This year we are starting a new tradition. It involves scaling back significantly with how we do Christmas. Some may think it's a bit extreme and that's fine. For those that know me personally know that I don't give much stock when it comes to other people's opinions concerning how our family does "family", which… Continue reading New Christmas traditon for a new life in the city
David brought the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem. All of the people were so excited that there was much shouting to the sound of the horns, trumpets and cymbals, making loud music and dancing as they went. Why was the ark of the covenant so significant? The ark held the word of God in… Continue reading giving thanks
Last night I took my kiddos, 10 and 15, along with a few of the youth from our church to one of the biggest finals in break dancing culture. Since moving to Los Angeles to be a part of a new church plant, we are eagerly looking for opportunities for our family to engage in… Continue reading A rebuke to majority and minority Chrisitans on the issue of race tension.
To show that night time devotionals with our children don't have to be long, dull, or drawn out, I want to share what I did with my kiddos earlier this evening. Tonight, when I gathered them to read, we began with C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters. Initially, I didn't tell the boy what the book… Continue reading Nightime Devotional with My Kids- what it looks like.
Sexual assault. It seems that people are confused as to what it actually is. When I was sexually assaulted, I was almost 17. I went with a friend to a military base because she wanted to visit her boyfriend who lived 2 hours away. When she informed me that we would spend the night, I… Continue reading Women, Poverty and Sexual Assault: A Real Advocate. A Perspective No One Wants to Hear.
August of last year, in response to those horrendous video's showing Planned Parenthood selling baby parts, I wrote a piece that blew up my little internet world and landed on RAAN's top posts of 2015. In the piece, I admonished evangelical Christians to walk across the "tracks" to not only save babies from the death… Continue reading Misfit Missionaries in the City
O LORD, how long shall we cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence" and you will not save? Why do you make us see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence is before us; strife and contention arise. So the law is paralyzed, … Continue reading Teaching Children When To Get Angry, When to Mourn and How to Pray Like Habbakuk
This comes from our Family on Mission section. (see above) We really don't have much normalcy in our day yet. We found a teeny tiny apartment in Long Beach, no, not close to the beach, but rather to our church plant target area in North Long Beach, but not quite. Even though I love that… Continue reading Waiting, Fear, Making Home, and Making Bread
This comes from my Family on Mission section of this blog. Today while talking to my sister on the phone, she asked me to start a new blog to share with family and friends so that they can keep up with what we are are doing here in California.Since there are still so many unknowns… Continue reading Knowns in a Sea of Unknowns
We really don't have much normalcy in our day yet. We found a teeny tiny apartment in Long Beach, no, not close to the beach, but rather to our church plant target area in North Long Beach, but not quite. Even though I love that our church plant leadership wants to hone in on an… Continue reading Waiting, Fear, Making Home and Making Bread