A note to begin: I have long hesitated to write this, mostly because of where I now live. There are no refugees in my new home-city. Most of the people who surround me are very afraid of refugees. Are these people angry and hateful individuals? Not at all! They are kind and loving to anyone […]

“Daddy must be so selfish.” That’s what I thought as a 13-14 year old girl, watching how my mom served and “catered to” my dad. “Don’t shape the rolls like that. Daddy likes them flatter,” she’d say, and I’d punch down my nice fluffy bread rolls with a grumble in my heart. “No, don’t try […]

“When two people are living in love, they operate on the assumption that love is at the bottom of whatever treatment they get. This eliminates a lot of potential hurts…Love is not touchy. Love gives the benefit of the doubt.” –Elisabeth Elliot I just finished reading Mrs. Elliot’s Let Me Be a Woman. She had […]

“To live the life of daily faith in the Son of God, and to be daily drawing out of His fullness the promised grace and strength which He has laid up for His people–this is the grand secret of progressive sanctification.” — J.C. Ryle I’m reading Holiness, by the Anglican J.C. Ryle. It’s an old book […]

Valentine’s Day has never been a big deal for me. I didn’t mourn as Valentine’s Day came around each year and I still didn’t have a special someone; in fact, I scarcely noticed it–perhaps because my parents never really celebrated it. But this Valentine’s Day is oh-so-sweet, because two years ago I spent it walking […]

The first book about history (other than single biographies) that I decided to read for my 2017 reading challenge was The Warmth of Other Suns. Isabel Wilkerson’s prizewinning tour de force, Other Suns recounts the African American migration from South to North during the first half of the twentieth century. As Ms. Wilkerson puts it, “Over the course […]

Looking at these photos really made me miss Honduras. Those last two of Lago de Yojoa I took through the window of a bus, on my way from Tegucigalpa all the way to San Pedro Sula. I don’t miss that particular big smelly bus, but rather the conversations in halting Spanish (I’d only been in Honduras […]

Amen! “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” –Jesus (Mt. 24:35)

“The redeemed have all from the grace of God. It was of mere grace that God gave us his only-begotten Son. The grace is great in proportion to the excellency of what is given. The gift was infinitely precious, because it was of a person infinitely worthy, a person of infinite glory; and also because […]

Sarah Edwards is, along with Susanna Wesley, a woman whom I greatly respect as a godly mother and wife. I have to admit to being overwhelmed when I read about her strength of character and consistency with her children. But I know if I never aim for high standards, I will never reach them. Noel Piper’s biographical […]