September 24, 2017

A Testimony of God’s Faithfulness

One of my earliest memories is of the day I was forever adopted into God’s family. I was three years old, and my mom and I had just left a midweek Bible study at someone’s home. While the adults met in one room, the other kids and I enjoyed some play time, snacks, and a brief Bible lesson. I don’t remember who taught us, but I’ll be forever grateful for their willingness to serve! As we left that day, I was overcome with curiosity about the process of salvation.I remember sitting in the front seat of the car (that was before airbags and mandatory back-seat riding for children), and asking my mom how it worked—how a person could “get saved.” She talked me through acknowledging my [...Read More]


Snapshots from Our Adventures in Wyoming

If one picture is truly worth a thousand words, then twenty-two pictures ought to be worth a lot more that that... right? But since everybody likes photos, and it's a lot easier to show you the area than to explain it in words, here's a 2200-word glimpse (in photos) of what I've been up to since arriving in Wyoming. It's hard to believe we've already been here for two months... One of the biggest answers to prayer has been finding a comfortable (and affordable!) place to live. We actually stayed in a local motel for over 3 weeks while we searched for something, and God provided a place that fit the exact specifics we'd been praying for: something with enough insulation to be warm in [...Read More]


We’re Going On A (Western) Adventure!

Remember when I shared a personal appeal to pray for missionaries? And then I wrote about the events from my high school and college years that led up to the beginning of our missionary journey? Well it's finally officially happening! To paraphrase a famous hobbit: "We're going on an adventure!" Ours just happens to head west to the Rocky Mountains, instead of east to the Lonely Mountain. At the end of this month, we're headed to Wyoming!  Not that I'm excited or anything... :) Over the past two months, things have been happening fast and furiously. My husband had been looking for a work-from-home job that would allow flexibility with traveling, relocating, and the [...Read More]


Beginning My Missionary Journey: the College Years

In my last post, I began sharing the story of how God called me to home missions. I went off to college with a burden on my heart for spiritually oppressed people and a specific call to prepare for full-time Christian service as a pastor's wife. I wasn't sure how all the pieces fit together, but God was still writing the story... The final two things God used to direct my missionary journey were faithful involvement in ministry and a short-term missions trip. During my first semester in college, I got involved in an regular outreach ministry on the weekends. We would travel to nearby nursing homes, women and children's shelters, and local churches to minister through puppet shows, [...Read More]


Beginning My Missionary Journey – The Early Years

I had the opportunity recently at a ladies' meeting to share the story of my missionary journey -- how God led me to prepare for becoming a missionary-church planter, and then used that call to direct me to a husband and place of ministry. When I mentioned it on Facebook, several of you expressed a desire to hear the story too, and I decided to share it with the hope that it might be an encouragement to all. My story begins -- as all of ours do -- with God's call to salvation when I was a young child. But fast forward about 12 years, and the story of my missionary journey begins. I could sum the beginning of that journey with the words of Abraham's servant in Genesis 24, when he was [...Read More]


What Are Your Goals for 2016?

We're almost halfway through the first month of the new year! Have you forgotten your New Year's resolutions yet? Or are you digging in and staying disciplined, despite the waning motivation and monotony of hard work? Or do you still need to figure out what you want to achieve this year? I took a little extra time to carefully and prayerfully work through the 5-step process of setting great goals, and finally decided on 5 major things I want to accomplish over the next 12 months. I would love to reach for more than that -- but with a cross-country move on the near horizon and several months of transition surrounding that, I think I'll need some extra "margin" in my life to deal with the [...Read More]


How Was Your 2015?

How was your 2015? Mine was a confusing jumble of mountaintop experiences and dismal unending plateaus. If you've watched The Lord of the Rings, I often felt like I was stuck in the dead marshes. But like Frodo and his faithful companion Sam discovered, the marshes do not last forever. Neither do the hard seasons. And looking back over this past year, I realize that our time in the marshes pales next to the thrill of the mountaintops and the lessons learned in the valleys. I started the year off on a plateau, zoomed up the heights of seeing my husband graduate with his Masters of Divinity (after 7 long years of climbing!), flew to the next peak to begin our missionary journey, then [...Read More]


Pray for Missionaries: A Personal Appeal

I've recently been sharing some ideas about praying for missionaries (here and here). How would you like a real-life opportunity to put those things into practice? As some of you know, my husband and I have felt God's call to be missionary church-planters in the intermountain West. We've had a long stretch of waiting and preparing as he worked through six years of seminary. Last spring he finally graduated, and we flew out to Salt Lake City to meet with the board of Northwest Baptist Missions. We were officially accepted as "pre-field missionaries" and started looking for a more specific area to focus on. We had a few days free to survey different areas, and God clearly directed our [...Read More]


Quarterly Goals Check-In (April)

How are you doing with your goals for 2014? I hope you haven't forgotten about them... or given up on them. Because it's only been a few months! So if you're starting to slip, now is the perfect time to get back on track. Forget about all those days you didn't make progress on your goals, and get busy working on them now. It's better to end well after a rocky start, then to start with a bang and fizzle out completely! Or maybe you have been plugging away at your goals for the last three months, but you're starting to get discouraged at the slow speed of progress. Maybe you're doing the three-steps-forward, two-steps-back thing. Or maybe you feel like you're just barely treading [...Read More]


Disciplines for 2014

I've been struggling to set new goals for this year, and I finally figured out why -- I don't want to attempt anything new. Not that I don't want to try new things this year, but I don't want to set goals for accomplishing new things. Instead, I need to focus on maintaining and developing current things. I stumbled across some pretty good rhythms in 2013, in several areas, and I don't want to lose any ground! And I'm afraid setting new goals would do just that. So this year, I'm choosing disciplines instead of goals. I've chosen seven areas in which I need to be disciplined, in order to shift from occasional habits into regular lifestyles. It's not my "word for the year" (that's [...Read More]