grace

by Anna Glenn For the past few weeks, our minds have all been collectively spinning. Many of us have spent hours wondering and praying, either out loud as we lay in our beds or silently within our own heads, about what we should do. We’ve turned it over and over again in our minds, examining […]

{ 0 comments }

When ‘Doing Well’ Means Looking Messy

by Editor on January 17, 2020

by Gina Butz My husband and I are no strangers to new homes. When we move to a new place, we unpack and settle in like we are gunning for a new HGTV show, Instant House. When people share that they still have boxes unpacked after years of living somewhere, I am baffled. Do you […]

{ 0 comments }

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

by Elizabeth Trotter on March 24, 2016

train-tracks-1081672_960_720a

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 […]

{ 6 comments }

“God is Disappointed With Me” | Lies We Believe

by Elizabeth Trotter on April 22, 2015

a222

For the past three months we’ve been working through Timothy Sanford’s book “I Have to be Perfect” (And Other Parsonage Heresies). If you’re new to this series, you can read the previous posts here: Part 1: The Little Word That Frees Us Part 2: “I’m Not Supposed to Have Needs” Part 3: “I Can’t Trust Anyone” […]

{ 8 comments }

india-324_1280

Our community at A Life Overseas knows what it is to leave and return. We know the anticipation of arrival and the tears of goodbye. We know the nervous stomach and gnawing unease of a new place and the warmth and comfort of an old place. And we know grace – oh how we know […]

{ 4 comments }

An Airport Encounter With Grace

by Lisa McKay on July 4, 2014

Image credit: FreeDigitalPhotos.net (artur84)

Folks, I’m a bit in survival mode here at the moment. I’ve been without a car all week. We have an uncharacteristically grumpy, teething baby. We have a feverish two year old who only wants Mama… all the time. We have a Daddy who is leaving on Sunday for a week. And we have two […]

{ 5 comments }

You Owe Me Grace

by Lisa McKay on June 5, 2013

Dom Lennox Head 28.4.13-7

Friends, I am 30 weeks and a gazillion eons pregnant. My belly is the size of Canada and my brain is the size of a mustard seed (and, trust me, this mustard seed isn’t up to moving any mountains). Pregnancy and childbirth – it’s a Serious Design Flaw, if you ask me. And it’s not […]

{ 19 comments }

Avoiding a Messiah Complex (with a Giveaway!)

by Chris Lautsbaugh on February 6, 2013

Do I have your attention? (if not, keep reading…there will be a giveaway later on!) Do you really think missionaries view themselves as a Messiah to the people they reach? No, but this complex starts with a small thought, attitude, or even temptation. That temptation is rooted in arrogance. What!? Missionaries being arrogant? Aren’t the words […]

{ 14 comments }