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Just Fun, Life, Marriage

Not Your Typical Snow Day

As a kid growing up in the country, I loved snow days! Time seemed to stand still as we chased each other with snowballs and sledded up and down the hills on my parents’ farm.   When we simply couldn’t feel our hands and feet anymore, we would head up the hill to my house where Mom always had hot chocolate and caramel corn waiting for us!  For me, one year stands out from all the rest.  I had brought a ‘friend’ of mine from college home with  ...

Adventure, Faith, Life

Visit to a Philippine Jungle Village

As we were flying over the tropical jungle on the island of Mindanao, Philippines,  I carefully watched the missionary pilot.  Flying an airplane in the jungle can be risky business.  At only a moment’s notice weather conditions could seriously threaten the safety of the airplane, the passengers and the cargo.  The pilot concentrated on terrain features, strip conditions and wind patterns as he held the plane steady at an altitude of 5,000  ...

Blog, Faith, Life, Ministry

Guinea Pig, Anyone?

I can still remember watching the ‘Fasten Your Seat Belt’ sign come on.  As the plane began to descend through the clouds, never would I forget my first glimpse of the Andes Mountains.  As the wheels of the plane hit the runway, my stomach was filled with butterflies as we landed at the tiny airport in Quito, Ecuador.  As a summer missionary, I experienced so many ‘firsts.’ Riding on a train to the coastal city of Guayaquil, seeing bananas,  ...

Blog, Faith, Family, Life

Capturing A Moment

What I love about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever and impossible to reproduce. Looking at a photograph often reminds me of the really important things in life – that each day is another chance for me to make everyday count. That each day I can cherish every moment with loved ones, live life with no regrets and thank God for all of the experiences He has allowed me to live out and learn from. Too  ...

Blog, Leadership, Life, Ministry

The Art of Listening

How do you listen? I recently read that the skill which is most necessary to be an effective leader is ‘listening.’ In fact, some are so bold to say that you can’t become a great leader, until you are a great listener – which is often hard to do because most of the time our thoughts are consumed with our own agendas. Listening shows we really care about the person. Whether it is listening to a friend, co-worker or  ...

Blog, Faith, Life

Who is really in control?

“All this energy comes from Christ: God raised Him from death and set Him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from His rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the  ...

Blog, Family, Leadership, Life

Facing Your Fears

We were excited for a few days of relaxation at the lake, but when I noticed a huge snake crawling over the porch as we were unloading the car – relaxing was the farthest thing from my mind. Let me just say I am scared to death of snakes! I wanted to scream. Then I began to try and convince myself the snake was only passing through our yard and would continue down the row of cabins to haunt someone else. Much to my disappointment  ...