back.

A final word (well, maybe) on sabbatical. Many of us go away or take a short-term missions trip or vacation with purpose or sabbatical. A good friend sent me this quote by Terry Prachett in his book A Hat Full of Sky. Prachett is a young adult fiction writer. He writes: “Why do you go…

All of Everything.

Have you ever read these words? “I have been crucified with Christ – it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me!” They are found in Galatians, a book in the New Testament which is actually a letter written by Paul to a church in the First Century in Galatia (modern…

Time creates…

I’m still in process. Although we’ve been back from our sabbatical trip with plenty of time to adjust, we’re still processing all God is doing in our hearts and minds. As you can imagine there is much to learn from 73 days in another country and a total of 97 days without having to work.…

PLEDGE.

One of my first experiences upon returning to the United States after 10 weeks in Brazil was one that I needed to reflect on for a while. Usually I share what is happening in a direct way and as it is happening. This one I needed to let soak for a bit. Two days after…

read good.

I’ve shared before my incessant love for reading. I commented on this in an earlier post at the beginning of my time in Brazil. My sabbatical has only deepened and widened this love for the written word. Over these last 90 days I’ve read 32 books cover-to-cover and excerpts of others including the Bible. Below…

home.

After being out of the country for almost three months. I started thinking about home. What is home anyway? I moved thirteen times before I graduated high school, so home for me was an ever-changing location. Certainly place is important when it comes to defining home. It goes along with the food, language, people and…

Missing.

We’ve done a lot of missing these past couple months. We’ve missed things we are used to in our culture. Clothes dryers, large garbage cans, root beer, cold milk, common sense on when and where to shoot off fireworks, Mexican food and peanut butter. Oh, and customer service. We’ve missed people. Our neighbors, friends, fellow…