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Like many couples in full-time ministry, we spent the bulk of our 30’s completely maxed out.  Alex was leading a care team for 400 missionaries; I was overseeing a women’s leadership initiative for our organization.  He traveled.  I traveled.  We had three small kids, led a home church, participated in small group Bible studies, drove […]
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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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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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A handful of times in our lives you will find yourself in the midst of a perfect life storm. Usually there is a precipitating crisis:   Cancer.  Infidelity.  Bankrupcy.  Infertility.  A shattered dream.  Depression.  A major accident.  Divorce.   But it’s not usually just one major thing imploding… it’s a half dozen crises on multiple frontal at […]
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A few years ago, I was in a season of confronting a lie I had internalized from the time I was very young.   Frankly, I felt like I had rooted out that lie several times before (and I had!).   I would feel incredible freedom then suddenly in a different situation – bam– the lie would […]
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This week I talked with a couple in the midst of making a major transition.  Things seem to be lining up for one particular path over the other; doors are opening in a particular city for the husband’s job, a network is unfolding, and training opportunities lie ahead for them both.  He is getting excited, […]
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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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A few years ago, our small group was sharing our results of a personality assessment and lo and behold, I had what they called a “Triple A”:  highly assertive, highly achieving, and highly ambitious.  At the same time, I was in an intense season of struggle with an auto-immune disease and discernment about all that […]
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Doorways are a powerful image for certain points in our lives.  In the work we do, we often find ourselves sitting with someone in front of a big scary door, behind which lies a myriad of pains they have been resistant to address:  disappointments, anger, grief, addiction, doubt, fear.  There we sit, coaxing them to […]
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