Author Archives: Between the Verses

Between the VersesWith two careers, two mortgages, two car payments, and two kids, we had the American Dream squared. But God had bigger plans and called us out of our complacency and into full-time overseas ministry. We abandoned the American Dream for a Kingdom Dream in 2004, and God blessed us with two more children in the process. During a study of Daniel, I was overwhelmed with the idea that I could never be as good a servant as Daniel. God was kind to remind me that there was a lot of living between the verses. God has shared with us key events, highs, and lows for His glory and our edification in His Word. But there are also the dailies that He uses to prepare us and make us more like Him that aren’t so much documented for the heroes of faith. Life between the verses.

What Is A Missionary

Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.”

I stood before about 30 Kindergarteners and remembered the many brown faces I had left behind in […]

Broken Hearts and Leaving ‘Home’

I scanned the faces of the awards assembly crowd for those I loved best; those I taught in second grade that were now in 10th grade, those that began as awkward 7th graders and were soon to don a cap and gown—students that had captured my heart and helped transform a foreign land into my […]

A Glimmer of Christmas Hope

Costume jewels were glued in an upward slope following her thick black eyelashes, framing kohl-rimmed smiling eyes. The jewels sprinkled her hair and were mirrored on her dress. I remembered the first time I met those eyes four years ago.

A veil hid her shape from head to toe and was lifted as she entered our […]

All That Glitters

Mustering up enough excitement to go to a local wedding mid-week after work with kids took some doing. What are my choices? Go exhausted? Uninterested? Make an appearance and get ‘er done? It shows honor to our friends. I can see it as a chore, or as an honor.

Resolved to rejoice in our friend’s brother’s […]

The Bread Of Life

In my imaginings of what life would be like “on the field” in a third-world country, I wondered at my culinary abilities and if they would resemble the Little House on the Prairie days and baking my daily bread in a wood stove.

Fear and trepidation accompanied those imaginings.

Upon researching our region, […]