Worshipping the Lord Through Dance

* I apologize for the lack of spaces in between paragraphs.  I am not sure why that won’t stop happening with this post.  Please read it anyway. (Thank you!) If you are like me, you had no idea that something amazing has been going on in the LA area for the last eight years!  There has been a vibrant ministry hosting a Christian urban dance festival every summer!  Click here to check out Word In Motion and The Underground Church. It was such a gift from the Lord to participate in this year’s festival!  I knew it would be amazing, but I … Continue Reading →

Joy in Panama: Journal Entry #2

You know that moment when you realize that the expectations you had were uncomfortably different than what  became the reality of a situation? It happens.  Sometimes it is just impossible to have accurate expectations.  The key is realizing the problem and running to God for the solution.  I found myself in the thick of this while we were in Panama.  The team part of the ministry trip had been underway for several days, and suddenly I felt myself struggle – kind of a lot. We had traveled to another city and were staying in a hotel.  It is the type … Continue Reading →

Monthly Memo: July and August 2013

This summer was pretty amazing for our family.  It went by so fast because we were having so much fun (future posts will share more about this).  And now it is time to get back to normal routine…and SCHOOL. Planning the School Year: As mentioned before (here), we homeschool around here, and it is time for another school year!  My school age children are in first grade and pre-kindergarten this year.  I am really pretty excited about the plans for this year. Last year was kindergarten for my oldest, and we used the curriculum from My Father’s World (I didn’t have … Continue Reading →

{Guest Post} Finding Joy in Difficult Circumstances

Guest Post from Eva Piper  When confronted with difficult circumstances we often feel lost. It’s like being in the middle of a dense forest on a cloudy night. You struggle to find a way out, you hear unexpected noises, your imagination runs wild. Your mind tells you the moon and stars are just hidden by the clouds but they seem so far away. At that moment the only reality is the darkness that surrounds you on all sides. That’s the situation I found myself  following my husband’s tragic accident where he was hit head on by an 18 wheeler. I … Continue Reading →

Joy in Panama: Journal Entry #1

The breeze is cool right now.  Rare this is in this hot place.  It’s raining and has been. I like the sound of rain and thunder.  It makes me remember how powerful God is.  I think of Elijah and the many stories of God’s power through him.  I think of the thunder and lightning said to be around God’s throne.  Hard to fathom really.  He is all powerful. All powerful! What joy comes form knowing this and trusting Him. Sometimes we complain about the rain back home.  It inconveniences us.  Our plans are hindered.  Our shoes ruined.  However the rain … Continue Reading →

Monthly Memo: May and June 2013

  It’s gonna be a busy (and super fun!) summer, so my Monthly Memos just might get to be bimonthly for the time being.  And by the way, how is it June already? Summer is here! Summer is upon us, and we are really excited over here about the things we have planned so far. Here’s our agenda: Family vacation to the Florida Keys Family mission trip to Panama And hopefully a California trip to visit more family, attend a wonderful wedding, and maybe even get to participate in an incredible dance conference I also have some projects planned: Clean … Continue Reading →

Taming the Beast of Discontentment

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:1,2 NIV) When you look around you are bound to notice that someone has something that you don’t.  Even if you are filthy rich and have every material possession at your disposal, you will notice there is something you don’t have that someone else does.  It never ends, and of course it doesn’t just happen with material things.  This is … Continue Reading →

Grace-Full Mama

  “The LORD is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.” (Psalm 145:8 NASB) I love my job.  It’s my calling.  I am a wife and a mother.  I love it.  It’s not easy, really, but it is still wonderful and worth whatever it costs. I want to be a good mom.  I want to parent well.  I love the feeling of victory when instead of freaking out and losing my patience, I actually witness God’s grace moving through me to help me be patient.  That is growth that I can praise the Lord for, and it is really … Continue Reading →

Intentional Joy: Temporal vs Eternal

One has to be intentional to choose joy.  It doesn’t readily come to everyone, although I suppose some are more naturally inclined to be joyful than others. As I continue to focus on joy this year, the Lord continues to teach me simple and profound truths about joy that I pray will penetrate my heart and change my life for His glory as a result.  He has shown me that there are hindrances that can keep me from joy and there are promoters of joy that can increase it in my life and in the lives of those around me. … Continue Reading →

For The Missionaries

I have been thinking about the missionaries I know in other nations who are serving the people around them.  Some are in really hard countries.  Some are in easier countries.  Some are from the very countries where they live and serve.  Others are far from home. One of my friends offered some really cool insight recently about being in these hard places.  She said that here, in the US, we most often have friends, family, internet, and whatever else we may want or need at our disposal.  It doesn’t take much to get around people we love and be encouraged … Continue Reading →