Day 24: Unpack Your Boxes and Plant Your Trees

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is GLOBAL. Go!



//  As an international Mom parenting international kids, today’s prompt word is the perfect opportunity to share with you one of my absolute LIFESAVERS.

Had you told me that we would someday live overseas for more than a decade, I would’ve never believed you. Nope. Wasn’t even on my radar. But surprises happen, and thankfully, God has more exciting plans for our lives than we can even hope or imagine.

We had been in South Africa for almost 5 years and the homesickness and culture shock were so intense. There were times I seriously thought I was losing my mind. In those first years of trying to establish a new life in South Africa, we did many things right, but we also did many things wrong.  Read more

Day 15: Selling Pearls

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is MOVE. Go! //



 So there was this guy,

and he was a collector of beautiful things. Not just any beautiful things… pearls.

It took him years to build his collection. Carefully saving and skillfully negotiating each purchase, and each time adding to the delight he felt. He knew each piece like they were his friends. Each glimmer, each nuance, each flaw. Intimate friends.

But then one day, he found a treasure that took his breath away. It was what he had been searching for his whole life. The experts called it a real bargain, a great value, “the pearl of great price!”

That pearl would be the crowning jewel in his collection.

Sadly, the cost of the pearl was so great that he would never be able to afford it, even if he worked his whole life away. It would never happen. He laboured over numbers through the midnight hours. He could sell his car―“I can walk.” He could sell his furniture―“I’m rarely home anyway.” He could sell his electronics― “Who’s got time for that?”

Discouragement seemed to overwhelm him. This was simply impossible. Unless…

The reality of what he was thinking began to sink in. Could he really part with his collection? Could he bear to trade the fruit of years of hard work and sacrifice for this one item?

But then he looked at the glossy flyer again. FLAWLESS. This prize was worthy of the sacrifice. So worthy. //

It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was a quick one. The following morning, he sold his car, his furniture, his electronics, stocks and bonds, and investments… AND his pearl collection.

With joy, he attained the prize, for its value was worthy of the cost.


So there was this girl,

and she was also a collector of beautiful things. Read more

Five Minute Friday – PATH

It’s Friday again! Every week, I join a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the word is PATH! Go!


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Path. What a week to be writing about this word.

I’ve actually been contemplating this word all week. Not in the sense of “where will this path lead me?” but in wondering “where might I be today if Jesus hadn’t rescued me?”  Yes, it’s a rhetorical question, but it’s a good question to ask it sometimes.

Where might I be today? Maybe divorced, maybe childless, maybe depressed, maybe dead.

Last weekend, I finally wrote about my 25-year battle with Tendonitis and I have been surprised at Read more