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I’m in the middle of writing an article on loneliness as a means to drive us deeper into God’s heart and was just struck by the passage this nugget came from. The context is distress and anguish, feeling the grip of death’s crushing pull. Maybe you can relate. But the author of this psalm lifts his eyes above his circumstances and prays for deliverance. He meditates on the character of God; how He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. He remembers what God has done; how He preserves the simple and rescued him when he was flat on his back, hopeless and alone. Then comes verse seven. Circumstances haven’t changed for the author but, then again, God’s worthiness to be worshipped has never been contingent on ideal circumstances. No matter what our lives might look like right now, no matter how uncomfortable or excruciating our circumstances might be, if we have been redeemed by Jesus, we have every reason to “return to our rest;” for the the Lord INDEED has dealt bountifully with us. And He is worthy of our praise and confidence right here. •••• [Also, 1) this is not a staged photo and 2) you should go read all of Psalm 116 for yourself.]
Happy birthday to the best big sister! 🥳 You are as genuine and intentional as they get; you love deep and feel big, and I’m so thankful for your heart and life. 💜 Additionally, I’d like to know how much you were paid to hug me in this photo.
“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Theologians who limit the means of grace to overtly redemptive religious practices miss something about the God who speaks without words in the theater of His creation.” -David Powlison

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Blog titles are hard. Here are some photos from Romania

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Have I said how much I love Romania? 

Oh, right, of course I have. Well, it’s worth repeating. It’s just so beautiful here and the people are so lovely and the architecture and parks and, well, everything, charges my heart with wonder and awe. Is that cheesy? I don’t care.

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How adorable are these cuties? They give me all the feels.

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On Sunday night after church us “kids” walked around, got some ice cream, and sat in the gazebo (below) and talked. I love them and this view.

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Sweet baby Estera + me.

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The only group photo we have (so far). The boys were having a serious discussion about religion and church cultures and us girls were being, um, a little less serious.

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The First Baptist Church in Ungheni, Moldova.

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I found my people in Moldova. If you love journaling, raise your pens.

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Lilacs for my mom (her favorite flower).

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One of my favorite restaurants in Iasi. Yay for burgers in a really cool and trendy atmosphere.

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But really, how can you not love this?

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I love these babies (and their parents).

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Romanian coffee shop.

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On Thursday night I had the honor of attending an English Club established and ran by Cru for the purpose of teaching English to university students as a means of sharing the Gospel. This was one of my all time favorite things, if not the favorite thing, I’ve ever done in Romania. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to go and lead a group and to meet all these beautiful people (and others not pictured). Pray for this ministry and for the students to find the answer to all their questions.

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Love this girl.

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Romanian markets make my heart flutter.

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(Here are blogs [one, two, three, four, five, six] about the work we’re doing in Eastern Europe.)

 

2 comments on “Blog titles are hard. Here are some photos from Romania

  1. Elle says:

    It’s one of my dreams to travel to Eastern Europe! I think it’s just so enchanting! Thanks for sharing !

    1. Oh my goodness, Elle, you have to go! It’s so beautiful and the people moreso!

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