October 22, 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]

Why Is A Christian Worldview So Important?

We can't keep our faith in a box. It's not something that can be relegated to reading the Bible every morning and attending church on Sunday. It needs to color our realities, shape our perspectives, and direct our thoughts and action on day-by-day, moment-by-moment basis. It needs to instruct our view of this world, of humanity itself and all our endeavors. Every single realm -- from science to history, from creative arts to psychology, from occupation to recreation, from family relationships to personal ambitions -- must be viewed through the lens of God's truth. Why? Because how you see the world, and the people within it, determines how you interact with it. And how you interact [...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]

In Christ Alone

If you follow my Facebook page, you might have seen my post about celebrating my spiritual birthday yesterday. And many years, I would follow up that statement with a blog post about my testimony of how God miraculously saved me. But this year, I want to share a different perspective on celebrating spiritual birthdays, and sharing our testimonies, and counting our many blessings. In the eternal scope, what matters most is not how many years we've been saved, whether we had a longstanding Christian heritage or were first-generation Christians, whether we had the benefit of Christian education or came to know Christ at the ripe old age of 82, whether we've spent years on the mission [...Read More]

Gratitude: a Brand New Washing Machine

You may have seen my Facebook posts over the last two weeks about shopping for a washing machine... here's how God helped me practice gratitude, even while I was staring at a mountain of dirty clothes: I was doing an extra large load of laundry that Saturday morning. And apparently it was a little too full, because something slipped over the side of the tub, and ended up clogging the drain hose. The washer went through all the cycles... but it didn't spin. And even worse, it didn't drain. Hubby was out at drill that day, and I was stuck with a washer full of  flannel shirts (and other things) that were soaking in dirty water. I had to take it all out and wash it piece by piece in [...Read More]

Salvation Stories {Link-Up}

October 28 is the anniversary of my adoption. Not a physical adoption -- a spiritual one. It's the day God made me His child, gave me His name, and provided a new life for me. I would say it's the day He chose me, and called me, but that's not entirely true. He chose me before the earth was created. He called me before I was even conceived. Salvation has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with God. {<--tweet this!} It's not because I'm anything special, or because I have amazing potential, or because I have a great heritage. It's because God wanted me to bear His name, His suffering, and someday His glory. And God in His amazing grace caused me to be born into a Christian [...Read More]