We drove almost 1,000 miles to get from Chicagoland to Newport News, Virginia. This took a long time. Naturally, it taxed the patience of our three small children, who in turn taxed our patience. Most normal people would be satisfied with reaching their destination. I, however, could not resist a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive 246 more miles to see wild horses. For those who question my … Continue reading Wild Horses, Part II
When I was 15, my pastor challenged me to pray for 15 minutes a day for three weeks: 5 minutes for myself, 5 minutes for the youth group and 5 minutes for the church. I went into a room, shut the door, closed my eyes and prayed for everything (and everyone) I could think of. After what felt like an eternity I peeked at the clock. I had prayed one minute. … Continue reading
Yesterday I stumbled across a passage I’ve read several times, but I noticed something I’d never noticed before. It started off the way I remember: “Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols are borne by beasts of burden. Bel and Nebo are the names of two gods of Babylon, a powerful nation that conquered the known world, including Israel and Judah–God’s chosen people. Babylon seemed … Continue reading Who’s carrying who?
For those of you who are late-comers to the concept of a “bucket list” (like me), it’s a list of things you want to do, see and/or accomplish before you die (a.k.a. “kick the bucket”). Bucket lists are usually self-centered: travel the world, go bungee jumping, meet Paris Hilton, etc. I would like to submit to you a “bucket list for college students”–things to do … Continue reading A bucket list for college students
I’ve been meditating on the fact that where we start is not necessarily where we end up. This is true in a good way–people come out of awful circumstances and reach great heights. For example, we recently watched “Spare Parts,” a true story about Latino high school students in a poor, crime-ridden community. Although they came from a disadvantaged background, they managed to develop an underwater robot that … Continue reading Beginning ≠ End
I just love my new job as a proofreader/teacher. It’s a great fit for my experience, and a blessing from God for our whole family. All this joy has been recently slightly tinged by the realization that I’m still on probation, the period of time in a contract where both the employer and employee are gauging whether everything is working well enough to continue for … Continue reading Worried about work? So was I
When we are in the middle of something difficult, sometimes it is hard to know if God loves us. This may be especially true if we fell like we’ve been doing the right thing. I’ve been trying to live the right way, so why is this happening to me? we might think. Psalm 118 is filled with warfare. The writer mentions distress (v.5), being surrounded … Continue reading His covenant love endures forever