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
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
Some days I accept the life God has given me with grace. “He’s a good God,” I’ll say, and mean it. He brought me a husband, even though I was so introverted and traveling hither and yon. He has given me children, even though my body is broken. He has provided us a home, even when we couldn’t see how it would all come together. He has answered our prayers in such miraculous ways, so … [Read more...] about Stop Trying to Manipulate God
Life takes random turns in just moments. It can stretch endlessly in one direction and then in a split second, you can be spun onto a new path. We were cleaning in the barn earlier this week, just getting some work done while the kids were off school for Christmas. Our son was hauling loads of wood scraps to the furnace in the shop. Our daughter was hammering nails from boards. Just cleaning … [Read more...] about when life throws you a curve-ball