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People Wait for God in Hamburg, Too

  I made a new friend! She’s on the other side of the Atlantic, but technology doesn’t discriminate when an American writer in Germany and an American writer in Mexico bond over the not-so-popular W-word. We both love Jesus and we both wrestle with waiting. Works for me! Please give a big “Welcome/Bienvenida/Willkommen” to Caitlin Lieder.   Moving to Germany meant stepping… Continue Reading

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In the Eye of the Swarm

  They come in near silence, minding their business and ready to work. They never need blueprints, complain of the load or ask for time off. Their days are long and full of physical labor. They don’t work for the weekend; the word itself does not exist in their world. They are not lazy, selfish or… Continue Reading

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A Bark, a Whistle, and the Woman Behind the White

  When a car of teen boys drove by and one of the confident losers barked, I secretly cringed, kept walking and felt something die inside. I didn’t need Seventeen magazine to tell me I wasn’t in the running; we who weren’t natural beauties already knew. My awkward teenage self turned a bit inward that… Continue Reading

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Dear Stay-At-Home Mom: I Figured Out Your Problem

  My face told him my approximate age. The awkward wedding reception silence told him to ask. I knew what was coming; the same thing that always came after the “nice to meet you” part.     “Do you work?” It’s not a question I get down here in Baja; the majority of women stay… Continue Reading

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10 Secrets Missionaries Keep, Part 2

  Last week I shared the first five questions and answers from missionaries around the world about the secrets they’re keeping regarding honesty, Corner Office Syndrome, guilt and MKs. If you missed it and want to catch up, come on over! Obviously becoming a missionary in another country should not be entered into lightly. The… Continue Reading

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10 Secrets Missionaries Keep, Part 1

  Depending on the country, you might think being a missionary means having a bunch of faith, eating rice, praying all day and swinging in a hammock. But unless you’ve taken a trip to visit a missionary, you might not see the challenges behind the scenes. Even then they’re probably not telling you how they… Continue Reading

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Seriously, Put Your Arm Down

  Even the most vain men who spend absurd amounts of money on clothes and time in front of the mirror don’t do it. But most women do. Most little boys couldn’t care less, but most little girls care too much. Why? Doesn’t matter what country you’re from, where you went to high school or… Continue Reading

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My Kids Can’t Spell “Sabbath.” But They Love It.

  “Christians aren’t bound by Old Testament Sabbath directives, but Jesus never said to forget it completely.” ~ Lauren Winner   Braided challah bread, shabbat candles, family time and prayer. In Jewish communities, Sabbaths are truly set apart from the other six days. But I was not raised Jewish. And I’m still not Jewish. Even… Continue Reading

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The White Girl Doesn’t Fit In

  This post is part of Lysa TerKeurst’s Uninvited Book Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers. Are you a blogger? You’re invited! Do you know a blogger? Invite them!   I don’t fit in. At all. And that’s okay. For the first few years I lived… Continue Reading

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Excuses I’ve Told Visitors for $300, Alex

  I’ve racked my brain, but can’t recall a time I have ever walked into a guy’s house and listened to him trip over his tongue in an effort to tell me all the reasons why his dwelling looks messy, dirty, or both. The home of a woman though? Different story. Every time I’m in… Continue Reading

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