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You can feel that way, but you can’t stay that way!

tears-2Don’t you just get tired of being emotional and having tears brimming just below the surface? I am so tired of it. This has been quite the year of being super emotional and having to deal with it… daily.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I’m emotionally immature, or even emotionally constipated, I’m just feeling EVERYTHING.    Read more

A Prayer for an Uncommon Life

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// Father, I’m needy. I realize again today how desperately I need you to help me order my steps. I need help. I need courage. I need the strength to open the door and live a life that is uncommon in the world around me.

Father, I’m weak. I see my failures and my weaknesses. I know that, if left to my own devices, I would live small and stay small. Help me, Father, to grow and develop and get bigger in my abilities and in my thinking. Help me to be uncommon in the way I see life and its bigness.         Read more

I Didn’t Ask For This, God!

This post was first published as a guest article on the LIFE IN THE SPACIOUS PLACE blog. The hostess, Lesley, celebrated the month of October with “31 Days of Songs and Stories.” Each day, she shared stories of how God used a song to speak, encourage or comfort.

Thanks, Lesley! I was truly honoured to be included in this line-up of talented writers.

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It seemed to be my theme song for the first few years of living in South Africa. Where was the glamour of international living? Where were the supernatural miracles of being a “missionary”? Why was this sooo hard?

I missed my family immensely, especially when the culture shock hit. I missed my friends―they never misunderstood my intentions. I missed my grocery store with its familiar brands and flavours. I missed my doctor and the brands of medicine I knew and trusted. I missed ‘my people.’ I missed Home.

Corrie Ten Boom said that “The safest place to be is in the centre of God’s will” and I agree. But I would also add that SAFE and EASY are two different things. Read more