(in)courage

Fervent

“He’ll divide old and young, traditionalists versus progressives, private school kids from the public schoolers. Instead of people being able to freely exercise and emphasize their various spiritual gifts for the good of the body, he’ll cause folks to see one another’s personal ministry as being a direct competitor of another’s. Division, disharmony, friendly fire.…

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Giveaways, Love

A Safe Place To Wrestle

All week, I’ve watched lines being drawn in the sand, friends standing toe-to-toe on opposite sides of the arguments. I’ve watch professing Christians, with differing viewpoints, cut each other down with profanity and name calling on Facebook. With every stabbing word, my heart twists into knots. This is not the way. Beloved, if God so…

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Compassion, Dominican Republic

Food Is Love

It’s our last full day here in the Dominican. Tomorrow we fly home to our families, but we will bring what we have seen and heard and smelled and experienced home with us. We have been well cared for and blessed by the people we came to meet, by the ones Compassion serves here in…

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Compassion, Dominican Republic

One Way To Build A Future

We wind our way across roughly paved streets and uneven, disintegrating sidewalks, to even more unsteady ground, twisting between narrowing alley ways, to get to the home of Johani and Johan, seven year old twins who are significantly smaller than my 5 year old daughter back home. Their mother graciously invites the 7 of us in. Our translator and…

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Compassion, Obedience

God Answered

Nearly 3 years ago I prayed for a specific opportunity. It felt a bit like a selfish prayer, I’m certain that my motives were somewhat mixed when I petitioned God for this.  I know this, because I remember well the point I was at in that particular season of my journey. My straight legs and stiff neck hadn’t yet…

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Five Minute Friday, Love

Food Is Love

For the two years we lived in south Miami, we’d gather every sunday around my Grandaddy’s dining table, our sweaty bare legs sticking to those turquoise leather seats. We’d gather and break bread, (or biscuits, as was usually the case), and we’d laugh and talk and share stories over a meal. It wasn’t anything fancy,…

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Love, Marriage

After All These Years

I met you promptly after I swore off boys who didn’t love Jesus. I prayed in my car, in the church parking lot some 18 years ago–that the next boy I met would not only love Jesus, but that he would be the one. I think I met you within a week of that day.…

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Dreams, Five Minute Friday

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It’s been a long time since I hung out with my Five Minute Friday peeps. I’ve missed this community so much… In case you’re new around here, (welcome!) Five Minute Friday is really simple: Write for 5 minutes, (no editing) post your words, link up with Lisa-Jo and share encouragement with the others who link…

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BibleDude

It’s after 11:30PM when I finally fall into bed. I hadn’t intended on staying up that late but there’s work to be done and so, it just happened that way. It’s seems like it’s only minutes later I hear her calling out to me in the dark. She calls my name once, and I wait–sometimes…

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