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How?

Carla

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful …

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Things You Don’t Want in Your Pants

Carla

Bleep… Bleep… Bleep… Bleep… 6:30AM and my alarm clock is annoyingly persistent in its duty to inform me, “IT IS TIME TO GET OUT OF BED!” My arms are clumsy as they unwind what has become my sheet burrito entanglement, so I can physically leave my bed. I’m thirsty. Now, …

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One Month Anniversary

Carla

Hey Thailand, hey there new country. Hey my new home away from home. I feel like two different people right now. One of me is SO excited to be back in this country!  And this other part of me is a bit blue about having said, “goodbye,” and, “see you …

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You Hear God

Carla

When my much more freaked out and timid self began hearing God’s invitation to journey with him to the nations, there was a lot of fear. In my own mind there were thoughts beckoning me to remain safely where I was. Tempting me to remain in the middle of the …

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Thankful for Moments

Carla

So, in the laced inside my time in Tennessee there are these moments. They seem to come out of nowhere— these exquisitely precious God encounters. They are slow moving seconds squished together from hurts and love and God. I’ve had the ability to speak God’s love into these pieces of some friends’ …

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Slippery

Carla

Time and memories feel slippery to me. Like sand or water escaping cupped hands and clenched fingers. I’m not an equal opportunity memory grabber though.  I am quite selective about the moments I want to keep– I have no desire to hang on to them all! I am guilty of wishing away some (being stuck …

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Creativity is like Medicine

Carla

My to-do list is ridiculously long. I’m thankful for each item on it— from the ability to do laundry (hey we all love clean clothes!) to the people I get to reconnect with before I go back to Thailand. A friend had asked if I would make her some pottery. …

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Elephants, Smiles, and Noodles– oh my!

Carla

Hey you guys!  Click here, or on the image above to watch my lil video. This is a ‘cliff notes version’ video telling the story of my journey about going back to Thailand! Well, this is the story so far– I hope I still have a lot left! I hope you …

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Stupid “Perfect” Life

Carla

Have you ever had a moment in time when you knew you were living THE dream? You know you had the look, the job, the car, the house… the anything and everything you ever wanted? I did. After graduating college I made what turned into a failed attempt to join …