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Celebrating 60

Yep, I did it! Walked right into a new decade, Lord! And because it’s a new decade, I felt obliged to celebrate it all month long! And what a celebration we’ve had. I’ve been loved on by family and friends from every decade of my life. I’ve received such sweet words of affirmation through beautiful cards, calls, emails, and phone conversations. I’ve been spoiled … Read More Celebrating 60


Letters to the Lord: Becoming French

​Sometimes, Lord, I look back at all the ways You’ve provided for me in the past, and I am brought to tears. As Paul and I continue to juggle life in two countries, I think back to a day over ten years ago when we became citizens of our adopted country of France. What a valuable lesson you taught me that day… ​ We … Read More Letters to the Lord: Becoming French


Letters to the Lord: Splendid Clothes

Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord God is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners; 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of our God’s vengeance; to comfort all who mourn, 3 to … Read More Letters to the Lord: Splendid Clothes


Letters to the Lord: The Elegance of God’s Hand

For the past few years, I’ve done something called an Annual Examen at the beginning of new year. This Examen (from by Alan and Gem Fadling) asks thoughtful questions based on one of my favorite passages in Scripture: Isaiah 61. The following thoughts come from just one part of one of those questions. Where have I sensed the beauty of God over the … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Elegance of God’s Hand


Happy New Year! Bonne Année!

Dear Friends, Here’s a brief slideshow (3 minutes in random order) of our year 2019, filled with time in France and America with family and friends and many opportunities to praise our Lord Jesus Christ. We thank Him for the gift of your friendship and pray that your 2020 will be filled with the wonder of life. Chers Amis, Voici notre Année 2019, en … Read More Happy New Year! Bonne Année!


Letters to the Lord: The Empty Nest

These reflections, taken directly from my journal over a decade ago, seemed appropriate to share at the beginning of 2020 when many of us are sending kids back to college or simply telling them good-bye after having spent cherished holiday moments together. So thankful that our Lord understands what the empty nest is like. As we glance back at Advent and forward toward Easter, … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Empty Nest


Letters to the Lord: Trusting You Enough

Numbers 20:1-13 I am reading in Numbers and this morning, I got to the chapter where the Israelites grumble because they don’t have water (I think I would have grumbled too). And so Moses and Aaron go before the Lord, facedown, and His glory appears and He tells Moses to speak to a rock and it will produce water. I know the story well, … Read More Letters to the Lord: Trusting You Enough


Letters to the Lord: The Lord, My Keeper

It may be my favorite psalm, Lord. Psalm 121. At any rate, as soon as I see that it’s next on my reading plan, my heart gets a thrill. Like this morning. And immediately, my mind jumps to May 1983, our first night as missionaries in that little dried-up mining town of Firminy, France. Odette and I are holding hands across the space between … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Lord, My Keeper


Letter to the Lord: Led by Your Spirit

Lectio Divina—I Corinthians 2: 6-15 Wisdom and the Spirit, Lord. Mystery and Your love. These are the words repeated over and over in these verses and in my mind as I read them. Led by Your Spirit. Your Spirit. Spirit. Throughout the years, I’ve had to fight not to compare when others share their testimonies. You know that one of my default sins is … Read More Letter to the Lord: Led by Your Spirit



I flew home to France yesterday after almost six weeks in the States.  Six unexpected weeks in my old home.  Never would I have chosen those weeks which proceeded and followed my mother’s death.  If the Lord had somehow whispered to me ahead of time, “Would you like to have the heartache now?”, I would have responded with a resounding “NO!” accompanied by “Never!” … Read More Carried

My Amazing Mother

As Daddy said, Mom is at Grady fighting for her life. She has fought her way through breast cancer and two open heart surgeries and a whole lot more, but she has also spent her life fighting for those people and causes she loves. She loves Jesus, she loves her family and she loves her church and community. She has been a lifelong member … Read More My Amazing Mother

The Best of Facebook

Sometimes it seems that social media is trying to take over our lives, that we are obsessed with something that ten years ago did not even exist. How strange. Technology pushes forward to give us ever-new gadgets on which to waste time. But used at its best, social media can be a huge blessing. And that is how I feel today. Blessed. My mother … Read More The Best of Facebook