Tag Archives: travel


Celebrating Between Storms

I spent the weekend between storms. We went on a whirlwind beach trip that involved a 7-hour-turned-10-hour drive down to Florida after work on Friday with a few close friends and a few less-than-close friends to spend all day Saturday and a small portion of Sunday at a beautiful beach house before turning around to […]


Life’s Not a Commute (But it might be a road trip)

Sometimes, the way the church presents our journey through this life feels like we’re on some kind of cosmic commute to our final destination. Before you were even born, you were given a route to take. Not everyone has the same route, but at least most Reformed churches would say that there’s nothing you can […]


Perhaps some who wander are lost.

Where are you going? In ever increasing circles to someplace I don’t know.   During the month of July here at The Inspired Story, we’re going to be chatting about this WanderFull life with some friends of mine. Today I have a guest here to tell you about where her journeys are taking her these days and what she’s learning along […]

"All you can take with you is that which is given away."

It’s a WanderFull Life

Well, not just one wish. A whole hatful, Mary. I know what I’m gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that. I’m shakin’ the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I’m gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. Then, I’m […]


This Shit is [because of] Bananas

I know this is a bit of a divergence from my regular types of posts, but having spent quite a bit of time in Central America recently, this is an issue that is close to my heart and close to the hearts of many people I love. Additionally, it’s getting a lot of political airtime […]


I don’t know where we’re going.

I have an old, worn pair of Toms that say, “The Journey is the Destination” all over them that I have loved practically into oblivion. It feels like wearing the shoes of the Gospel of Peace with those words written on my feet; it feels like the Kingdom is already here. One of my first […]

This church is evidently on the site of where Jesus came down and healed the town's cows. There are some excellent paintings inside depicting the miracle. #mexicancatholics

Rachel Recommends…

This week’s recommendations are brought to you by Aztec ruins and mini road trips: Rachel recommends tourism in Mexico. Here are some of the wonderful things I found around the world this week. Around the Web: – But that’s MY dream. “What if she is better at it than I am? What if she isn’t better but […]

Photo by John C. Abell via flickr

Made for Another World: Responsibilities of Citizenship

We are all about travel and immigration here at The Inspired Story this week, so let’s finish it up well with the responsibilities of citizenship, the conclusion of the Made for Another World post from Tuesday. If you haven’t read that one yet, start there. Because you should start with the benefits before you get […]

Photo by MissKoco via flickr.

Why Don’t They Just Learn English?

When I first started my job as an ESL teacher in the States, I was telling an acquaintance about the ethnic and racial breakdown of my students, most of whom were Hispanic, some of whom were Karen, and a handful of whom were Kurdish. His response upon hearing about my sweet elementary students was, “Why […]

Made For Another World: Rights

Made For Another World: Rights of Citizens

As some of you know, for about the first half of the year immigration and visa woes plagued my travels back and forth from the US. While we actually managed to sort out everything every time and I was able to leave and return as I pleased, it was a complicated process (that I’m thankful […]