Living boldly in a broken world

Is “Mommy Media” making you a Hassled Homemaker?

Jul 24, 2014 | 2 Comments
Is “Mommy Media” making you a Hassled Homemaker?

Oh boy. An issue the wives, moms, and homemakers of the past didn’t have to deal with… social media. I would love to see the women of yesteryear featured on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter! Can you even imagine all that we could learn from them? But then again, they were so busy butchering chickens, hand-scrubbing […]

You (yes, you!) have been chosen

Jul 21, 2014 | No Comments
You (yes, you!) have been chosen

We women are masters at comparison. Experts at believing what she does, who she is, what she has is so much better. We tell ourselves what we do doesn’t matter much. Who we are isn’t very important. What we have is a pile of burdens that we’re not even equipped to handle. And we begin […]

Loneliness: 3 Surprising truths that can change everything

Jul 14, 2014 | 4 Comments
Loneliness: 3 Surprising truths that can change everything

I’ve been there more than once. Unknown. Aching. Lonely. I’ve heard the enemy whisper that I’m the only one in a dark empty corner. That this kind of pain isn’t fair. That if anyone really cared, they’d try harder to reach me. Lies, all of them. But believed by so many of us. The truths […]

You don’t want to be stuck behind me at Aldi

Jun 29, 2014 | No Comments
You don’t want to be stuck behind me at Aldi

It’s true. I can’t tell you how many questions about my family I’ve answered while in line to buy ridiculous amounts of food. If you’d like the nutshell version of who eats all those groceries at my house and how God put us all together, click over to The Better Mom, where I share my […]

A Taste of Chapter 2 (and a prayer request)

Jun 24, 2014 | 8 Comments
A Taste of Chapter 2 (and a prayer request)

Hi friend! I’ve been editing my memoir lately instead of blogging — thus the silence over here! Want a tiny excerpt? From In A Sun-Scorched Land by Jennifer Ebenhack Chicago 2000 There we’d snuggled, happy newlyweds, on our hand-me-down couch several months into the new millennium, until I’d bolted straight up and looked at Jarod like […]

Tired of school yet? (What you need to know about God’s classroom)

May 10, 2014 | 6 Comments
Tired of school yet? (What you need to know about God’s classroom)

I’ve been in school for over 36 years now. Well, in God’s classroom. Sometimes I ignore the homework and don’t study for the tests. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve enrolled in the wrong class, or if the Teacher has any sense of fairness. “Really Lord? You want me to face this issue in the middle […]

What “God’s Not Dead” has to do with your next step of faith

Apr 29, 2014 | No Comments
What “God’s Not Dead” has to do with your next step of faith

What if you knew how big a difference you’re going to make… … how many lives you’ll change if you take the next step of faith? Would you press on if you knew you’d help draw an atheist to Christ? Bring hope to a persecuted believer? Lead a foreign exchange student to Jesus? “God’s Not […]

20 Answers (to those 20 questions I asked you)

Apr 24, 2014 | 4 Comments
20 Answers (to those 20 questions I asked you)

  A couple weeks ago I asked if you’d help me out playing 20 Questions, and you did. THANK YOU! I so appreciate each and every one of you who took a few minutes to share your thoughts with me. You are the best! Here are the promised results to give you a better feel […]

Why I won’t tell you to strive for balance

Apr 13, 2014 | No Comments
Why I won’t tell you to strive for balance

What woman among us has not spent years in search of balance? The balance of family and work The balance of service and rest The balance of tasks and relationships And on and on it goes… this quest for balance reaches into every part of our lives. Will we ever manage it? Should we even […]

20 Questions for my readers

Apr 7, 2014 | No Comments
20 Questions for my readers

Hi friends! Can I ask a HUGE favor? I am so grateful for each of you… you read my blogs, you encourage me, you bless me by being a part of my life! I would love to continue to bless you as well, and in order to be a meaningful (and not irrelevant or worse […]

Do the “ordinary” matter?

Mar 31, 2014 | No Comments
Do the “ordinary” matter?

