Extraordinary adventures fill my memories of last year. As I pause to reflect, I begin to grasp the depth and breadth of the experiences of 2015. Friends and ministry partners allowed me to travel and experience new cultures. I heard languages I had never heard before, ate exotic foods, and found fellow believers in all corners of our planet.
My husband and I faced several life changing circumstances. We became empty-nesters when our daughter headed out for college. I broke my first bone (ouch, my ankle) and he graciously took care of me. Most profoundly, my precious father-in-law Bob passed on to glory. Bob was loved by all who knew him. We mourn our loss but know that Bob is dancing with the Lord and organizing car trips from the rising of the sun to the setting of the same.
Memories of 2015
As I reviewed my blog, the followed posts received the most visitors over the past year. Thank you, Friends, for reading my thoughts and for responding here and on Facebook. I treasure your thoughts and reflections.
Journaling: Healing through Private Words. When our journaling becomes more than a catalog of the day’s events, we are able to process the depth of our thoughts.
Aaron’s Story. After coming through my son’s medical crisis with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, I found that the Lord had met me in my struggles (with video by Johns Hopkins).
Help Me Overcome My Unbelief. Doubt is very real. The cry of the hurting dad, “Lord, help me overcome my unbelief,” comforts those of us who long to live the life of faith.
Face to Face with Darkness. Sometimes on this life’s journey, we come face to face with darkness and evil. This was my day. I saw slavery.
Am I Too Comfortable in this Life?. When on cultural auto-pilot, I miss the opportunity to be observant and to be a better neighbor. I fear that I have become too comfortable in this life.
Endurance. Endurance is necessary for our faith journey. It’s not glamorous. It’s quite boring, actually. Read about strategies you need to develop perseverance.
Jesus as Carpenter, Artisan, Creator. In biblical times, artisans played a vital role in community life. Jesus, the carpenter, brought much more than anyone expected.
Refresh Your Soul. Lately, soul care has not been part of my life. I am embarrassed to say how easily I slip out of daily habits that are cornerstones in my spiritual walk.
Mind-blowing Lessons After 60K Miles. Last year, I had the opportunity to visit friends and ministry partners on three different continents. Life lessons emerged. We humans are an interesting bunch. Our stories vary but common threads weave us tightly together.
One Thai Day at a Time. I sit barefoot in a bamboo hut in rural Thailand. My sandals lay at the foot of the six-rung wooden ladder at the home’s entrance.
And so another year has begun. I’m excited about the journey and the new lessons to learn. Please do come along with me and keep me posted on what is new in your life!