Grieving a Dream

Today I am missing my Central Asian students.  It’s been over a year since our school closed, and it is only now that I have allowed myself to cry over that loss.  Some people thought our school could come back.  I knew that wouldn’t happen in this climate and season.   Still I waited to grieve-not because I thought the school would start again, […]

This Time I Am Leaving

Over six years ago, we moved overseas.  At that time, I had no idea how much I would come to love this place.  How would I like wearing a head scarf?  Could I learn a new language?  For me, it was all new.  I had no idea what it would be like to live in another culture.  I didn’t have […]

Hurry Up and Wait

Hurry up and wait sounds like a contradiction but actually it is a phrase that is used frequently in aviation.  A couple weeks ago, my pilot husband told me about how he got in line to take off to come home but then had to wait another 45 minutes before actually taking off.  It was important for him to be […]

God and Efficiency

As I write this, we are in our 6th month without written flight permissions.  These past few months have been full of meetings, waiting, and more meetings.  The team has worked on getting the planes in ship shape for when we can fly again.  The pilots have been studying and staying current. The staff has invested extra time in training our national […]

A Spirit of Fear

I live in a country where I have had to go on lock down because of terriost attacks.   I have had my front door blown open because of a car bomb over three blocks away.  Friends have been killed because of terrorist attacks.  In those moments, fear can come in and paralyze you.   I have a choice.  I can live […]

Things to Remember When Starting a New Season

Last week I left my oldest at Liberty University.  This week I will be leaving my youngest in Germany at boarding school.  We are not using the words “empty nest” but basically that is what it is.  My husband and I will be returning to Central Asia without the kids, moving to a new city, and I will be teaching at […]

My Anything Musing

Book Review: Anything, well, could be anything.  Anything could be something big like moving across the ocean, or adopting a child.  It might be something small like inviting your neighbor over for coffee, or giving up a little bit of sleep to have more time in God’s word.  In her book, Anything, The Prayer that Unlocked My Soul and My […]

Road Block or Hurdle

(Image from wikipedia) A roadblock is something big.  There is no way around it.  It clearly says turn around and go another way.  It is obvious.  The roadblock might be cancer, being fired, no visa, or even being kicked out of the country where you are serving.   The signs are clear you need to go in another direction.  (Image […]

Is It Worth It?

Is it worth it?  This question is often asked when times are hard, and we are discouraged and confused.   It is asked by mothers struggling with a handful of little ones, pastors whose flocks are apathetic, and teachers with unruly, failing students.  In fact, this question was the topic of a dinner conversation a week ago.  Is what we […]