It’s been a little over two months since our big family trip to western Africa, but it all still seems so fresh! We’re still talking about it almost every day.  In fact, just this morning as we were driving our youngest son to school, he asked if we could go back tomorrow.  How we wish we could!  Apart from missing all the wonderful people we left behind over there, we’ve also had time to process all that God taught us on that amazing trip, and we long for more!  God opened our eyes in so many ways. May we keep them open and continue to pursue His purposes surroundingRead More →

*This is a true story, but names have been changed and places have been kept very vague.  The people in this story live in a part of the world where Christians are persecuted for their faith.  Telling their story puts them in danger, but they want people to know what God is doing.  God is using these brave believers in mighty ways, but they need our help. They need our prayers, and they need our support. Ephesians 6:18 –   Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Romans 12:10-13 – Love each other with genuine affection, andRead More →

Mariama Part 1 – Following God when Faith Costs You Everything *This is a true story, but names have been changed and places have been kept very vague.  The people in this story live in a part of the world where Christians are persecuted for their faith.  Telling their story puts them in danger, but they want people to know what God is doing.  God is using these brave believers in mighty ways, but they need our help. They need our prayers, and they need our support. Ephesians 6:18 –   Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believersRead More →

*I want to start off with a great big thank-you to my followers.  I’ve taken the last month off from blogging, and since this is such a brand new blog I really thought my audience would drop down to nothing as soon as I stopped doing the social media work that brings most of my traffic.  And while my daily page views dropped significantly, I was so thrilled to find that there have still been a small group of you coming and reading every single day.  I don’t know who you are, but you are appreciated and I pray that God is using what you areRead More →

I told you back here how much my love has been growing spiritually and promised to talk more about it soon.  Today is the last day of our 90 day therapeutic separation so it seems like a great time to celebrate what God has been doing.  Our Bible reading plan through those first few months took us through Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.  (The story of Moses and the Israelites) If you’ve ever read them, you know that these books can become somewhat difficult to get through.  Once you get past the first half of Exodus there isn’t a whole lot of narrative, at leastRead More →

An Update to Our Story from the Past 45 Days “Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, ‘Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?‘ ‘You don’t have enough faith,’ Jesus told them. ‘I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move.  Nothing would be impossible.‘” – Matthew 17:19-21  Hopefully yesterday you read Part One of this story.  If not, you might want to take the time to stop and do that now.  Yesterday I told you what our plan has looked like for theRead More →

An Update to Our Story from the Past 45 Days “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.  These trials will show that your faith is genuine.  It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold – though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. ” – 1 Peter 1:6-7 Well, we’re halfway through the 90 day therapeutic separation I talked about here.  I thought it would be a good idea to give a little update because God has been doing some big stuff!  We ended up changing a fewRead More →

  “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:8 My heart is so heavy right now, and this is all I can do – trust that my God is going ahead of me and that He will be with me and that He will never fail me or abandon me.  It’s just about all I’ve got right now. The Council My love moved out tonight.  After the council we received last week we have decided together that a short separation is in order. Read More →

I am believing God that this isn’t the end of our story.  I am hoping and praying that there are many more chapters to come – wonderful chapters.  But this is the chapter we’re in now.  It’s a chapter that started a little over 3 years ago.  It’s a terrible, painful, life altering chapter.  But God is faithful.  In all of the mess that is this chapter, His love shines through.  His sustaining power can be seen everywhere.  My hope is that His redemptive power is what will prevail.  That it will be the reason for all the chapters to come. The Big Compromise LikeRead More →

The slow fade is what I’m calling the part of our story in between the first five or six years of marriage and the time we’re still in now.  These years were all over the place, filled with many highs and many lows.  It was during these years that I began to realize some of the realities of my love’s sexual addiction.  It was during these years that God began to teach me what unconditional love really looks like.  It was during these years that I learned that thankfulness is simply a perspective and it’s possible in every circumstance. A Dream Dies There was noRead More →