Sunshine and Roses

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screen-shot-2016-12-17-at-7-13-37-amMost of the time I find my heart leaning and longing toward something other than the moment in which I stand.  I struggle to live “content in all things” while all around me are unmet needs and unfinished business.

Yet every once in a while I find myself in a moment of extraordinary peace.

Have you ever seen the sun break through the clouds in a single ray of light?

That’s how these rare and fleeting moments feel to me.

Right in the midst of what feels gray, obscure and even cloudy, a moment breaks upon my heart and I experience the most extraordinary peace.

I wrote this little poem in the midst of one of those moments.  I knew it was temporary and I so wanted to capture it.

I hope you experience your own moment of breaking light and that you have the where-with-all to just pause and bask in His presence.

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3 Keys to Pursuing Peace

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Trusting God is good for your health.  Proverbs 3:15

When you trust God, you don’t worry.  Psalm 116:7

A heart at peace, gives life to the body.  Proverbs 14:30

This year has been a challenging year for me and my family. As I’ve been reflecting on where I began in January and where I ended up in December, I’m filled with gratitude despite the difficulties.

I’ve been learning to rest.

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The Doors of Egypt

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I was fascinated by the homes of the Egyptians.

In the city, you see an endless amount of apartment dwellings. (I’m sure there were individual homes, but I didn’t see them as we drove from one destination to another.) They range in age, style and height but they consistently demonstrate similar characteristics.

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Patios are almost non-existent and windows are small and closed.  (I think the extreme heat and the blowing sand discourage patio life as we know it.)  Every structure is made of a similar type of brick and stucco and all are beige, grey or pale red.  Many of the buildings are literally coated in a layer of sand.  Window air conditioning units are a luxury and apparently the responsibility of the tenant.  Almost all the city apartment buildings are unfinished.  (We learned that finishing a building results in higher taxation, therefore, the owner leaves several apartments incomplete.) Continue reading

Egypt

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screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-5-27-07-am Throughout the Bible, Egypt fulfills a dual role both as a place of refuge and a place of oppression, a place to “come up out of” and a place to “flee to.” 

When I was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, I had to cancel my participation in a mission trip to Egypt.  I’ve always felt a little something special had been stolen from me. Last week I was given another opportunity to visit the nation that had slipped through my fingers.

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Hello From the Other Side

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Adele’s lyric seems appropriate as an opening line for my first blog in several months.  Ashley and I recently attended her concert, which was amazing, and ever since these words have been echoing in my heart.

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I feel as if I am greeting you “from the other side.”  I’ve had a red sea experience passing from death unto life.

I am so happy to report that my health continues to hold strong and that my tumor markers are normal.  There is no disease in my body and I have been able to continue my treatment with no breaks or huge concerns.  I continue treatment and I am working on getting stronger and more stable in my overall health.  I’ve come through a life-threatening, difficult season and I am so grateful to simply be alive. Continue reading