August and a Fresh Start.

August 1, 2016

Lovely peeps.  It's August.  AUGUST!  Time to transition from the fun-filled easy days of summer to the reality of early mornings and school, practices and meetings, all while it's still as hot outside as the surface of the sun and all you really want to do is jump in the pool to cool off. But August is also the start of something, and it's on my heart to make it the start of something BIG.  This world is in such need - always has been really, but this is the time and place into which we've been placed - of salt...

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We Couldn’t Have Known.

June 17, 2016

A year ago we gathered up our littles, a passel of work clothes, and the faith that we were embarking on a journey to do work that matters in the name of Christ in the unpaved recesses of a big city in the Dominican Republic. We could not possibly have known how that week would influence and define our family for the next year. We couldn't have known that we would meet a woman named Margarita, a mother of eight kids, a mother who had never had a home for those children, who had never had four walls and a sturdy roof...

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He Went Before / The Why That Diminishes

February 17, 2016

On an ordinary Sunday night – perhaps a little less ordinary because it was Super Bowl Sunday – a husband and wife sat together in their den to watch Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos face Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Maybe the fact that it was the Super Bowl made some of the difference in what transpired that night:  maybe because it was the Super Bowl, she was sitting in the den watching the game with him rather than cooking or cleaning or putting in one more load of wash or responding to emails related...

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Christmas 2015.

January 6, 2016

Magic. Memories. Hope. Laughter. Food. Drink. Games. Traditions. Children. Adults. Music. And above all, before all, during all, after all, everything was and is about the birth of the Savior of the world, the only reason for Christmas, the One who made Christmas not merely a day but one of the two greatest acts of love the world has ever known. As we look forward into 2016, I can't help but one little peak back at glimpses of a couple of my favorite days of 2015:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  These are just snapshots, just a small sampling of those days,...

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2016 … A Word and More.

January 5, 2016

So it turns out that the main thing that separates us from the cave man - either of the true anthropological variety or of the GEICO commercial variety - and let's face it, those commercials were the bomb - is language.  Words.  Oral communication.  Otherwise, I'm not sure how much we've evolved. Cave man needed food, shelter, and water to survive. Modern man needs food, shelter, and water to survive. Cave man sought to provide for his family. Modern man seeks to provide for his family. Cave man needed fire and some kind of animal skin (a.k.a. prehistoric fashion) to stay warm. Modern...

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Not Shaken … Not Today.

November 30, 2015

"We will not be shaken / We will not be silent / Sin is powerless / Our God is for us." Those lines have been on repeat in my heart and in my head all day today ever since I received some punch-in-the-stomach news early this morning about something happening to someone in my family who has had enough, who was on the verge of something great, who is precious to me, who just doesn't need one more blow. My first thought was:  this is the devil. It's the devil, and he's doing his level best to tear down not only our whole family...

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Our Collective Wait Problem.

November 16, 2015

Paris.  Oh, Paris.  City of lights that has ached these days because of the darkness that has befallen it. There's Beirut from the day before that, and Turkey a month before that. And that's not even saying anything of the unrest in our very own beloved country, from Mizzou to Ferguson to Washington, D.C. Darkness comes in many shades, and sometimes it hits even closer than just what the news reports show:  a precious young mom I know just had to cut ties with her husband who decided that sharing intimacy with many, many women who didn't care that he is married or...

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Fill the Bucket: Nutty Oaks

March 2, 2015

"A might oak was once a little nut that stood its ground." That quote says quite a bit, and not just to someone like me who has to get a ladder to reach, well, basically everything.  It's inspiring to remember that no matter our size, our strength can outperform our size. But what does it mean to stand our ground in today's world of high-dollar, fast-paced marketing slogans and ad campaigns, a world where liking others' posts and pictures is plentiful but investing in others as people is scarce? It means recognizing that we are a small part of something greater, and that...

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SPOTLIGHT: O.U.R.

February 12, 2015

As we honor and celebrate the heroism and goodness of Abraham Lincoln today on the occasion of his birthday,, what a fitting joy and privilege to highlight the great work of a group that is still in the trenches working against slavery in the U.S.:  Operation Underground Railroad, also known as O.U.R.  This group rocks, and it is worth your time to check it out. During his time in office, Lincoln came to understand the horrors of slavery and how a people who celebrate freedom cannot at the same time allow fellow citizens to live in captivity and to wallow in spiritual,...

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