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Overlook an insult; Vengeance is not mine

Anyone know any impatient drivers? I do. And, frankly, they look kind of like this guy: Yesterday I read the story of a family in a fast-food drive-through line being verbally assaulted by an impatient driver in the car behind them, shouting at them to “Hurry up, (insert expletive topped off with the ‘N’ word here).”  … Continue reading

Seeing the good in others; God gives us worth

So Wednesday was my birthday, and I was at the beauty shop sitting in the comfy spinny chair describing to my stylist what I was wanting her to do to with my mess, I mean, hair. I was asking for just a few highlights, trying to stay conservative with the budget. She studied my dry, long-overdue … Continue reading

‘No unwholesome talk’ Use your words to build up, not tear down!

  Several years ago, I was sitting at my kitchen table with a friend after an energizing missions conference. I’m a missionary at heart and had heard about an exciting opportunity to go to southeast Asia with a group that works to empower women working to support their families and keep them safe from trafficking. I … Continue reading

Change the world and your marriage with random acts of kindness

So a few months ago, I was sitting in the Chik-Fil-A drive-thru line after a terrible week. My swollen eyes were red and stinging with each silent tear and my chest was feeling the crushing weight of a pile of bricks stacked ten feet high. All I wanted to do was crawl in bed and be done with my week, like ‘wake me … Continue reading

I said yes to orphans in Africa – I got Celebrate Recovery

It was 1985 in small town USA and I was just a blonde-haired, pony tailed, freckle-face little thing watching one of our three tv channels thanks to the bunny ears sitting on top of the T.V. Even as an 8-year-old, the televised USA for Africa concert featuring all of our favorite ’80s voices just moved me. You remember … Continue reading

Dealing with a bully; accountability is love

My teen daughter has a bully. Oddly enough? At the moment, so do I. But after spending my childhood and much of my adulthood terrified of these intimidating people, I’ve finally reached a point in my life that I no longer live in fear of them or anyone. So that’s what I’m teaching my children to do, … Continue reading

Let’s have a play date – intentional living in my backyard

One of the things about being the backyard missionary is doing things on purpose. I shop at the same places, eat at the same places, get my hair done, and drop off my husband’s shirts at the same places each time, all in order to connect with the people who work there and be a … Continue reading

Meeting the new neighbors, being brave when it’s awkward

I met my new neighbor today. I marched right up to her door, store-bought cupcakes on a plate and a hand-written note containing my phone number. It was like I had every right in the world to be there, unannounced and not knowing if her kids were allowed to eat sugar. I figure if you act … Continue reading

Do you wanna play?

When we think about missions, we think big, complicated stuff. In reality, missions can be just as simple as asking a child, ‘Do you wanna play?’ The other night after church, for example, I was telling my kids to get their stuff together so we could go home and dye Easter eggs. One teenage girl, overhearing this, … Continue reading

When I was hungry …

I met a transient couple named Justine and Wayne sitting outside of a downtown hotel today.  This wasn’t the first time I’d seen them, but it was the first time I’d stopped to talk. Yesterday, they had been sitting alongside the on ramp for the interstate with their dogs, holding up a sign and asking … Continue reading