Trusting the God of the storm

This pandemic is a storm, and all of us are out on the open sea. Some of us are in row boats, and we feel every wave that comes crashing against us. we are rowing as hard as we can towards the shore, drenched, exhausted, and worried we’ll sink before we ever get there. Some […]

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How to cling to God’s promises to belong

Out of Place Series – Christina’s Story It was a Thursday, only six weeks ago as I type this, but it feels more like several years have passed. Sitting in a teacher training seminar after school that day, I should have been all ears and fully invested. As a reading teacher, spending a few hours […]

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How to reclaim everyday joy

My six year old burst through the door one morning recently to say “Guess what day it is!?” I smiled at the twinkle in his eye. I knew what he was gettting at. “It’s Friday!” I watched him jump up an down with excitement. “It’s PIZZA NIGHT!” he shouted. He and his older brother had […]

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How to Claim Your Identity to Belong

Out of Place Series – Twyla’s Story I paused at the line for “nickname” in the application for my first solo mission trip. Something in me leapt at the possibility of beginning afresh. Kat. No one would know I’d never been called this nickname before. Perhaps no one would guess that I was shy and […]

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How to Live in the Messy Middle

I feel a pang of sadness every night as I crawl under the covers. The last thing I do before going to bed is record the day’s events in my Five Year Journal. It’s a “one line a day” journal with space for just a few sentences, so I can see at a glance what […]

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When Grief Makes you Feel Out of Place

Out of Place Series – Sara’s Story My son, Silas, suffered from a disease that required him to be on feeding tube for the last year of his life. Not many people understood the challenges of having a child with severe needs, so whenever I met families like ours, we immediately bonded over our shared […]

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Why you should treat this pandemic as an apocalypse

We typically think of an apocalypse as a final catastrophe, but when we look at its Greek etymology, it also means a “revelation, an unveiling or unfolding of things not previously known and which could not be known apart from the unveiling.” (source) It is in this way that I think of the Coronavirus pandemic. […]

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