I-Can-Do-It-Myself Versus A Gift From God

“I can do it myself!”  “No!  Let me do it!”  “I want to do it…”  Whether it was dressing oneself, tying shoes, combing hair, or any one of the myriad of tasks performed in a day, as a mom of four little ones, I heard this plenty.  “I CAN do it MYSELF!”   When the children grew older and reached…

Journeying to the Cross with 40 Days of Praise

In case you missed it, the Church celebrated Ash Wednesday this week.  This worldwide, annual ritual simultaneously launches Christians on a 40+ day Lenten journey to the cross while reminding us that “from dust we came and to dust we shall return.”  Are you celebrating Lent?   The forty day period of Lent points us to Jesus Christ’s forty days…

For in You I Take Refuge…

  Buttery cream yellow.  Luxurious and silky.  A soft, satin snuggle.  Beautiful.  Cozy.  Comfortable.  That was “blankie.”    Although I don’t actually remember ever saying, “Keep me safe, my blankie, for in you I take refuge,”  I adored Blankie.  In my mind, Blankie was beautiful.   At some point, Blankie rather mysteriously disappeared.    Truly, (and I share this for…

This Is Church?

  “Snort, snort!”  says the mama pig.  “Cluck! Cluck!” say the roaming hens.  “Gobble! Gobble!” says the passionate, but not so Romeo-like turkey.  This is church?  Indeed!  This is church in the middle of the Yucatán.   Back in Green, Ohio, I sat in church this morning at The Chapel.  It’s a wonderful place.  Amazing people, really.  Blessed beyond measure,…

Behold God’s Hand in the Yucatán

  Climbing to the roof of an ancient monastery presents a marvelous birds eye view of Ichmul in the province of Yucatán, Mexico.  From here, one can behold miles of the low jungle lands.  But it is on the ground where one sees God’s handiwork up close and in person.  He never ceases to amaze.   Mary and I along…

Calling for prayers as we go to the Yucatán…

  Yep!  You read that right!  Mary and I are headed to the jungles of the Yucatán.  TODAY!  With a small group from church, we have the privilege of celebrating the opening of a small Bible school while sharing God’s Word with the Mayan people.  What an amazing opportunity to behold Christ at work in another culture.   I covet…

Rock Star: We All Worship Something

  The air buzzed with excitement.  The normally quiet and cavernous Shanghai International airport was electrified.  Hundreds of giddy, ecstatic women congregated just outside the double doors of the customs exit where all international arrivals must pass.   There to meet two of my children flying in from the states, my driver, determined to help me to my “usual” front…

Fear Not

  Despite the Christmas lights coming down, I’m determined to cling to “The Light of the World.” I’ve always been mesmerized by Christmas lights.  I delight how their Christmas cheer mirrors the angel’s glad tidings of Christmas joy: The Lord Himself bringing Light into the darkness. Frankly, our living room is a lot less cheerless without these festive lights.  Now,…

BEHOLD

Farewell 2016!  Hello 2017!  Having experienced inconceivable loss of varying kinds, my bedraggled family is ready (in the words of my oldest daughter) “to robustly shake off any lingering dust from year 2016.”  And yet, as we look forward to a new day and a new year, how can we not look back and behold that in the midst of…

PRAY FOR LIFE

  Certainly, this is not the first post that I had imagined. The first post was meant to be about how lovable you are in God’s eyes. How valuable you are. For far too long, this blog has sat empty and waiting. Simply waiting for my time. Bracelets have sat in my den. Simply waiting for my time. And yesterday,…