But Without Faith it is Impossible..

I just recently finished going through the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 with my students.  Looking at each person individually, I came to see the Hall of Faith in a different light.  Even though Hall of Faith has the word faith in it, I always saw these people as those who got it right and did the big things.  I didn’t really understand what faith […]

Have You Prayed About It?

Around Christmas time, I was reading a book where the main character’s best friend kept encouraging her to go to Texas to take care of some conflict in the main character’s past.  The main character adamantly refused to go.  Being a good friend, her best friend asked her if she had prayed about it.  The main character refused to pray […]

What’s Keeping Me Sane: February 2017

Sane: (adj) Of Sound mind; not mad or mentally ill Reasonable; sensible (Definition of sane according to the Oxford New American Dictionary) This time of year I am usually ready for it to not be cold outside.  This year I am would welcome some cooler weather.  Living in West Africa, we have two seasons- rainy and dry.  Right now we are in […]

From the Other Side of the Street (Repost)

I wrote this post a little over three years ago, when we were on home leave from Central Asia, but the message is still relevant for today.   The italicized words are my recent additions. Most afternoons find me walking my neighborhood for at least thirty minutes.  Sometimes I walk alone with my iPod.  Other times my daughter joins me.   Walking for me […]

By Faith… Rahab

Rahab lived on top of the wall of Jericho.  It was like she was part of the city yet on the edge.  For some reason, God had his eye on Rahab.  He was wooing her.  She heard the stories of how God had taken care of the children of Israel-the parting of the Red Sea and the defeat of those kings on the other side of the […]

Confronting the Pride in Me

This past week I was confronted with my pride.  It came out in my insecurities about my job and relationships.  It exposed its ugly head when I need to make an apology but instead wanted to make excuses about my behavior.  It crept in as I begin to think myself better because I thought about an issue a certain way.  […]

Things to Think About as We Run the Race

In Hebrews 12:1 &2, the author urges his readers to “lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily entangles us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us looking unto Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” In my reading this month, I have come across the following blogs that are challenging me […]

Sometimes…

Sometimes you need to put into words what you are feeling. Sometimes you don’t. What if you can’t handle what you are feeling? Sometimes you need to stop running and figure out what is really going on. Sometimes you don’t.  You need to get through just this one more thing. Sometimes you need to step back and see the situation […]

Doing Great Things

(photo by Big D) I grew up wanting to do great things.  Why not?  If you put your mind to it and work hard, you can do anything.  At least that was the message that I heard from teachers, TV shows, biographies, and advertisements such like the Nike ad, “Just do it.”  Graduation speeches were about reaching for the stars and making a difference.   […]

Chocolate Chip Musing

How much would you pay for a bag of chocolate chips?  What is it worth to you?  Well, l I guess that would depend.  Can you get the chocolate chips cheaper somewhere else?  Can you even find them somewhere else? Do you even like chocolate chips?  Do you need them in the near future for dessert you are baking?  Living […]