Life as a Foreigner

Things I Learned in India

Recently I found some valuable ancient documents -- journal entries from my first trip to India. Some of the entries made me laugh, some made me cringe at my immaturity and others made me smile as I re-read the valuable lessons I learned which grew me into the person I am today.  Below are some… Continue reading Things I Learned in India

Social Issues

Forbidden Grief

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." --Matthew 5:4 At times it seems like in church circles we aren't allowed to be depressed, sad or despondent around other Christians. While most Christians recognize the acceptability of grieving over a death, many Christians view grieving over other types of losses as either complaining,… Continue reading Forbidden Grief

Love & Relationships · Social Issues

Is It A Moral Duty To Have Children?

It's an obvious fact that most people like kids. I myself look forward to the day when my husband and I have little ones of our own. However, I hear many people talk about having children as if it's a moral duty for couples to reproduce. If a couple doesn't have kids then they're treated… Continue reading Is It A Moral Duty To Have Children?

Church & Ministry Life

Resting Under the Juniper Tree

“Rest time is not waste time. It is economy to gather fresh strength… It is wisdom to take occasional furlough. In the long run, we shall do more by sometimes doing less.” --Charles Spurgeon [1]   "At one point, I was a youth pastor, professional sign language interpreter, wedding photographer, radio host, husband, and father… Continue reading Resting Under the Juniper Tree

Life as a Foreigner

Losing Yourself in Your Host Culture

"'Am I compromising too much of myself to be here? That is the BIG question. Am I letting these new cultures, traditions and expectations cut me off from my own heritage, my own culture and the way I usually do things? Moving to another country (whether it be for love or just simply because you… Continue reading Losing Yourself in Your Host Culture

Intercultural Romance · Love & Relationships

How to Have a Terrible Wedding

Maybe you've been to one, or maybe you yourself have had one.  Either way, most of us at some time have had the experience of attending a wedding which turned out to be a very uncomfortable (if not completely terrible) event.  Many married couples all around the world did not enjoy their wedding day at all, but instead… Continue reading How to Have a Terrible Wedding

Church & Ministry Life

Remembering Who the Chief Shepherd is

Psalm 95:6-7 “Oh come, let us worship and bow down;     let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God,     and we are the people of his pasture,     and the sheep of his hand...” We don't have a whole lot of shepherds in the urban city where my husband and I live.  However… Continue reading Remembering Who the Chief Shepherd is