Ordinary. The adjective no one wants to claim. In a world where importance, attention, glamor, and any kind of fame is everything, how do we know if we really matter? How do we know our true worth and significance when we feel so ordinary? How do we pass eternal values on to our kids enamored […]

The simple, amazing reason we will always be okay

Mar 24, 2014 | 2 Comments
The simple, amazing reason we will always be okay

The ability to praise Jesus when his wife entered Heaven; The ability to pray for me even when her own pain surpassed mine; The ability to cling to his Savior when his family was whisked away forever; All of these… in my friends in their weakest moments. All of it grace. I hate the pain. […]

Stillness: 4 things I learned while doing nothing

Mar 5, 2014 | 6 Comments
Stillness: 4 things I learned while doing nothing

Here I am again… back in your inbox, on your computer, or on your smartphone screen. Back where everyone else has been so active, so busy, so crazy-productive… while I sat. Sick. Tired. And a little worried. I like rest in moderation. On my terms. But when God interrupts my ambitious whirlwinds and just sits […]

Why we shouldn’t “try our hardest”

Feb 23, 2014 | 4 Comments
Why we shouldn’t “try our hardest”

Effort. Hard work. Determination. Principles we live by. But do they apply to following Christ? Do they apply in the quest for spiritual fruit in our own lives and the lives of our children? Should we try? Can the harvest come any other way? I hope you’ll make the quick click here to join me […]

3 Truths your enemy wants you to forget when you’re feeling down

Feb 11, 2014 | 10 Comments
3 Truths your enemy wants you to forget when you’re feeling down

The Mondays of life come. Sometimes on Monday, sometimes the day after Valentine’s Day, sometimes just on random terrible, horrible, very bad, no good days. Yes, we’d rather be happy. We’d rather smile, laugh, love, and serve, but there’s something weird that happens once we’re down: We kind of just want to stay down. What […]

When your soul is parched

Jan 30, 2014 | 2 Comments
When your soul is parched

Have you ever tried to quench a desperate water-thirst with milk, Coke, or coffee? No matter how great our favorite beverages may be, nothing can take the place of water — that life-sustaining liquid that makes up most of our bodies… most of our planet. Without it, we die. How about your soul thirst? When […]

A case of mistaken identity: How should we define ourselves?

Jan 27, 2014 | 10 Comments
A case of mistaken identity: How should we define ourselves?

I was supposed to be a missionary. I dreamt of it all through childhood. The passion grew each time I read a missionary biography, attended a missions conference, or drove by a Kansas wheat field “white to harvest” (John 4:35). I traveled to Belize in high school, Papua New Guinea in college. I majored in […]

Taking the time to pile up stones

Jan 25, 2014 | 10 Comments
Taking the time to pile up stones

It was getting late. I was tired, Jarod had to finish grading papers, and every second that bedtime was delayed by forgotten chores, unbrushed teeth, and misplaced pajamas meant less sleep and more stress. But then I realized I’d forgotten to say anything to the kids about how this day marked exactly four years in […]

A wake-up plea to groggy believers

Jan 15, 2014 | 10 Comments
A wake-up plea to groggy believers

And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor […]

That’s what faith can do {Remembering the Port-au-Prince earthquake}

Jan 12, 2014 | No Comments
That’s what faith can do {Remembering the Port-au-Prince earthquake}

That’s what faith can do. You’ve heard the song, right? Each time I hear it, I’m transported back… Back to Haiti. Back to my fall into darkness and anxiety, that strange world where terror strangled me. Everybody falls sometimes Gotta find the strength to rise From the ashes And make a new beginning Anyone can […]

What is Christmas all about again?

Dec 21, 2013 | No Comments
What is Christmas all about again?

