What are you packing in their lunches?


// Have you ever noticed that people don’t need to be reminded to worry every day? Or to be afraid? Or to be angry? Those things come quite naturally, don’t they?

I don’t know about you, but I often find that I need to be reminded to ENJOY every day. I need that extra kick-in-the-butt to turn my attention FROM my problems to the simple fact that “I’m alive” and “the sun is shining.”

Some years ago, a friend of ours was traveling through South Africa and happened to preach at our church on Sunday morning. He preached a profoundly simple sermon called “What are you packing in your kid’s lunch today?” which radically challenged how I wake up and approach my days.   Read more

When Foreigners Become Family


The lights had been dimmed, and delicious aromas filled the air as unsuspecting guests entered the house. I could hear small gasps and expressions of delight! Wow, look at this place! Where is the furniture?

They were not expecting this.

I smiled with quiet pleasure as, one by one, these precious people entered my home. It’s the time of year to say “Thank You” to our amazing team of worship leaders for their tireless service this past year. We normally celebrate end-of-the-season success with a potluck, or a bring’n braai (or whatever other name you choose). But this year, two of our ‘Creative Divas’ decided to BLESS this team with more than just food… they were going to throw us a

Moroccan dining experience!

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Day 28: Beautiful Bouquets of Words

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 BOUQUET. Go!



//  The first time he said it, I thought he was crazy. There is NO way I’m going to do that. Tensions were high, and emotions were raw. The room was charged with unsaid irritation.

Have I mentioned that Erwin and I met in Bible College while we were studying music and theology? Part of our training was to travel every weekend for ministry with a group of 30+ other students.

You’ve probably heard the phrase that says, “The family that prays together, stays together.” Well, there’s a lesser known phrase that says, “The family that travels together fights like hell.” As with any other traveling family, this family had reached its limit.     Read more