Most kids don’t remember the first time they met their father because they were tiny little babies. But what about daughters like me? I didn’t meet my dad until I was an adult in my 20s. I had no idea how the meeting would go — or even if my father wanted to meet me! But I went to Israel anyway. If you’re getting ready to meet your dad for the first time, you may find my “the first time we met” story encouraging.
Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen She Blossoms
Tourists — even solo female travelers — can now buy alcohol in Dubai. Previously wine, beer and hard liquor was only sold to tourists in licensed restaurants, but now travelers can buy alcohol in liquor stores in the United Arab Emirates. My experience buying wine was unsettling, even a little scary, but I emerged from the shuttered, hidden, clandestine liquor store victorious!
Greetings From Hong Kong Island! I’m close to the end of my month-long journey into the second half of life. My trip to Nepal and India – a 50th birthday gift to myself – took a wildly unexpected turn. I suspect it’s symbolic of the… Read More »Greetings From Asia! Echoing Across the Miles
How would your life change if it was an open book? You have stories and secrets you haven’t told anyone…and everything would be different if you were honest with yourself and others.
“What do you want to have spent your life doing?” I wrestled with that question all day Saturday. Sunday came, and so did Pastor Craig’s sermon about where we go (the bad place? the good place?) after we breathe our last.
“I want to go home” was all I could think for three years — the whole time I lived in Africa! “If I was at home right now, all my problems would be gone. I’d be safe and happy with my friends and family.”
How do you cope when you feel homesick and lonely on the mission field? You can’t just go home at the end of a long, difficult day as a missionary! When I lived in Africa — I taught missionaries’ and expats’ kids at Rosslyn Academy, an international school in Nairobi, Kenya. I was the loneliest, most homesick “missionary” I knew! I actually didn’t consider myself a missionary at the time, but I do now. And I was definitely struggling with a bad case of homesickness.
Are you searching for God’s will for your life? You want to follow Jesus but you’re worried you’ll miss the mark. You’re starting to overthink every decision, step, future plan…and you feel paralyzed by indecision and anxiety.