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Archive for July, 2011

The Center of God’s Heart

On Sunday morning, our church was blessed by speaker Chris Wheeler from Show Hope (Steven Curtis Chapman’s adoption organization). He shared a message with us about God’s heart for orphans and adoption. For me, it was an extremely timely message since I have just found myself joyfully in the beginning phases of being Director of STEPS which I just announced yesterday in my Monthly Update.

James 1:27 – Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (more…)

Say Hello to the Director of STEPS Girls’ Home!

Recenly, the founders and directors of a new Christian girls’ home called STEPS in southeast India came to us. Isaac and Tara are long-time friends of our ministry and personal friends of Dave & Grace. They felt God’s calling to open a Christian orphanage for abandoned and neglected girls in their area. Originally they just asked us to help them get support from the US to India. But we felt God’s calling to much much more than that.

As of last week Monday, I am now the Director of STEPS! At least as far as our ministry is concerned. I am so excited about this amazing opportunity that I have been given! (more…)

July 2011 Ministry Update

I have really really big news! Really really exciting news! See below to find out more:

(If you cannot read the Update, just click on the picture to open it in a new window, and then you can zoom in for easier reading.) (more…)

Dancing with a Skink

I sat down to a quiet lunch today with a cat in my lap. The stillness was disrupted by the sounds of another cat on the hunt. By the time I went upstairs, I could not determine which cat it was that had been exercising its natural instincts.

But I found what it had been chasing. A tail-less brown skink.

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Picture this:

You’re a teenager at summer camp as a junior counselor (a SAM, if you will). The best part of the day is when the campers are in bed and the SAMs can run amuck through the camp… safely, of course. One night the group decides to play sardines in the dark. (Sardines, if you’ve never played it is like reverse hide-n-seek – one person hides, and everyone else has to find them and hide with them.) The dark adds a creepy level to this game, plus you never know who could be around a corner waiting to scare you. You decide to quietly and quickly dart across to the other side of the basketball court to see if anyone is hiding in the shadows. After trepidly peaking around a few corners and deciding that this part of the grounds is just to scary, you turn and start back across the basketball court to where a few other scaredy cats are waiting by the drinking fountains. Then you see it.

It’s huge.

It’s ugly.

It’s mean.

And it’s hissing. (more…)

God’s Been Good to Me

Tonight I on my walk, instead of listening to the radio, I listened to the songs on my mp3 player. The very first song that played was “God’s Been Good to Me” by Keith Urban. It was so incredibly appropriate to where I am in life right now (even right down to being in Tennessee), that I replayed it a few times. It was just another reminder to stop and thank God for how good He has been to me! (more…)


I have been thinking a lot about walls lately.

Not the literal kind in a building, but the proverbial walls that we have around each of us. Often we put up walls as a defense mechanism when we get hurt. We’ve all done it to some degree. We put up a steely, cold exterior so that no one can get in and do more damage. The problem is, if we keep everyone out then no one can get in to help us heal. Not even God. If we insist on staying within our walls of hurt, He will let us. But He does wait patiently nearby, calling to us, and is ready for the moment we finally let Him in. (more…)


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There are two freedoms: the false where a man is free to do what he likes; and the true where a man is free to do as he ought.

Charles Kingsley

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.

Ronald Reagan (more…)

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