What’s the old news adage; if it bleeds, it leads?   About 25 years ago a journalist named Eric Pooley first commented on the disturbing trend he had noticed in local news. http://evaluatingconversations.weebly.com/if-it-bleeds-it-leads.html Returning from nine weeks of ministry in small villages throughout Ghana, West Africa—this is one of my first thoughts as I return: Literally no news is good news! Local, National, and World News are full of Bad News. The good… Read More

When I’m in Africa I teach the Bible almost every day, but when I’m home I write, well, I blog.   It’s harder than I thought it would be, but it’s also more fun than it sounds. Sometimes I run into a friend I haven’t seen in awhile. When she asks what I’ve been doing and I answer ‘blogging’, she looks at me like I just said, “I’ve been eating bugs”, or… Read More

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  You have two options in life:  March to the beat of your own drum or NOT.   For a country obsessed with ‘selfies’ we are a people terrified of being ourselves. What if my friends don’t like my hair, my shoes, my furniture? Easy, get new friends. We’re constantly fluctuating between finding ourselves and reinventing ourselves. Let’s make up our minds and just get on with being what we are and… Read More

You could say being a submissive wife is Retro, but most people, most American women anyway would say it’s a throwback to the Cavemen era or at least the Mad Men era.   I mean, we’re in a new millennium, a whole new era has dawned for women. Hillary Clinton may become the next President of the United States!!! Everything has changed. Or has it, have we? Or are we as people,… Read More

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we seem to have gone right from summer to fall weather over the weekend although the sun was warm, the air was fresh and crisp perfect for apple picking and warm apple cider donuts

Are your thoughts like these crates when you start to pray? There’s a little order, a few coherent sentences, but then they start tumbling down into your To Do List, or what someone said about your new hair cut, or what to make for dinner. Prayer is conversation with God; listening to Him as we read His word, or as the Spirit speaks in the stillness of our own hearts and then… Read More

  Are you at your spiritual BEST? When I’m in Africa I feel like my spiritual life gets expanded about 1000%. I don’t know how you’d ever measure it, but I know I feel more spiritually energized and effective. I want to feel this way all the time, even when I’m back at home in the US. Then I saw this little roadside shop and started wondering if I’d been limiting God… Read More

You never hear people talk about their burdens anymore.   I think the word has all but disappeared from our collective vocabulary.   We have a whole new set of hyphenated word pairs describing the feeling, the result, and the supposed source of what we used to call burdens. We don’t have burdens, we’re just stressed-out, burned-out, or over-committed. I mean, when was the last time you thought, “Oh man, this is… Read More

A lie is a cage made of words.   And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32   The lies we believe imprison us, our sentence may be a few hours, a day or two, or many long years. I once spent an entire day angry at my husband for ‘thinking I had nothing better to do than pick up after him’. When he came… Read More

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