Favorite Books of 2019

I love looking at book lists.  What did people like or hate. Which books are worth the time or which might be a waste of time. One thing I have realized from these lists that I don’t necessarily like all the same books as other people, but I am sure the same could be said about my lists.  I do find it […]

Lessons from the Magnificat

Luke began his book with a meeting of two expectant mothers.  This would not be an ordinary meeting. Mary was a teenage girl overwhelmed by wonderful news. She would be the mother of the Messiah.  Elizabeth was in her 6th month of pregnancy even though she was past the child-bearing years.  She who was barren was carrying the forerunner of […]

6 Lessons Learned (Summer 2019 Edition)

My summer months were full of reading good books, drinking lots of iced coffee, connecting with friends-old and new, and feeding interns.  I loved the slower mornings and not having to rush to get off to school.  I cherished my extra time in the word and the chance to work on a few projects such as new kitchen curtains.  It was also a good season […]

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 […]