This video, from Kensington Church, is an amazing visual of kids that are changing the world and parents that are supporting them. You’ll love hearing their stories. Do you remember in Luke 18 when Jesus says, “These children are the … Continue reading
One month ago, I landed at O’Hare Airport after an 11 day trip to India. Since that time: I haven’t picked up my camera. I haven’t blogged about anything but India. I’ve reunited with my India team twice. I’ve consumed … Continue reading
I was playing one of those question games the other day.
The question was, “What’s the best age you’ve turned and why?”
I answered 30 in a room filled with mostly 20-somethings. And they looked SHOCKED.
Really, truly. My 20s WERE splendidly adventurous and perfectly studious (living overseas, college, grad school, the Day Camp start-up–so many once is a lifetimes got to live in that decade).
But, oh, how I love my 30′s.
My life is getting turned upside down. I’m encountering things I never anticipated, I’m in relationships with people I never realized I would love, I’m moving forward on a path I never thought would be mine.
So as not to remain in the abstract, let me give you one specific (there are many more). Being involved with poverty is messing with me. Both with the kids in my neighborhood, and as I prepare to befriend the untouchables in India. Sometimes, as hard as I try, I can’t help but cry. And my tears are not filled with pity for others or for the hardship or work demanded of me, but rather, they are a solemn, sacred vow of unification between my God and me.
“When I get on the mission…then suddenly there’s a whole new hunger and I begin to listen…I’m coachable because I want to do better, I want to live out this mission. And when I do, I begin to experience God in a deeper way, a richer, more profound fashion in my life….I begin to experience this satisfaction…The Bible would talk about it like Shalom, like a peace that surpasses understanding.” -Mark Beeson
I’d love for you to hear more of Mark’s teaching on this topic at Granger Community Church [watch here and click "The Blessed Test"]. He’s an amazing leader and is pointing me and thousands of others to live life on mission. I cannot tell you how much I love and respect Mark and his wife, Sheila. Their personal encouragement has meant the world to me. May his words bless you too, my friends.
When I was a little girl, I played wedding and mommy more than any other little girl I knew. It does seem, upon reflection, that I played dishes more than I played cook. Oops. From a very young age, my … Continue reading
Has God ever put people in your life that later made you stop and say, “Oh, right, God, you ARE weaving such a bigger plot than I ever imagined.” That’s how I feel about my Indian-Nun-Mom. Philo has been living … Continue reading
One thing is becoming clearer to me every day: It’s not just about me anymore. I’ve got to get this life I live, this path I’m on, right. This summer, one of my staff members spoke into my life and … Continue reading
Remember when I did history week (peek back here) and you saw me with my dad on my first day of school? Well, guess what else was so awesome about him? He also took us to first day of school … Continue reading
When was the last time you interacted with a kid that didn’t have self-worth? We’ve all encountered it. Oh, child with downcast eyes and slumped shoulders, we want so much more for you. Now imagine it worse than you’ve ever … Continue reading
I’m forever grateful my parents had the adventurous spirits to get us out of Chicagoland and discover the world through the National Parks. We “camped” in a BIG motor home. Like, we had a lot of beds. And a large … Continue reading
“If the point of life is the same as the point of a story, the point of life is character transformation. If I got any comfort as I set out on my first story, it was that in nearly every … Continue reading