Walking on Water in the Desert

We were hosting some friends for lunch a couple of days ago who are in the throws of planting an international English speaking African church and community center to serve the second and third generations of Congolese refugees living here in Tucson.   I mean, come on, what a vision, right?!* As they were excitedly …

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Lord, let me be a Martha

With the exception of the Woman of Valor described in Proverbs 31, I don't think there is a female in all of scripture that Christian women use to beat themselves up more than poor old Martha. You remember Martha, right?  Yes, yes.  Mary's sister.  The nagging one. “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has …

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The Rock and The House

As a family we love to adventure and hike and watch America Ninja Warrior and as a result my kids are often climbing rocks and trees and anything that will stand still including the walls of our house.  Inevitably there will arise a moment of panic when one of them can't find a safe place …

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The Ministry of Oreo Cookies

Last week my baby boy somehow, miraculously, turned 6 years old.  He is big and strong and tender and generous and asks curious, philosophical questions about life.   To celebrate we invited some family and school friends over and I sent my husband to the store to get some chips and cookies.  He came back with …

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The Host

Have you ever filled out one of those Spiritual Gifts Assessments? I remember in the past answering the questions a bit dishonestly ignorantly, not only because I didn't really have a lot of experience to go on, but also because I had in mind what I assumed were expected or acceptable gifts for a young …

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Dear Santa, I’m just not that into you

I don't think it phases my children AT ALL when I tenderly tell them Santa Claus isn't real.  I can't imagine why they ignore me on this (sarcasm font in case you're missing it).  Hmmm...perhaps it is because he is actually at the mall, sitting on an actual over sized green velvet armchair welcoming small …

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