Finishing with Excellence

Happy May Day! As you begin trading out the sweaters for t-shirts and the coats for windbreakers, may you feel the Holy Spirit clothing you in your new attire for the coming season! Perceiving with open eyes and receiving with open hands the new thing He is doing within and through me has been my experience the last few weeks … Continue reading Finishing with Excellence

Hope in these Times

The burning message in my heart to share is hope. As the flower that finds its way up through cracks in the concrete, this hope comes from a place of trial. We wouldn’t know the anchor of hope for our soul without being hard-pressed on all sides by trouble. From news media highlighting “the sky … Continue reading Hope in these Times

Reflections of Christ

I am on the receiving end of short-term mission trips. Now, I am the host for these energetic teenagers seeing the other side of the world for the first time in a 2-week intensive experience. And wow, what a joy they are!! I’ve heard all the arguments about the danger of short-term mission trips and … Continue reading Reflections of Christ

How Far a Smile Will Go

I've taken smiles for granted. A smile makes you feel welcome in a foreign land. A smile excuses you for your broken Hebrew asking where the bathroom is. ("Ei-fo ha-she-ru-teem?" Just imagine a tall blonde with an American accent pronouncing each morpheme at a snail's pace like the server wouldn't catch it otherwise.) A smile … Continue reading How Far a Smile Will Go