Category: France

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Letters to the Lord: Why Are You Thinking These Things?

As we were coming to the end of our mandatory month off from Member Care, I listened to this podcast about spending a day alone with God. I’d had many sweet times with the Lord during this month, but I felt the Holy Spirit encouraging me to follow the suggestions from The Potter’s Inn blog that gave a schedule for a Solo Day with … Read More Letters to the Lord: Why Are You Thinking These Things?

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Letters to the Lord: Taking Time Off

We’re home in France! I am sitting in the chaise lounge behind the house, drinking a cup of chai tea from my favorite mug bought in Aigues-Mortes two summers ago, with my Bible and prayer list and freshly cut ‘belles de nuit’ sitting on the little wrought iron table beside me. This is My. Place. With. You. Lord. Being alone with You in our … Read More Letters to the Lord: Taking Time Off

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Letters to the Lord: No Words

Sometimes Spring takes my breath away and I have no words. Just a few photos and a verse that I need to remember today: Lord Jesus, please calm my anxious heart today as I trust You. And may I bloom for Your glory like the lilies of the field. ELIZABETH MUSSER writes ‘entertainment with a soul’ from her writing chalet—tool shed—outside Lyon, France. Find … Read More Letters to the Lord: No Words

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Letters to the Lord: Jill Steenhuis, an Atlanta Artist in France

We were destined to be friends and soulmates before we ever met. Our dads knew each other, waving across the golf course at the Capital City Country Club in Atlanta. So I paid attention when my father said, “You need to meet the artist Jill Steenhuis. She grew up in Atlanta, rode and showed horses, moved to Aix-en-Provence in 1980 and lives there still.” … Read More Letters to the Lord: Jill Steenhuis, an Atlanta Artist in France

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Letters to the Lord: The Turkey Trot

I’m interrupting my last post about my Digital Camino experience to repost this Thanksgiving reflection from a few years back. I think we could all use a good laugh this year, and a chance to remember that a perfect Thanksgiving can be seen in many different ways. I’m praying for us all to find deep thankfulness this Thanksgiving for the fact that we are … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Turkey Trot

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Letters to the Lord: Camino Walk #4~Perseverance

My Fourth Camino walk centered on the theme of perseverance. Oh, don’t we all need perseverance in this seemingly never-ending season of Covid-19 and other 2020 Craziness? Again the questions are in bold, with my answers below. Where do you need perseverance in your life right now? Where do you dig up the perseverance necessary to push past your limitations? In my darker moments, … Read More Letters to the Lord: Camino Walk #4~Perseverance

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Letters to the Lord: Camino Walk #3~Hospitality and Generosity

This third Camino Walk, Lord, centers on the themes of Hospitality & Gratitude. I first listened to the Camino podcast for Week 3 while walking near my home in France in late July of this year. Here were my thoughts: One of the Bible passages that was from John 12:1-8 where Mary shows extravagant hospitality, gratitude, and generosity. “1 Six days before the Passover, … Read More Letters to the Lord: Camino Walk #3~Hospitality and Generosity

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Letters to the Lord: Camino Walk #1~Simplicity

For the past two weeks I’ve been doing a Digital Camino with InterVarsity. Lord, You know how I’d loved the experience in the summer, so when it was offered again in October, I signed up. With an added bonus. I invited readers to join me on the journey. And half a dozen readers did sign up. So for twelve days each of us immersed … Read More Letters to the Lord: Camino Walk #1~Simplicity

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Letters to the Lord: Remembering Nancy

I can still remember when we met Lord, on a hot August day in 1982. I was a new college graduate with a head full of knowledge and a heart that wanted to serve You, Lord. And I was scared. Especially that. I’d left my collegiate world and instead of pursuing marriage or an MBA, I was becoming a missionary. You know I’d always … Read More Letters to the Lord: Remembering Nancy

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Letters to the Lord: Change of Plans

Yesterday was Labor Day, Lord, and for the first time in many, many years, I haven’t labored on Labor Day. For most of the past twenty years I’ve been in France on the first Monday in September, and there’s no holiday over there. But for the four times in the past twenty years when I’ve been in the US over Labor Day weekend, I’ve … Read More Letters to the Lord: Change of Plans

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Letters to the Lord: Celebrations

This past week has been filled with celebrations. First we flew to the USA and made it here without any major misdemeanors and many masks: Then we got to meet our precious new granddaughter Lena! Of course, there was much to celebrate at being reunited with the rest of our family, too. And before quarantining with our ‘bubble’ here in the Chattanooga area, we … Read More Letters to the Lord: Celebrations

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Letters to the Lord: Dark Times

Lord, I’m reading in Job and Ezekiel right now, and honestly, it’s pretty dark. But in a way, this feels like where I need to be reading because the times in which we are living are very dark, too. In Job, he’s endured the worst possible tragedies a human can endure. He’s lost everything. But not because of his sinfulness. Because of a bet … Read More Letters to the Lord: Dark Times