This month while our family is off in South Africa, a brave couple from the East Coast are house sitting our little estate–chickens, bunny, fish, garden, lawn, weeds and all. Their emails every few days form a fascinating silhoutte of the questions I too have asked for the last decade: – How do you know … [Read more]
About a month ago, I did some soul searching, asking, “Why do I blog? What’s social media for, ultimately?” I happen to be married to a guy who does social media as a job, so he wasn’t about to let me answer lightly. But the fact is, sending messages and stories out into the big … [Read more]
Mitt and Barack didn’t. Looks like Mitt and Barack missed my husband’s request for the debate yesterday. We listened to the debate together yesterday and were saddened to hear not a single sentence by either candidate about foreign policy outside of the Middle East, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and China. At one point Mitt actually said, “Pakistan … [Read more]
Zeke’s favorite answer when I ask him how his day has been is one word: “Normal.” I am about a day into a very short (four days in country) stay in Uganda, and I could say the same about how it has been: “Normal.” Much of what I’ve experienced has become familiar over the six … [Read more]
When I walked into the hospital room, the occupational therapist was holding my mom’s hand, asking her to squeeze. The therapist led my mom through a series of hand squeezes, knee bends, arm lifts, and questions to answer. After two months recovering from a massive brain hemorrhage, my mom had just suffered another setback requiring … [Read more]
“In its extreme moments war breaks the bounds of morality and the senses, exposing a world beyond the known and often destroying the most deeply held assumptions about the nature of the world. War exposes the nature of ultimate things…” (61). This is from an article called “War and the Nature of Ultimate Things,” by … [Read more]
Before you criticize someone you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them. And you have their shoes. -anonymous Enjoy and share! Every Monday there’s a new quote. Here’s the story of why.
I read this in The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns, President of World Vision U.S. He describes this experiment*: A test group of ordinary people was divided into three subgroups. The first read the story and saw a photo of a poor, starving seven-year-old African girl named Rokia. The second group was given … [Read more]
Today I opened the front door after school to find Zeke, pants covered in mud, face covered in snotty tears. His first words inside the door were, “It was the worst St. Patricks day ever!” Between sniffles, once he’d changed his pants, he snuggled into my lap and told me his story. He forgot his … [Read more]
On a related note to my last post on seeing and hearing people’s souls, here’s an article I just wrote for World Vision’s Action network, ACT:S. Listening: A Gift Anyone Can Give.