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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

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Adventures abound.

The last week was filled with one-on-one (or two-on-one) meetings with students, hanging out and doing life, and planting seeds and sharing the Gospel. It was my favorite.

I love these people. I love what God is doing in and through them. I love redemption.

Here are approximately 97 million photos from the last week.

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Katie and Veronica are two master’s students in tourism and regional development and I love (!) them so much. We have a deep bond, forged through a mutual love of food, adventures, and hilarity. Here we are at dinner at a 360º Panoramic restaurant at the top of a hotel that overlooks the entire city. (You’ll see Katie and Veronica in a lot more photos below.)
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How beautiful is this? The view is nice too.

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The restaurant is way up there on the top floor.

 

On Tuesday (I think?) the entire English Club went bowling and took up the entire bowling alley. It was wonderful.

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Update: Iasi is still beautiful.

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“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance;
to seek Him the greatest adventure;
to find Him, the greatest human achievement.”
-Augustine

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I mean, it’s not the worst lunch view I’ve ever had.

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Estera is in her first year of university studying English and German. We instantly connected over a love of books, theology, C. S. Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, and biblical femininity. God will continue using her to make disciples who make disciples. She is a force for the kingdom.

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Ligia is a pharmacy student with a heart as big as the sky. We devoured some crepes (pictured below) and amazing conversation. God is writing an amazing story in and through her. And the best is yet to come.

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The last night of English Club brought a Romanian party and lots of laughter, pictures, and bittersweet goodbyes. 

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The intermediate class graduates. 

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All the grads. I’m so proud of them all.

On Saturday, Estera and I had a whole day together. 

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We rode the tram. Update: I love riding the tram.

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She’s so cute I can’t stand it.
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Look at this burger. What.
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New friend. His name is Pancho.

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One of my favorite streets in Iasi. Look at that stonework.

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After making it to the grocery store in the snow blizzard.

 

The day before I left, Narnia invaded and replaced Iasi.

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She’s so cute, oh my goodness.

Even though I’m not a huge fan of winter, Romania in the snow was stunning.

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Our snowy walk to the plane.

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Deicing the plane. Completely mesmerizing to watch.
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Hi, America.

If you made it through all of these photos, wow. Major kudos to you. 

 

One comment on “Romania Week Two Photos

  1. Roselinde says:

    Romania looks like a cool place, you took some really nice shots!

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