Any Country, Any Culture, Any Circumstance.

8/20 ((from Eve)) In the summer between my junior and senior year of college, I had the incredible opportunity to spend time in East Asia. It was the first time I’d ever been out of the country, and it was a life-changing summer. I remember being so overwhelmed by how BIG God is… that people…

Three Ways to Better Understand Our Call in the Great Commission.

8/19 ((from Abbie)) When I was a kid, I PRAYED God would never call me into ministry. A missionary, in my mind, was someone who exclusively shopped at goodwill, never got new clothes, and could never shower – because, of course, all missionaries lived on the plains of Africa, right? Just the thought made me…

Our Second Date.

8/18 ((from Courtney)) I curled up in the chair, cradled my cup of herbal tea, and watched him lean forward in excitement. It was our second date. It was too early in the relationship for him to know that I actually had a crippling coffee addiction and hated the early morning. He would figure that…

Life on Mission.

8/17 ((from Brittany)) Mission. It’s a word that evokes a lot of memories and feelings for me. Growing up in a full-time ministry family has a lot of personal connotations. I have memories of parents sending me and my brother downstairs out of ear shot because someone in need was coming over. Sure it was…

There and Back Again.

8/16 ((from Megan)) “And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.” John 10:16 There is a foreign nation I love, a people who are treasures to my heart, a language I labored…

The Mission of Work.

8/15 ((from Natalie)) Someone once told me that you can tell a (wo)man’s character by the way (s)he sweeps the floor.  I think of that statement now nearly every time I pick up a broom.  I kneel to get the dust bunnies from beneath the furniture. I move chairs out of the way.  I have…

Right Here or Over There?

8/14 ((from Kate)) My eyes are hungry. They have been for… awhile now. On the front flap of my passport cover I had these words stamped “Show me something gorgeous, show me till my eyes get tired.” It’s a lyric from a needtobreathe song, but it’s also been my heartbeat for… awhile now. When I…

Taking off Those Selfish Sunglasses.

8/13 ((from Abbie)) “Love is patient, love is kind.” It seems so simple when it’s said like that, doesn’t it? Just be patient! Just be kind! Just put others before yourself! Like… DUH. Love is SIMPLE. 

Basking in a New Sparkle.

8/12 ((from Eve)) If love is a diamond, then every time we turn it in our minds, or experience it in our lives, it means we’re seeing a new side of a gem. Learning a new facet. Basking in a new sparkle. Today, the sparkle comes from one of my favorite Old Testament stories—one you…

When God Decided Not to Give Me Ice Cream.

8/11 ((from Courtney)) I have four small children. Three of the four are preschoolers, and one is a baby who is learning to eat peas. He hates peas. For some reason, he finds mastication of peas to be infinitely more difficult that his consumption of bananas and strawberries. He probably learned this from his older…

No Greater Love.

8/10 ((from Brittany)) I love love. I mean who doesn’t? Deep down inside we all long to be loved and to give love, even the most cynical and hardened hearts. But I obnoxiously love love. Tell me how you met your spouse. Tell me about how much you love your dog. I enjoy taking it…

Tell Me the Truth.

8/9 ((from Megan)) Hands down I prefer the obvious type of love that brings home Trader Joe’s flowers, the type of love that the postwoman delivers – a handwritten note on letter press stationery, the type of love that holds my hand or wraps tiny arms around my leg, or that tells a witty joke…