What If Our Birthdays Blessed Others?

What If Our Birthdays Blessed Others?

Birthdays spark opportunities for good food, connections through social media of friends from around the world chiming in a “happy birthday,” and perhaps a special gift. All those things are fun and make the birthday person feel loved and special. And who doesn’t need...
Does God get my first-fruits or my picked over left-overs?

Does God get my first-fruits or my picked over left-overs?

Does God get my first-fruits or my picked over left-overs? This question has rumbled through my head and heart over the past few days. The alarm went off at 5 am on Saturday morning, and we woke three sleeping kids to start our three hour trip to a Lahu village. We...
Does Peace Proceed or Follow the Steps of Faith?

Does Peace Proceed or Follow the Steps of Faith?

“You prepare a table before me…” The Good Shepherd knows what we need, how much we need, when we need it, and why. Our youngest child’s speech issues caused us great concern as we thought about moving to Thailand. Will she learn to speak? Could we find what she needs?...
Not convenient, simple or easy. Move Forward!

Not convenient, simple or easy. Move Forward!

Our family starts our journey to Thailand mere hours from now. Our bags are packed. We’ve moved boxes, stored treasures, donated items, rented our home to a Japanese company in our city, acquired visas, and just today mere hours before departure we sold two cars (so...
God Remembers…God Waits…God Speaks

God Remembers…God Waits…God Speaks

On the last day of vacation, I went to the beach early in the morning to do a quiet time. As I sat and watched the waves roll in and out, I embraced the moment to just be with God. I expressed some concerns and fears I found myself struggling with as Chad and I...