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Fall has kicked off with floods, fires, earthquakes, and saber rattling with North Korea. And we thought last fall’s upheaval was epic with Brexit, the Trump/Clinton election, and multiple terrorist attacks! As we watch Houston rebuild, await this monster storm barreling towards Florida, see the flooding in Bangladesh and India, and the earthquake in Mexico, […]
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A weird thing happened around the age of 45, I suddenly felt old.  Mostly I found it surfacing when it came to my teenage daughters.  While I was thoroughly captivated watching my oldest daughter, a visionary like myself, bounding with ideas and enthusiasm, but I also felt strangely sad.  It took real effort not to […]
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As the flood of graduation photos roll out on social media, I can’t help but think some of my friends deserve their own graduation party– just for getting that kid to walk across the stage.   Some of you weren’t sure there would even be a graduation to celebrate (you know who you are!).  But […]
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And just like that, my oldest has finished her first year at university back in the United States.   Like most people when they’ve made a huge cultural transition, she’s feeling a bit emotionally fragile and is relieved to have the summer to regroup and process all that happened. While my daughter may be grateful to […]
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A handful of times in my life, I’ve laid prostrate before God in prayer.  One time it was before a significant leadership decision.  Another time was a moment of profound desperation during a crisis in my life.  Most recently, after God showed up dramatically among us at a retreat, I snuck back into the meeting […]
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This month we led a team retreat with a dynamic team living in Beirut whose work is primarily with the Syrian refugees.  All five couples are raising young families in the concrete jungle of high-rises, ever-present construction, and the chaos of Lebanese traffic.  Half of the newer members of the team is at that critical 2-4 […]
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Why is it that the minute we lay down, everything unresolved in our lives comes to the surface?  Every mistake you made that day, the reliving of that argument and what you wish you had said, the regret with how you should have parented that child differently but now it’s too late, the running of […]
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“Hiddenness is the place of purification.  In hiddenness we find our truest selves.”    Henri Nouwen One of my mentors tells the story about how one day on a walk in a familiar urban area, she stumbled upon a hidden garden tucked away right off the main road with a stunning pond covered with blossoming […]
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For the first decade of our marriage, I was always a little skittish when the topic of calling came up.  As a full time stay-at-home mom with 3 kids under three, married to a crazy, gifted visionary exploring his calling, I never knew where he would want to go next.  Many of his vocational dreams […]
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My hubby and I are heading into a new phase of differentiation again.  Sigh.  You know those times where you realize where you are going, isn’t exactly where your spouse is going (at least not now) and you start to feel out of synch with each other? We get out of synch for a variety […]
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