Hope of the Desert Flower


I woke up this morning to snow in Mount Pleasant, but by midday I was walking the steep slope of South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, in 90 degree temperatures. (Dave Durfee and I were flown out to Phoenix by Orchard Africa to attend a meeting to talk about our South Africa mission project. We took an afternoon before the meeting to see the mountains.) In the desert, everything is harsh. The terrain is Continue reading


Spring is Here!


Can you believe it. Spring is finally here. We have been waiting for it and now its official. So, this morning I got out my shorts and sandals. I packed away all my sweaters. And then I walked outside…

Hey, wait a minute. 20 degrees. Snow. Where is spring?

You ever feel that way when it comes to life. You know that God has brought new life to you, but nothing has changed. You still don’t have relief. You still face the challenges in your marriage. You still think your job is a waste of time. What do you do in those times?

Faith is knowing that though everything looks cold and wintery around you, Spring is still on the way. It is trusting God that he does provide for our needs. He does refresh us when we need it. He is sprouting new life below the layer of snow and ice.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

Choose Joy Everyday

happinessIMAGEJoy is a choice.

I read about someone recently who really inspires me when it comes to joy. His name is Bill and he chose joy even though he was losing his wife to cancer. The story comes from Mark Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. This is what Mark relays about Bill’s joy-filled Continue reading