Published December 11, 2013
busy , family , Genuine love , grow , Holy Spirit , listen , living , prayer , travel , values , watch
Tags: baggage, choices, deception, luggage, travel, voices, weight
When I was growing up, I remember a family vacation where my dad bought these giant copper pots because they were cheap & he wanted to use them as decoration in our house. Nevermind that we were in Egypt & that we’d have to carry these monstrosities on various planes, through airports, security, etc. After this experience, we made a family rule, “you buy it, you carry it.”
This rule makes me think that sometimes we buy into the lies that the devil tells us & then wind up carrying his junk. Don’t buy these lies, so you don’t have to carry the luggage J
Whenever I travel, I love getting to watch people & traveling on Halloween is a double bonus, which raises even more than my usual question collection. Here are some things I think about as I watch people when I travel on Halloween:
- Let’s believe that they’re wearing a costume rather than thinking that’s their normal attire
- Yes!! Superman is on my flight!!
- Stillettos and airports – these ladies are on my all-time amazing list
- I don’t understand why you’d be rude to someone who is helping you
- traveling is a great opportunity to express Genuine Love – a cool way to brighten someone’s day
- boots in security lines are tricky to navigate – stick w flip flops ,)
Happy World Series to the Red Sox
Published July 24, 2013
Angola , Cambodia , Genuine love , Holy Spirit , living , nightcare , prayer , saving moses , South Sudan , spiritual , travel
Tags: grateful, saving moses, travel
Sometimes when I travel I feel like I’m in perpetual motion & I just want to pause for some stillness. I’m really feeling like this now: in April, I was in Angola, May was China, June was South Sudan & July has been Cambodia. While this is lots of travel, I’m really grateful to God for such amazing opportunities & experiences to express genuine love. And when I’m home, I want to continue to get better & better at giving genuine love with less Sarah & more Jesus. Anyone eager to join this adventure with me?
Published July 15, 2013
Cambodia , family , Holy Spirit , living , nightcare , relationships , saving moses , travel
Tags: Cambodia, family, Nightcare, saving moses, travel
!We just finished around 24 hours of travel, plus or minus so I’m a little hazy around the edges
We are here for a week, combining our church mission trip & some Saving Moses work I need to do with our nightcare efforts, so this will be a really cool trip! My family is with me, so that’s a HUGE bonus!
Here are some helpful travel trips when you going for long hours &/or multiple time zones:
*drink lots of water – airplanes can be very dehydrating
*be flexible – dont expect things to be like they are at home
*stay positive – nothing ruins a trip faster than complaining
*look for opportunities to meet new people & be a blessing, within the framework of your travel host / sched
Be sure to check back with me lots this week as I’m planning to do lots of updates with our Saving Moses work!
This upcoming week, I’m WAY EXCITED because I get to visit our first nightcare facility in Cambodia with Saving Moses!! We’ve been running our nightcare program now for a little over a year & I’m so excited about our growth and our future opportunities – WAY EXCITED!! If you’re not familiar with nightcare with Saving Moses, this is where we provide care during the evening & night for the babies of prostitutes while their moms work. Nightcare for these babies meets a very urgent need for because there’s no viable care available for them while their moms are working. Over the past year, we’ve grown and matured so I’m crazy excited to return to Cambodia next week, visit our babies and look into the possibilities of even expanding and opening a new facility. So follow me on this really cool journey and let’s see what genuine love looks like for Saving Moses in the form of nightcare
Published July 9, 2013
Cambodia , family , Genuine love , Holy Spirit , living , prayer , saving moses , South Sudan , spiritual , travel
Tags: family, happy, optimistic, smile, travel
Happy day to you! I’ve been back from South Sudan for a week, so I’m happily sleeping through the night, I enjoyed immensely the time with my family last week, with the 4th of July holiday break and I’m happy to say that my digestion is doing well, after having experienced some interesting adventures. So that’s all really good because on Sun, we fly to Cambodia for 1.5 weeks
I also want to give you some encouragement today & hopefully make you smile a bit. Here are few attempts at these goals:
- seeing the good that’s happening around us is often a choice of focus
- sometimes we go through good seasons & sometimes we go through some not so good seasons – the good news is that we keep going ,)
- drink lots of water – it keeps you healthy, chirpy & perky ,)
- thankfully, God’s still in charge, no matter what’s happening around us
- what do you call a rabbit with fleas? Bugs bunny
Published June 19, 2013
family , Genuine love , Holy Spirit , living , prayer , saving moses , travel
Tags: grow, learn, least of these, love, saving moses, travel
In Matthew 25, Jesus talks about how if you visit someone in jail, or feed a hungry person, invite a stranger in, or basically help a person in need (to the least of these), that you’re doing these acts of kindness to Christ. As a follower of Christ, I want to love Jesus well and so this means that I want to be tuned into the needs of the “least of these”. My attempt to be engaged with the needs of the “least of these” is largely through my work with Saving Moses: for me, the “least” are babies and toddlers who have urgent survival needs. As such, Saving Moses is actively engaged to provide life for these babies where help is least available. So over the next week or so, I’m going to visit South Sudan to see the needs of the “least of these” and assess how Saving Moses can give love and life.
