Comfort, Security & A Refugee Crisis

“Comfort and Security (both National and Personal) have become the new Prosperity Gospel. It takes risk to enter into relationship and to learn to ‘Love Thy Neighbor.’” – The Justice Conference Speaker 2017 Does that not send chills down your spine? Christian Church… have we wrapped ourselves in such a perfectly safe little world that…

Pause

“In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15 We’ve been neck deep in popcorn ceilings, old wallpaper, wrapping up one job and leaning towards another, planning events and welcoming some precious missionaries home. It’s been… busy. So it was good to stop in the middle of the crazy and just rest a few…

Perspectives 2017

Nick and I are privileged with many opportunities to be involved in global missions. One of the richly rewarding things we’re doing this year is hosting Perspectives on the World Christian Movement in our hometown this Fall. Not sure what Perspectives is? Here’s why we’ve chosen to invest in a class to inspire the church… I’m sure…

May

Spring has flown in with a flurry it seems and I’m so thankful for the bright sun and the warmer weather that (I hope!) is here to stay. And with it has come a rush of new activity. From family gatherings this last month to long conference days and rich conversations, life has been full. And…

When the Clouds Steal Our Zeal

I’m rooting for sunny spring to officially get here and thinking we might need to permanently move to a place where sunshine is an every day occurrence. But in the meantime, I know there’s beauty springing up from all this rain. I guess it’s that hope that pulls us through these long Indiana winters. In the…

On a Marriage Retreat

We were invited to join in on a marriage retreat this weekend hosted by co-workers from Nick’s counseling firm. So we headed up to the middle of the nowhere, around misty lakes in the early morning and windy, wooded roads to Camp Lutherhaven. It was our first marriage retreat. And since I’m married to a pastoral/clinical…

The Island Reminds Me

“Drink your wine. Laugh from your gut. Burden your moments with thankfulness. Be as empty as you can be when your clock winds down. Spend your life. And if time is a river, may you leave a wake.” N.D. Wilson A friend’s husband just got diagnosed with cancer. Far too young, far too quickly. His battle…

Praying for the Nations

I have been so blessed to share several special meals over the last few years with a growing group of friends.  We pick a country, dig up authentic recipes and all try our hand at a new dish. Then we come together for a fabulous potluck of sorts, laughing, trying, teasing… and learn together about…

Crafting a Purposeful 2017

“It’s easy to confuse a lot of activity with a purposeful life. Do what lasts; let the rest fall away.” – Bob Goff I love the beginning of a new year.  For me, it’s a sacred time to take stock of the year behind and be intentional about the one to come. This New Year’s was…

A Very Merry Christmas (Part 1)

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3.16 (NLT) The first of many Christmases came this weekend, complete with our fancy Christmas dinner on Mom’s beautiful china, the Christmas story and meaningful…

An Ethical Christmas

The Christmas exchanges always happen over Thanksgiving… and then we’re off to the races with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We give, and the spirit of that can be so sweet. But what if you could step away from the great deals and do something more meaningful? What if your purchases could mean something for…