We've been on the road for 29 days. This is a mission-support raising trip. Every day we tell our children that our focus is to love and serve people as a family for 42 days wherever God places us. I've lost count of the different beds we've slept in, though as a writer the stories I've gathered from each place remain… Continue reading Day 29:The Whole World. The Whole Gospel. The Whole Church.
I admit it. I've got an edge of domesticity. I just don't talk about it all that much. All of that "stuff", though it takes up the majority of many women's lives is too small to be the starting point, not to indicate that small is not significant. Just that the bigger picture must inform smaller ones or we live and think in limited ways and… Continue reading The Large Significance of Small Things.
"The time came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom." ~Anais Nun I had some moments last week to actually sit on the couch and I grew wistful at the sight of the branches batting each other in the hot breeze while the lizards tried… Continue reading When He Brings Us Out.
Fear is something common to every man. Still, we shame ourselves for our fears as exposure of them reveals some of our deepest inadequacies and leaves us feeling naked, grasping for our fig leaves yet again. We are certain that we should know better than to be afraid. After all, we grew up to know… Continue reading Therefore, We Will Not Fear.
u·ni·ty Something whole or complete formed by combining or joining separate things or entities. "I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought." -1 Corinthians… Continue reading Is Unity Essential?
Are you willing to risk it all for the purposes God is summoning you to? Will you allow his perfect love to so fill you that there simply is not an inch for fear to creep in, poisoning your confidence in who he is and what he has said he will do? Would you gather up courage to move forward in… Continue reading God Asks Us to be Risk-Takers.
Yesterday I read a random news clip about a woman journalist in a closed country recently jailed and banned from writing for 30 years. It is in a magazine upstairs by Kiersta's rocker, but I'll wake her if I attempt to give a credible citation. This writer is not alllowed a computer, pen, paper, and probably no chalk. I am horrified at such a sentence and… Continue reading Enough to Write About.
This is article long, but worth your time. I've chewed on this all week. I don't know anyone who does not deal with anger on a certain level. A true understanding of anger can change everything in your world; the impact on our relationships is astronomical. Andrew Olsen, the author, works here at New Missions Systems International where my family and… Continue reading What We Believe About Anger (is usually false).
The below information provided is to answer some recent questions I have had about some favorite resources our family uses throughout the year in terms of spiritual formation and developing a passion for the nations. Please comment in and share some of yours! I don't usually get so nitty-gritty in these details here... Books: YWAM Heros of the Faith… Continue reading Resources We Like.
This is an excerpt from the epilogue of my book, shared in honor of the women whose lives have been transformed through the practice of motherhood. May this gift of words enlarge the beautiful vision of your most holy endeavor. Happy Mother's Day. ~Angela Several years ago, Ben and I attended a wedding reception. In a gorgeous glass atrium flooded with light… Continue reading For All the Mothers: An Excerpt.
"I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint." - Jeremiah 31:25 It is safe to say that many of you are acquainted with waiting. Waiting and I have gone beyond the level of mere acquaintances; we are quite intimate. I waited fifteen years for a certain healing; it came. I waited ten years to hold a degree;… Continue reading Aquainted with Waiting.
I imagine my life is a pilgrimage and Christ is leading me. Sometimes I close my eyes and see the thick wood at dusk, the path grown over and a faithful figure up ahead ever walking, never slowing even when it seems the scenery has not changed much in quite some time. When I dwell in the truth… Continue reading A Night To Remember.
On February 16th at the home of my friend Ginger, a gathering of about 30 women took place. The occasion? The release of my book, but more so to me a fresh release of the Spirit. My hope was that women would not leave with more of "me" but wooed by Christ, the fountain of life. … Continue reading Release Event.
I discovered this in-depth article on Jesus' healing of the unclean woman in Mark 5. It connects this biblical account to the current suffering of millions of women in Africa and Asia from fistula. How much I adore this Jesus who is so tender and esteeming towards us as women! The writer of this article, L. Lewis Wall, is… Continue reading What a Healing.
I read through this and found it riveting... " The word theologian doesn’t appear in the Bible. Old Testament writers used a warmer, user-friendly expression, describing people who “walked with God.” A theologian takes a long walk through life with God — living in his presence, going his way, learning to see the world through his… Continue reading Eve’s Forgotten Legacy.
