No-November & Yes-December

I told Jeremy on October 31 that I was shutting down in November. He humorously labeled my time away, “No November.”

So last month, our family stepped away. We said no at times when we really, really wanted to say yes.

And what a breath of fresh air before December started filling our calendar.


November kind of became a month of settling for me. I did a lot of listening and learning.

Christ was unsettled so I could be settled.

Then these journal notes from a study of Hebrews 12:1,2…

“Jesus is seated at the right hand of God’s throne. But not until He endured the cross. I am settled because He is seated, and that makes this race not in vain.”

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I’m not sure what your November was like or what your December is shaping up to be. But I pray you’ll be settled…in His coming for us and all that Christmas really means.

 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1,2)





DR Day 3!

A post-10:00 post means it’s been a long (but great) day!

We started off at the local school. Jeremy and Tony taught. The boys played with the kids.


After lunch the guys were a part of the baseball ministry.


Ina and I helped the women at the Safe House make jewelry (and you should all buy some when we get back!). Sidenote-Best use of a pallet I’ve seen yet!


We’re tired tonight. Another full day of ministry lies ahead. I’m blinking hard to keep my eyes open while typing this.

Today…working with the women…that was most impactful. And this quote comes to mind, “He [Jesus] deeply unsettled the comfortable and deeply comforted the unsettled.”

God, keep me uncomfortable so I can better love the unsettled.

“Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.” (Isaiah 58:9-10)