This is the first in a new series called Lamplight Studies. Check out this post for an introduction. ◊◊◊ The other day I wondered “what’s in a name?” As I reflected on changing my name, my mind kept drifting to Hagar’s story in Genesis chapter 16. In this story Hagar calls God “El-roi,” which means, “God … Continue reading The God Who Sees Me
This blog is a space where I process the intersection of my daily life—the beautiful and complicated—with my faith in and through Christ. I wrote in this other post about how growing up in the church I received the message that I could only know God—and therefore please God—by having a daily “quiet time.” For … Continue reading Lamplight Studies: An Introduction
I’ve decided to change my name. I’ve been telling people I am Elizabeth Andrasi Deere since around March 18, 2017—my wedding day. Until a couple of weeks ago, though, I was legally still Elizabeth Danielle Andrasi. It’s a weird thing, changing your name. I thought through everything I could as I made this decision and … Continue reading what’s in a name?
Every fall from 7th to 12th grade I would load up in a fifteen-passenger van with my church youth group friends and head to Leakey, Texas. It took about three hours, and around hour number two the sky would get dark and I would gaze out the back window at all of the stars. When we finally … Continue reading noticing God in nature
Last week the Smyth & Helwys blog, Coracle, published a reflection I wrote in light of the anniversary of August 12th. The anniversary has now come and gone. I decided to wait until today to re-post because I anticipated that this past weekend in Charlottesville would be very tiring. I was right about that and … Continue reading Loving Charlottesville
What’s saving my life right now? The library. My parents read to me every night before bed, long before Kindergarten—basically since I was born. My favorite book was Peter Rabbit. I was a stickler for the story. I had memorized every word and if they skipped so much as a “the” in an effort to … Continue reading “having fun isn’t hard, when you’ve got a library card” – Arthur
On Sunday morning I stood at the stove with my teal dutch oven heating in front of me. I watched canola oil begin to shimmer and then I waited a little longer, just to make sure it was hot enough. I ripped a few paper towels from their roll and patted a roast (that had … Continue reading the maillard reaction