When You Struggle

Grief, the Painter

by Editor on January 25, 2021

by Shannon Brink This year, this season, this current reality: wow. We have pivoted as a family too many times to count, making two cross-continental moves mid-pandemic. After another layer of disappointment was added recently, I was having a difficult time and wrote this. Maybe you can relate. ~~~~~~~~~~~ Grief is the painter and my […]

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World Events & the Fragility of Goodness

by Marilyn on January 11, 2021

It’s a Monday and depending on where you are in the world, and in what time zone you woke up, you have most likely been assaulted by different headlines around the globe. In Indonesia, divers are still searching wreckage for the tragic air crash that killed all those aboard. Lebanon considers a tighter lockdown as […]

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An Invitation to Wonder

by Marilyn on December 11, 2020

won·der /ˈwəndər/noun a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. We put up our Christmas tree on Saturday. As empty nesters, it’s our tradition to either have any adult kids who happen to be in the area over to help us or, in their absence, invite a friend […]

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by Michèle Phoenix My pastor got a car. His van was totaled in a wreck and, just as he and his wife were considering what it would take to finance a new vehicle, someone they know offered them a Volvo. This past Sunday, he spoke with awe in his voice about the miraculous provision for […]

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A Global Pandemic and Lives Interrupted

by Marilyn on November 8, 2020

In our house we have a saying. “Don’t speak while I’m interrupting!” Other people don’t find it quite as funny as we do. We are a family of interrupters, none worse than me and my husband. Sometimes I wonder if that statement is what God might say to me with a gentle grin as he […]

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Why We Need Kindness Right Now

by Editor on October 27, 2020

by Gina Butz Sometimes as I think about this strange season we’re in and how much longer it’s going to be, I wonder how we will get through. What I keep coming back to is this: we need a lot more kindness. We need to be kind to ourselves, and we need to be kind […]

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The Beatitudes for Cross-Cultural Workers

by Marilyn on October 9, 2020

Blessed are the language learners, for theirs is the gift of idioms and verbs, of words and communication. Blessed are the visa holders, for they shall never forget what it is to live as a guest in a country. Blessed are the homesick, for they shall know and understand longing and displacement, the themes of […]

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Uprooted with no RAFT

by Marilyn on September 11, 2020

It is mid-September and six months since borders closed, masks became mandatory, and life changed for people around the globe.  While fall is always a time of movement and change for expats and third culture kids, for TCKs transtioning to college, and for those who have tried to make transitions during the summer from their […]

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The God of My Gaps

by Editor on September 8, 2020

by Krista Horn This summer we learned about a place called the Dead Mail Center. Apparently, when the United States Postal Service deems a piece of mail to be undeliverable and unreturnable, it goes to the Dead Mail Center, which is a giant warehouse in Atlanta that collects all such mail. As far as we […]

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When God is Disappointing

by Amy Medina on September 2, 2020

The disappointments just keep piling up like dirty laundry in a teenage boy’s bedroom. We were required to leave our overseas home of sixteen years three months early. We didn’t get to say proper good-byes. We finished out the school year in front of screens, including my job as principal. We lived out of suitcases […]

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by Peter Olson We suspect you’ve been feeling it too. A frustrating sense of ‘molasses’ clogging your thoughts. A fatigue you just can’t seem to shake. Feeling ‘tired’ or ‘worn-out’ as you search to journey through normal days that simply don’t feel as normal as they should. As we have both watched and experienced the […]

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Life on Loan

by Anisha Hopkinson on August 13, 2020

This morning the bible app on my phone sent me Matthew 6:34: “So don’t worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will bring its own worries.Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Staring at the screen I thought, “Huh. Well, I don’t have the capacity to worry any more this year anyway.” Not exactly a great spiritual insight, […]

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