Who I Am

In C.S. Lewis’ The Last Battle, friends of Narnia watch their beloved world come to an end and are led into another, Aslan’s own country, the “real” Narnia of which the first was just a shadow. It is a beautiful place, with waterfalls and delicious fruit trees, beyond anything they have ever known. But they don’t linger in the immediate joys, but are told to go “further up and further in” to more glorious wonders and deeper joys. The further up and the further in they go, the closer they come to a full knowledge of Aslan and an everlasting relationship with him.  Life before was just a foretaste of this life “which goes on forever, and in which every chapter is better than the one before.”



That is my desire in this life that God has given me — to press on, with all my might and purpose, further up and further in, to know my Savior more fully. “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13,14). My chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, and by His grace that is what I want my life to be about.

My identity is first of all in my Savior, Jesus Christ, who in His infinite mercy and love drew me to Himself that I might be His own. All that I am I owe Him and I seek to glorify Him in my life.

I am nineteen years old and live with my parents, Peter and Kim, and sisters, Jenny and Elizabeth, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I am so grateful for my family and love spending time with them! Together, we hike, canoe, bike ride, read books, and explore the country.
I am currently a Dietetics major with Eastern Michigan University. I love nutrition — studying it, cooking and baking healthy meals — it’s changed my life. You can read all about my latest cooking and healthy living adventures on the Nourishing Bites
You will no doubt learn more than you want to know about me through my posts so for now I’ll just share with you a few of my favorite things (in no particular order!):
  • reading, especially a good British classic (Dickens, Austen, Gaskell)
  • writing
  • long walks
  • coffee shops
  • playing the piano and flute
  • chocolate
  • snow
  • babies and little children
  • cooking and baking
  • tea rooms
  • shopping
  • running


My intention with Pressing On is to share with you what God has been teaching me as I travel this earthly road to glory. My path is by no means perfect, and is riddled with stumbling, weaknesses, and folly, but I want to share what the Lord has done for me pray that you will be able to look past my writings to see glimpses of His glory and grace. Together we can encourage one another to press on.

Further Up and Further In,

4 thoughts on “Who I Am

  1. Hi Rebecca!

    My name is Anna and I am a rising college junior at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I saw Blogging Spotlight about you on the Healthy LIving Summit page. I just recently found out that I will be attending the conference and definitely want to connect with you! We seem to have a lot in common as I am also passionate about my faith, healthy eating, and exercise! I do not have a blog right now, but I in the process of planning mine to launch at the beginning of the school year 🙂 Feel free to email me!

  2. Hello 🙂
    I recently came across your blog and I am truly INSPIRED! you live such a healthy and faith filled life. I am also a college student and it is very refreshing to read about someone with similar lifestyles as me. Being in college, you don’t find many people who live such a healthy lifestyle and also practice their faith like you do. I love practicing and learning from my faith and have just started to realize how important it really is in life. I also enjoy eating healthy and exercising. I would love to be able to chat with you about some things, maybe get some advice?!
    Take care and I look forward to reading more on your blog!!

  3. Thank you, Caitlin, for such a sweet and encouraging comment! It is great to hear from other college students who want to live their faith and live healthy too. I’d love to talk to you more, please e-mail me! librolove(AT)gmail(DOT)com . Keep pressing on 🙂

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