The Lord IS My Shepherd #Inspiration

My grandmother’s favorite scripture was the 23rd Psalm, probably the most popular poem in the history of the Bible. I didn’t understand her choice when I was young. I was so wrapped up in my life, I couldn’t see Grandy’s struggles. We lost her when I was in high school, and it’s only now as a parent that I can look back and see beyond the chicken and dumplings, fried pies, the crochet hook as she taught me to weave one thread, to a few of her trials–and her refuges.

Today I plant flag lilies given to me by my aunt who had them from my Granny. I loosen the clay soil, turn in pine shavings, peat moss, and compost, my recipe to help the plants survive and thrive in a land hard packed, weed strewn, inhospitable.

Today I read “The Lord is my shepherd”

Not was, not may be, nor will be. “The Lord is my shepherd,” is on Sunday, is on Monday, and is through every day of the week; is in January, is in December, and every month of the year; is at home, and is in China; is in peace, and, is in war; in abundance, and in penury. –J. Hudson Taylor

Today I feel my grandmother as near as our God who connects us both in faith, in Spirit, in the garden, in eternity.



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Posted by on July 10, 2018 in Inspiration, Moments


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Mingling Tears and Joy #VBS #DRC #RDC

Shouting for Joy

My youngest son, our wide-eyed Congolese-American son, worries when I cry at church or another event. He doesn’t quite get the crying for joy, crying for relief, crying with praise. This came to mind because I was reading:

And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid” [after years of exile in Babylon] “Yet many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ households, the old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, while many shouted aloud for joy, so that people could not distinguish the sound of the shout of joy from the sounds of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard far away. (Ezra 3:11b-13)

On any given Sunday the loud (at our church) praise songs are going up while also there are those that weep.

How can I describe my joy, my thanksgiving when we brought our sons home from Africa. They were orphans no more. They are my children, those God brought to us as surely as any birthed child.

Yet there are many others living without in Congo. Without parents, or without daily food, or without education to rise above their circumstances. My son does not remember his times of weeping in a metal shack or on the mud street in front of it. My husband and I knew our work in Congo was not done. God gave me a great friend with a vision to help and serve her people, to lay a new foundation on the edge of a city with almost a million people. A city where there are no summer programs for children except what we offer through our education project. A city where at the end of this summer 160+ children will have the opportunity to sing and shout for joy during 2 weeks of Vacation Bible School.

I join my dear friend and our Congo team weeping both for what is not and for what is, for the children without and for those with. We shout for joy in praise. We pray for God’s provision as $2150 in donations has come for our Congo VBS, as another $2000 has been pledged toward our $7000 budget that includes renting a site, transporting our volunteers, a small breakfast and lunch for our 160 kids, and more. Perhaps you know someone who could help, someone known to weep for problems in our world, someone who wants to make a difference in the foundation and project we are building at Future Hope Africa knowing that

Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting (Psalm 126:5)

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Make a way… #Ireland #Travel

Why put another pole in the edge of someone’s property when you can take a tip from our Irish cousins for making things fit.

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Posted by on June 19, 2018 in Travel


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Posted by on June 18, 2018 in Quotes


Whatever you do… #inspirational

More related to last post. On the to-do list today: grocery shopping, treat both dogs for flea & ticks, straighten guest room, clean house, take kids to student group at church, plant blueberry bushes…

Thankful, thankful, thankful to be able to do these things.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).

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Posted by on June 13, 2018 in Inspiration


Drudgery Enlightened – #Devotional Thoughts

Folding laundry. Washing dishes. Picking up behind children. Same things done over and over without pay and without recognition. The Holy Spirit reminds me of the scripture that says to “Therefore, whether you eat or drink whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31) The eat and drink is about clean and unclean for Hebrew law, but the whatever is really about anything and everything we do, that we can do it for the glory of God. Can we sin to the glory of God? No.  But I can wash the same dish, pick up those shoes, drive that same route as a soccer mom for the glory of God.

In his classic daily devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers says,

It requires the inspiration of God to go through drudgery with the light of God upon it. Some people do a certain thing and the way in which they do it hallows that thing for ever afterwards. It may be the most common place thing, but after we have seen them do it, it becomes different. When the Lords does a thing through us, He always transfigures it (February 19th, The Initiative Against Drudgery).

Today I stopped by a second-hand store looking for one item. I greeted my friend who happened to be working with a hug. She had 6 or 7 hangers of clothes on her left hand and was placing them on the racks one at a time. Very common place. I happen to know she struggles with hand issues and pain, that this job she needs as she cares for her family is drudgery. This work is also ministry, to those who find Walmart prices too much, to those who strive to get the best deals on little things so they can better use the provisions God has given them elsewhere. My friend’s work is transfigured, changed into glorious work by our Lord God.

Whatever you and I have to do today, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you” (Isaiah 60:1).


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Posted by on June 12, 2018 in Inspiration


Z is for Z to A on The Bible Says What (About Money) #AprilA2ZChallenge

Z is for a review with quick links. A to Z isn’t the end, but I hope this covers the biggies and give you a great place to start. With 2,000 verses about money, the topic is second only to love in God’s word. I believe He wants us to handle with care. –Kristin

Z is Z to A

Y is for Yoked 

X is for Xtra

W is for Wages & Work

V is for Vows

U is for Usury

T is for Taxes

S is for Schemes

R is Root of All Evil

Q is Questioning God

P is Plodding to Prosperity

O is for Offerings

N is Ndulgence

M is Multiplying Money

L is Loaning

K is for Keep

J is for Justice

I is Inheritance

H is for Humility

G is Good Good Father

F is Floodgates

E is Enjoy

D is Diversify Investments

C is Cursed by Debt

B is the B-word (Budget)

A is All Belong to God

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Posted by on April 30, 2018 in A to Z Blog