family, God-sized Dreams, living well / 14.09.2016

I remember thinking, “When will things get back to normal?” I was a first-time mom, and our new baby boy was barely two weeks old. I can hear you snickering. My dream of becoming a momma had come true. But for all my years of wishing and praying and even my last nine months of planning, nothing had prepared me for the upheaval of “normal” that was coming with the birth of our first child. My naive yearning to take my baby and get back to normal was a delusion. Gradually, it was replaced with the sober yet hopeful reality that, after a period...

community, Compassion, family, living well / 07.09.2016

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. ~Ephesians 6:11 "That's my verse," she said. It embodied the path she was walking. Choosing. Taking the light into a dark place. My good friend who had retired from the Air Force gave them to her the day after Em read the verse. And she has worn the boots into lots of dark places ever since. Playing music with her best friend/husband in bars. Praying with a roomful of models and walking runways. Boldly blasting churchy paradigms and teaching this woman a few new lessons about being salt and light. You should...

community, Compassion / 30.08.2016

The fonts and size on this post are all wacky. I've worked on fixing it for too long, and it might make me quit blogging if I don't give up. Sometimes I wonder if there's something unseen to "technical difficulties." Screwy fonts or not, I believe this story is worth being told.     We stood at the edge of two hundred miles of dense cloud forest stretching from Costa Rica to Panama. It is a national reservation and home of the Cabecar Indians, Costa Rica's oldest indigenous tribe. We'd driven two and a half hours from the town of Turrialba where the St. Francis of...

community, Compassion, Uncategorized / 20.08.2016

  You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who cannot repay you. ~John Bunyan   At two years old, Kenneth is severely underweight and has cerebral palsy. His mother Saida is due next month with another baby. They are Cabecar Indians, the most isolated indigenous tribe in Costa Rica. Their home is a two hour drive and a day's walk into the jungle, far from the medical aid a child with cerebral palsy requires. After Kenneth's birth, he and his mother stayed at the St. Francis Emmaus Center to recover. But when Kenneth's father said to come home, they did. Weeks later Kenneth...

community, Compassion / 18.08.2016

The language veiled her words, but tears told her broken story. I understood the words abuse, hunger, and homelessness. All foreign despite my ability to translate. But there were familiar words too. Sorrow. Depression. Fear. Her story was a world apart in many ways, yet ultimately not unlike my own and yours. In the end, every woman's heart longs for the same love. Her moist eyes shined as she talked of  strength and friendship found with Colleen and the other women at the mission. Laughing, she said men don't understand women like women do. How could they? A community of women who break and...

community, Compassion / 17.08.2016

  Find where God is working and meet Him there. ~Henry Blackaby Sunday evening we gathered with twenty women to hear Nicol Epple, founder of The LOV Foundation, share her passion to care for at-risk and exploited women. The women were brought together by Martha Mason, who welcomed them by reading this quote: If you want to make a difference with people,  you just need to find like-minded people  who share a common goal for doing something significant. You just need to want to make a difference together. ~John Maxwell                                   Martha shared how she'd found encouragement in her own dreams and endeavors when attending Winsome two years ago. This year Martha heard...