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  • Leah Van Someren

26 Things The World Race Taught Me

On my 25th birthday, I blogged about what 25 years worth of life has taught me. Today is my 26th birthday and it's absurd to think a whole year has gone by. Turning 26 on the World Race has taught me a whole slue of new things. Enjoy!


1. I am no slave and I am no certainly no orphan. I am a daughter of the King. 

2. Exercise isn’t satisfying compared to the peace offered in early mornings spent with Jesus.

3. Always, always, always bring your own toilet paper into bathrooms in another country.

4. The world is full of people who look like Jesus. 

5. I don’t need nearly as much stuff as I thought I did. Minimalism is the way to go. 

6. Living in community is the best, weirdest, funniest, hardest, sweetest, craziest, most growth-provoking way to live hands down. 

7. Feedback is difficult to give and receive but absolutely necessary bear an authentic image of Jesus. Healthy communication = healthy relationships.

8. When we ask Him questions, God talks back and has much to say. Prayer is not a monologue but a beautifully balanced dialogue. 

9. I can’t do anything or leave anything undone to make God love me any more or any less. Infinite is infinite.

10. Jesus loves hanging around campfires. 

11. Evangelism is one of my spiritual gifts. Nothing brings me more joy. 

12. No one ever looks back and says “I wish we would have been less patient.” Good things are worth waiting for because in our forbearance, God prepares us. 

13. Healing prayer is real.

14. Only by abandoning things you think you can’t abandon do you enter into the brokenness that causes you to fully depend on God. Brokenness proceeds intimacy with He who is everything and let me tell you, it’s worth it. 

15. Fear of saying goodbye should NEVER keep you from diving in and loving fully. 

16. Humans are more resilient than I dared dreamed and more fragile than I ever want to admit.

17. Ants are my least favorite bug. 

18. America needs to get on the bubble tea train. I want to drink it every day. 

19. Side splitting laughter is essential to a high quality life. 

20. God has called me to open a coffee shop that provides a space to learn more about the gospel by way of honest conversations, testimony and hard questions. God even gave me the name: TATT (talking at the table)

21. My future bridal party will be on the larger side because of how many sisters I have now. 

22. Watercoloring is one of my favorite avenues of self expression. 

23. I will always and forever have the travel bug. There is always more sights to see...more places to explore...more food to eat and more people to meet.

24. I will forever ask ‘why?’

25. Performing ‘correctly’ will not draw you near to the Father. “It was not our blood, sweat and tears that brought us back into relationship with God. It was His.” -SRT

26. My life will forever be dedicated to following, serving and loving Jesus Christ and pouring it out on people at every opportunity. 

27. **Bonus: I can go all around the world but Colorado will forever hold my heart. 


Gaining new perspective with kids in a village near The Lighthouse

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