Are you going through a rough time? Has this been a challenging year for you so far? If you’re like me, the answer to those two questions is an emphatic “YES!” I hope not, though. I hope you’re doing great and that you are on the mountaintop right now. But odds are, the valley is just around the corner. Because that’s just how life is this side of eternity. Ups and downs. Hills and valleys. Joy and sorrow. So whether you are going through the fire right now, or you will be at some point, indulge me for a few minutes if you will.Read More
Can I have your permission to talk about the Resurrection even though it's only the end of January? Will that be okay with you?
If not, then please stop reading, because I am going to take the liberty anyway :) in light of this topic of grief and suffering.
Furthermore, I believe our Savior wants us to remember what He did for us, and how powerful He is on our behalf, not just once a year.Read More
When experiencing tragedy, heartache, and trauma, it's important to remember that God surrounds us with His love.Read More
This last year was tough on a lot of us. I saw a lot of people mourning as they lost loved ones. I would hate to just gloss over that and talk about the good things ahead. I DO want to be excited for the things that God has in store for each and every one of us, but first I would like to talk on the issue of grief and loss.Read More
Well, there you have it: 2017 is finished. We are approaching the dawn of a new day.
This is another new year filled with new opportunities. (Is this sounding cliché yet?)
Every year, people celebrate and make promises that they don’t keep for the year ahead. Lose 20 pounds, run a marathon, quit smoking, bring world peace… Some of these resolutions are seen through, but most are forgotten before we even get to February.
I don’t know about you, but I’m personally tired of meaningless promises and empty words. I don’t want another New Year’s Resolution. I want to resolve today, and every day, to know Jesus more. Call it a new life resolution instead.Read More
Do you have hope today?
In Matthew 12:21, the word for trust, or hope, means: “To wait for salvation with joy and full confidence.”
As 2017 quickly draws to a close and you celebrate Christmas - what are you celebrating for?Read More
Is there peace on earth? Is there goodwill?
It seems like we are seeing the opposite in the world today. So, what’s going on?
God never said He came to bring peace to the world; but rather, to those on whom His favor rests. In other words, those who choose to celebrate and receive Jesus will have peace. In fact, Jesus said He did not come to bring peace, but a sword - meaning that because some people will choose to follow Him and others will reject Him, it will bring enmity and division amongst them. (See Matthew 10:34-39.)Read More
As I was reflecting on the joy of Christmas, I found a hanging in the local supermarket. It spells out “Joy” and has a cute picture of a snowman. It’s adorable, but it made me stop and think. Firstly, I wondered how many Ugandans in this area have actually seen snow…, but most importantly, I pondered:
What is joyous about Christmas?Read More
Christmas is just around the corner. That's not a surprise to you who live in the West, as you are inundated with commercials, decorations, and expectations of consumerism. How do you live in that world and still enjoy the true meaning of Christmas? Well, I know its no easy task. But it is possible. I would like to begin a four-part series focused on the true meaning of Christmas and how to stay sane in the midst of the chaos and pressure.Read More
How often do we grumble and complain instead of living a lifestyle of gratitude?Read More
How can we honor God in this broken world?Read More
Maybe some of you are perpetually poor or rich. For me, it comes in seasons. One season it seems the world around me is barren. No matter how hard I try, nothing is bearing fruit. Bills keep coming, but finances are squeezed further and further. The next season there is plentiful fruit and it seems like things are always going to be good and okay. There’s plenty for me to live and to give. (I stole that last line from my mom. It’s a prayer of hers to have enough to live and to give. I love that!)Read More
Being a missionary is challenging in many different areas. One of the biggest challenges for me has been asking for support.
My whole life I was taught not to beg, to work hard and to earn things for that hard work. Then I joined the mission field and it seemed like all of the things I had learned on how to survive in this world went out the window.Read More
Can I be honest? My heart is broken for the racial divides in the US these days. I never thought I would see the day where this type of chaos and division would happen. I don’t want to seem insensitive to the pain that has been beneath the surface for generations.
I have lived in Uganda for a long time now. My husband and son are Ugandan. My colleagues, my students and mentors alike here are Ugandan. I am definitely far removed from the streets of the US. So please don’t take this as insensitive. Please take this as what it is meant to be - a cry for unity in the Body of Christ from a fellow sojourner who desires to spread God’s heart of love to the nations (starting with this corner of East Africa where He has placed me).Read More
This week I would like to give an example of a local community outreach here that took place on Friday. I pray that it encourages you and stirs you to get up out of your pew and go reach the people in your own neighborhood and world!
Last Friday we loaded up Jesus Film equipment, snacks, and people into our car and headed into the bush. Like, really deep into the bush. The “road” that we traveled on was quite interesting. We knew we were in for an adventure!Read More
What is “The Church”?
Is it a building with four walls? Or are you that “building”?
The Church is the Body of Christ, the Temple of the Holy Spirit. You.
When Jesus walked this earth, He didn’t spend all of His time (or even most of it) in a building with the “righteous.” He walked the dirt roads of this world, He went into the red-light districts of His day. He touched, reached out, preached the Good News, healed the sick and hurting, and above all He loved.Read More
The world appears to be falling apart at the seams right now. Every news story breaks my heart more than the last.
Texas, Florida, India, Mexico, Puerto Rico and more affected by record breaking storms that have ripped lives apart.
Acts of terrorism all around the globe.
A serial killer right here in Uganda torturing and murdering women.
And now the horror that happened in Las Vegas.
Certainly, this only names a few of the things that have happened as of late. I don’t mean to minimize any or make one seem more tragic than another. All are heart wrenching. All make me cry out - how long, oh Lord?Read More
How women are defined by a culture affects the ways that they are permitted and encouraged to minister in their churches, homes, and communities.
We see throughout Scripture how valuable women are to God.
We see that not only does He notice us, lift us up and love us - but He equips us for good works in His kingdom!
You are an important part of His plan of redemption. You are not made simply to sit on the sidelines. We see from the two scriptures above that women were actively involved in ministry in the early Church: in the community/church (as Aquila AND Priscilla shared with Apollos), and in the home (as Lydia responded to the Gospel, brought the Gospel to her family, and later a church was started in her home that would impact many).Read More
Last week we talked about how we are not doormats. This week I would like to look at the other side of the coin. I hear reports of women doing terrible, vulgar things these days in the name of feminism and women’s empowerment. This grieves my heart deeply, because these things actually cause us to go backward and not forward. It actually feels to me like people have lost their minds!Read More
Who are we?
Women are not created to rule the home, but to build it. We are not created to be stepped on, abused, or mistreated. (Neither are we called to step on, abuse, or mistreat anyone else. I will talk more about that part next week.)
Women of God are clothed with Strength and Dignity- this is how the Bible describes a virtuous woman.Read More