AFrica, mission trip, obedience

What I Haven’t Told You About My Trip to Africa

I leave for Africa in five days. It’s a trip I’ve always wanted to take and one that I’m sure will change my life forever. As I prepare to fly half-way around the world, leaving behind home and family for two weeks, I’m carefully choosing what to pack and what to leave behind. In this…

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My D-Day

Today is D-Day. I wouldn’t have remembered were it not for a reminder on my screen this morning. I click the link and read the summary unaware of the ambush about to take place in my own life. D-Day On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified…

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Parents Praying God’s Word for a Youth Mission Trip

A Youth Mission Trip has the potential to be a life-changing experience. I know my life was changed on a mission trip years ago and I’ve been privileged to see it happen over and over in the lives of many students since then. Months of preparation and planning are required for a mission trip but…

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A Spring Garden Party

We like to party and by party I mean hang out with friends and family and eat. Home is our favorite place to party and since indoor space is limited we decided to take advantage of the mild weather and gather outside. Our yard normally looks like this. Pretty but not very party-like. I had…

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For the Love of New Orleans: “M” is for Music

Hee Haw, American Bandstand, and Soul Train. Clearly, I was exposed to good music growing up in small-town Alabama. The 70’s and 80’s had the best country and classic rock and still does if you ask anyone at my house. But the fact I also know Lawrence Welk and I were born on the same…

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A Prayer for a Graduate

Our week has been full of celebrations as Maddie’s senior year comes to an end. All of these moments are bittersweet and mark the end of one season and the beginning of another. God has been our constant companion and guide every step of the way. As parents we trust Him with our lives and…

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For The Love of New Orleans {Food + Coffee}

You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food. Paul Prudhomme We ate lots of good food on our recent trip to New Orleans and most of it did not require a fork or a spoon. Like most people who have a favorite city, we also have our favorite places to eat in our…

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For The Love Of New Orleans

I love New Orleans. The city many refer to as the Big Easy is known for her food, music, architecture, and much more. My love for New Orleans comes a surprise to many. In a way, I guess it came as a surprise to me, too. When we moved there in late summer of 1989,…

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I’m Going to Africa with Fear and Great Joy

Sometimes God plants a seed in our heart that takes years to grow. He is the Master Gardener sowing, fertilizing, watering, and harvesting when and where he chooses. The results of His work are always extraordinary. I’ve been vividly reminded of this truth lately and I want to share with you what I’ve learned about…

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Turning 50

Turning 50, Tattoos, and the Tablet of My Heart

I’ve considered getting a tattoo for years. They’re an intriguing kind of art and story penned in flesh. As my 50th birthday approached this year, getting inked was rolling around in my mind as a way to communicate my story. I did my research and I want to share with you what I learned in…

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