Wednesday, May 16, 2018 was a difficult day. It was day three of my son’s stomach virus, and also my and Preston’s 9th wedding anniversary. The day of love and remembrance that I had hoped for was swapped out for a day of cleaning, mothering, and sweat-sticky clothes. As I worked, I couldn’t help but think about fast-forwarding, just skipping this part of my life and pushing play when Lukas was well again, and we were ready to celebrate. But obviously the technology in Click is not yet available.
The dew rests in droplets on the grass, but it’s gone before the shops open.
I don’t know how many of you have traveled to China, but traveling in China is very much like a certain Steve Martin and John Candy movie I watched as a kid. So, I thought I’d share with you today some modes of transportation that I have used here in China, and hopefully, provide a few travel tips. Continue reading “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”
It was 8:00 p.m. on Thursday night when I read the text message. Inwardly, I groaned. Our volunteer organization (World Academy for Women) was asking for help again. The text said they needed someone to teach some school children about American culture on Friday—as in the next day, as in my day off. I really didn’t want to go…
The story I am about to tell you seems unbelievable, but I can promise you that it is not. It is 100% true. It happened to me. It happened to my family, and it could happen to anyone anywhere. Continue reading “Spiritual Warfare”
While I can’t count the number of times I’ve read or heard this story, I can say that I learn something different almost every single time. In my most recent rereading of the passage, I’ve gained a new perspective: the battle of David and Goliath isn’t about a boy defeating a giant, it’s about the identity of the people of God. Continue reading “W.O.W.! Real Life David and Goliath”
I was absolutely astonished when I visited one of my friends, and she asked me to take my shoes off at the door! Yes, this was many years ago, and it was in Arkansas. But for those of you who don’t know, it is simply NOT a southern thing to have your guests remove their shoes–at least not in my neck of the woods. This is only Southern Hospitality 101, right? We want our guests to be comfortable, and if that means clogging through the house in their squeaky sneakers, then so be it! Continue reading “Footprints…in the Classroom”
Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day, my first St. Patty’s Day here in China. St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday! Aside from the fact that I get to see my favorite color everywhere, it’s a sure sign of the coming of spring. The daffodils are blooming and I’m sure back in Arkansas, the clover has crept its way across my lawn–I haven’t seen any yet here. With the myths of good luck and leprechauns, I feel a sense of wonder, magic, and possibility. Still, to me, there is nothing more magical than the history behind this holiday. Continue reading “New Magic”
I am a firm believer that God’s Word can speak directly into our lives. It can cut us to the quick while simultaneously offering comfort, peace, and wisdom. During these times, God can feel so near. I can feel his arms wrapping around me and the warmth of his love. Today, I’d like to share such a instance with you.