Why Naomi’s Song?

Loss hurts. In these past few months, I have cringed as friend after friend suffered loss. Three couples have miscarried. Several church friends and my neighbor have suddenly lost a parent. Cancer killed a 26-year-old cousin of my husband. Smaller losses hurt too: pets, jobs, friends. As I have wept with those who weep, my … More Why Naomi’s Song?

Why Under His Wings?

Metaphors rock. In English class you may have learned that a metaphor is a comparison between two objects that does not use “like” or “as.” Ug. How un-poetic! A metaphor happens when words form two separate images in your mind and then meld them together into one fascinating new picture. And I especially love this … More Why Under His Wings?

When Facing a Future of Unknowns . . .

I freeze. Our family’s future has been uncertain for well over a year now. We live as legal aliens in a Middle Eastern city. As such, our visas, apartment, schooling etc. all depend on my husband’s employment. We’ve been riding a roller coaster of yes-you-can-stay and oh-wait-no-you-can’t. And it looks like this July we’ll be … More When Facing a Future of Unknowns . . .

Build Intentional Cross-Cultural Relationships

Christian, B.I.C-C.R., don’t bicker. To illustrate, let’s pretend. Jesus Himself used made up stories to illustrate his teaching points, so I think that legitimizes our strategy. Let’s pretend that we own and manage a store in a small town in America. It’s a town of thousands, but not tens of thousands. It’s a store with … More Build Intentional Cross-Cultural Relationships

Why wet worship?

Nowadays, I can rarely make it through a worship service without tears. Sometimes it’s the songs, sometimes the sermon, possibly communion or often the quiet meditation time at the end. It has become necessary for me to go to church with Kleenex tissue packets in my bag! Before you all rush me to the psychiatrist … More Why wet worship?

Mother’s Day 2014

Today is Mother’s Day. (At least for Americans and Filipinos.) My thoughts are drawn to my Korean friend. She and her husband have never been able to have children. Most would not consider her a mother. Today, she is flying down to Africa, where she and her husband support a kindergarten full of African children. … More Mother’s Day 2014