Blogs by Alicia & Whitney

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Off The Grid

Sitting in an open-aired dining hall in Ruaha National Park, it felt like I was in a dream.  We were off the grid in Tanzania, Africa with no Internet, no cell service and the ride to the nearest town was three to four hours.  Lanterns lit the room as we dined next to a roaring river, and monkeys skittered across the rafters hoping to get dibs on our leftovers. That evening, I sat next to the supervisor over the entire safari guides and for the purpose of this story, we will call him Edward.  As dinner…

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The Thrill is Gone...

This is a blog post that I wrote 2 years ago today. After reading through it, I thought it was worth sharing again. I hope this will encourage you! 

I’m sure most of you reading this blog have heard the popular blues song by BB King, “The Thrill Is Gone” at least once in your lives. If you haven’t, it’s a song about love gone sour, and how the singer is no longer “thrilled” or “excited” for his former love like he once was. 

Upon thinking about this idea of the thrill being gone, I couldn’t help but think…

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My country did not send me to start the race...

It was the Summer Olympics of 1968 hosted in Mexico City. Tanzanian Olympic runner John Akhwari was struggling to keep up with his competitors; he was not trained to run at this altitude and it was beginning to show. Around the 19km mark, he fell, hurting his knee and dislocating a joint. The other runners continued and the race was finished. As fans were leaving to go home, John got back on the track. Over an hour later, after the first place winner had already crossed the finish line, John completed the…

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It's never actually been about me this entire time.

It’s late Thursday night and I’m wide awake. Actually, it’s so late Thursday night that technically it’s Friday morning, and here I am writing this post. I’m officially in preparation mode with our travels soon approaching in three days. 

If you’ve ever travelled internationally, you understand my current position. There is just so much for which to prepare. Ladies, there’s always the internal struggle we have where we must restrain ourselves from bringing our entire closet along with our shoe gallery…

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Our Visit to the Western Wall

Our visit to the Western Wall  
November 15, 2015  

Whitney and I walked up to the giant sand-colored stones squeezing in next to a woman of Asian descent. She was sobbing uncontrollably praying in another language and I could hear "Papa! Papa!" amidst the other words. I couldn't help but wonder if this woman was lamenting over the loss of a father. Something the two women beside her had been through and understood.  

I thought how amazing it is that although we come from different parts of the world, have…

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Sea of Galilee- Come Up Higher

The Lord has really been speaking to me the past few months about coming up higher. To ignore what I see in front of me and meditate on him and his promises. Rising above all that is around me to hear Him clearly and receive instructions for the future. When I saw this mountain next to the Sea of Galilee understanding this could be one of the sites Jesus retreated to leave the crowds of people and pray alone, I began to cry. I was standing in front of a picture that depicted what coming up higher really…

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Complacency. It's a dangerous place in which to live...

I sit here writing, all warm and cozy, in my comfy fuzzy pajamas and my dad’s old, oversized sweatshirt. I have my music playing while I sip on my hot chocolate (Nesquik, of course) that has a mountain of whipped cream on top. None of this comes as a surprise to my loved ones reading this. I’m just being Whitney per usual.  

It’s the end of the second day of January 2016. While everyone is busy taking down their holiday decorations and making resolutions for the new year, I’m over here trying to unpack my…

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November 10th 2015: Part 1 Jaffa and Mount Carmel

   We started the day enjoying a delicious breakfast while overlooking the beautiful Mediterianian Sea. Our first stop of the day was in Jaffa. Jonah used the harbor there and it is also the place where Peter met Simon the Tanner and healed Tabitha (Dorkis). We strolled through the old downtown area and felt like we had stepped back in time with large stone buildings and cobblestoned streets. 

Mt. Caramel 

We climbed up the stairs of an old monistary to the rooftop that was built on Mt. Carmel where…Read more
Come up higher

Come Up Higher

Come Up Higher
Written by Alicia McDermott-Yanik
Have you ever seen a cat follow a laser light? They bounce from here to there and spin in circles until they are sick. Their only focus is that light. What they don't realize is that they are never going to get that light and hold it in their paws — it is just a distraction and they will never win.

Often times, we are much like that cat. We bounce here and there putting out fires, fighting battles, wasting time on fruitless relationships and pursuits and allow…Read more
He is sufficient

He is Sufficient

From time to time I enjoy reading a good book and the series I have been reading lately has told the story of a family traveling the Oregon Trail during the Civil War. As I was reading, I came to a part where the young woman was mourning the loss of a friend and crying out to God not understanding why He allowed her friend to be taken out of her life along with all the other hardships they were facing. 

The Lord simply responded with,  "Am I not sufficient for thee?"  Those six words hit me like a ton ofRead more