Arm in Arm

As a college sophomore I got the opportunity to spend a summer in Japan teaching English with a Christian organization.  The summer program was called Scrum Dendo.  We were affectionately called “scrummers” all summer.  The name came from a rugby term which they explained since others like me also knew absolutely nothing about rugby.   When players lock arms to restart a play after a foul made by their opponents, it gives them an advantage. When our enemy plays foul (which he always does), we need to lock arms with our fellow sisters in Christ to give us support.  When we are hurt, depressed, or feeling the enemy fire bearing down …

Favor

Favors are something I ask my friends and family for when I have a need.  Just this week my sweet mother-in-law agreed to come stay with my kids for a week in November so my husband and I can get away for a few days (okay 5 long wonderful days…..).  That is a great favor to give any tired parents.  I also regularly pray favor for my children.  I ask God to give them favor in their studies, sports, and in this world that is sometimes hard and cruel. After my study of the book of Jeremiah over the past year, I read through Ezra this week with a new …

The Valley of Blessing

It seems a contradiction of terms.  I’d prefer to be on the mountaintop of blessing.  But the valley seems where God most often makes me aware of His blessings. Recently the valley looks like this: my 12 year old daughter’s hair is falling out.  It started two weeks ago and hasn’t let up yet.  She now wears a hat to school and received a diagnosis of alopecia areata from a dermatologist. Basically, her immune system is attacking her hair. It’s not the end of the world.  It’s hair.  Hopefully… it will grow back.  However, for a middle school girl – right now – it’s traumatic.  She’s scared, worried, and insecure. …