This is going to sound a little crazy. I’ve set up a beautiful Christmas tree, I’ve shopped for my kids and extended family, I’ve baked Christmas cookies, and I’m kind of excited to find out what’s in the package my husband put under the tree for me. (That wasn’t the crazy part.) While a big […]

Christmas Confessions Day 4: “Worried and bothered about so many things”

Dec 17, 2013 | 6 Comments
Christmas Confessions Day 4: “Worried and bothered about so many things”

I’m just gonna throw this out there and make an assumption that I’m not the only one who is “worried and bothered about so many things” today (Luke 10:41b). There’s the basic workload – work, cook, wash clothes, parent… Then there’s another layer of responsibilities – Christmas shopping, mailing packages, deep-cleaning the house, baking… And […]

Christmas Confessions Day 3: [Mis]Judging my Husband

Dec 11, 2013 | 2 Comments
Christmas Confessions Day 3:  [Mis]Judging my Husband

My third confession is that I’ve judged my husband. (What? Judge not that you be not judged?) I’m married to a hard worker, a wise parent, a dedicated Christ-follower, and a caring, sensitive husband. And for the record, I’ve read tons of marriage books, I’ve learned about the pivotal issues of love and respect, and […]

Christmas Confessions Day 2 — Thankful or Discontent?

Dec 4, 2013 | 2 Comments
Christmas Confessions Day 2 — Thankful or Discontent?

I celebrated Thanksgiving a few short days ago. How thankful should I be? Infinitely. How thankful am I? Pathetically. My confession today is my discontent. I thank God for all the good with my lips, but my greedy heart clamors for better… A better couch A prettier face A heftier bank account A cleaner house […]

Christmas Confessions Day 1: Not perfect

Dec 2, 2013 | 4 Comments
Christmas Confessions Day 1: Not perfect

Every time I share with you, my blog friend, I long to be perfect. I want to express myself clearly, share just the right amount of struggle, and come to an encouraging conclusion. What happens when I’m not thinking clearly? Experiencing too much struggle? Not yet at my encouraging conclusion? Silence. But I shouldn’t be […]

What every non-runner needs to learn about the race

Nov 12, 2013 | 6 Comments
What every non-runner needs to learn about the race

I live with a bunch of runners. (Note my careful choice of words.) My husband coaches cross-country and track and can’t resist discipling our own 8-14 year-olds in the art of running in his free time. My eight year-old ran two 5ks in the past two days. They are all putting me to shame. But […]

Doing hard things

Oct 31, 2013 | 19 Comments
Doing hard things

The funny thing about hard stuff is that we didn’t believe it would be this hard. Ministry. Adoption. Marriage. Parenting. Walking by faith. Those of us living in a first world country are especially confused by hard. We watch commercials promising the easy life, sure that if we buy or do the right things, we’ll […]

Not crushed, not in despair, not abandoned, not destroyed

Oct 24, 2013 | 2 Comments
Not crushed, not in despair, not abandoned, not destroyed

Sometimes all I remember of 2 Corinthians 4:8 is “we are hard pressed on every side,” “perplexed,” “persecuted,” “struck down.” I groan. And I know I’m not alone. Stop for a second and you’ll hear it too… the groaning of the earth… as cancer consumes, atrocities fill the news, immorality is celebrated, and injustice prevails. […]

When we’re waiting for the bus

Oct 8, 2013 | 9 Comments
When we’re waiting for the bus

Ever feel like you’re in Dr. Seuss’s book, Oh the Places You’ll Go… but not exactly on the last page where things finally come together? Somehow I think we’re all a little more familiar with the “slump” page, the “alone” page, and especially the “waiting” page. My dear fourteen-year-old special-needs son was on the waiting […]

When we’re waiting for the bus

Oct 8, 2013 | 9 Comments
When we’re waiting for the bus

Ever feel like you’re in Dr. Seuss’s book, Oh the Places You’ll Go… but not exactly on the last page where things finally come together? Somehow I think we’re all a little more familiar with the “slump” page, the “alone” page, and especially the “waiting” page. My dear fourteen-year-old special-needs son was on the waiting […]

Winners announced!

Oct 4, 2013 | No Comments
Winners announced!

Thanks, friends, for your participation in the drawing for Sally Clarkson’s books! Congratulations to Laura, the winner of The Mission of Motherhood!!! And Congratulations to Chasity, the winner of The Ministry of Motherhood!!! To the rest of you… you should seriously consider spending a couple Starbuck’s-coffee’s-worth on a book! The blessing it will bring will […]

WIN a book by Sally Clarkson! (Moms—or friends of moms—don’t miss this!)

