More Effective than New Year Resolution

January is typically a time for casting vision for the new year, a time full of possibilities and renewed vigor for certain goals.  And then…February.  If you’re anything like me, all the excitement and motivation has worn off a short month later, and I’m left feeling discouraged and not-enough.  I’ve had many failed good intentions (exercising more, eating healthy, and being on time are usually my top three) so this year I’ve decided I’m not going to go through the motions of putting pressure on myself in these particular areas only to feel like a failure weeks in.  This year I’ve decided to do something different. Continue reading

Hope Found in Egypt

I have been anticipating writing this post for a while. Eager to tell about my recent trip to Egypt (we weren’t allowed to say anything ahead of time for safety reasons), feelings of excitement and hesitation have been churning beneath the surface.  I’ve been hesitant to write because I’m still wondering how I can possibly give such a life-changing experience justice in a simple blog post.  I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I can’t-but I still have things to share, so here it goes…

Last month I had the incredible privilege of traveling to Egypt as part of a missions trip with our church.  This was my first time going on a missions trip, and it took a couple of weeks to let the experience settle in my heart and mind.  We saw the city of Cairo with all its rich history, personality and bustle, but we spent the majority of our time outside of the city of El Minya in poverty-stricken villages where the pace was slower and the people welcoming and friendly.

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