Friday, August 28, 2009

A New Perspective

Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Isreal, "My way is hidden from the Lord, And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God"? Do you not know? Have you not heard?


The Lord God will come with might with His arm ruling for Him.
Behold, His reward is with Him and His recompense before Him.
Like a shepherd He will tend His flock,
In His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them to His bosom;
He will gently lead the nursing ewes.


Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
And marked off the heavens by the span
And calculated the dust of the earth by the measure,
And weighed the mountains in a balance
And the hills in a pair of scales?


Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,
Or as His counselor has informed Him?
With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding?




The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth DOES NOT become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.

He gives strength to the weary,
And to Him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,

Yet those who wait

Yet those who wait



those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength;

They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.

Lift your eyes on high and see who created these stars.
Lift your eyes and see the Everlasting God, the Lord.

Why do you say, "My way is hidden from the Lord, and the justice due me escapes the notice of my God"?

Lift your eyes on high,
Lift your eyes,
Turn your gaze toward heaven,
See the Lord.

From Isaiah 40

Monday, August 24, 2009


As I sit here the noises of life surround me in my search for silence; cars passing by, children playing in the hall, the quiet hum of the air conditioner, and even the typing of the keyboard keys as I type. These noises are only external, a distraction for just a short while. Mostly these can be tuned out, but the noises in my mind reminding me of dirty dishes in the sink, conversations with friends from the night before, thoughts of dinner and sleep, of these I cannot escape. I am consumed by doing. I can blame this on our culture and how it has formed me to believe that the more I do, the more significant I am. But the reality is that in TRUE and ABSOLUTE silence, I am faced with me, with my doubts, with my failures, and with many questions. Yet the Lord calls me and says,

"Be STILL and know that I am God."

This is such a simple reminder, but when I know that HE is God, then somehow, my failures and shortcomings seem to disappear. He is above all things. My focus is shifted, and my perspective changed. There is hope in knowing that He is God; my life and I have meaning, the knowledge that I was created for a purpose becomes tangible, and the rhythm of my life changes. The reality that success is not in my hands but God's rings true and the healing that I need begins to take place there in the silence.

Far off places

I am just an ordinary girl that seems to end up in the strangest places.
I lived in Burkina Fasa, Africa for 2 years, which was the best time of my life. I lived among some of the most poor and needy people of the world. I played with children all day long, and somehow got to call it "work." I made so many friendships and memories there with the local people. I became fluent in 2 new languages.

And now I find myself in Okinawa, Japan with my lovely husband, where most days I hang out with other women and "go shopping." The best days are the ones when my husband and I go exploring.

Life seems to take the funniest of turns. From living in the dust to living on the sand. From living with nothing to living with more than I could ever have asked for...Who would have known that a plain ordinary girl, like myself, would have so many adventures? Don't get me wrong, I love that, somehow, I am the one traipsing off doing "things of grandeur." I just never though that I would end up here, ever really. The two places are so very different. Its hard not to compare them. My hope is that this place and these people help to mold me into someone who I never thought I would be.