I’ll be blogging, doing tweets, fb updates and as much as I can during my visit, so please be sure to come along for the adventure – and of course, please don’t fight the urge to shoot up some prayers as well
Published May 17, 2013
Genuine love , Holy Spirit , living , prayer , seeing Jesus , spiritual , travel
Tags: China, enjoy, fellowship, travel
I started coming to China more than 25 years ago & I totally love this place & the people even more! China is wonderful in lots of different ways – rich history, very cool people, great food, diverse cultures & much more.
But let me encourage you that wherever you are at, God is present & eager to have fellowship with you. I believe with all of my heart that God made you for the purpose of enjoying your company in all places: whether you’re
*at home in the routines of daily living,
*in a really difficult season of life,
*swamped with an ocean of demands & responsibilities,
*going into a busy weekend
*enjoying China ,)
God loves your company!
Published May 6, 2013
Genuine love , Holy Spirit , living , prayer , seeing Jesus , travel
Tags: difficulty, hardship, heaven, hell, journey, revelation, travel
I’ve been thinking about Abraham lately & how God tested him in Genesis 22 and instructed him to sacrifice his only son, the son of promise, Isaac. Thankfully, we can read the end of the chapter & celebrate with Abraham that God provided a ram for Abraham to sacrifice in place of Isaac – God sees our needs and has provision waiting for those needs. But I’ve been thinking about the 3 day journey that Abraham took with Isaac to get to the place where he was supposed to sacrifice his son. If I were in Abraham’s sandals, those 3 days would have been the absolute & most abhorrent days of my life – knowing what I was assigned by God to do. The revelation at the end of the journey was nothing less than heavenly (Abraham experienced God in an extremely powerful way) but the journey was nothing less than hell.
Sometimes the journey in our life can be an almost living hell, but let me encourage you that God is walking with you for every step and there’s a great possibility that through this journey, you will come to know God in such a heavenly way that the hell of the journey will pale in comparison to the heaven of the revelation
Heat, humidity, crowds, chaos & haze. We’ve been traveling now for over 40hours & we’re closing in on “almost there.” I’m presently sitting in a waiting hall for domestic flights & trying to get a little oriented. I had a nice but BRIEF chat with some Chinese guys from Shandong province, where Mao was born and in a few hours, we get to visit one of our biggest malnutrition clinics.
Whenever I visit Angola, I’m always reminded that its only been in the last 10years that there has been any stability whatsoever here. They had more than 30 years of a MASSIVELY brutal & inhumane civil war & before that, Angola was a Portuguese colony for over 300 years. This is important because wherever there is political instability, babies often experience the most significant impact because the infant mortality increases proportionate to the quantity of instability: long instability = masses of dying babies / high infant mortality. So for the next few days, we will be visiting our malnutrition clinics, meeting some wonderful moms & seeing how the benefits of consistent therapeutic milk plays out for malnourished babies who would likely die without our help.
Stick around w me thru this blog, Facebook & twitter so we can make this journey together