More Thomas Merton

I was reading through my old blog yesterday and came across this Thomas Merton quote that I posted on February 10, 2011. Why is he so good?! Untie my hands and deliver my heart from sloth. Set me free from the laziness that goes about disguised as activity when activity is not required of me,…

Grateful

Yesterday I had the day off of work so I walked around Dublin by myself. Usually I love walking around by myself, but yesterday I felt like it was a reflection of my meager social life here (yes, I do have some friends here, in case you are concerned). God gently reminded me that one…

Psalm 119:175

Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me. What ifI breathed, thought, acted, slept, ate, talked, and did everything to praise God? What if I remembered that God’s commandments can literally carry me when my own wisdom and strength will always fail?

The Irish Countryside

Last week, my parents and I enjoyed the cities and towns we saw, but the best times of our 6-day road trip were seeing the countryside. The Ring of Kerry was my favorite part, and I think it is a must-see for anyone coming to Ireland. Thanks to my Dad for some of these photos!…

Dear Mom and Dad,

Y’all just left a few hours ago, and I already miss you! Thank y’all so much for coming to visit me. I am truly grateful that you spent the time and money to fly across the Atlantic to see me. Thanks for taking me to new parts of Ireland and for letting me show you…

1 Timothy 1:15-16

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in…

the ‘rents are in Dubln!

My parents got here yesterday morning, a wonderful Easter treat! They were troopers and practically went straight to a morning church service with me after their flight. We ate fish ‘n chips for lunch, took afternoon naps, and then went to a Catholic mass at night. Today we are headed west to Cork, for the…

8 things

1. Winter is back. Tuesday was full of rain, hail, and out-of-control wind. The combination of those made it FREEZING, and my feet literally haven’t been warm for 3 days. 2. My roommate is going back to Mexico soon so she’s trying to find someone to fill her space in our room. So far, a…

Learning to be still

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. -Psalm 46:10-11