Have I Not Sent You?

I just love how God called Gideon a “mighty man of valor” before he’d done anything remotely valiant, even when he was a little bitter and a lot doubtful, and even when he needed reassurance, over and over again.  To me, a valiant warrior is someone who charges into battle, unquestioningly following his leader with…

The God To Whom I Belong

Sunday morning in Rome, our little group left Hotel Gioberti and set out on a half-mile walk around a few corners and down a sloped street to a small villa. A tall, medieval-looking door barred our entrance (until we figured out that we needed to ring the bell) and then opened onto a dark corridor…

Be Still My Soul

Be still, my soul, the Lord is on thy side; bear patiently the cross of grief or pain. Leave to thy God to order and provide; in every change He faithful will remain. Be still, my soul, thy best, thy heavenly Friend – through thorny ways leads to a joyful end. Be still, my soul,…

I’ll Never Forget This

I’m already absolutely dreading the coming of Friday and parting with these beautiful friends. Over and over in my mind for the past week and a half, I’ve heard the lyrics – “the Lord has been mindful of me…He blesses and blesses again!” I am so, so thankful to have been blessed to be part…

Pray With Your Eyes Wide Open

I suppose I have always imagined Jesus as being immune to feelings. I’m not sure why, other than the fact that He was strong enough to fearlessly stand up to the self-righteous, and disciplined enough to refuse to be provoked. Someone that strong and self-disciplined must not be sensitive to silly little things like feelings,…

Refining, Shaping, and Blessing

It’s almost 4 in the morning, and my eyes popped open about 45 minutes ago. Before I could tell it to hush, my brain was already thinking about coffee, and calculating what time it was back home, and wondering what time the sun would rise outside our balcony – because it happens early, and I…

Ciao, Roma!

(Note: This is copied and pasted from Facebook which is copied and pasted from a travel journal that I did for our kids {which is why I call John “Dad”}….but I decided to put all four days into one long blog post so I can find it more easily later. So, you may have already…

There’s Not a Day Ahead You Have Not Seen

Last night, John said to me, “I bet when you married me, you didn’t know how crazy our life would be!” Well, no, I guess I didn’t. Who could? There have been many times I’ve been glad that we can’t see the future, but I’m so thankful that the Lord does. The truth is –…

A Place And A Name

“Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the…