Serving like Jesus

Preparing meals, washing dishes, cleaning house, doing laundry, homeschooling our kids, and opening our home to host college students — these are not the most glamorous jobs in the world!  They are the behind-the-scenes, have-to-be-done, serving jobs that don’t get noticed and aren’t always that much fun.  But as a missionary mom, these activities have required my devotion for most of the past 17 years … Continue reading Serving like Jesus

Spiritual Generations: Inspiration from the First Mommy Missionary

At this time of year you may be asking yourself, How did I get here? and Why am I doing this?’ I remember feeling that way most every August as I steeled myself for the endless days and nights of fall launch. Even though we aren’t currently in the throws of campus life I’m still preparing for a 2 week stint of single parenting as … Continue reading Spiritual Generations: Inspiration from the First Mommy Missionary

Comparison and Jealousy

I don’t like these words! They sound so immature. Comparison has almost become one of those acceptable sins (thank you Jerry Bridges for this phrase) among Christian women. Jealousy is a bit harder to own. But isn’t jealousy a twin to comparison? And both grow in the womb of desire. Being a young mom in campus ministry there are numerous opportunities to compare on many … Continue reading Comparison and Jealousy

Changing Diapers while He’s Changing Lives?

Have you ever felt a twinge of jealousy when your husband comes home from a campus event and shares an encouraging note from a student thanking him for his help? Have you ever been at an event where students publicly rave about your husband and you are not noticed? Sometimes we can compare ourselves with our husband and come up feeling “short” on the fruitfulness … Continue reading Changing Diapers while He’s Changing Lives?

The Stuff Gap: Contemplating Comparison

I loved coming home on furlough. And, I hated coming home on furlough. I loved being home and seeing friends.  And, I hated seeing the stuff my friends had accumulated! It seemed that every friend I reunited with on furlough wanted to take me on a tour of their home. I loved to see what they owned.  Their homes were so beautiful.  But, something tugged … Continue reading The Stuff Gap: Contemplating Comparison

Ready or Not, Staff Conference is Coming

Somewhere in the mid-seventies, Bill and I attended our first staff conference. It was a big deal. We lived in Illinois, the conference at Glen Eyrie. I assume we drove (I can’t imagine having money for plane tickets back then). I was young and a new mom. I remember where she and I were standing in the Castle. I remember the conversation as if it … Continue reading Ready or Not, Staff Conference is Coming