Posts Tagged ‘ pain ’

Light and Momentary

4th April 2017 | 0 Comments

On Sunday, the pastor and several believers in our church community surrounded Joel, anointed him with oil and prayed over him for healing of his neck. On Monday Joel got up in even worse pain than normal.  Joel said to me with tears in his voice, “I know God can; it’s just a matter of […]


Our Day of Infamy

18th December 2012 | 2 Comments

December 18, 2008–A day with agonizing memories for our family. Nearly six months after the initial warrant and Joel’s police interview, we rushed out the door for school and were met by half a dozen black vehicles and armed federal agents. We had been assured previously by the police officer in charge of the case […]


Because He Loves Us

13th October 2011 | 0 Comments

One evening in family devos, we were reading about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. (John 11) That story is so precious and chalk full of spiritual insight. It has become one of my favorite portions of Scripture. This time as I read it, I kept thinking about how Jesus loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus […]


A Lament

18th September 2011 | 5 Comments

Today as we said good by to Joel before leaving the prison Roman looked at him and said, “Dad, you’re trapped in here!” As if full understanding had just dawned. “Yea, I’m trapped.” Joel agreed. “Why would they keep you? I’m going to ask those men to let you go!” Roman cried. As we walked […]


Removing the Scales

4th September 2011 | 1 Comment

I was visiting with a friend today and we were talking about how God works on each one of us to peal away the layers of sin and selfishness that keeps us from truly pursuing God. Often the pain we experience in our lives is a result of that process, even when we are not […]


To Belong

29th July 2011 | 1 Comment

I went to visit Joel today with my dad. Bless my precious mother, she offered to keep all three children. So off Dad and I drove at 5:45 this morning….into the grey of early dawn.  After two years of developing a routine that includes regular visits to the prison, the trip is fairly rote. Long […]