Let’s pretend that we are having coffee. I love grabbing coffee with friends. Hot steamy cups in hand. They are mirrors of the warmth of conversation, smoky tendrils of steam lift from the coffee and mix between us, our souls interacting and finding their oneness with the other. I didn’t mean for it to happen, … Continue reading An Intimate Cup of Coffee
The year of 2015 has been a challenging year. It has certainly been the most difficult year mentally and spiritually for me yet. Fear and anxiety have been repeating offenders over my heart as I struggled to trust myself as an adult, find security in my donors, and simply trust in God with everything. Though … Continue reading A Vision of Chickens
I am a grown man sitting in his living room. My voice is raw from singing praise music and the tips of my fingers on my left hand are red and delicate from pressing guitar strings; Lorelai and Rory Gilmore are chattering on the T.V. in the fast paced dialog the show is known for; … Continue reading The Puppy God Used
Being home has been both discouraging and encouraging. My nieces and nephews are -naturally through the eyes of their uncle- the most beautiful kids I know -until I have my own. I’ve gotten to baby-sit a ton and reintroduce myself to the ones who maybe didn’t remember me so much. Michael likes to play with firetrucks and pretends to be a fireman and policeman but, mumbles all of his orders to the civilians. Abigail loves to show you how beautiful she is. Gideon is a rough and tumble little guy but tells you he loves you and gives big hugs. Judah looks just like his mom. Gabby is the best snuggle bug in the world and has grown up teeth. Luke has his eyes glued to his Nintendo DS but says the funniest things. And Noah is 13, enough said. HA! It’s been great to see the rest of my family who aren’t children, although sometimes I feel that the older ones in the family act a lot like kids too! Continue reading “What Makes Me Say WOW!”
A dull silence fell over my ears. I got up out of that plastic stackable chair and went back to interpreting for the busy nurses, but people were calling for me from every which direction. I walked toward the event center toward Anndee to ask her how we should resolve the problem at hand. The nurses’ food was not coming for dinner, the bus that was to take us back to the church had left, and 2,000 people were on their way to the big event. On top of that, God had suddenly changed the direction of my life-rudder, if you will.
The conversation with Jackie over lunch in those plastic stackable chairs silenced the voiced questions in my heart. And the quiet scared me. Holy smokes God! What on earth are you doing? I was thinking. It was confusing, especially with all the hustle and bustle of the day of the big event. God, are you calling me home? Continue reading “Where the Weathervane Bloweth”
About a year ago I had heard that the team in Arequipa was dedicating a lot of time to prayer. I knew that our leader, Brian, had his own personal schedule for prayer and he encouraged the rest of us to dedicate serious amounts of time to pray to our God, but it’s very possible … Continue reading 624 Hours of Prayer
Matthew 9:36 – When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Extreme Nazarene Ministries is the name of the organization with which I work, in case you had forgotten or didn’t know. Our vision is to plant 16 churches across South … Continue reading Where Are the Leaders?