ship life

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 […] Read more…

My Plan After Mercy Ships? Swim Upstream

Airport life these days The man at the front of the queue went up to the airport desk clerk pointing and looking toward the end of the counter. He was describing someone¬†–a woman, red hijab, with black polka dots. Just as the clerk hopped down to look for her, she came running around the corner […] Read more…

Inspiration at work on the Africa Mercy, Mercy Ships

Inspiration at Work in the Africa Mercy Community

working with real people Some people are never happy. They are always looking for the next “big thing”. The next job or house will make them feel like they’ve made it. Or they’re constantly hiding. They are always trying to cover up their mistakes, defend their actions and poor decisions even when they know where […] Read more…

How to Survive a depressing Christmas; Provocativejoy.com; life overseas; depression

5 Ways To Survive a Depressing Christmas

There is something special about the Christmas season, even prior to Christmas Day. There is anticipation and excitement. There can also be a building feeling of dread. As Christmas traditions trigger memories of years past, it gets increasingly difficult when you know something is missing, like your family, or the ones you really want to […] Read more…

Spare Time

At some point in the past month I had this very ambitious idea to try to organize all the things I wanted to pray for. I hear so often about how instrumental this spiritual discipline is, how it changes the way we look at everything around us, including our deepest concerns. I would sit to […] 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…