January 24, 2016

Cozy in Columbus

This is gonna be a short and sweet post about a popular little cafe in Columbus. Fox in the Snow Cafe is a delicious little place with handmade treats and delicately crafted drinks.

Stuck in the dead of winter, Fox is the perfect place for a warming up. The small space is flooded with lots of natural light and simple design. Record albums swoon in the background giving you that great coffeehouse vibe. It's perfect. I only wish it were closer to me.

January 3, 2016

No Resolutions Here

During the last few weeks of 2015 I heard some powerful sermons that felt like they were written just for me. I don't have any resolutions for 2016, but rather some good advice gathered from those sermons that has stuck with me and I plan to use throughout the year.

Most days I get up and feel like I'm hitting play on an old, familiar movie. I go through the motions and get up the next day to do it all again. It's so easy to become complacent and okay with getting by. But this year I want to find my what in the question, "What are you waiting for?" 

I want to focus on how God plans to use me for throughout my life. I feel like an abiding participant in what life is expected to be- go to college, get a job, etc. but I want to be more--do more. What does that mean for me?

Some takeaways that resonated with me are:

  • Live every day listening for God. Actively waiting means seeking God in your every day life not passively waiting for God to show up.
  • Expect God to come through knowing, believing, and trusting that he will provide. Do not confuse expecting with demanding--looking to your own plan and seeking God to give you your plan on your time.
So for 2016 all I know right now is that I want to spend time seeking God and strengthening my relationship with Him. Where will this year take me? I don't know, but I know I can find my what through Him.

Isaiah 40:30-31
Even youths grow tired and weary; and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.

December 22, 2015

Haiti: My Experience with Mission of Hope

I hope that you've had a chance to read about my life transformation in Haiti already. I talked about Mary and Amos and how they contributed to my transformation. Today I want to share about Mission of Hope (MOH), the organization that my team stayed with and worked through while in Haiti.

Mission of Hope's vision statement is: As an organization following Jesus Christ, Mission of Hope exists to bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in Haiti.

Throughout my time in Haiti I was in awe of the magnitude that MOH has come to be. Everything they do is intentional and purposeful and all links back to their overall vision. I struggle in the states with our broken system of welfare. Even before my trip to Haiti I've wondered often, "How can I help people to the point of making a difference, not just contributing to temporary bandages?"

MOH opened my eyes to holistic transformation and the goal of sustainability which is proving to be, well-- life changing in Haiti. Through much hard work the organization serves through many different ministries to reach the Haitian people in 9 different villages around Haiti. 

On my team's first work day in Kenscoff one of our translators, Wildes, said, "I wish all Americans could come to Haiti. It would be a more beautiful place." Our MOH team leader Emma replied, "I bet you America would be too." This exchange has stuck with me and I couldn't agree more! MOH's vision has challenged me to take what I've experienced and not only continue to be involved in Haiti but apply it to life in the United States.

I encourage you to click the graphic above to visit MOH's website and read more about their ministry and involvement in Haiti.


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