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stepping over fear to love a messy world

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when dirty, messy, and simple became my beautiful — guatemala

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I left for Guatemala rushed and frazzled. There were deadlines to meet and my to-do’s seemed overwhelming. The world was rushing and so was my soul. Traffic roared by, my phone constantly beeped, and the American way of life had sucked me in. Life was happening full-throttle. My soul was longing for something more. Having been to Guatemala three times in two years, you’d think I could remember what I love about this beautiful messy place. I love the slower pace of life. The bright colors that make you smile and smile big. I love [...]

what i’ve learned and why I’m returning to guatemala tomorrow.

I sit here — nervous, excited, and expectant! Tomorrow I’ll board a plane and make the three hour flight back to Guatemala. Why, you ask? Mainly because when God says go and bring others along for the journey — you go. This is my third trip and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Because in the still of the mountains and the brokenness of poverty, I have learned so much. It’s hard to put it all in words, but let me try: 1. You can not truly effect change in a community unless you are there. [...]

i fear what joan rivers feared.

What do you fear? Come on now, be honest. There are so many fears that try to attach themselves to us and here on Tuesday’s we talk about stepping over them. We challenge each other to step out and in to the world unknown. Yes, that’s scary but it’s essential. Not all fears seem as monumental as: reaching out to the homeless going to the top of the Empire State building interviewing for that job you want Some fears are hidden and lay silent deep within our heart. I walked in to an office and the news [...]

confession – i’m not a church lady.

It was one of those days when you are so uncomfortable, but you know you have to fight through the emotions plaguing your mind. My fingers began strumming on the table. I was so nervous. I’d lay my hands in my lap, lean backward, then lean in. Breathe, Alene, just breathe I kept telling myself. I wasn’t sure how to say the things that needed to be said. How do I ask someone who has walked out of a dark world to take me back there? It’s not like it was fitting in to the [...]

why you should embrace your brave.

My heart was full of thankfulness that friends had invited me to spend a few days with them in Mexico. I was excited beyond belief when I looked at my calendar and on such short notice I could squeak in four days to get away. I boarded the plane with snorkel gear in my suitcase and books in my bag. Excited and ready for rest in the Caribbean. To say I was impatient to get there, well . . . that’s plain truth. My soul just breaths better in the Caribbean. Really, it does! Books for [...]

mr. president, i know why you didn’t come to my texas border

Mr. President, I was disappointed that you did not visit the Texas/Mexico border when you were less than 300 miles away in Austin. But I get why you didn’t. See that was me years ago — I didn’t want to see. It was easier for me to sit in my suburban home nice and secure while judging and spewing out my point of view about the situation on our borders. I live in Corpus Christi which is less than three hours away from the border. My city sits right off the main corridor that immigrants [...]

three ways to refresh your soul.

I have sat here for weeks trying to form dictionary words to convey the thoughts rolling through my soul. I’ve written disconnected and run-on sentences. I’ve deleted and began again. I come back here now, to finish what I’ve been trying to ink out for weeks. I spent two hours laboring over the words and message. I hit send and prayed it all made sense. The screen went blank. Totally white — and my message was no where to be found. No where. When your heart goes blank. I want to be aggravated at the [...]