George Frederic Handel is said to have told a nobleman friend the reason he wrote Messiah: “I should be sorry,” Handel remarked, “if I only entertained them. I wish to make them better.” He dared to speak with the confidence one has when they are certain that their work will help clear the way to… Continue reading A Letter to You.
31 days of specific prayers for your children: 1 salvation "Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory" (Isaiah 45:8, 2 Timothy 2:10). 2 growth in grace "I pray that they may 'grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord… Continue reading 31 Days.
Those of you who know me, know my great love for the nations. Now, if only I could get some free air miles... For those of you who want to grow in God's love for all peoples, here is a great opportunity! The Missional Mind community continues to grow with more and more people opting… Continue reading The Missional Mind Community.
One is napping, one is rolling around on the floor and one is off running track. So, let me give a few moments to share some stark facts about the writing life: 1. When you buy the book directly from me, you give clean water (and an opportunity at health, education and work as well as hearing the gospel)… Continue reading Just the Facts.
Ben and I celebrated our 15th Valentines Day together! Good friends took our boys overnight Friday night (what a relief not to have to do the bedtime routine with three and be woken up at the crack of dawn!). We ate Chinese in and watched a movie and then Ben took his girls to… Continue reading Happy Valentines Day!
The title of CS Lewis' book, 'Till We Have Faces as always been one of my favorites. This title kept coming back to me again and again as I sat at a little table in the entry way of the local Books-A-Million this past Sunday. It was my first signing and my expectations were not sure where to land. The… Continue reading ‘Till We Have Faces.
I believe that women have enough micro-vision and what they need is the macro-vision. In my book I never talk to women in domestic terms, nor do I address the role of a mother. This never occurred to me as this is not the place to start or even to end up at; roles do not give identity. When the domestic… Continue reading He Is.
Yes, it has been almost five months since I have posted! Been busy with the boys, a baby and a book. Whew. I thought I would resume to keep the family journal going; it is so good to look back and see His faithfulness. It is Wednesday night, that evening when I am tempted to lose… Continue reading Alive and Well.
Washington D.C., Sep 1, 2009 / 06:33 pm (CNA).- An upcoming pro-life documentary named “Blood Money” aims to shake the viewer “to the very core” and expose the “inconvenient truth” about the money involved in the abortion industry. The documentary interviews pro-life leaders, former abortionists, and women who have been harmed by abortion. One… Continue reading New Documentary to Expose “Blood Money” from Abortion Industry
Like most writers, I find great satisfaction in good quotes. I carry them like I would a garden in my pocket, with two flowers in particular holding special significance to me. The first is the dying words of Russian author Leo Tolsty: "The truth...I love much..." and the second is by George Eliot, "It seems we can never give up… Continue reading Practicing Beauty.
Music by Naomi Wachiera "At least there is hope for a tree: if it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. It roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of WATER it will bud and put forth shoots… Continue reading At The Scent of Water.
Please listen to the interview with Jonathan Wiles of Living Water International about what is happening with LWI in Haiti. This is the organization my book supports--YOUR PURCHASE HELPS! To help repair the water lines of just one small community the cost is $3,000 dollars. PLEASE give as you are able! Support the vision to get the water of life in all ways… Continue reading Clean Water for Haiti.
(Go to Bound4LIFE.com) January 22nd marks the 37th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade. In the New York Times, President Obama has praised the ruling, saying it was a symbol of the broader principle that government should not intrude upon private family matters. As if life and death is in the power of mere humans; as if we decide… Continue reading Life is Sacred.
Go here to read a fascinating article on The World's Most Corrupt Countries. Sadly, I discovered Haiti is the worst. This fact along should steer how we pray and think in these coming weeks as aid pours into the country--give with wisdom. Living Water International is helping communities there restore their water; this was at a… Continue reading Living Water International Responds…
My sister, another lover of the nations, called me just moments after news of the earthquake rocked Haiti yesterday: “Death was everywhere in Port-au-Prince. Bodies of tiny children were piled next to schools. Corpses of women lay on the street with stunned expressions frozen on their faces as flies began to gather.” I wept at this. And I pulled my… Continue reading Redemption Is Coming.