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I think that too often we forget that we are meant to do this life together.

Fighting the battles 
celebrating victories
cheering each other on 
holding up the weary arms

We live as though it's the pastors and missionaries and teachers that are reaching out to touch lives.  The ones making a difference.  The ones responsible to carry all the burdens.  

We, the humble moms, the housewives, the office girls; the quiet ones that do the same simple jobs everyday.  We live as though there is no part for us in showing this broken, hurting world a Greater Hope.  That somehow our offerings are to small to matter.
This week, I have six Chinese families visiting our small Iowa community.  They are scattered to host families across the counties, but each day I spend time with them in hopes that they see Jesus.  It's only through little things like English classes and visits to museums.  We are eating all the best midwest foods and laughing over silly moments.  But I am constantly praying they see more.

It's already been a long first week.  But tonight one of my sweet friends made me dinner.  The box was topped with a purple rose and a note to remind me to hang in there.  Suddenly my tiredness melted away.  The loneliness of running this program without a whole team of people seemed insignificant.  Like we were partners running a race.  All of us together longing and hoping for more people to truly know Jesus.  I felt so incredibly encouraged.

Our communities need more people like her.  So let's go find our own person in a corner that needs someone to stand with them.  It will bless them more than you know.


  1. Thanks friend :). You made that meal look stunning!

  2. Amen and amen! I recently heard a pastor say that missionaries, pastors, etc... are like the Navy Seals of spiritual warfare, but we're ALL supposed to be fighting for Jesus in our everyday lives. You're doing it! You're making a difference! Hang in there!!

  3. It is so sweet having you back! What a wonderful story you are living right now. Praying for the ministry happening in the everyday!!


  4. It is very true. We are in it together, for the glory of our Lord. Thans for the remainder. Also...that corn looks so goooood! Love the table setting!:)
    PS thank you for stopping by my blog and sharing some love, I appreciate it! New folower right here. :)

  5. Your words, like always, are so life-giving and challenging and make me want more of Jesus.

  6. You are BACK!!!! Oh yay!! I'm so excited!! I've missed your inspiring words!