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It feels heavy today. I thought that as the fog piled up around me in the wee morning hours, clogging the headlight beams, tossing itself over my car like one of those dense blankets you throw over a fire to smother the flames. And inside I felt a little bit smothered. Life unleashed a lot this week. And I wasn’t ready. Do you ever have those days or weeks when you feel… Read More

(Traveling has been a good time to reflect on what God’s been teaching over the past couple of years. Here’s one such word.) I lay there in a tangle of sheets, emotions tangling around my heart. I could’ve never seen that coming. Why? Why that? Why something so painful? Why something so close to my heart? I shoved my swollen eyes back into the pillow. Out the boat’s bedroom window, the land… Read More

The laundry hangs dead still on the line just outside the window screen. It’s a good thing that a breeze isn’t the mark of success here. The air sits heavy, dry and hot like it would in a confection oven, and though there’s no wind, moisture evaporates so fast you can almost hear it leaving. Southeast Asia’s evenings are a natural tumble dryer. And I curl up in a chair, right in… Read More

“I think God’s people are at their strongest when they are broken, because God can use them to do incredible things when they say, ‘All I can do is rely on God.’” – Mark Stuart When I woke up that day, I didn’t think, “Today will be the day a stranger squeezes my bicep in the parking lot.” But it happened. It was awkward, and I don’t think he was impressed. “Know… Read More