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The Journey


I tramp a perpetual journey. Walt Whitman

As a five-year-old girl, we moved to Minnesota from Pennsylvania. And it was to Pennsylvania we'd travel for summer vacations, and if we were lucky, for Christmas too.

We had many relatives in both states and precious friendships as well. There was always excitement in the journey home to PA. It was, after all where my mom, sis and I were born.

We married the summer before Rey's senior year of college. As soon as he graduated, we packed up and left for France. A journey nothing like home. So foreign to us. Different language. Different food. Different everything. Yet, somehow it grew to be home to us.

The basketball team became like brothers to my hubby, the Bonnet's (the President of the team) became like our parents, and Bonnet's daughter, Maryse, like my sister. Rey and I delivered Erik in France. And it turned out to be a sweet gift, because the Bonnet's had an American grandson.

From our French village we traveled to Colorado. Again, an adjustment to a new place. Colorado was an easier change. The people spoke the same language… and of course those mountains! This would be our home for the next two years. We were the Youth Leaders at our church and the teens became our kids.

When Rey took the job at the U of MN that meant another journey. With Erik in tow and another child on the way, we settled into Minnesota life once more.

Each change and each journey have meant growth. Stretching can be uncomfortable but it is so necessary. If we're going to living into our potential, we must be willing to go outside of our comfort zone.

Since then I've made two trips to Haiti, over to Ukraine, back to France and recently to Scotland to visit our niece and her hubby. We've also traveled to Vermont, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Colorado, Montana, Arizona and Florida for good measure. Each has been a gift. Stretching in ways unforeseen. New experiences. New friendships. Loads of learning.

What stretching might be in store for you in 2020? Don't shrink back from adventures. You never know who'll you'll meet… what growth might occur.

I'm so thankful for the gift of stretching, even if was uncomfortable at times. Going outside my comfort zone has forced me to learn a new language, challenged my thinking and gifted me with precious friendships I might have never known had I not gone on adventures.

May God bless you with stretching experiences this year and may you learn much from them!

Give into the grander life – filled with twists, turns and other surprises.

No need to panic over alarms or surprises, because God will be right there with you. —Proverbs 3:21 The Message 



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  • Julie


    I’m turning 62 this year. I can hardly believe it myself. But, I’ve decided that I no longer want to live comfortably. I want to live with a spirit of adventure like I had in the past. To be unafraid of what’s new or different. I want to remain so open to the Spirit of the living God that his love compels me to go wherever he leads me.
  • LuAnn


    I am passionate about people leaning into all that Jesus is. You. Me. Us. Journeying together with God. This is my greatest blessing. And now that my kiddos are out on their own, I’m learning to navigate my new normal. And I am finding there is life after little ones and teens after all!
  • Emilie


    I am currently finishing my degree in relational communications and plan to graduate in the spring of 2020!! I am thankful I have had time to grow, heal, appreciate a slower pace of living, and to invest more time into relationships with family, friends, and God. Through this process I am learning what I want to prioritize in my life and figuring out ways to make that happen. Most of all, I am figuring out that life is all about process, taking steps closer to where I want to be and celebrating the little victories but also accepting that there will be setbacks and disappointments along the way.
  • Sally


    Sally Cranham is a singer and writer from the UK. She uses biblical narrative and her own experience to write deeply into the heart of the human condition. She currently works as a volunteer for SourceMN as their Arts Outreach Coordinator and has lived as a Residential Volunteer at Source’s anti-trafficking transitional annex alongside women who have come out of the life of prostitution.
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