Cupcake for One

The year between my junior and senior year in college I spent a month in Russia. Each week we travelled out into the countryside to different orphanages and summer camps and taught bible stories, songs and games. On the weekends though, we lived in a flat in St. Petersburg with guys about my age and … Continue reading Cupcake for One

Eyes Off the Road

I’m a lover of nature, trees in particular. I decided in high school that trees are my favorite nature element and I stand by it. I was sitting on my balcony this afternoon watching one sway in the wind and it was incredible. The whole thing moved as one big organism, and yet every little … Continue reading Eyes Off the Road

The God Who Sees Me

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

what’s in a name?

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?

noticing God in nature

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

“having fun isn’t hard, when you’ve got a library card” – Arthur

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