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I'm Josie (that's me on the right). I actually began this blog in August 2016 under the title of 'Birdy & Rae' as I took the first step into full-time trailer livin'. That seems like so long ago now! I left my graphic-design career in Seattle and traveled around the U.S. for four months in search of what the Lord wanted me to do. It was slightly crazy journey (that hasn't ended in some ways)... But THANK GOD he put that conviction on my heart to do something different because he changed my life through it!

Little did I know God had such big plans for my little leap of faith. He answered my prayers and led me to live in Nashville where I get to study the Bible & third-world development with Global Outreach Developments Int. I'm still amazed at where God has led me, he is too good! I study, go to work, and volunteer each day with a faithful community of friends and we serve God by learning his word and how we can effectively take care of those in need. I'm currently committed to the Philippines team, actively learning about their culture and developing relationships with friendships we've established there.

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Immersion & provision fund

April 29, 2018

I've been reflecting a lot lately on the idea of training your mind; a biblical concept that stems (primarily) out of 2 Corinthians 10 in regards to our spirituality and faithfulness against "strongholds" that can steal our focus.  In an age of click-and-buy, "insta"grams, and "conscious uncoupling", I think this has become an increasingly difficult concept for believers to live by. 

I don't know about you, but I hear this phrase repeatedly brought up during challenging times of my life. "Take your thoughts captive" they say, "be thankful for what you do have"...

February 22, 2018

Ideology --- I have been reflecting on this word a lot over the past several months as I’ve begun to pursue an education here at the Institute, and even further as I return from a five-week immersion in the Philippines.  

We are all born into a network of familial and societal ideologies that affect the way we see and respond to the world around us. I wasn’t aware of just how strong my own ideologies were until they were challenged this last summer during my internship experience. It was uncomfortable to face the reality that I had certain expectations for living: how I should dress, eat, sleep...

January 30, 2017

"What is my life?"

I battle with this question often.

Prior to and during my adventure with birdy & rae it was in the context of internal conflict. What was I doing with my life, really? Was I where I was supposed to be? Is my life really supposed to revolve around... just... me? If purpose is the point, I didn't want to miss mine. The turmoil of my own selfishness, especially given that my faith in Christ points me to live outside the bounds of my self-absorbed walls, began to eat at me. If we talk like we know how we should be living but don't actually live it, do we really believe what we pro...

January 7, 2017




  1. a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.

Never have I been acquainted with this noun more so than in the past few months. To be honest, I’ve been avoiding you. I’ve been avoiding this post because I knew that it was going to take an irritating amount of vulnerability to say what I need say. I don’t know that sincere vulnerability has ever been my strong point. I’ve always wanted to find the silver lining - to twist it upward, to point toward the source of hope and life and love and believ...

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If you have any questions about my story or what I do, feel free to ask here!

I am always open to taking on more design projects to raise support for friends in need around the glob and to fund future mission (immersion) trips.  

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