Choose HOPE- National Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2019

Since it’s National Eating Disorder Awareness week, I’ve felt like Jesus has been nudging my heart towards sharing more of my personal journey. This might not be a topic you’ve struggled with personally, but I guarantee that it’s touched a friend or family member, even if they’ve kept it a secret. Over 30 million Americans…

Christ. Camp. Crafts: Lessons from the Paracord

One year ago, if you would’ve asked me what a paracord is, I would’ve responded with a genuine shoulder shrug. Little did I know that I would spend hours of my summer tangled in the stuff. As the camp Crafts Instructor, I quickly learned how to weave a paracord into bracelets and keychains to teach…

To the True Heroes

Jesus and I have some of our best conversations during long drives in the Cherry Tomato, my compact crimson car. Tuesday night was no exception. As summer rain beat my windshield, my heart filled with a sweet peace as I thanked the Lord for placing leaders in my life that faithfully disciple me through each…

Finding Peace.

One of my favorite possessions is a little yellow “One Line a Day” journal- it has a page for each day of the year, with five spaces for entries. So, year after year, I get to glimpse back at what was pressing on my mind that day years ago. (The original version of TimeHop/Facebook Rewind,…

Lessons from the Rocking Chair: He is Faithful.

Do you have a “happy place”– somewhere that gives life, rest, and a sweet sense of home? I have had several throughout different seasons of life. The choir room in my high school. The spot right in front of my fireplace at home. Lodge 224, the dorm room of my dear friends during my freshman…

Res Life, Best Life: What I Wish I Would Have Known as a First-Year RA

This past year, I made a construction paper “Proud Mom fridge” to put outside my dorm door. As the weeks went by, my residents adorned the “fridge” with memories they wanted to share:  A+ tests, coloring pages, notes of exciting adventures, and various inside jokes. It made my heart smile each time I walked through…

Call Me Miss L: What I Learned My First Day as a Substitute Teacher

The first bus arrived and students flooded the hallways, but I was already outside the classroom door armed with a wide smile and a cheerful hello for every fifth grader. My game face hid the panic of fifteen minutes earlier, when I hastily tried to memorize every detail of the sub plan and asked the…

Summer Un-Bucket List: Learning to Be Still

I have just a few weeks of summer left before I head back to college for RA training, and my super planner brain that has been used to a go-go-go camp schedule for the past two months is very tempted to schedule something for every minute of my remaining days at home. Yet, as my…

I Lift My Eyes

From my perch in a cozy coffee shop bustling with backpackers and friendly locals, I can look out the window at rolling mountains as far as the eye can see. Even though I’ve been calling this little Appalachian town home-away-from-home for almost six weeks, the gorgeous view of the mountains never ceases to take this…

Why Home is Hard (and Learning that Change is a Good Thing)

My college pals and I make a distinction between “school home” and “home home.” Otherwise, talking about home gets a bit confusing. So we slap a different labels on the two ponds we have our Chacos planted in and sing “home sweet home” in two different places and all is well. Right? I’ve finished two…

Bekah Reviews… Code Name Verity

The Skinny: Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein, has been on my radar for a while, so when I glimpsed the sideways title at a local half-price bookshop, I snatched it up and added it to my towering pile of must-reads. Goodreads told me to expect strong female protagonists and the Pritz Honor medal on…