I held the ten pound, one ounce yawning bundle of preciousness in my arms. At that weight, my niece looked like a gorgeous three-month-old instead of a three-hour-old newborn she was. As I sat holding her, I thought about how helpless she is and how her very life depends on her parents' love and care for her. My niece, like every other baby, came into this world with a God-given expectation to … [Read more...] about Is Love Worth the Risk?
My missionary kid experience
My son asked me to pick up a library book for him last week for his social studies class assignment. I am an absolute history LOVER. If I could plan my dream vacation, I would make the theme around some locations in which the history of our country happened on a grand scale. I guess my love of history can be summed up as a study of human reactions to circumstances. I love trying to understand why … [Read more...] about Why Favoritism Robs Us
My dad, Jim, sitting on his father Laban's lap, 1947 What does the word hero mean to you? I don't think it should be given to someone who displays a talent in an athletic sport. I don't think a hero is a movie or pop star with flashy clothes and the ability to draw a crowd. Our American culture would disagree vehemently. We are told to scramble to get to the top of the mountain no … [Read more...] about My Unsung Hero
*My mom will be out of the country this Mother's Day as she and Dad will be in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I wanted to share this now before she leaves.* Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31:28-29 My beautiful mother with my Jenna On a … [Read more...] about Happy Mother’s Day to the Bravest Woman I Know
Dear Dad, I wanted to thank you for being the kind of man that I could adore. Today is not a special day. It is not Father's Day or your birthday. But the older we both become, the more I realize that I will not have as many opportunities to tell you how much I love you. There are many things I will remember about you until Jesus comes back or my earthly life comes to end. I will not forget … [Read more...] about A Letter From Your Little Girl
"You called in distress and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder..." Psalm 81:7 (Amplified Bible)I hit my 'tween years just as the 1970s were coming to a close. Cassettes were the newest form of listening to audio recordings, along with the wonderful 8 track box. But before we had a tape recorder, we had a record player. (I have actually had to explain all of these … [Read more...] about A Tight-Rope Trust