Fear or Truth?

"Fear is based on a lie; deal with the lie and fear will die." Arthur Burt As quick as I am to learn things (saying this sarcastically), I recently had the revelation that fear can't exist where there is truth. Yet in this day and age, when society tells us that there are no absolutes…

pioneering

When I was in school, our school mascot was the Pioneers. I wish I had a photo to show you of that mascot, but all I have is the cover from one of the boy's school books. So hopefully you all know who the American Pioneers were and how tough it was for them. If…

working from a place of rest

The title of this post is a reminder to me of why I named this blog, "The Beauty of Progress." I've been writing my thoughts here for almost 10 years, and I truly can see progress. And if there has been one consistently running theme over these ten years, it has been my desire for…

stewards of hope

I wrote a huge post today, and then I decided to not post it. Funny how that works. But sometimes, writing is just good for one's soul and kept for one's eyes alone. Yet the need to process more is still there, so here goes. . . are we stewarding hope? I am not joking…

am I owning the truth about myself?

As it's Easter Sunday, I've spent a lot of time thinking about Jesus today. And as I was tiredly cleaning a refrigerator spill and trying to get my kids a quick dinner, something that occurred to me is that Jesus owned our mistakes and our garbage. In every way possible, He took our burden and…

a season of pruning

Those of you who know me will know that I get easily overwhelmed. I'm a big picture person, but I get overwhelmed when I see all the steps that lead to the big picture. My husband is excellent at visualizing the steps and methodically taking them while I'm a disaster waiting to happen. I have…

when life hurts

There is no possible way to update this blog and catch up on all that has happened since my last post. So I'll say this: October, November, and December were great months for us. We settled in, we adjusted, we made friends, and all was well. We even got to spend Thanksgiving with my parents,…

the reality of here

In one week, we will have been in the UK for one year. And yesterday marked our tenth completed month in Scotland. I haven't been able to really put my thoughts into words until tonight...so bear with me as this starts bad and ends somewhat better. Since July, we've had numerous difficult things happen, and…

the reality of missions

Yesterday, we spent our afternoon at our church's all church picnic. It might have been in the top 5 of lowest low points for me since moving here. It highlighted so many of the struggles I've had since moving here, and it left me feeling isolated and beyond discouraged. And it also brought things to…