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The Unknown

The Unknown

It’s been a while since I blogged. It’s a bit overwhelming. Everything seems to be right now. I’ve been working on the classic “differences between the two worlds” one, but right now there’s something more to say about this return journey. The other one is coming. There is a lot to say about everything that […]

Three Suitcases

Three Suitcases

Three suitcases. My life fits in three suitcases. And let’s be honest, I probably could get rid of some of that too. So tomorrow is the day that I’ve been avoiding for weeks. Tomorrow is the day I board the plane heading back to the States. Still know it’s the right decision. Still dreading starting […]

Loaded Silence

Loaded Silence

So, yet again, it’s been a while since I last wrote. This time I know exactly why. I’ve been in some serious denial about what’s coming. I starting writing this blog in my head almost two weeks ago. When it was exactly one month from the big D-day… the departure. That’s when it hit. I’m […]

Transitions

Transitions

So I guess this is the official post. In a little less than 3 months time I will be back living in the U.S. of A. And with it comes the most whirlwind of tasks, decisions, and emotions that I have ever felt. I told my dad that it seems moving back is scarier than […]

The Weight of Words

Words. So innocuous but so powerful. How often do you weigh yours? Ministry alters the weight of them. Leadership alters the weight of them. Relationship alters the weight of them. Words can make someone’s day, week, or life when spoken just right. But the opposite is true as well. Let me be a little honest […]

Arrivals

So part of my current job takes me to the airport quite often. I’ve almost got the timing down so I don’t have to pay a small fortune for parking. Even so, there are some excellent opportunities to people watch. The international gate is alway fun. My favorite game is spot the American. It’s very […]

The Journey or the Destination

The Journey or the Destination

I always say life is about the journey, not the destination, but sometimes the destination is pretty cool. This past weekend consisted of a road trip to Cape Agulhas, the REAL southernmost point on the African continent and where the the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. So no insightful thoughts(ha!) week, just some pictures.   […]

The Book’s Cover

The Book’s Cover

You’ve heard it as much as I have. You can’t judge a book by it’s cover. And I think for the most part we believe it, at least in our general everyday secular lives. Don’t mistake belief for practice, but we do believe it. I was a bit surprised to hear on two separate occasions […]

Hmmmm

I’m sure you’ve noticed the declining frequency of the blogs. It took me a while to figure out just why it was getting harder. Life is so routine that unless something unusual happens or the rare epiphany, there just doesn’t seem like anything to write about that I think would be interesting. So this is […]

In Theory vs In Practice

Supposing We Really Found Him? It is always shocking to meet life where we thought we were alone. ‘Look out!’ we cry, ‘it’s alive’. And therefore this is the very point at which so many draw back— I would have done so myself if I could— and proceed no further with Christianity. An ‘impersonal God’— […]

The Unexpected

I’ve always been surprised by time. It’s passage and how it changes some things and not others. As I sit in the American icon of Starbucks and type, here’s what I notice has changed in the past few years. And believe me, I have a large enough sample size to speak definitively…at least about Starbucks. […]

Broken

I think there’s a time when you come to accept that what you do everyday is deal with broken people. For me it may have even happened before I stopped working in the hospital. It seems that everyone has some kind of issue to deal with. True, some hide theirs better than others. And then […]

One Coin, Two Sides

I’ve been mulling this one over for a while. I think I told someone today that this blog was “about to explode out of me.” I hope it’s been aged appropriately, but here goes. There is one issue that I’m beginning to think is the biggest problem facing missions, missionaries, and potential missionaries alike. Romanticism […]

Bipolar Prayers

How do you pray when you aren’t sure that your heart’s desire is God’s plan for you? I prayed a lot of those prayers when I felt God calling me into missions. “Lord, you know what you’re doing, but are you sure?” “Lord, I’m willing to follow but please make it clear.” And so on […]

Retrospective

It’s amazing the rabbit trails that I sometimes follow in my head. You’d be fascinated by how I can get from point A to point <what comes past z>. I’ve going down one of these trails over the last few days, mainly because in the past week I’ve been asked long I’ve been here much […]

Our Daily Bread…

Our Daily Bread…

I started this blog several weeks ago and just never finished it. After today, I wonder if there was a reason for that. Make sure you read the whole thing.  It’s a simple prayer. I remember learning it as a child, sort of. Always grateful when someone else led saying it because I was bound to […]

The hard part of being a missionary

Some days, whether in life or in ministry, are harder than others. Today was one of those days. I sit here with a heavy heart, praying God has some master design to make our present adversities His future glory. I find myself here more often than I let you know. Not that I dwell in […]

The Wisdom Experience

Here’s what I now know. You can tell someone something a million times in a million different ways but that doesn’t mean that it will ever be understood. Here’s what else I now know. Doing cross-cultural missions is never what you think it will be. Even after time has passed and you have acclimated, day-to-day, […]

Prolonged Unrelenting Stress

Prolonged Unrelenting Stress

A month?! It’s been a month since I wrote a blog?! I’d say I didn’t know how it happened but that would be a lie. I’ve the idea for this one for at least two weeks but I was too busy or too tired to sit down and write it. So tonight it doesn’t matter […]

A Thank You Letter

A Thank You Letter

A thank you letter to my home church…. The longer I’m here the more I realize what a blessing it is to be sent by Faith Promise and if you bear with me I’ll tell you why. I loved attending church there. I loved serving there. It was this community where I learned to be […]

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