"For great is your reward in Heaven."

“The problem is that we have come to redefine humanity as something autonomous, independent and individual, where our own wills are paramount. But we were given free will so that we might choose love by choosing God, because love cannot be true if it is not free. God does not control us as puppets.” I…

Searching for Truth

When I was younger, I spent a lot of time in my head. I used to think that my problems were unique, my depression was my own cross to bear. I was like a sponge; whatever I heard, whatever I felt or experienced was absorbed into my blood and tacked on to me, weighing me…

Thoughts on a Friday

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about women; not simply women in relation to men, but women as women with agency, uniqueness and life. The gender studies department at my (very liberal) tiny college would be proud..I watched an incredible movie the other day that sparked this new obsession, called Adoption, and filmed in Hungary….

Christmas in Bethlehem

My laundry is still in the washing machine, so I can’t take a shower, and even if I did, I would have no clean, dry clothes with which to dress so that I could leave the house and go work on a paper… SO, I will blog! It’s been a while since I’ve done this….

It’s Time To Check In

Check: still here. Check: still breathing! Check: still a beginner. Still struggling, but who isn’t? I’m okay with that. And I want to share this passage, which, save for the last sentence, I have never really heard before. I may have heard it in passing, but never really listened to it. “I have learned in…

Jerusalem

I would really love to post all my pictures from Jerusalem, call out some tourist places, and call it a day. But that wouldn’t be accurate.Jerusalem is….Jerusalem. It’s always been Jerusalem, and that word still carries so much weight. Here, here is our challenge: to love all our brothers; even, and especially, those who hate…

The Fig Tree and The Shuk

Two, almost three weeks now in Be’er Sheva and I feel much older. Soon I will have to do adult things like buy laungry detergent and toothpaste…permanent actions that mean I really am here and I really am staying. When I was planning for this trip, I planned for a lot of extraneous circumstances like…

"God v. Science"

I received this email today, and it could not have come at a more serendipitous time (though words fail me to describe such an event properly). As I prepare to take my flight halfway across the world, I feel a tremendous source of strength inside of me, knowing that there are forces of Good in…

Pen and Palette: The Spirit of Truth

Pen and Palette: The Spirit of Truth: The difference, I think, is that when we ask the Holy Spirit’s help, our own spirit quits warring with Him so much. Beautiful words from someone I admire very much. If you’re not reading her blog regularly, you should. It’s good soul nourishment 🙂 Another Adventure: Exploring the…