I've been thinking on this for a while: Submissive. is not. weak. Strong can be submissive. And yet, I'm really concerned with being weak. Growing up, I was taught that we had to be strong. Strong to protect ourselves from others. Strong in order to manipulate others. Strong in order to get what you want … Continue reading Submissive is not weak
My favorite moments...honestly, the ones that keep me going...are when we see glimpses of God's glory in creation. It's like seeing a wrinkle in the space between us & heaven. For a moment, we can see straight through the haze of our broken world, noisy lives, the things we worship with our time and money, … Continue reading Wrinkle in time
I find this word so frustrating because the expectations are so varied and absurd. I'm a woman. And the word "feminine" means so much and so little. Why must we hold back from talking about our bodies? Why are periods a secret? Every human on the planet is here because some woman was having periods … Continue reading Femininity
I've been married 10 years. I'm starting to realize that the longer I'm married, the less I know about marriage. I thought I would arrive at year 10 all knowing, wise, and coast the rest of the way. But the longer we are here, the more we know each other, the less I have it … Continue reading 2 become 1
Let's just get this out of the way: I don't think singing patriotic songs as part of a Christian worship service pleases God. We Americans have a hard time seeing it unless we've been outside the US context and watched the damage done by mixing the fallible US government, past actions, & current culture with … Continue reading But I’m still patriotic
America. I love you like the childhood home we return to as adults. Only to find she's smaller than we remember, and need a lot of repairs. After living overseas, I see that America is a box. A box I created because this is where I learned to follow the rules. Follow the rules to … Continue reading *shrug* America
I'm fascinated by the idea of HOME. After moving more times than my age, I'm searching for its meaning and its location.
Things you cannot possibly understand you will have to do when you start over in another country: Find things to sleep on and sit on. Find things to cook on, keep food in, and wash clothes with. Get these things to your home. Get these things connected/wired in. Learn to use these things that have … Continue reading What it’s like to start over in a new country
We left our home country two months ago. On the surface, we are adjusting well. Jobs, housing, and schooling are moving right along. We are part of a local church and have re-connected with family.To see our re-entry struggles, you have to go deeper. I think this is one of the reasons people say it … Continue reading Re-entry after 2 months
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