Tag Archives | Spiritual growth

Birthing

Having a baby is painful. Having a baby is hard. Having a baby is joyful. I was driving yesterday on the windy roads near my home and it occurred to me–we’ve been here nine months. It’s been a very difficult church-planting pregnancy! We’ve encountered trials on nearly every level: economic, relational, mental, physical. There have […]

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In the opposite spirit

I remembered something I learned at the church Patrick and I met. One of the pastors at Puget Sound Christian Center in Tacoma, WA, urged the congregation to “minister in the opposite spirit.” What was meant by that was simple Kingdom thinking. Sermon on the Mount stuff. If someone strikes you, offer the other cheek. […]

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He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

The thought hit me today as I was ironing. I was listening to a song (it helps me pass the ironing time) about following God through green pastures and dark disasters and praising Him in the midst of both. About His worthiness no matter what I experience here on earth. Then I realized it. He […]

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How we came to be here in France

Wes Stecker (from our church in Texas) emailed me this week. He asked me how we decided to move to France to plant churches. Well, Wes, here is our story: Patrick and I met a little over fifteen years ago in Seattle (where we grew up), surrounded by missions. I had just returned from Kuala […]

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F R E E to be me

I wonder if I share too much. I believe God has gifted me to be a communicator, to share what He has taught me to others interested in hearing. But, I’ve had circumstances mount in my life that have made me reconsider. Maybe I should hold back. Maybe I should keep everything private. I shared […]

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Prefecture

Halleluia! We got our carte de sejour, that elusive piece of paper that makes us legal residents of France. I’d explain the process to you, but then I’d have to kill you. (Actually, it’s so tedious, you’d drop off to sleep as you read this.) I will give you a highlight though. We’ve been twice […]

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5 Questions to ask yourself about your male/female business friendships

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We met in another city over lunch to talk about social media. He spoke of his wife; I talked about my husband and family. Our conversation began a good professional relationship that continues. Another business acquaintance shared dinner around a table with other professionals. He commented on how I looked, letting his eyes linger. I […]

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Written Before I Took the Leap

June 6, 2004 Why do I write? I am faced with that question today. I pondered it when I sang, “I’m willing to walk with You Jesus. I’ll follow You down any road. I’m willing to walk with you Jesus. Wherever You go, I will go.” I’ve been miring through moving overseas lately, considering the […]

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