Words of Life: Knowing Faith

I like to know things. I enjoy nothing more than another certificate or degree demonstrating that I have mastered a subject. It makes me feel useful, and ultimately safe. Knowing stuff, in my mind, makes me feel like I have some sort of power over my life—a safety railing against chaos. As I have grown… Continue reading Words of Life: Knowing Faith

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

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