my monthly newsletter for insiders by clicking HERE. Check out the...

Why I Gave Up Coffee for Lent; how it made me thirsty for God; Provocative Joy

Why I Gave Up Coffee For Lent

Growing Up Christian I’ve been a Christian since I was a preteen. I’ve gone to Catholic school, Christian school and an all women’s school (oh wait… that’s different). I’ve been to retreats and revivals and conferences. I’ve led bible studies with Christians. I’ve looked into the eyes of someone who realizes suddenly that she needs Jesus in her life. I’ve been on missions trips to other countries, and service projects just down the block from my childhood home. I know...

Quotes for abundant life; Provocative Joy; John 10:10

Quotes for Abundant Life

The past few months, I’ve been working through Tsh Oxenreider’s course, the Upstream Field Guide. It’s been slooooow going. This is mostly because I’m easily distracted, always looking for the next thing, and try to do everything at once. That’s why I’m still not done yet. A few weeks ago, I shared with you my desire to swim upstream for the rest of my life. I’m a part of this world, but with Christ living inside me, I know I’m...

3 Role Models To Inspire My Career

#LoveBlog2017 Here’s my second contribution to this month-long blog challenge. If you already subscribe to the Provocative Joy newsletter, you know what I’m introducing! If you haven’t subscribed to my monthly update, you can find the sign-up box at the end of this post (it even counts as an entry in the giveaway). It’s where I get a little more personal, share blog-news and how I’m living out what I write about. I’m linking up today (as well as this post...

Managing My Depression; Provocative Joy; West Africa Benin; Life Overseas

5 Essentials: Managing My Depression Overseas

Third time’s a charm This third season with Mercy Ships is the best so far. Last year was the perfect storm as lots of factors combined to make a sucky year culminating with a season of depression that lasted too long. I entered this third season back in August optimistically because it could NOT get any worse. Things HAD to improve. After my service in Madagascar came to completion, it was so much easier to see what I could have done differently to...

How To Benefit From Counseling (Even If You Don’t Want to Go)

I remember the first counseling appointment I ever went to. It was almost 20 years ago. My parents brought me as a young girl so I honestly don’t remember their concern, but I DO remember the counselor telling my parents I was fine; there was nothing to worry about. My parents explained that it was something they had to fix, not me. The psychologist advised them and that was the end of that. A few years later, in my early...

Reinventing myself without disappointing myself

Reinventing Myself Without Failing

The letter I opened a letter that made me ask myself a hard question about goals for the future and the possibility of reinventing myself without being an utter failure at it. Snail mail is one of my love languages particularly while serving with Mercy Ships. “Out of sight, out of mind” holds some truth, even from those that love me the most. It’s just part of life abroad. The distance makes it feel like people forget about me, but...

bullet journal productivity tool

How and Why I Bullet Journal

A failure of a day That’s how it can feel. The end of the day has arrived but a chunk of tasks that needed to get done got missed. I needed to go to the bank, but now it’s closed. I needed to respond to my supervisor with dates for that meeting by 4pm. I needed to get supplies for a recipe from the grocery store by dusk and it’s 8 PM! Some days are meant for laziness and a...

lent calendar journal resources

5 Tools for Lent: A Bittersweet Season

Ruben asked the same thing last year, “Isn’t Lent a Catholic thing?” It’s hard to welcome foreign ideas when you don’t understand them. I can’t say I understand all the historical background behind Lent and who started it and which religions observe it. What I do know is that it prepares us for the death and resurrection of Christ, who happens to be who I call God. I see Lent standing out as something special and sacred among the dust...