As my time in England is finishing up, I’ve been thinking back over some of the biggest milestones and things I’ve learned whilst here … and here are a few, with links included …

Looking for blood. One of the strangest days of my life. I ate chocolate and, after I’d watched the first time, tried to avert my eyes. I really just wanted to yell at them to run away.

When it comes down to seconds. I’ll never forget the day I sat beside a friend near the epicenter of a devastating earthquake as she rocked the infant son of a man killed in a tea shop when the shaking started. The day after we left the area, another earthquake brought down the hotel around the corner from ours. It opened up a lot of questions about God’s timing. It kept me up at night then, and I still think about it sometimes now.

Enduring catcalling for Christ. I’ve wrestled a lot with what it means to give everything up for Christ and the Gospel. Before this trip, I never imagined that might mean constant male attention, of the unwanted kind …

Vampire teeth. Try to go through airport security with a bag full of them. Just see what happens.

For the love, tell me what to do. This one’s pretty much baring my soul from a period in time when I wasn’t sure how to get back to God.

I slept through a bunch of earthquakes. Nobody else did. It made me question how much I must already be shaking from caffeine overload. But it also made me question other stuff.

I met John. He got kicked out of the funeral club, but it was so worth it.

6 Responses

  1. Grace, I’d love to ask you about pasting one of your blog posts (the one about “true love waits”) onto my own blog for a series I’m doing called “sex and the gospel” (– I looked for a way to email you on your site but it looks like commenting is the best way to get in touch with you! Would you email me if you’re open to this idea? Thanks so much!

  2. Hi Grace. I am leading a community group at brook hills and wanted to use one of your past blogs as a catalyst for a discussion on singleness, but I can’t find it.

    Do you remember writing about the promise ring and the expectation of marriage? Can you tell me what month you wrote that?

    Blessings, Beanie

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. Grace,

    We’ve never met, but just last week, a friend sent me your blog from February (True Love Waits, etc) and I found in your writing something I completely related to and mirrored so much of my own journey (the good, the bad and the ugly). I just wanted to thank you for writing and being REAL. Relish the next month in England. I don’t know what you plan is after that, but looking forward to where God takes you next!

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