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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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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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“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 daughter is walking the Camino de Santiago for the next two weeks with her dad before she graduates from high school.  The camino is a 791 km (490 mile) spiritual pilgrimage with multiple routes which all lead across parts of southern Europe ending in Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain.  If you are one […]
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Society is always in a state of change, but every once in a while, a change of tsunami proportions comes and lays waste to the cultural structures and landscape, and everything familiar is washed away. In case you have been living under a rock, we may have hit that time in the United States.  America […]
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My oldest daughter is forcing me to face the fact that she is leaving home.  Seven years ago when we moved overseas, she was given a simple tool to help her prepare to leave one place and move to another.  Now as she finishes her life in Spain and prepares for university in the U.S., she […]
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Some life transitions begin with a “bomb”.  These are the experiences that can usually be traced to an exact moment.  The car accident that caused a head injury.  The phone call announcing a death.  The moment when your spouse announces out of the blue that she never loved you.  The discovery of a deeply hidden family […]
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