Faith/Inspiration

Grounded in Transit

by Editor on June 16, 2016

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When I moved to Uganda, I met the question, How is home? as part of the standard greeting. I could have easily given the expected fine without putting too much thought into the process, but the inquiry tended to get me thinking. Were they asking about my home in Soroti Town, or in Minnesota, or […]

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When the lights go out

by Elizabeth Trotter on May 23, 2016

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I want to do all the things. All the very good things there are to do in this world. So I overcommit myself. I don’t say “no.” I say “yes” instead, and spread myself too thin. Then my soul suffers. My work suffers. My sanity suffers. My family life suffers. My spiritual life suffers. I […]

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In the Light, in the Dark, Remember

by Craig Thompson on May 18, 2016

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Don’t forget in the darkness what you have learned in the light. In Where Is God when It Hurts? Philip Yancey quotes these words of Joseph Bayly, former director of InterVarsity press and former president of David C. Cook Publishing. Then Yancey adds,  “Yet sometimes the darkness descends so thickly that we can barely remember the light.” Missionary and author […]

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When There is No “Other Hand”

by Marilyn on May 9, 2016

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Although I’ve not seen it in years, Fiddler on the Roof is one of my favorite shows/movies. I’ve watched the movie many times and seen the performance live as a musical theatre production at least twice. The scenes that have found a permanent place in my memory are what I call the “other hand scenes.” These […]

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But I’ve done all these good things . . .

by Elizabeth Trotter on March 24, 2016

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The question came as Jesus was beginning His last journey to Jerusalem. It came as He was heading toward His most heart-rending task, as He was starting the long descent toward death: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” We all know the story. A young, rich, religious man calls Jesus good and […]

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It’s Not That I Don’t Try

by Anisha Hopkinson on March 10, 2016

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I am a homemaker. My husband is a missionary helicopter pilot. A while back we had a “How was your day?” conversation that went like this… Husband: “We flew over to pick up a few people from the crash site and take them back to the hospital. Tom went back with stretchers to pick up […]

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Danielle Wheeler, founder and editor of Velvet Ashes, has a special invitation for A Life Overseas ladies today. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Our job is not to heal our souls, but to make space for them so that healing can come.” – John Ortberg in Soul Keeping. When was the last time you made space for your soul? […]

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Out of the Pit and Back Again

by Editor on February 29, 2016

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What is a psalm but a human emotion, poured into words? Perhaps it is a heartbreak, as in Psalm 137; or a rage, as in 109. Perhaps it is a teaching, as in 119, or a shout of praise, as in 145. But perhaps it is a desperate wail from the pit, as in Psalm […]

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On Staying, Leaving, And Which Is Harder

by Abby Alleman on February 23, 2016

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  I lie in a hospital bed. Tubes run in and through me. Though I remember that I am in the hospital, I do not know why I am in the ICU of Szent Imre Korhaz.  It is morning.  The light glides over my bed, streaming through tall glass windows as it bounces off the […]

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Love and Loss: A Poem

by Editor on February 21, 2016

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The accumulated losses of the years I’ve spent abroad Sometimes make me start to wonder if I serve a loving God. Where is love in loss and failure? Where is love in hard goodbyes? Maybe love—to understand it—must be seen through diff’rent eyes. – If I trust that You are loving, bringing rain through darkest […]

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Dear Single Missionary

by Editor on February 4, 2016

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I once was an “expert” single person. After five years in China, I knew how to travel across the world with 100 pounds of luggage, stay in hostels alone, barricade myself on bunk beds at night on 27 hour train rides, and cook for one. Sometimes it was fun, but often it was lonely. At 32, […]

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Why Are We Here?

by Jonathan Trotter on February 1, 2016

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Why are we here? Why have we chosen lives that cause us to engage suffering in very raw ways? Visible ways? Why do we expose our hearts to people in pain? Why do we use our passports for more than an occasional vacation? Why do we live in places where we sweat more than we […]

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