My family has been on a vacation this week. It’s been super and different. We’re still a foursome, just not the same foursome I’m used to. I’m missing my spouse; my eldest has added his. Still, in the midst of these random thoughts that hit at odd times, we’re having fun. Our second night was … More Brother wonder
Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1 Are you a worrier? It’s easy to do these days when you look at the news. What used to be problems in faraway countries, are so much closer to home. Evil has moved in next door and seems here … More Wait, don’t fret, it’s not over yet
You are smart, educated, well-rounded, able to carry on intelligent conversations and extremely self-reliant. Then, because you’ve said yes to God, you have been reduced to a state of infancy and illiteracy that requires the use of extensive body language just to ask where the restroom is located. Welcome to the mission field! Yes, they told … More Being needy
I taught the children’s Sunday School class last week, and though I accepted the task with fear and trepidation, I must say I had a great time. It’s been a while since I’ve taught children, but this group of six were amazing. We were talking about the first missionary journey of Paul and Barnabas, and … More The Importance of Touch
It’s been an interesting day. Though I was extremely busy at work, my hours were “interrupted” with God moments. It began with an early lunch at the home of a friend. I walked in, not recognizing any of the other women invitees, but soon found my introverted self chatting and making the proverbial small talk, … More When loneliness strikes
My goal is to write for Millennials who are called to cross-cultural ministry and missions. I realized it may be a lofty goal, as I read my Millennial son’s editorial comments on a recent book proposal. I had written a sentence using the phrase pat answers. He told me that pat was an outdated word. I happened … More Outdated
It’s been a good day. Even though I woke up with stomach problems and developed a headache during church, I could not help but thank the Lord for what he’s doing in our tiny congregation. Why? Because today I saw how the Vacation Bible School (VBS) that I’ve taken for granted all my life can … More Let the little children
If he knows the number of hairs on my head, oh, how he puts together the finest details of our lives to his glory. This is what happened tonight; and I sit back in awe of the God I’m not worthy to serve. Though I’m not helping with VBS this week at our church, I … More The God of details
When you think of persecuted Christians, does your mind go to countries across the ocean? It’s a natural reaction, and on most days, mine does as well. Today, however, persecution is in our backyard, not only because it was the topic of today’s sermon at my church, but a conversation I had afterwards with a … More What do we know of persecution?
If someone gave a report about you, what would they say? In his letter to the Galatians, Paul was talking about how the believers in Judea hadn’t yet seen him, but they were hearing about him. “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” And they glorified God … More What would they say?