SELAH

I sat with my feet dangling over the edge of the rough brick wall, my heartbeat and breath still in synch with the rhythm of my run, and looked out over the bulky, steadily moving river beneath me. I let the water fill my vision. To my left, beyond what my eyes could see, was…

The Gap Between Where I Am and Where I Want to Be

In my life I have continually battled the issue of perfectionism and in different seasons God has given me different revelations in order to combat the inward striving to be perfect. Vulnerability. Surrender. Humility. And here He goes, moving in my life once again, to remind me that I’m far from perfect and I don’t…

Becoming a Belonger

Wanderer: (n) a person who travels aimlessly. When I think of this person, I think of someone who has no place to call home. And sometimes I feel like that person, wandering about, never establishing roots deep enough to consider a place home. Yet most of the time, this description doesn’t really fit me. Because,…

A Safe Place by Lucie Jerch

I close my eyes and go to the place in my mind where comfort dwells, my safe place.  I walk down the hall to room 6 at Grace Villa nursing home where mom spent her last seven years.  I enter the room and pass by bed #1, the one her roommate Sharon once occupied, to…

The Truth About Lust and Love Part 3: Restoring Dignity

“Pleasure and wealth may not be seen as good and right if they are selfish, indulgent, or displeasing to the God who created the pleasure and the gains to begin with.” Matt Chandler Lust is the exploitation of a person’s vulnerability. It is the objectification of one of God’s children, viewing them as someone who…

The Truth About Lust and Love Part 2: Vending Machine Gods

There is a part of my heart that aches when I see someone bowing to a statue. It’s a feeling that is extremely hard to explain, but has to be witnessed to be understood. Christians know in theory that idolatry is wrong, they’ve read about the golden calf in the Bible and God’s rage toward…

Five Days Akha

I wove up the snaky, narrow mountain road in the dark, trailing behind 13 year old Esther on her scooter, my host for the week. I left my expectations for this immersion experience at the bottom of the mountain, since most of them, including where and with whom I would be staying, had already been…

I’m Getting Married!

I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right, it has happened fast. It did come out of nowhere. I also understand that it will take a lot of work and a lot of time to make this relationship work. But honestly, it’s not what you think. I haven’t met a man, I’m marrying the land….

Lifting the Veil

“It doesn’t matter what I choose, if God wants me to follow Him He will make sure I do.” I told her I think God already made the choice, that’s why He sent us to her. Now, He’s waiting for her to choose Him. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled…

In the Midst of the Woods

You have to get creative in finding ways to entertain yourself on the mission field. With long waits for planes, trains, and broken down cars and less access to the social realm via the internet you have a lot of down time. Part of that down time in India last summer was spent with the…

The Dream Mandate

Where do your daydreams escort you? What doodles lie on the pages of your heart, waiting for life to be breathed into them? When you close your eyes and picture the prime of your life, where do you place yourself? What kind of life do you hunger for? You may see a beautiful wedding, then…