Posts Tagged ‘ hope ’

Of Dreams and Prayers

16th August 2017 | 0 Comments

Southern Botswana is an arid place, especially in late July—their winter. A vibrant blue sky devoid of clouds greeted us each morning.  After about 3 days, I asked the team of Bible translators that I was working with, when the rains would come. It was obvious that they didn’t expect rain for at last another […]


The Urgency of Expectancy

20th June 2017 | 0 Comments

Last week I shared a bit of what I’ve been learning about the difference between impatience and expectancy. Expectancy is a charged wait–anticipation for what God is doing. Expectancy is wide-eyed, ears pricked, neck craned, eager focus on God and His kingdom. This morning I had coffee with a young college student from our church […]


Impatience Versus Expectancy

14th June 2017 | 0 Comments

I find myself falling prey to the “now culture” we live in. Everything is fast, break-neck, immediate. Texts travel from my phone around the world in an instant, and time differences notwithstanding, I can get an answer back from my team in another instant. At the the stroke of a key, emails disappear with a […]


Reflections

31st May 2017 | 0 Comments

It has been nine years this month since Joel came under investigation for his crime.  Nine Years—nearly a decade of grief and growth, sorrow and joy, despair and hope, loss and beauty.  Lawyers, court dates, confessions, sentencing, jail, prison, half way house, prison visits, moves, rehabilitation programs, family reunions, adjustments, counseling, probation—all mixed in with […]


The Lifter of my Head

24th May 2017 | 0 Comments

Sometimes in life it feels like the troubles keep piling up. One upon another. Unavoidable circumstances, sudden detours, difficult people. It can get discouraging, wearing, down right exhausting. I’ve felt that way the past few days. It seems like this world is out to get me! I think David felt a bit like that when […]


Not by Might….

17th May 2017 | 0 Comments

Last year I was in India for a translation workshop that seemed destined for failure. From the first day we encountered numerous and sundry roadblocks to  teaching the participants how to translate the Scripture. From culture shock, to illness, to poor language skills, to no understanding of the source language, to illiteracy and no computer […]


The Servant of All

18th April 2017 | 0 Comments

Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be great in God’s kingdom, let him be the servant of all.” He didn’t just say this once. This phrase about greatness coming through service is repeated three times in Mark twice in Matthew and once in Luke. Even with cross referencing, it’s clear that the apostles […]


What Was Intended for Evil

11th April 2017 | 0 Comments

Easter is just around the corner. When we lived in Venezuela, this whole week was celebrated–kids off school, church retreats, even some businesses closed.  I miss that opportunity for intentional focus on the gospel.  And I don’t want to miss it in my own personal reflections. In the interest of inviting you to ponder the […]


What do we do with Unfair?

28th March 2017 | 0 Comments

After writing about the unfairness of life last week I  posted a question on Facebook about why life isn’t fair. I was surprised at the varying response I got.  Some answers suggested that life is fair and when we think otherwise, we are just looking at it the wrong way—like it’s our understanding of fair […]


That’s Not Fair! (Thank God it’s not!)

21st March 2017 | 0 Comments

The other night as I was cleaning up from supper Roman started to get into the freezer to help himself to ice-cream. “No ice-cream!” I said. “You can’t have ice-cream every night after supper.” –to which Roman automatically responded, “What? That’s not fair!” Before I could come up with a response, Marshall, passing through the […]