When Failure Seems Inevitable

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A grand piano has been staring me down for the last three days. Every time I walk past, I hear its silent calling. But then I remember I’m in a house full of musicians. My one song will not be impressive. After three days, I couldn’t resist the temptation any longer. I chose my audience […]

Finding Him in the Great Unknown


It’s a song I’ve sung over many borders. It’s a prayer I’ve prayed over many difficult moments. It’s a yearning I’ve felt in many languages. And on Friday night I let it ring from my heart again this time in a crowd of church members embarking on a powerful weekend.

The Prayer Too Dangerous to Pray


The students gasped as I put a picture of a Honduran home up on the screen. “Those poor people!” was the general murmur in the chapel of elementary school students seeing a child their age peering in the window of his cinderblock home. I don’t know which hurt more: the image on the screen of […]

Wacky Wednesday–March 2015

The first Wednesday of every month we enjoy the ridiculous and ridiculously profound things heard in real conversations throughout the previous month. As always, you’re welcome to join by adding your own wacky things in the comments.

What Are You Called to Do?

Savanna Harper

Your calling it’s just a moment or doing something good in the world. Rather, it’s a lifestyle. It’s a constant learning process of becoming someone good and how to let that goodness impact the world around you.

When Sharing the Gospel Doesn’t Go Well

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Oh no here it comes. That prompting that has to be from the Holy Spirit because there’s no way you would have the idea to share the Gospel with your airplane seat buddy on your own. You freeze. And inside your head you start to argue with God. Because let’s be real, your seat buddy doesn’t seem like she wants to learn about Him right now anyway.

When Thank You Isn’t the Right Response


From our very first day in the Dominican Republic, it was clear we weren’t in Puerto Rico anymore. When I think about the Dominican, I think about showering in a waterfall. I think about army-crawling my way up my tent multiple times each night. I think about the beautiful family we were blessed to serve […]

How to Pick a Lenten Project

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Lent. An annual opportunity to deny yourself, to fast, to practice self-control. The tradition of giving something up for Lent come from Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert. It’s a chance to be like Jesus and also a chance to draw closer to Him.

Wacky Wednesday–IF Gathering Edition


The first Wednesday of every month we gather ridiculous quotes and share them for a good chuckle. Well, it’s the second Wednesday so I decided we should share some of the ridiculously profound things I got to hear at the IF:Gathering last week. Hope you don’t mind. Hope you’re challenged. Hope you encounter Jesus–I did. Jen […]

Three Tips for Building Open Communication

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It’s shocking the number conflicts that could be resolved simply with clearer communication. You said one thing. I heard another. I thought this. You understood another. And now we’re both mad and we think it’s the other person’s fault. Except we both messed up. This whole situation could have been cleared up easily if we had been open and clear rather than assuming.