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…

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…

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…

Signs of Peace and Joy

My good friend Melanie, after working at an International School in Thailand for a number of years, is now working with young adults in Southern California. She recently wrote the following e-mail and readily gave her consent for me to share this ripe banana story with you here (Thanks Mel!). Dear Friends and Family, I…

Sylvia

Specific prayer and an Italian named Sylvia: I was done with my shift and had decided to stay for a while to work on some reading for a class I was taking. It was the Spring of 2010 and I was finishing up an AMAZING 15-week course called: “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” (more information…

August/September Update

Greetings Friends and Family! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful summer! While my heart and feet are eager to leave for Italy, I am so thankful the Lord’s timing is perfect and I did not leave in July as I had been planning to do at the beginning of the year. The Lord gave me…

Up Close and Personal

Why am I so often surprised when God answers my prayers?! I really wanted to go to the Sonoma County Harvest Fair this weekend but since I have some debt I didn’t feel right about spending money on a ticket. I started praying Thursday and Friday God would provide me with a free ticket. Saturday…

A Generous Father

The place where I have been living the last few years is an enormous bunch of ripe bananas in and of itself. God provided a great place with an awesome roommate, unbeatable price and wonderful landlords to boot! Each of these elements were none I could have pieced together on my own. Several months before…

Alden the Altima

Part 3 on Specific Prayer (Click here to read part 1 and part 2) About three years ago after doing without for some time, I was in need of a car. In the early Fall of 2008 I came very close to buying a Vespa when my parents offered to loan me their Durango for the…

Zoie

Part 2 on Specific Prayer: Take heed! Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it! (Click here to read part 1) My dad is a cat person to the core. I, on the other hand, am not. Nevertheless, when I moved in with my dad after graduating college, I  regularly brought…