A Life of Adventure vs A Life of Stability

My daughter's honest mental wrestling with living a life full of adventure versus one cradled with stability hones in something that many of us struggle with. Whether we are drawn to travel or the excitement of a new hobby, her post propels the reader towards his or her quest: “For my part, I travel not to go …

The Extraction

When shards of life slice through our souls and lodge in our hearts, character flaws form and fester around these painful experiences: We find ourselves overcompensating with ambition for injuries to self-esteem suffered in childhood.We grow suspicious and cynical because of abandonment suffered from disloyal relationships.Negative experiences with churches, employers, or organizations sully our trust …

Realization #2 for 2010: God Didn’t Forget

When I had to leave my former career as an international missionary leader (interspersed with jaunts as a pastor's wife), I thought that God had forgotten…about what He had inspired me to do, what I had loved, what I’d given my life to for fifteen years. I lost so much: my role as an encourager …

Day 33 “I See Red”

 Red is a passionate and powerful color!        I love red! Red hearts and red roses symbolize love.        "Redness" ignites feelings of loving life...and taking pictures to prove it!        Yet beyond all the red expressions I am so used to seeing stateside, I found this vibrant color interwoven throughout the culture of Argentina.        How can one not …

Day 32 “Are there any yellow lovers out there?”

Have you ever noticed how fear can wrap itself around your vision of the future like vines growing up and over these windows? Often my most promising possibilities become entangled and overrun by my fears. Yellow reminds me of cowardice and courage. I suggest the second is born from the first. Only when we feel …

Day 31 “I Feel Blue Today”

This morning I feel blue—not in the depressive sense but in terms of possibilities. I absolutely love the color because it speaks to me of open sky.        I have been a blue lover for a very long time. While living overseas in Amsterdam, Holland, I had the benefit of some wonderful friends labeled "The Dream Team" because …

Day 30 “I Feel Pink!”

I feel pink today!            As I rifled through South American travel photos for yesterday's post, the "pinkness" really struck me.            Argentina and Uruguay love colorful buildings, and you see pink everywhere.             Pink reminds me of feminine solidarity (sorry guys). Throw in a little purple and self-confidence soars. Below is my daughter, Elya, in …

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