Have Hope; Will Travel

with Katie Axelson

{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 […]

What Does it Look Like To Dwell in Peace?

discipleship resources for young adult women

You know that feeling when you put too much food in your mouth and now you have to somehow find a way to get it to your stomach without choking? Yeah, that’s kind of where I’m living right now. I’m a full-time seminary student with the equivalent of three part-time jobs. Needless to say, life’s […]

What It Looks Like to Have Immanuel With You

discipleship resources for young adult women

I messed up. I made a mistake that cost my company money. When a coworker pointed it out to me, I felt terrible. It was a stupid mistake. I knew better. I wasn’t thinking, was going too fast, and wasn’t paying close enough attention. The whole thing was silly and I felt terrible because of […]