Oct 2, 2013 | 24 Comments
WIN a book by Sally Clarkson! (Moms—or friends of moms—don’t miss this!)

It was back in those hot Haiti days when I had five little ones interrupting every thought… My parenting techniques included exasperated sighs (which my special needs son imitated with delight), sarcasm, and lots of volume. I was not proud of myself. (Of course those things never happen now. Oops, sarcasm.) Then a friend recommended […]

It’s all loss compared to this

Sep 26, 2013 | 3 Comments
It’s all loss compared to this

The comparison game is so easy to play… whether we’re trying to feel better OR worse about ourselves. We make a mental list of “their” church involvement, “their” schooling choices, “their” accomplishments, “their” parenting skills, “their” volunteer work, “their” talents and measure them against our own. If our list glows in comparison, we relax a […]

Not by might, nor by power: An answered prayer

Sep 24, 2013 | 2 Comments
Not by might, nor by power: An answered prayer

I “fought” on behalf of my special needs child for a few weeks. I attended the meeting that was intended to resolve the issue. And I walked away defeated. I’d given it my all… presenting what I thought were strong arguments and valid points, yet I was presented with three unsatisfactory options: Yield. Muster up […]

Freed in frustration

Sep 12, 2013 | 4 Comments
Freed in frustration

Stress. Pressure. Struggle. Trials. Count them all joy? (James 1:2) I pray against them. Don’t you? When Jaden has seizures, I pray they will end. When my bank account is empty, I pray it will be filled. When my friend suffers, I pray for relief. When the days ahead look dark, I pray for sunshine. […]

In over my head: choosing my focus

Sep 4, 2013 | 5 Comments
In over my head: choosing my focus

Some people have serious problems that we rarely hear about; others have less serious issues that are brought to our attention quite frequently. I’ve spent time pondering this. (Yes. Really.) I’ve wondered if the Eeyores among us really have more problems than the rest, or if it might have something to do with perspective. My […]

My new ebook (free PDF this week!) — Take Courage: Choosing faith on my journey of fear

Aug 26, 2013 | 9 Comments
My new ebook (free PDF this week!) — Take Courage: Choosing faith on my journey of fear

Take Courage: Choosing faith on my journey of fear is a concise, two-part ebook offering hope to those, who like me, have found themselves in the grip of anxiety, adrenal fatigue, and trauma-related issues. In the first section I share glimpses of eight drama-filled years in Haiti preceding my own personal crisis and in the […]

My new ebook (free PDF this week!) — Take Courage: Choosing faith on my journey of fear

Aug 26, 2013 | 9 Comments
My new ebook (free PDF this week!) — Take Courage: Choosing faith on my journey of fear

Take Courage: Choosing faith on my journey of fear is a concise, two-part ebook offering hope to those, who like me, have found themselves in the grip of anxiety, adrenal fatigue, and trauma-related issues. In the first section I share glimpses of eight drama-filled years in Haiti preceding my own personal crisis and in the […]

Listening well to the ones I love most

Aug 26, 2013 | 2 Comments
Listening well to the ones I love most

So I try hard to be a good listener… but about the time I twist my arm to pat myself on the back, I realize… I’m tuning out the ones I love most. I’m at TheBetterMom today, talking about how well I really listen. Join me!

Growing weary of the faith walk?

Aug 18, 2013 | 3 Comments
Growing weary of the faith walk?

My husband and I have been comparing notes on how sometimes circumstances seem to conspire against us just to prove to us what big babies we are… basically the opposite of James 1:2-4. Honestly, I rarely consider it pure joy to have my faith tested. It’s painful realizing how pathetic I can be. I look […]

Growing weary of the faith walk?

Aug 18, 2013 | 3 Comments
Growing weary of the faith walk?

