Saturday, March 27, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
Friday, March 12, 2021
Today we leave for America. Again. This time, we will fly the "wrong way"...around the world through the Middle East (because COVID). Our transition will be a bit longer due to our self imposed quarantine and a side trip to celebrate with our college kids before we move into our house in central Arkansas. So many wise people have written well about cross cultural transition, so today's Friday Favorite Five is a special resource for those who join us in moving around the world:
*10 Things to Tell Yourself During Transition (#2 Ask for help...so grateful for the people on both side of the globe who are willing to help us in the midst of the chaos!)
*Finding God in the Fog of Massive Transitions ("I know I'm relaxing in Jesus when...")
*Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First ("How you process your own emotions and work through challenging situations directly impacts how your child will do so. This doesn't only impact their "little years" but sets the patterns for the rest of their life.")
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Sunday, March 7, 2021
Will we say no to all other kings, including self, because we trust in God alone and the King he’s set over us? Or will we concoct some mix of God and safe, tangible plan B? This is our fight on the daily: whether or not we’ll hedge our bets, whether or not we’ll cultivate wholeheartedness.
Friday, March 5, 2021
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
We're so grateful for the years of building relationships that God has given us on this side of the Pacific Ocean. When we arrived in Marulaon twelve years ago, we didn't realize how precious these faithful, unselfish friendships would grow, nor how they would provide nourishment to our family.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 2021
The Lenten season is about the sin that was the reason for the suffering and sacrifice of the Savior. It is about taking time to reflect on why we all needed such a radical move of redemption, to confess the hold that sin still has on us, and to focus on opening our hands, in confession and submission, and letting go of sin once again. But as we do this, it is important to remember that the knowledge of sin is not a dark and nasty thing but a huge and wonderful blessing. If you are aware of your sin, you are aware of it only because you have been visited by amazing grace.
-P.D. Tripp, “Journey to the Cross”
I'm thankful for the rare treat of quiet house on this cloudy Sunday afternoon. As much as I love the bustle of a houseful, I needed time to ponder Tripp's words and to remember that the knowledge of our sin can be a huge and wonderful blessing.