We All Want to Belong

Have you ever wanted to recommend a book to a fictional character?  I have.  I don’t know if it is a side effect of reading too much or the timeliness of the topic (belonging) in my life.  My vote is for the later.  Three characters in Tricia Mingerink’s book, Midnight’s Curse, wrestle with belonging which is the theme of Kristen Strong’s book, Back Roads to Belonging. […]

Not Letting a Bad Experience Define Your Future

We have three families on our aviation team.  This week the wives decided to go out for lunch.  Something we don’t do as often as we should.  Our husbands carpooled to work so we would have a car.  I volunteered to drive since I have the most experience with a manual vehicle and also a Liberian driver’s license.   I rarely drive off of the compound because when […]

Lessons from the Syrophoenician Woman

Towards the end of Mark 7, Jesus exited Galilee and entered the region of Tyre, Gentile territory.  He entered a house not wanting others to know he was there.  For some reason, he needed privacy, a time away.  From previous chapters, you know he needed a rest.  He fed the 5000, calmed a storm, was confronted by the religious leaders, and […]

God and Our Call (Lessons from Jeremiah)

Often when we come to the scriptures, our first question is how does this apply to us?  I am learning more and more that my first question needs to be what does this passage tell me about God.  It is only when I have a right view of God that I can then have a right view of myself.  We see […]

Lessons Learned (Spring 2019 Edition)

It has been a long time since I have been here in this space.  What better time to begin again than with a recap of my Spring. These past few months have been a blur of activity and transitions, a wedding, and keeping up with my students at school.  My emotions have run the gauntlet from contentment, to anxiousness, to joy to sadness. […]

First Quarter Reads 2019

I almost feel guilty saying this but I would rather read on my kindle than a physical book. Being an avid reader, I feel like I should be a purist and love reading from actual paper books, but I don’t.  My husband bought me my first kindle when we moved overseas over ten years ago.  I wasn’t too excited about it […]

A Word for Transition Insecurities

Yesterday my husband and I listened online as our home pastor talked about his future transition into retirement and the new vision God has for him.  In October, he will pass the baton of Senior paster to an associate pastor that he has worked with and mentored for over 10 years. They are both ready for this new season, but […]

Helping Those in Transition

When I was trying to come up with a word to describe 2019 (which I never did), all I could think of was “transition”.  We are transitioning people on and off our team in the next month.  Our family is transitioning into a new season as our daughter weds in May. Our son started college in the fall.  Not to forget, I transitioned two […]

What’s Keeping Me Sane (2019 Edition)

It is so easy to look at life and see what is driving us crazy or what needs to be fixed.  Today I am taking a step back and looking at what is keeping me sane right now.  This is my third year in joining Anne at Modern Ms. Darcy as she encourages others to share what is keeping them sane as the cold […]