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A Holy Experience

A Holy Experience

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Amish Forgiveness (Part 2) The Amish response of forgiveness in the wake of the tragic schoolhouse shooting of ten Amish girls at Nickel Mines in Southern Lancaster County shocked the world. Forgiveness quickly became the big story, eclipsing the story of violence. In part one of this series, I described some of the traits of Amish forgiveness. A Grace Plan: A Doable Life-Change Plan for a New Year, A New You: With Printable So I’m a mess and we’re all failures — at least all the honest are. And the truth is, no one ever runs before they take baby steps. So I scratch down these 25 points, like my own sanity manifesto, and there are a thousand ways in a thousand seasons to make a life glorify God. I scrawl out mine, which would be different than yours, and make a place for it on the fridge and it’s not a law, but a scaffolding for the shaky, struggling days. I don’t write it as a checklist, like these are things I have to do, one right after another, but I write the manifesto, fluid, like limbs on a tree, to reach for just the next one I need right now, whatever that is.

Do It Tomorrow (Mark Forster) - A Brief Summary A brief summary of Mark Forster's book "Do It Tomorrow" Table of Contents Fundamental principles The Blog Population: 13,005,000 Language: Khmer, Cambodian Religion: Buddhism (89.82%) How Much Does it Cost to Travel the World For a Year? The single most frequently asked question I get about my travels concerns the cost of budgeting for a solo round the world trip. While understanding how I pay for it all tops the list of questions, the actually cost of traveling for a year around the world is the big unknown. I had no idea how much my RTW trip would cost when I left—some people reported around $10,000 (which seemed absurdly low) while others have spent upwards of $40K to travel a bit more luxuriously. So I thought of it as a grand adventure. How much will it cost, and how long can I keep going with my freelance income.

Evidence of Things Not Seen "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." —Hebrews 11:1 Evidence, in a court of law, is information whereby a case is established to be true. Faith, we often think, is believing in something without evidence. So how can faith BE evidence? How can a belief have substance? Live Thoughtfully Posted by Kirsten Dickerson on What does it mean to live thoughtfully? I think about this often in regards to ethical fashion as it drives the core mission of Raven + Lily to empower women through design. This past year I started applying this in our family lifestyle as we decided to radically embrace the tiny house movement and living in nature. And this holiday season, I’m going to think of what it means to really live thoughtfully and give thoughtfully in all the ways we celebrate. Full confession: as I sit down to write about the theme of our “Live Thoughtfully” holiday campaign, I’m feeling overwhelmed from a busy and stressful week.

Why Thorns and Gold? I don’t know exactly what I will be writing in my blog, but I suspect there will be a few posts on illness, suffering, and what it means to have a Christian perspective on these things. Why thorns? Because they are a Biblical metaphor for suffering (Paul’s ‘thorn in the flesh, 2 Cor 12:7) and they remind me that God’s power is made perfect in weakness. What to Pack for a Year of Traveling They say you can change your outfit every day, or change your city. I prefer the latter! I stick to easily mixed and matched basics in solid colors or simple prints I won’t get sick of looking at after too long. This list assumes travel in moderate climates; the list would of course need to be modified for winter destinations. Make sure you leave a little space in your bag to buy things along the way!