We were in Alaska, spending time volunteering at the Kingdom Air Corps ranch. It was evening and we were driving back to the ranch after dinner. Arvin and Kathy in the front, our daughter snuggled between us in the back. The man's fire was off the side of the road and he was wrapped in his jacket, sitting on his pack. "That's the man we saw earlier," Arvin pointed out. My husband nodded. We … [Read more...] about Are you an eyewitness of the faith?
Since publishing Counting Grains of Sand, my book that talks about choosing faith while walking through great sorrow and great joy, I've received so many letters with some version of this question: How can I trust in a God who speaks promises, when I am forced to walk through heart-wrenching sorrow? I don't have all the answers. There is so much of the mystery of God that I can't begin to … [Read more...] about An Open Letter to Those Struggling to Trust God while Walking through Pain
Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming, and Ed McCully were missionaries in Ecuador in the 1950’s. They made a plan to form contact with an unreached tribe deep in the jungle, at that point known only as the Aucas. This tribe was known for their killing and their lack of typical clothing, which earned them the title Auca meaning “naked savage”. The missionaries felt a burning … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Book List on Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming, and Ed McCully
Thirteen years. It has been thirteen years since I sat in a doctor's office and was handed a diagnosis that would become a gaping wound in my life. This fall it will be ten years since I carried that wound into my marriage. Infertility has been a deep aching sorrow that has left a trail of blood behind me. No matter where I go-- my life is marked by the reality of its presence. And … [Read more...] about what Jesus says to the suffering-ones who are desperate
I almost felt irritated the first time I heard my mom pray it. It wouldn't be until years later that I realized she was just agreeing with Scripture. But that night I lay there, listening to the words as they rested heavy on me. I shrugged and drifted off to sleep, wondering if God would answer her. The prayer was simple and heartfelt. "Lord, don't allow my daughter to keep any sin hidden. … [Read more...] about One Thing You Need to be Praying Over Your Kids
A couple years ago I wrote this little snippet on farm life: We’re knee-deep in the heart of winter here on the farm. During chores we spend a good portion of our time chipping away at frozen water troughs and kicking apart blocks of feed that have clumped together. It wasn’t until a few days ago that I said, “I get so cold when I’m out here, it takes most of the day to warm back … [Read more...] about sometimes life gets hard just so we can get real