Everything is a gift.
Not only the things that bring us joy and satisfaction, not only the people that make us feel loved and worthy and important, not only times of peace and confidence and trust. No, EVERYTHING is a gift.
The last few months in Asia, I would say that God grew me exponentially in my faith. And although my time there was filled with much joy and much peace, there were also moments of extreme distress, of heartache, of sadness, and a few times, namely in the northern part of Myanmar, I was so downright scared by the terrible things I saw that I nearly booked a flight back to the USA for the very next day (I didn’t.)
How often do you ask "How are you?" and expect to receive a genuine response? Think about it.
Some European friends pointed out this American cultural norm to me awhile back, and I became aware of its absurdity. I use “How are you?” or a similar variation as a greeting, but without any expectation for initiating a real conversation. In fact, I often ask the question in passing, and am long gone before the person would even have had the opportunity to respond. I realize that every country and culture has its little quirks and uses language differently. But it’s made me reflect about how this idea translates to my relationship with God and other people.
I am proud to be a part of such a free-spirited generation, and anyone who knows me will say that I am far-from-shy about encouraging wanderlust and the passionate pursuit of dreams. Travel is such a valuable experience that opens up our eyes to the beautiful diversity of the world, and I am so thankful for the platform that Pages of My Passport has given me to help others explore the planet. Read on for some inspiration on 6 different adventures that are perfect for you 20-somethin's out there.
It's easy to feel burdened by seasons of life that feel stagnant. But are we "writing-off" these parts of life as unimportant, without realizing what God is doing? What if we believe that God is working in our lives daily with the purpose He claims to have for each of us in His Word? What if we believe that God is present and active in even our most mundane, routine, boring days?
** Disclaimer: My nerdy side is about to come out real strong right now, but I promise there is a purpose to this post if you can stick with me to the end ;)
My sister and I had so much fun on our girls' getaway to Los Angeles, CA. This city has lots to offer, but my favorite part was Venice Beach, where we returned three times. I recommend it as a great starting place for your L.A. adventure. Check out these 10 fun things to do while you're there.
Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I can't help but be a hiking enthusiast myself. I'm thankful to be from an area with so many great trails, such as those at Mount Baker, but I also love finding new treks while abroad. Some of my personal favorites have been Roy's Peak in New Zealand, Cruz Loma in Ecuador, and The Dolomite Mountains in Italy. I have collaborated with several other travel bloggers to create a list of 14 awesome trails around the world that you will definitely want to add to your hiking bucket-list.
It's easy to get caught in the typical tourist routes while traveling, and although I love cities like Paris and Rome, I have also found it valuable to connect with fellow travelers and get ideas for new places that might have otherwise not caught my eye. Today's post is a collaboration that I've done with several other travel bloggers, who have shared with me some of their favorite "Off-the-Beaten-Path" destinations. With their help, I have put together a list of 13 unique places to visit in 2017. How many of these places have you been to?
A few years ago, I was still living and working at Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras. My heart for learning about different ways of life and foreign cultures continued to grow as the Honduran children, teenagers, and adults there generously taught me about their beautiful country. Every day God was using those people to show me more of who He is. And my desire to travel and explore the rest of the world was born.
Apple pie, football, country music, Thanksgiving, pickup trucks, PB&J sandwiches, Cadillacs, baseball.... Some things are just SO American. However, not everything we do is as obviously "American" to us as it is to the rest of the world. Are you guilty of these 5 dead-giveaways?
I believe in God's grace through Jesus. I love to learn, in a variety of contexts - reading God's Word, interacting with people from diverse backgrounds around the world, and as a student of Linguistics and Foreign Languages at Western Washington University. Pages of My Passport is dedicated to sharing this journey of learning through written and visual content.