Have Hope; Will Travel

with Katie Axelson

{Six} Detour in the Journey


If Christmas and Easter are the only things that matter and Jesus only came to die for our sins, He could have been killed with all of the other little baby boys. Instead He taught us how to live.

{Five} Hope in a New Journey

This week we don’t just end another year. We end a decade. That’s a lot of time to recount and reflect on.
In this episode of Have Hope; Will Travel, let’s reflect and look forward together.

{Four} Sammi Sudit

Masada, Israel

The world gets a little smaller when we spend time with people who are different than we are. Join me as we talk about Hanukkah with my Jewish friend Sammi Sudit. Sammi also shares what it’s like to be Jewish in December.

{Three} Surprised in the Journey

Fields Near Bethlehem

I doubt the shepherds were expecting middle of the night visitors. Luke says they were greatly afraid. Yet they way they chose to react even in their fear is a model for us what it looks like to become more like Christ. Podcast Highlights: What do I do with the information I now know? What […]

{Two} Lost in the Journey

It’s easy to experience Christmas on autopilot because it’s so familiar. Instead, let’s take a step back and look at the story from a new perspective: where is God when you’re lost? If you’ve ever felt abandoned or misled by God, you’re in good company. This episode is for you.

{One} Anna R. Bolch

Anna helps us prepare our hearts as we become more like Jesus through practice. She takes overwhelming and sometimes complex spiritual practices and breaks them down into simple things we can do in our everyday lives by selecting the discipline that makes the most sense for our needs in this season.


Welcome to Have Hope; Will Travel. I’m your host, Katie Axelson. We are always traveling somewhere. To work. From school. To another country. Back home. A lot of life is viewed through the glass windows of cars, busses, and airplanes. We travel through seasons of life. Seasons of joy, seasons of peace, seasons of pain, […]

Everyday Jesus

I was sitting at the kitchen counter pitting an avocado when the knife slipped. You know how this story ends. I felt the blade caress my hand and saw pieces of green and brown flying everywhere before me. I thought to myself, “Stitches seem to fit this hard season of life I’m in.” I was […]

Love Letter From the Father

Hey, Sweetheart, it’s so good to see you. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? But it doesn’t matter. I’m glad you’re here now. I love the time I get to spend with you. You are gorgeous. Do you know that? Do you really know that?

When Peace Feels Impossible

discipleship resources for young adult women

I’m beginning to understand why Jovi in the movie Elf says she’s “just trying to get through the holidays.” Here’s the thing: I work retail. And ministry. And I’m in grad school. In December, all three of my worlds get stressful. Add to that, the Christmas shopping, the card mailing, the family visiting, and the […]