My husband and I have been comparing notes on how sometimes circumstances seem to conspire against us just to prove to us what big babies we are… basically the opposite of James 1:2-4. Honestly, I rarely consider it pure joy to have my faith tested. It’s painful realizing how pathetic I can be. I look […]

“I was the lion” — When God doesn’t show up

Aug 8, 2013 | 4 Comments
“I was the lion” — When God doesn’t show up

If only God would show up… … when we’re scared to death. … when sickness hits. … when our hearts are breaking. … when ends won’t meet. … when we’re alone. … when everything is as wrong as it could possibly be. From The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis: “I can’t see you […]

In the trenches

Jul 22, 2013 | 2 Comments
In the trenches

Sometimes the stresses of life have hit me in a big way — crazy things like thieves breaking in or two years of panic attacks. But sometimes… most of the time… my stress has piled up in the little everyday stuff. Things like spilled hamster cages and floors covered in socks, legos, and pencil shavings. […]

A dare to leave your comfort zone

Jul 12, 2013 | No Comments
A dare to leave your comfort zone

In Your Beautiful Purpose, Susie Larson writes: “If we live in the comfort zone and make accommodations for self-preservation, that zone begins to shrink. Even what we know begins to diminish” (126). A couple years ago, as I battled intense panic attacks, most of the world was outside my comfort zone. Driving a car was […]

Choosing my special child

Jul 8, 2013 | No Comments
Choosing my special child

I’ve blogged about my son Jaden before. Actually, I could probably write a pretty interesting story about him every day. Oh yes… when we chose our dear boy, we had no idea how many scares we would have, nor how many scars he would someday have. Thanks to his special needs and fearless nature, this […]

There is no easy life… but there is hope.

Jun 30, 2013 | 2 Comments
There is no easy life… but there is hope.

Have you — like me — ever found yourself thinking “I don’t believe anyone else has it this hard?” Some days we know we’re being ridiculous, but other days we really wonder. We see organized moms, happy couples; healthy, beautiful, prosperous people. We feel quite alone with our impossible workload, our debt, our anxiety, our […]

Who am I?

Jun 19, 2013 | 2 Comments
Who am I?

I heard you say, “I’m not sure who I am anymore,” and I understood. Crises and even natural changes did that to me too. It may happen again. Sometimes who I am requires very little analysis. But there are also times when everything seems to hang on the answer. In my childhood search for self, […]

When we don’t know how our story will end… He is here.

Jun 1, 2013 | 13 Comments
When we don’t know how our story will end… He is here.

Today is nearly perfect. I am completely comfortable: The temperature is 79 degrees. I’m sitting by a screened-in pool, listening to the rustle of palm trees, while gentle breezes kiss my face. Best of all, I am uninterrupted. I’m not sure I could overstate the beauty of that concept right now. I’ve escaped the joyful […]

Reaching out of our inner circle: 4 things we can do to comfort the hurting in our extended community

May 22, 2013 | 4 Comments
Reaching out of our inner circle: 4 things we can do to comfort the hurting in our extended community

As I write this, we are all grieving the loss of life brought about by recent tornadoes. In only a few days or weeks, there will likely be yet another heart-wrenching headline. Our broken world, our temporary home, is full of tragedy. We need only glance up from our busy lives for a second to […]

Reaching out of our inner circle: 4 things we can do to comfort the hurting in our extended community

May 22, 2013 | 4 Comments
Reaching out of our inner circle: 4 things we can do to comfort the hurting in our extended community

As I write this, we are all grieving the loss of life brought about by recent tornadoes. In only a few days or weeks, there will likely be yet another heart-wrenching headline. Our broken world, our temporary home, is full of tragedy. We need only glance up from our busy lives for a second to […]

Friendship in the valley: 8 things our hurting friends want us to know

May 14, 2013 | 6 Comments
Friendship in the valley: 8 things our hurting friends want us to know

I’ve experienced both. There was a season of fear, confusion, hurt, and danger. My friends were out of reach, and I felt parched. Years later, in the midst of new trials, friends were there, pouring life into my thirsty spirit. They were the hands and feet of Christ, bringing healing and sanity. The apostle Paul […]

Friendship in the valley: 8 things our hurting friends want us to know

May 14, 2013 | 6 Comments
Friendship in the valley: 8 things our hurting friends want us to know

I’ve experienced both. There was a season of fear, confusion, hurt, and danger. My friends were out of reach, and I felt parched. Years later, in the midst of new trials, friends were there, pouring life into my thirsty spirit. They were the hands and feet of Christ, bringing healing and sanity. The apostle Paul […]

How can we help our hurting friends?

