Today, I sat in the back of the sanctuary at the Arabic Baptist Church and watched my youngest son be surrounded by the congregation. They gathered to pray for him, as they have done so many others, to ask God’s blessings and protection as he goes out on mission. I’ve been on the receiving end … More We come, they go
I’ve been working on finding pictures for the book I’ve written about my husband, and I came across this one drawn by an Afghani man who accepted the Lord with Raouf back in the early 90s. He was an artist, and Raouf asked him to draw a picture of his life before and after Christ. … More Lay My Burden Down
I never thought I would be so blessed to have such a handsome, godly man actually choose me for his wife. You can tell by the look on my face how happy I was twenty-seven years ago today to be riding off on the adventure of a lifetime. Today, it seems like a dream. Yet, … More He chose me!
I have both my boys home this week. It’s a wonderful feeling for a mother. Yet, even as I was reflecting on my youngest’s recent return from college, I realized something: this week is really the last time the three of us will be living together in the same house. As Nathan heads off to … More There is a time for us to wander
I’ve moved a lot in my life and am a strong advocate for cleaning BEFORE you move. So, as I work to get myself ready for the next move, I spent some time cleaning out my desk. I started with my card collection–a jumbled mix of birthday, sympathy and other assorted card genres, many of … More A Life in Passports
I sometimes plan very far ahead, and sometimes…it just gets away from me. Today was one of those days. About an hour before I was to host a bridal shower with my sister at my house, I realized…I need to think about how it’s going to work. Did I have an agenda? I hate bridal … More Unless the Lord builds the house
History is full of well-known names, many times not because of something they did or accomplished, but because their name is on a physical place or building: Alexandria Library, Marshall Islands, JFK International Airport, Martin Luther King, Jr, Drive, Louis Armstrong Stadium, etc. How many children can tell you anything about the person behind the … More Naming Rights
To go through a new door, one must close another — this is one of the bittersweet parts of the grief journey. I’m trying a new approach though…keeping the door of the past open at least vicariously through my children! I know, it’s cheating, but at least it helped me get through what is a … More Doors
Today was a day full of emotions, for as I prepared to go to my church to celebrate Palm Sunday, I knew that most of our congregation had anything but celebrating in mind, as we awoke to the news of attacks on two churches in Egypt. Once again, a Christian holiday had been ruined by … More What did Jesus say?
I have always had a hard time calling my elders by their first name. Some people in my life will always be Mr. or Mrs. That’s just the way it is — can’t help it. Even though I’m now Mrs…to those younger than me, I cannot bring myself to call certain people in my life … More Never Grown Up