Because He Is Near

It was stuffy in the little shop but the shade was a nice reprieve from the heavy, unforgiving sun in St. Augustine. My Dad, my sister, and I were exploring the past in the Fountain of Youth park, learning about the early settlers and the Indians they interacted with. The shop was filled with the… Continue reading Because He Is Near

Suitably Dressed

As I walked through the hotel lobby, I felt the eyes of hotel staff and patrons eyeing me coldly. The regal and historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, with their presidential visits, boasted as the city’s second best address, with the first being the White House. We stumbled towards the concierge, me, dressed shabbily in stained… Continue reading Suitably Dressed

Over-giving and the Enneagram

I sat in the darkened parking lot while my husband helped the woman and her son load up our van with her belongings. She had showed up a couple of weeks ago in my Sunday school class looking very foreign to Florida culture in her black clothes and European accent. The distress on her face,… Continue reading Over-giving and the Enneagram

Missions as Encouragement

As one of the driest places on earth, Arequipa, Peru presents an image of dusty landscapes sprinkled with villages precariously balanced on its hilly terrain. As you drive further down the mountain, however, an oasis of verdure explodes around the sole river and water source that runs through it.  In this lush area, a Christian… Continue reading Missions as Encouragement

Little Women–Lots of Truth

“I don’t understand it. What can there be in a simple little story like that to make people praise it so?” she said quite bewildered.  “There is truth in it, Jo, that’s the secret…” --- From its first publication, Little Women was a sensation. Though one of the characters jokes that no one would want… Continue reading Little Women–Lots of Truth