May 7, 2013 | 2 Comments
How can we help our hurting friends?

We all know someone who is going through a hard time. What are we going to do about it? The answer probably depends on how well we know the person: Close friends — We consider peering into the darkness with them. Casual friends — We might pray for them, but decide someone else is better […]

How to change your mind — literally

May 1, 2013 | 4 Comments
How to change your mind — literally

Want a cheery verse to start your morning? How about “Simon, Simon, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat…” (Luke 22:31)? Those inspirational words rang in my head as I opened my eyes just the other day. God, should I be worried? What’s going to happen?  Of course I hoped it was completely […]

How to change your mind — literally

May 1, 2013 | 4 Comments
How to change your mind — literally

Want a cheery verse to start your morning? How about “Simon, Simon, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat…” (Luke 22:31)? Those inspirational words rang in my head as I opened my eyes just the other day. God, should I be worried? What’s going to happen?  Of course I hoped it was completely […]

Cynical about “the least of these?”

Apr 22, 2013 | 5 Comments
Cynical about “the least of these?”

I don’t know about you, but I have to admit, I can be a little cynical about helping “the least of these.” A thousand questions come to my mind, especially after eight years of work in Haiti… Am I enabling a cycle of poverty when I give to the poor? Don’t people need to reap […]

Have you been given much?

Apr 16, 2013 | No Comments

I wasn’t sure if the woman was drunk, or high, or ill. I was almost home when I saw her stumbling along the sidewalk alone. She had a few bandages on her arms and some papers in her hands. As I watched, she sat on the sidewalk, then changed her mind and struggled to her […]

Seeing the gifts in special needs

Apr 3, 2013 | 8 Comments

How has a special needs child or adult come into your life? For most of us, it’s not by choice. For some it’s the prenatal discovery of an extra chromosome, for others the shocking diagnosis of a child’s autism. A few have watched a tragic accident transform their loved one, while others have encountered unexpected […]

When you’re hurting

Mar 19, 2013 | 3 Comments

My dear friend, I know I can’t possibly understand exactly what you’re going through, but I’ve tasted enough pain to feel at least a little of your heartache. Even that taste is overwhelming. I long to solve your problems, to ease the pain, to un-do what has been done. And I, like you, ask God […]

4 “Musts” in discerning God’s will

Mar 7, 2013 | No Comments
4 “Musts” in discerning God’s will

I can’t believe how often I ask the question… “What is God’s will for me?” I’ve asked it from my teenage years, assuming that once I had my spouse and calling figured out, I’d be all set. And yet, here I am again, with new dilemmas, needing God’s direction daily. I suspect that’s all part […]

5 things the newcomer in church wants you to know

Feb 28, 2013 | No Comments
5 things the newcomer in church wants you to know

I was new to church once. No, actually, seven times. Longing for friends. I’m not shy per say, but even so, I couldn’t escape the uncomfortable, self-conscious, outsider feelings. I’d look around at happy people chatting in their circles, knowing we might be great friends down the road, yet so unsure in the awkward now. […]

Do you want to escape the drudgery?

Feb 21, 2013 | 4 Comments

If you were granted three “escape” wishes, what you would escape from? You probably don’t have to think too hard, but if you’re struggling, just pick the three things that give you an instant headache, make your chest tighten, bore you to death, or put you in a horrible mood. Today, mine would be: filling […]

Interested in International Adoption?

