I’ve decided it’s okay to invite people into my mess. Nothing builds community like opening our homes to friends and family, but the images of perfect homes and perfect food we see on Pinterest can intimidate us. Our living rooms definitely don’t look pin-worthy, and on top of that, we’re too busy to have company. [Read more…]
On the tail-end of a busy weekend, I’m headed to Istanbul tomorrow with my husband. I’ll take a blogging break until March 24th.
Last Saturday night we had a celebration service commemorating the opening of our new church in Izmir. We’ve been meeting in homes for three years, and finally took the plunge to rent a public place, so sixty friends joined us to celebrate. Here’s a picture of my husband and I (on the left) with friends from church.
See you back here on Monday the 24th. Here’s hoping you’ll have a great week filled with God moments, peace, joy as you move through each day, step by step, task by task. Hope you have some fun along the way!
Do you ever feel like your world has narrowed to toddler snacks or carpools for teens? There’s a whole wide world of opportunity out there, and it’s frustrating to lose touch with it. A mama can be hard pressed to invest in herself when keeping up with the needs of her family saps her energy. When you find it difficult to make time to get a shower, pursuing personal growth seems out of reach.
On the tail end of a week of stressful conflict, my husband and I recently had a memorable coffee date. We had already spent enough time working through the hard issues, so our date was just for fun. We sat in a pastry shop holding hot mugs, looking out at the cold winter day and sharing our plans, goals, and thoughts with each other. Our conversation spilled over into the rest of our week, and at different times we continued the dialogue: over dinner with the children, while doing dishes, or in the car. This awakened in me all over again the delight of discovering my husband.
We expend incredible energy juggling work or ministry with caring for our children or trying to maintain a semblance of order at home and keep food in the refrigerator, but we easily let our marriages slide down low on our list of priorities. After all, our spouses will always be there, right? [Read more…]