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Yams And Trust And Lessons From The Rain

At its core, farming is an endeavor of trust. No one has figured out how to control the weather. It’s one of the tools God uses to remind us, even the control freaks among us, that we’re not in control of very much at all, really. How do you feel about that? Is it unsettling?…

I Left My Heart in Fumbisi

I’m going to tell you a real life story of Romans 8:28. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 Almost 30 years ago my husband and I moved to Huntington Beach. A little jewel of a…

Little Things Mean A Lot and Love is All We Need

My husband’s sleep-sounds blend with those of an African dawn.   A medley of chirping, thrumming, cooing and crowing means the sun can’t be far below the horizon now.  There’s no going back to sleep, so I slip out of bed and find the thermos of boiled water and ‘tea things’ laid out on the…

The One Who Made The Ends of the Earth Loves You

The Sahara Desert from 35,000 feet Carried aloft 35,000 feet above the earth reminded me just how small we humans are and just how great God must be.   Great though He is, He is always thinking about us. For the first time we flew to Africa through Frankfurt Germany and during daylight hours which…

I’d Like To Thank Those Who Helped Me

Who helped you grow into the person you are now? We’ve all had help getting where we are as people. Tonight as I watched The Golden Globes I listened to the winners thank their mentors. When I was a young wife and mother far from my own Mom God brought some special women into my…

Take Off: What Isn’t Done, Stays Undone

There’s a strange relief when you finally take off on a long trip.  I don’t mean relief that the plane took off safely, I’m talking about the absolutely wonderful feeling that whatever didn’t get done is beyond being dealt with, by me anyway, and can wait until I come home. Everything becomes like clothes in…

When Jesus Says I Will, Everything Changes

Whose life isn’t a handful? While He walked among us we made Jesus’ life a handful! My guess:  He loved every minute of it.  His answer to our requests was always “I Will.”  Even people who didn’t ask, think of Peter’s mother-in-law,  received a healing touch.  When the disciples, excellent sailors who knew the Sea…

Lessons From Wallpaper on the Consequences of Choices

I learned the hard way that my decisions have consequences, long term consequences. Before my son was born I wallpapered the nursery in a bold bright Jungle Graphic wallpaper.  What can I say?  I was pregnant.  It was the 70’s and we were a nation wallowing in Style Confusion.  Do I have to remind you…

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