Tell Them They Deserve Better

Her brown eyes pooled with tears and her lower lip quivered as she timidly approached. “My dad has been abusing me since I was little. I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t hurting me.” This brave teenager’s bold admission caught me off guard. After three days of talking with local high school students about …

To feed the least of these

It is the season of “thanksgiving” so I stand in this field and give thanks. Through a summer that burned and baked, tested and tormented, this ground beneath my feet nurtured seed destined to feed many.  We had planted it with prayers and with promises to multiply the harvest double, if not triple, so that starving children half …

It’s the season to take flight

They visited several times this week. Black birds swooped in to fill the branches of our trees, their “caws” echoing across the valley. The first morning of their arrival, I answered their call and stepped onto the porch. Suddenly, I found myself transported back in time. The black bird invasions have always been an event …

Gone digital?

I became the proud owner of a “smart” phone recently. It is lovely — red with a gray and white case, a sleek, shiny screen and all the icons and apps a girl could want. As I laid it next to my new Kindle, on the same desk as my laptop, I had to wonder. …

Learning to be a “seeker”

“It’s not about the math.” I never thought I’d hear myself say that, but stepping into this last year of homeschooling, I find I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. And, it wasn’t math. Math mastery is a fleeting skill for we right-brained individuals, and it seems all four of my “students” over …

New eyes

It was in the hills of Central America, 1,700 miles away from our Indiana valley, that my teenaged son and I witnessed a testimony to the power of commitment, obedience and faith.  This summer, we became part of something bigger than us, a mission that is changing lives, one child at a time. Ten years …