Why Pursuit of Community Is Worth the Risk

Last night was our community group’s final meeting of the semester, and I ugly-cried my way out the door as soon as it ended. That was our last time to officially meet with this group before our family relocates to Dallas. As our leader Chris prayed at the close, […]

By |May 2nd, 2016|Categories: Community, Ministry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Why Pursuit of Community Is Worth the Risk

Three Things to Consider Before Filling Up Your Calendar

Do any of you other moms find yourselves “nesting” for the start of a new school year? This is the second year I’ve noticed that a certain panic strikes shortly before the kids return to school and suddenly I’m obsessed with being organized, prepared, and […]

By |August 16th, 2014|Categories: Bible Study, Chasing Grace, Community, Ministry|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Three Things to Consider Before Filling Up Your Calendar

I’ve Never Been, But I Love Africa and Africa Loves Me

I had Africans in my home this week, and that just doesn’t happen every day.

Earlier this week, we hosted two Ugandan girls in our home. Gloria (age 17) and Patiance (age 8), members of the Uganda Children’s Choir with Parental Care Ministries, stayed with us […]

By |April 19th, 2014|Categories: Ministry|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Staying On Mission When Discouragement Calls

Today we’ve arrived at the final question of the Stepping Into God’s Game Plan series, wrapping everything up with this thought:
What keeps you in God’s Game Plan…on mission, loving Him, loving others?

The simplest answer, for me, is God’s grace, but its forms are varied.
A […]

By |February 5th, 2014|Categories: Chasing Grace, Ministry|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Staying On Mission When Discouragement Calls

How to Serve When You’re Afraid or Just Don’t Know What You’re Doing

Continuing this theme of grace in serving, today I’m writing to address the following question from the Stepping In panel:
“When has God called you to step out of your comfort zone to serve, and what was the result?”
God hasn’t asked me to do anything […]

By |January 28th, 2014|Categories: Chasing Grace, Ministry|Tags: , , |Comments Off on How to Serve When You’re Afraid or Just Don’t Know What You’re Doing

Serving Out Of Our Broken Places

It’s been a while, but before the holidays and the official Winter In Which A Family Member Of Mine Gets Sick Every Week began (still happening, unfortunately), we were talking here about serving and grace and going through a list of questions on the topic. […]

By |January 16th, 2014|Categories: Chasing Grace, Ministry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Serving Out Of Our Broken Places

4 Things to Remember About Our Seasons of Serving

Moving right along in this series (you can catch up here, here, and here), let’s address the next question:
Seasons of Life – how do they affect your needs and your abilities to minister? Is there ever a “perfect” season?
I know what I would tell […]

By |November 11th, 2013|Categories: Chasing Grace, Ministry|Tags: |Comments Off on 4 Things to Remember About Our Seasons of Serving

Serving And Finding Our Passions

The next post in this series takes a shot at answering this question:
Passion – how important is it to find yours?
Passion is a fascinating concept to me. I love thinking about the various ways God has uniquely built our personalities, interests, histories, abilities, talents, […]

By |November 7th, 2013|Categories: Chasing Grace, Ministry|Tags: |Comments Off on Serving And Finding Our Passions

So Many Places to Serve – What’s For Me?

In my last post about learning to serve others out of pure love instead of a legalistic drive or need to impress, I mentioned some questions from a panel discussion called “Stepping into God’s Game Plan” and today I’ll address the first one –
Choice […]

By |October 28th, 2013|Categories: Chasing Grace, Ministry|Tags: , |4 Comments

The Grace to Serve

Scriptures like these have begun to change the way I think about serving:
…Because I have heard of your faith in The Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you…(Ephesians 1:15-16)
We always thank God….since we […]

By |October 22nd, 2013|Categories: Chasing Grace, Ministry|Tags: , |2 Comments