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Psalm 97:5: The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD…

Landslide

Thankful to be home after an awesome trip to an area near the Vietnam border! On the way back, we were stranded when a part of the mountain fell onto the road. This was scary, because it looked like many other spots could have come down as well. We left the car on the mountainside, hiked over the dirt and walked into the small nowhere town below.

That night we stayed in a dumpy little hotel. How wonderful though! A dumpy hotel in a nowhere town can be the Ritz if you change your perspective. We might have been stranded miles away and stuck in the car.

I felt an assurance that the car would be okay, but that night was difficult. The devil tempted me with all kinds of worst-case scenarios: “It’s rainy season. What if they can’t clear that mess? You’ll be stuck here for days!” The devil will always try to tempt us with worst-case scenarios! It is necessary to guard our minds and hearts- to resist these thoughts and think instead on the Word.
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Old Town, Neon Sign

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Happy New Year- Again!

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Fried Hornets, Firm Faith

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How to Find Joy

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I See Food

 Traveled to a coastal city here in China and stayed with some friends. This is what they served- mostly seafood- and this is what the table looked like for four days… Living in China has given us opportunities to try all kinds of new foods. Sometimes things taste pretty good if you can forget what […] Continue reading →