• All Writings,  Life,  Missions,  Prayer

    Marathon Moments

    My sister Peggy Lively and I just completed our 16th marathon in our 16th state. We have high hopes of completing one in all 50 states. We are often asked, “Why in the world are y’all doing this crazy thing?”. Honestly, we just fell into it. Maybe I shouldn’t use the word “fall” when talking about marathons. But truly, we’ve sorta gone into this adventure blindly (hmmm, another poor word for safely accomplishing 26.2 miles). Before my first marathon, I had never run in ANY race. Well, I do remember the three-legged race on field day in elementary school, and that wasn’t very pretty, at all. Peggy and I can’t…

  • Haitian Scrapbook,  Missions

    Haitian Scrapbook–pages 1 and 2

    Over the next several days, I will be posting thoughts and pictures of my recent mission trip to Haiti. This project will look much like the Ethiopian Scrapbook, that can also be viewed on my website. Today’s post is entitled Unity and One-ness.page 1–UnityMonths before our team’s trip to Haiti, I know that I know that I know the Lord wanted me to pray for unity among our team. We had 21 members of various ages from teenagers to 60’s, so the diversity was obviously present. Therefore…I obeyed…and prayed (along with others) that the Lord would put His sweet blessing of unity within our group. The main passage I claimed is…

  • Haitian Scrapbook,  Missions

    Haitian Scrapbook–pages 3 and 4

    Yesterday, I submitted pages 1 and 2 of my Haitian Scrapbook; today, here are pages 3 and 4, entitled Creature Comforts and The Creator Comforts.page 3–Creature Comforts     Today as I sit with my warm cup of sweet creamy coffee in my over-stuffed chair, I reflect on last week’s trip to Haiti. Like I said in my last post, there were 9 women on our team; 7 of these ladies are age 22 or under, and then there is my dear friend Brenda Jeffries and me. Our ages DOUBLED the years of these pretty young things.                  Neither Brenda nor I ever considered…

  • Haitian Scrapbook,  Missions

    Haitian Scrapbook–pages 5 and 6

    Here are the last two pages of my Haitian Scrapbook, entitled Depravity and Hope.page 5–DepravityWhen talking with a missionary who is currently living in Haiti, he stated this fact: The struggles of sin may be different from nation to nation, but the common denominator for all people worldwide is the innate depravity of the human heart. Well said. The bible confirms this statement: The heart is deceitful above all things , and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)The Haitian’s heart may wrestle with voodoo and greed and sexual promiscuity, while the American heart may wrestle with materialism and self-centeredness and…sexual promiscuity. And then there’s other nations, like France and…

  • All Writings,  Missions

    Hands to the Plow

    Do you have someone in your life that you have invested so much of your time, energy, and effort into concerning God’s love? You’ve given your heart, soul, mind, and strength to this person, desperately wanting him or her to know and understand who the Lord Jesus is and all that He has to offer. Through your loving words and Christlike ways, you’ve plowed the field, ¬†you’ve dug up the rocks, you’ve pulled out the roots, you’ve planted the seeds, you’ve watered, and you’ve waited. And the result is….nothing. You’re tired. I have a couple of young friends that have won a place in my heart; I love them with…

  • Ethiopian Scrapbook,  Missions

    Ethiopian Scrapbook–page 1 and 2

     As I mentioned in my last post, I asked the Lord to “break my heart” as I traveled to Ethiopia on a missions trip with my daughter Emmy, my son Bink, and our family friend Christian. We were with an organization called Ordinary Hero whose primary goal is to “change the world for one.” Over the next several posts in the next few days, I would like to share my Ethiopian experiences and photos with you. Here are the first two pages, labeled Seeking and Finding, of my Ethiopian Scrapbook: Page 1– Seeking One of the places our team visited was Korah, a poverty sticken community that survives primarily through the provisional…

  • Ethiopian Scrapbook,  Missions

    Ethiopian Scrapbook–pages 3 and 4

    Here are the next two pages of my Ethiopian experiences, entitled Waiting and Hoping:Page 3–Waiting      On another day while in Ethiopia, our Ordinary Hero team visited a Catholic Orphanage. The sweet children flocked around our young team members as they played basketball, blew bubbles, and handed out suckers. I loved seeing Bink and Emmy walk into this place completely unihibited by the poverty all around them. They both loved the children so completely, so beautifully.     Upstairs in the orphanage, I found a small room of disabled children. There, laying on thin flimsy mats, were two young girls with what I assume was muscular dystrophy. One girl’s…

  • Ethiopian Scrapbook,  Missions

    Ethiopian Scrapbook–page 5

    Here is one more page of my adventure in Ethiopia, labeled Abounding: page 5–Abounding  One of the most disturbing things to me while I was in Ethiopia was how the street kids in the big city of Addis Ababa would come up and tap on our bus windows and beg for food or money (or anything!). One afternoon, we were surrounded by these children, but we couldn’t hand anything out due to the dusruption it would have caused amongst them. My heart ached as I just sat there and I watched these desperate children at my window. I wrestled with this unsettling question: Why am I on the inside of the…

  • Ethiopian Scrapbook,  Missions

    Ethiopian Scrapbook–pages 6 and 7

      Here are pages 6 and 7 of my Ethiopian Scrapbook, Trusting and Serving: Page 6–Trusting  On Sunday while in Ethiopia, we worshipped at Besa International Church; there, I met a 16 year old girl named Alamnesh who was invited by our leaders to join us. She was resuced from the streets five years ago… street life for any child, especially for a girl, is nightmarish. When I first saw her, she seemed hesitant and timid of our team. She and I sat beside each other on the bus as we traveled to a nearby restaurant; by this time in the trip, I had learned that a wonderful way to…

  • Haiti,  Missions

    A Surgeon’s Scalpel

    While Mac experienced “aftershocks” in Haiti, I am currently experiencing “after thoughts” concerning his trip. Due to viewing his pictures and videos several times, I can attest to the fact that Mac’s more-than-sharp surgical knife was put to use on the severe wounds of the earthquake victims. To begin these operations, anesthetizing took place; then Mac made his initial entry– cutting cleanly, quickly, efficiently. Once “in”, he administered whatever was necessary in order to bring about optimal healing. With this information in mind, listen to this verse: The word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of the…