Feb 18, 2013 | No Comments

I recently wrote an article for an international adoption website. Whether you are just a little curious about adoption, seriously considering it, or already into the heart of the process, this website may be helpful to you. My article offers encouragement for those in the waiting stage: International Adoption and Waiting: The Hardest Part of […]

When people disappoint us

Feb 15, 2013 | No Comments

Do I even need to ask if you’ve been disappointed by people that you respected, admired, loved? I imagine you have. It’s hard enough to be disappointed by someone that you didn’t have very high expectations of to begin with, but it’s even worse when you had good reason to believe in them, especially when […]

How is sin related to the law of gravity?

Feb 5, 2013 | No Comments

Do you ever feel like you’re doing a pretty good job at life? Your ugly sin nature hasn’t flared up too badly in a while — at least not that you’ve noticed — and then, just when you’re floating so happily along, you’re tested? Yeah, that happens to me. Something or someone provokes me. And […]

What you need to know about Trauma

Jan 29, 2013 | 2 Comments

Have you ever wondered how to relate to someone who has recently experienced trauma? Maybe you haven’t been in that situation yet, but the truth is, most of us will eventually be the person in the trauma or else walk alongside someone who is. Knowing something about it can make all the difference in the […]

Tired of Interruptions?

Jan 25, 2013 | 2 Comments

Interruptions. I spent the first half of this week annoyed and overwhelmed by them. I’ve been wondering how God expects me to fulfill His callings on my life when life is so full of interruptions. Actually, I’ve been wrestling with that issue for a lot longer than a few days. How am I supposed to […]

My Brokenness: A Billboard of His Grace — Part 3

Jan 13, 2013 | 4 Comments

Healing It’s been exactly three years since the day Haiti was turned upside down. I wish that I could look at Port-au-Prince today and see healing. Millions of dollars were sent to mend and rebuild the broken city, and yet it is ravaged still. Has there been healing that we cannot see? Healing of souls […]

My Brokenness: A Billboard of His Grace – Part 2

Nov 28, 2012 | No Comments

Part 2 My sense of independence, strength, and ability had been completely rattled. And then the ground of Haiti shook. I felt the Port-au-Prince earthquake and aftershocks from over one hundred miles away. My trauma was nothing compared to those in the epicenter. Why were they dealing with life and death, and I was dealing […]

My Brokenness: A Billboard of His Grace — Part 1

Nov 18, 2012 | 5 Comments

Part 1 Part of me would love for the billboard of my life to dazzle you. There would be a beautiful (airbrushed) picture of me in the background and then tasteful, humble summaries of my wisdom, endurance, brilliance, strength, talent, and godliness. Such a billboard of me, however, would only disgust you, and rightly so. […]

On Being “Type A”

Nov 8, 2012 | No Comments

“There are NOT enough hours in the day!” — Me, everyday. Can you relate? Have you ever thought of yourself as a “Type A” person? I never did. But then I took a revealing quiz in the book, The Hidden Link Between Adrenaline and Stress by Dr. Archibald Hart. (Sounds thrilling, I know.) Well, it […]

Do You Need A Listening Ear?

Nov 5, 2012 | 12 Comments
Do You Need A Listening Ear?

I wish I could pull up a chair and listen to what’s on your heart. Chances are, it’s something pretty big. And chances are, you’re having trouble finding someone who’s willing to listen, empathize, and share in your pain. I’ve been there… a few times. One such time was after Brendan, our fifth child, was […]

Compelled

Oct 23, 2012 | No Comments

There are voices everywhere – on blogs, on television, in Starbucks, in print, on facebook… Why should I add mine? The mission fields of the world are overwhelming… What difference can I possibly make? I am pretty comfortable here in my first-world environment – I’m entertained, well-fed, and enjoying indoor temperatures in the 70′s… Why […]

What Am I Supposed To Do?

Sep 19, 2012 | No Comments

I wrote already about my desire to be used by God – to know that I’m giving Him my all and doing things that count for eternity. I read in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” And […]

Jealousy

Aug 21, 2012 | No Comments

I am writing a book about our years in Haiti. In the process of writing, I am also reading. Today I started reading Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis, who is a single missionary and adoptive mom of thirteen in Uganda. I have to admit I am almost completely jealous. As I read about the […]