Prayer Guide — October 2023

Prayer Guide — October 2023

On Oct. 7, Hamas, a Sunni Islamist terrorist organization, carried out attacks on civilians in Israel with a degree of brutality and violence that shocked the world. As details continue to emerge about the attacks, and as Israel continues retaliatory strikes on Gaza,...
Mickey Mouse only real when shared

Mickey Mouse only real when shared

This past week, I was in the Netherlands for work. A canceled flight home meant two extra days in Amsterdam, by myself. It’s one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, and also one of its most profane. During a long, solo walk through the tourist section of town, I...
I almost fell for it

I almost fell for it

A couple of weeks ago, I listed an expensive item for sale on Facebook Marketplace. Within minutes, someone named Anna messaged. What was my bottom-line price? Could she also pay $90 extra for me to ship the heavy item to her in “Tennessee Nashville”? This was great....
‘Why do we live here?’

‘Why do we live here?’

Early in my post-college life, I experienced a season of intense depression and anxiety. Something I found helpful during that time was acknowledging how my emotions were tied to my surroundings and circumstances. It’s not wrong to not want to feel depressed or...
Joy wrapped in sadness

Joy wrapped in sadness

My husband and I had arrived in Russia with excited and anxious hearts a few days before. This day, we sat in an orphanage—in a bleak, sterile hallway on a hard, wooden bench staring in anticipation at a steel door. When that door opened, we hoped to meet the baby boy...