Planning my summer writing retreat

The theme is going to be “energize.” Which seems a bit counterintuitive, even to me, because I plan on chilling hard, and cranking out the first draft of my short story, “Mutiny.”

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México: A Pictorial Testimony

It’s been a long time coming since I could get out the country again, in any official capacity.  For what I consider my life’s work, it meant a lot for me to be able to do so.  But it certainly took waiting, and patience, and obedience, discipline and persistence.  What do I mean?  Well, put shortly, it meant I had to suck up my wanderlust, carry out the abhorred mundanity of corporate life, and wait on the Lord to provide an opportunity to do what I desire, within His will.

It was not easy.  But it was worth it.

My trip to México just a couple weeks ago was nothing short of amazing.  I am so thankful to have gone on an amazing trip with amazing people.   Continue reading

The Resurrected King of Glory

I can imagine the care and industrious attentiveness the women had when they prepared the spices for their beloved Jesus. I can imagine how numb and withdrawn the hearts and minds were of all the disciples, of Jesus’ loved ones, and of the multitudes that followed Him throughout His ministry. I can picture a great fog of quiet despair – completing motions but not really feeling them, hearing but not listening at all. Continue reading

Good Friday: A Meditation on the Cross

Prayer: Lord, I thank You for dying on the Cross for my sins. Thank You Lord for leaving Your throne. Lord, I thank You for every stripe on Your back, every slur You endured but did not deserve. Thank You for Your Blood. I thank You God that You bore the weight of my sins on Your shoulders, that You received my punishment, so that I might be saved. I thank You Lord that You died and that You conquered the grave that I might believe. Thank You Jesus for staying there when You could have come down. Thank You Lord for thinking of me. In Your precious Name I pray, Amen. Continue reading

Palm Sunday & A Call to Rest

I have a million things going on right now. A delegation trip to prepare for, a venture into entrepreneurship in transition, a book to write, errands to run, a dog to groom. Oh, and my apartment has termites. And that just scratches the surface of the nightmare that is my to-do list.

You know what this all leads to? Burnout. Stress. Busyness that never ends. A perpetual need to achieve perfection and a perpetual disappointment at having not achieved it. Continue reading

Today’s Sermon, “A Place Called Bethany”

Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.

“And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe.  Nevertheless let us go to him.”

Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”

So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.

Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.

And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

Now Martha, as soon as she had heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting at the house.

Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.

“But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

John 11: 14-23 NKJV

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It’s As Good A Time As Any – Taking Another Stab at “Bethel”

I’m gonna go for it… Again.

It was in 2015, I now recall, that I became a writer.  I always knew I was one, though, because if you knew me as a kid you know I was that little, light-skinned bookworm sitting in a corner quietly with her nose tucked between two pages.  Or in a tree.  Or hanging upside down off the couch.  You get it.  But it was when I turned 25, I remember, that I took a real stab at writing. Continue reading