Posts Tagged ‘ joy ’

Fruit and More Fruit

30th October 2018 | 0 Comments

“So shall my Word be…it shall not return to me void, but shall accomplish that which I purpose.”–Isa. 55:11 I have the incredible privilege of seeing God’s Word going out into dark places. I know it will accomplish what God purposes. I know it will spread his name and his renown. Even during the translation […]


Just a Little Surprise

23rd October 2018 | 0 Comments

One challenge I face when traveling around the world is the relative nature of spice. What is spicy to one person is mild or bland to another. Typically what melts my lips, sets my mouth on fire, and burns a molten lava trail down my throat is mild to my Asian friends! Alas we have […]


He’s Never Doing Just One Thing

29th August 2018 | 0 Comments

I don’t think He will ever stop surprising me…this powerful, loving, omniscient and intimate God of mine. Maybe that’s a good thing. I love surprises. Don’t you? Even when I think I am walking and do exactly what he is calling me to, I find surprising opportunities on the path, and what I’ve prepared for, […]


A Love for His Word

17th January 2018 | 0 Comments

Boarding a plane in Chicago, is pretty routine for me by now. Fifteen hours at 30,000 feet is almost mundane. Curling into a tiny ball, positioning my head against the concave form of the window and drifting off to sleep is no longer an impossible challenge.  I have become adept to this kind of travel […]


Epiphany

9th January 2018 | 0 Comments

Epiphany–from Greek meaning manifestation or appearance. Matthew 2:11 “They saw the child with Mary his mother and falling on their knees they worshiped him…” I grew up in a Christian home learning the stories of Scripture and receiving the gospel as a personal invitation to salvation as a mere child. In fact, one of my […]


Blessed is she…

27th December 2017 | 0 Comments

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” These are the words of Elizabeth, full of the Holy Spirit, spoken to Mary as she arrived to visit. Imagine this greeting! What an affirmation it must have  been to Mary’s heart. Scripture does not give us a clear timeline, […]


The Joy of the Ultimate

12th September 2017 | 0 Comments

“For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.”  This is a familiar verse for many of us. We marvel that Paul made this bold statement from a prison cell in Rome, awaiting probable execution because of his testimony. But honestly, sometimes it takes a stripping away of everything for us to truly see […]


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 […]


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 […]


Anticipation

21st December 2016 | 0 Comments

Anticipation…The good kind of waiting. The kind fraught with expectation, with hope. That’s the kind of waiting Simeon had done, all his life, right into old age. Waiting for the promised deliverance of Israel, for the wrong to be made right, for the Messiah’s appearing. Simeon was old; his wait had been long. But his […]