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  • What We & Our Kids Need to Know About the Work – Life Balance & How to Thrive

    On Tuesday, August 12 th, 2014
    Our Miz Hope-girl, she kicked me out of the kitchen, out of the house, while she made the cake. While the girl grinds up flour, I go out to wheat fields. Ride a few rounds with the kid in the tractor. While he tells me about all the mistakes he made, tells me about how
  • A North American Lent: When You Want to have an Appetite for More of God

    On Thursday, February 27 th, 2014
    She’d say it like she was dying. Nevermind that she’d been saying she was dying for the last 20 some years and yeah, we might have mocked and rolled our eyes. Why didn’t anyone grab our fool shoulders, shake it into us that it’s only the wise who feel time’s sands running right out of
  • Why Right Now is the Time to Shatter the Myth of ‘Not Enough’

    On Tuesday, February 25 th, 2014
    When he got to the top of that wobbling ladder, he whipped out the pencil from behind his ear and marked an X. Marked an X on the ceiling of the church. And then drilled. The Farmer made this mark and then broke through the ceiling of the church. Broke the ceiling with a hook
  • The Real Secret to Being Healthy: Multivitamins for Your Weekend

    On Saturday, February 22 nd, 2014
    So, the last two days, I’ve been struggling with this hounding fever, this sickness chilling up the underside of bones. And hey, who knows if you pick up something when you walk through slums, when you step over sewage and the bloated bones of who knows what – a dog? a rat? the bones of
  • How to Put One Foot in Front of the Other

    On Wednesday, November 13 th, 2013
    Some guy I ran into said you should walk through life as though your feet are kissing the earth. I tell him he really shouldn’t use the word should. Yeah, the irony of that is not lost on me. But, hey, neither is the sharp edge of his point: The week that a couple thousands
  • When You’re Done with Pundits, Soul Wrestling & Looking at the Sky: {25 Things I learned from staying with Katie Davis}

    On Tuesday, July 02 nd, 2013
    So there was this girl named Katie and she laughed loud and like an angel when someone said she was like Mother Teresa. Threw back her head and laughed loud into the sky. It’s strange how this can move in you, a laughter like this , and how hands can embody love. Katie was 18
  • How to Be Beautiful & Have a Beautiful Home & Life

    On Friday, June 28 th, 2013
    Idon’t know how to say anything after Africa’s red earth has burned into the soles of your feet, except to try to say it hot. All these words are a drum that make feet hardly even tap. But what if you could find a beat that made fireballs fall and hearts catch flame and we
  • The Research that Proves You Can Change the World

    On Saturday, June 22 nd, 2013
    From the Front Cover article of Christianity Today this month, June 2013 The academic research that proves with data that child sponsorship works. Compassion was the only child sponsorship program that willingly agreed to having their long-term effectiveness studied — and here are the results from Dr. Bruce Wydick, professor of economics at the University
  • A Letter to the North American Church: Because it is Time

    On Thursday, June 20 th, 2013
    Dear North American Church, After a Sunday morning in Africa, you don’t look the same to me. You look hungry. Hungrier than anything I’ve seen in Africa. Because after I watched that Ugandan woman? That one woman with no shoes and no husband and 7 kids, walk up to the front of the church and
  • Why You Are Where You Are: For Such a Time as Now

    On Tuesday, June 18 th, 2013
    It’s like the skin of this place is red. Everywhere, red soil sheathes things, like hardly under the surface of Africa’s dirt is her heart. Like you could scratch your toe here and feel the pulse of what’s alive. Everywhere here is a thin place. We drive red roads to meet Anna. We pass bicycles
  • An Internet Love Story {Part 1} : How to Live Free

    On Monday, June 17 th, 2013
    This is a love story. A woman named Shannon lived in a suburb in Oklahoma and she had Rocks in her Dryer. The year was 2008. On a farm in Canada, I had a lot of lost marbles. And a clinging 3-year-old, very bad hair, 4 farmboys who only got out of ripped jeans on
  • With Hearts in our throats — and In His Hands

    On Saturday, June 15 th, 2013
    #FarmGirlsinAfrica have landed. And traveled and traveled and traveled. Including a small 12 seater plane, to northern parts of Uganda. Today is our first day on the ground — hearts in our throats — and In His hands. Love is always our only hope. And hasn’t that always been the answer to every question in
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