Into His Presence

frio river

Note: In just five weeks, I’ll find myself next to the Frio River in the hill country of Texas when I attend The High Calling retreat at Laity Lodge. And oh how I need it as I’ve been going through a rather hard and hectic season. I need to be in this place with my […]

Scripture Sunday: Compelled


For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. ~2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NIV)   In the stillness, Sandy   with Barbie […]

Scripture Sunday: Marvels


  Attention, all! See the marvels of God! He plants flowers and trees all over the earth, Bans war from pole to pole, breaks all the weapons across his knee. “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.” ~Psalm 46:8-10 (MSG)     In […]

Still Saturday: To Be of Use

Taquamenon Falls2

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin” — they simply are! Think of the sea, the air, the sun, the stars, and the moon–all of these simply are as well–yet what a ministry and service they render on our behalf! So often we impair God’s designed influence, which […]

Still Saturday: Childlike


Lord, make me childlike. Deliver me from the urge to compete with another for place or prestige or position. I would be simple and artless as a  little child. Deliver me from pose and pretense. Forgive me for thinking of myself. Help me to forget myself and find my true peace in beholding Thee. That […]

Damaged Dreams and Broken Expectations


    I’ve been sitting in a new pew the past few weeks. Not that there was anything wrong with the old one, the one where my husband had grown up and where we expected we might end up. Literally. But I’d started to feel restless and a little cramped. I wasn’t connecting relationally with […]

Haiti: When It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Haiti goodbye - don't cry

We’ll say goodbye today. I make construction paper cards before we go. Erica’s brought a printer and given me a couple mini photos–one of Sophonie and me, and one of Chilanchi and me. I stick them to the paper. “Jezi renmen ou,” I write. “Mwen renmen ou.” Jesus loves you. I love you. It’s our […]