A Ripe Avocado

August 2nd, 2016: This morning, I was thinking to myself, “Aw, nuts! I probably won’t be able to make guacamole until the end of the year since now is not the time of year for avocados” (avocados are rather uncommon here in Sicily, or so it would seem). Then a friend comes to me this…

My Only Sponsor

Most of my close friends here in Sicily understand that I work for a faith-based, non-profit organization and that my monthly support is provided by “sponsorizzati” or financial supporters. With a few of these friends in particular, I have had multiple conversations regarding sponsorship and how it works. This is a very foreign concept in…

Ripe Flowers

Divine decorations: Last week, my sister in California asked if I would be at home Wednesday or Thursday evening of the same week. She said she had a surprise but couldn’t say what it was, only that I needed to be home. I was thinking perhaps my grandparents were coming to visit my sister and…

A Banana Named Mo

Mo, the family dog of one of my good friends from high school, recently died. Dave and his wife, Julie, acquired Mo almost 10 years ago. The day Mo died, Dave wrote a poignant tribute which he posted on Facebook. In his tribute, Dave shared the story of how he and Julie found Mo. It…

A House-sized Banana

Below is a story written by my dear friend, Jen, about the large bunch of ripe bananas she and her husband, Chris, received last year. You can read more about Jen and Chris and how they met and married in the ripe banana story from April 2013: (Why) Fridays Are the Best Day of the Week…

An Escort Home

What do you get when you aren’t specific enough in the things you ask God for? Four-legged Escorts. A few weeks ago, unavoidable circumstances found me walking home alone late at night. As I started the 15 minute walk home, I began telling Jesus while the security and protection he provides can’t be beat, it sure…

Ripe Pomegranates

When God Does Your Grocery Shopping Apparently pomegranates are the new banana. Last night, Stephanie, Fabio and I hosted a large Thanksgiving dinner for Fabio’s family. We had 16 adults in total, comfortably filling our whole living room. Most of them had never had a Thanksgiving meal before. Stephanie and I have been planning for…

The Will For Now

About 5 weeks before I left for Italy I went for a run in the neighborhood. I was gearing up to run the 10k in the 2014 Giant Race on September 7th with my older sister and step-dad. My goal that day was to run a little over 3 miles. While I was enjoying the…

“Aslan is on the move!”

In the well-known series by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a common saying among the subjects of the kingdom of Narnia was, “Aslan is on the move!” These loyal subjects of the king were declaring and testifying the great lion and ruler of Narnia, Aslan, had returned, Aslan was hard at work and all would…

Expecting the Unexpected

I first learned about the rule to “Expect the unexpected” from Dave Ramsey. Like a lot of his advice, it is simple but brilliant. I’ve found this same principle very applicable when it comes to my infinitely creative and all-wise Heavenly Father. Because He cannot lie, His promises are sure. I can expect Him to…

Circles

The following is a sweet ripe banana story written by my amazing older sister, Vanessa. Read and be blessed! And if you can, take the time to watch the video she mentions below, you won’t regret it!   “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are…

Miracle Drugs

Medical coverage may be optional for some but for me, because of a sleeping disorder, living a normal, functioning life becomes quite a challenge without the aid of several prescription drugs. Two of the three I take daily however, are ridiculously expensive (one is now up to $6,700 a month!!!) without health insurance to cover…