How can I explain what I felt on our trip to Israel and Palestine? I can't do it in one blog post. This is the start of a series of stories.
“Work is not my purpose; it serves my purpose, which is to magnify my Lord in everything I do,” writes Ken Labbe in a recent post on the blog that he and his wife, Christina, share. I can relate to this insight and also need this reminder. Like Ken, I struggle to keep discipleship and service ahead of my career and all the other seeming priorities of my daily life. Sometimes it feels like my week is divided into two distinct universes: the Sunday universe, where I remember God, and the rest of the week, where I forget. It’s a daily challenge to make these two universes collide. I’m working on that.
Ken and Christina – my dear friends, my former camp counsellors, marriage counsellors and officiants, and the leaders of the Dutch Reformed Church I was raised in – are taking up a new call and doing ministry differently. Like really differently.
Almost more than anyone, these two have been instrumental in my faith journey, and have been on that ride with me for thirteen years now. Plus Christina is also a priestwife, so stay tuned for guest blog posts from her!
Check out their blog and follow their journey: An Ordinary Experiment
My dad was an electrician. He loved his trade because it wasn’t just grunt work, it was brain work. As a kid, I experienced first hand his curiosity, his intelligence, and his adaptability, and as many kids do, I wanted to be just like my dad. I remember going along with him to do side jobs, and him teaching me to wire receptacles and lamps at an early age. I still have nightmares about diagramming four-way switches. By God’s providence, it didn’t work out for me to apprentice with him, which was probably my first career choice, but I always kept an interest and a knack for electrical work. My mom says if I had apprenticed back then, I never would have gone to seminary, and she’s right. But maybe it’s God’s providence that has me returning to a job I always wanted.
As it turns out, my dad left…
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February 14th is a big day for Andrew and me this year. It's the first day of the season of Lent, and the day that we head to the Holy Land. What!?
Prepare yourself for a sentimental blog post... Today is my birthday. I am 29 years old. Typically on my birthday - especially in the morning - I find myself reflecting on the previous year. What did I accomplish when I was 28? Well, I got married, switched churches, went on a trip, a bunch of … Continue reading Birthdays and being alive
I think I'm a pretty avid reader. I mean, not compared to actual avid readers (i.e. people who can devour one or more books within the three week library limit or people who work in the publishing industry) but, generally speaking, I read quite a bit. Since Andrew started seminary, I've challenged myself to read … Continue reading 6 Christian(ish) Books for your 2018 reading list
We wish you all a joyful Christmas and blessings for the new year.
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Even though work is busy and there is so much to do before Christmas holidays... Even though Andrew is basically locked in the library writing papers and studying for exams... Time slows right down at 5:30 when I'm walking home from the subway and it's dark outside already … Continue reading Advent: Making wreaths, getting ready.
More than just a catchy power ballad, Kesha's "Praying" taps into something that inspires and challenges us to do something different, and difficult. Something Christ asked us to do.
It's mid-October. For anyone who is in school or who's partner is in school, you know what that means. The library becomes a permanent residence and the Dominos pizza tracker becomes a personal friend. Fall is a busy season for Andrew and me. From now until Christmas, his schedule overflows with assignments, papers, and tests. … Continue reading Stress, Studies & Honey Spice Cake
Thanksgiving is coming up this weekend and Canadians are getting ready to break bread and give thanks for the many blessings that we enjoy. To help give thanks, I've shared some thoughts and Thanksgiving prayers from the Anglican liturgy.