He Delighted In Me.

“He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” Psalm 18:19 Although I’ve lived in spacious places all my life, I have never once been able to comprehend the Lord delighting in me. Loving me, yes. Tolerating me, sure. Choosing me to be in His family and then…

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Why Am I So Highly Favored?

Have you ever wondered what Mary was thinking when she said, “why am I so highly favored?” For some reason, this past month I’ve been pondering her response to the angelic news that she was to be the mother of the Messiah, and this is what I’ve come up with — perhaps Mary understood what…

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This Light and Momentary Suffering

Have you ever thought about the woman in the Gospels who bled for 12 years, who suffered so greatly and spent all she had, but was never healed? A woman so desperate for relief she fought through a crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment? How many times did she get her hopes up…

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Mothering in the Shadow of Death.

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him.” 1 Samuel 1:27 Yesterday I celebrated my first Mother’s Day from the side of being a mother. We went to church and I was holding my daughter while we began singing and my heart was swelling with thankfulness to…

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Still Standing.

It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m waiting for video to render in one program and upload in another. During this brief mental pause, it has occurred to me that I haven’t left the house since Tuesday. That “quick swim” outing I had planned turned into a doozy of an unexpected, semi-awkward, multi-locational conversation that lasted upwards…

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Tantrum.

Most of the things I write about on this blog have to do with living in Turkey — something curious, or something difficult, or something ridiculous to the point of hilarity. But I struggle with what to write about when I’m completely and utterly blah about living here. When I have no interest in interacting…

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