Both sides of Titus 2

Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good,  so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. —Titus 2:3-5

One of the best things that ever happened to me, as a wife and a mother, was finding a group of women whose feet are a few steps farther down life’s path.

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When The Formula fails

My Facebook newsfeed has, once again, been co-opted by shocked Christians unable to comprehend the revelation that Josh Duggar, oldest son of the celebrated 19 Kids and Counting clan, has been outed as a sinner.

Yes, I know there are more nuances than that, but like we say to our children around here: “Sin is sin. Doesn’t matter what it looks like. Sin is sin.”

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In the early morning, Jesus prayed

“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” (Mark 1:35)
As it is, it’s still dark outside while I write this. Irony? Perhaps. The dark of night is beginning to lighten and it will be morning before long. I can’t say that God woke me just so I could write this piece at the same time Jesus was up and praying. Rather, this verse has been rummaging through my mind for a few days now.

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The weight

It’s been almost agonizing, watching the box at the foot of her bed fill with sheets, spiral notebooks, wool socks. Bit by bit, the elements of my daughter’s life are being distilled into the essentials–the things she cannot leave behind, and the things she will need the most in her new role as a midwifery student.

There are textbooks– most with laborious, detailed titles like “Emergency Delivery Protocols for Out-of-Hospital Midwives.” There are flip-flops for hygienic showering. There are well-loved t-shirts, and the little white stuffed rabbit she has carried with her literally around the globe.

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Rebuilding walls in Nepal

When I step on a plane to Nepal at the end of September, it will be with a suitcase of mixed emotions.

It will be just more than a year after I packed up my entire family and stepped on a different plane to move to Nepal for for what I thought would be the beginning of a long-term adventure. We were prepared to stay in Nepal for at least three years to start, training Nepalis to be better church planters and evangelists following years of planning, fund-raising and, most importantly, prayer.

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“My husband is an idiot and I can’t stand my kids”

True story: one of the most discouraging times of my life as a wife and mother was made dramatically worse– not better— by my involvement in a women’s Bible study.

It had been a long, hard season of slogging for my family. We had been wading through tight finances, lost babies, and health dramas. I had been poured out, again and again, and the little bit that remained of my spirit was battered and bruised.

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