Waiting Leads to a Birth

Waiting Leads to a Birth

Sometimes I wonder what was in Mary’s mind as she traveled the dusty road toward Bethlehem. For me, those last days before my children’s births were always marked by a deep settling into myself. It was as if I had drawn an invisible circle around myself and my child, narrowing my attention to the subtle […]

Faithful God

Faithful God

This spring my husband and I celebrated fifteen years of marriage, and with that nearly fifteen years of ministry. There are many who have walked a much longer road and have much more wisdom to share, but I think fifteen years has been enough time to start to see the perspective of the rear view […]

Abba-love

Abba-love

I sat in our window-lined school room where the late summer sunlight slanted across my desk. My phone blinked the length of the phone call with Jeff. These calls were few and far between. This particular conversation had been brief, yet my heart ached as I realized how bad things had actually become.  Jeff was […]

Faithfulness in Suffering

Faithfulness in Suffering

My husband and I finished reading a book from The Lamplighter Collection called The Basket of Flowers (1768) by Christoph von Schmid. The story tells of a devout Christian widower and his young daughter who get falsely accused of a crime. As they are banished from their homeland and face subsequent hardships and trials, the […]

The Value of Wisdom

The Value of Wisdom

1 My son, if you receive my words     and treasure up my commandments with you, 2 making your ear attentive to wisdom     and inclining your heart to understanding; 3 yes, if you call out for insight     and raise your voice for understanding, 4 if you seek it like silver     and search for it as for […]

OPSEC Prayer Partners

OPSEC Prayer Partners

A good friend of mine is a former military wife. Her husband was injured and is now a civilian, but we have had many conversations about some similarities between being a military wife and being a ministry wife. Something she has taught me is OPSEC – Operations Security. Not being in the military myself, I […]

Giving Ourselves

Giving Ourselves

6 Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you […]