On a day of volunteering at a ministry that provides food to people in need, I was able to see clearly how God uses pain in our lives. As I […]


I wonder how much of my life I have lived being color-blind. My soul knows that the cares of this life can camouflage even the most vibrant of God’s creations […]


They say friends are the family we choose. For many of us family hasn’t always been easy. For some of us friendship hasn’t either. We’ve had wounds and disappointments and […]

May you know the Father sees you and knows what you need - Emily Freeman for (in)courage

In this season of finishing up, of moving on, of celebrations and endings, a blessing for those whose service and work is coming to an end. For the teacher, you have […]

Mother Teresa Quote-StudioJRU

I wrestle with my size and how it relates to my place in this enormous world. More often than not I believe I’m too tiny to make a difference. I […]


Motherless daughters. At first glance that might seem like an odd turn of phrase – especially the week before Mother’s Day when you were probably expecting a sweet and simple […]

Block Print Artisan at JOYN

Last fall, I visited India for the first time. India – a country full of contradictions, religions, people groups and languages. India – where there are sacred cows in the […]


Our family moved to the beautiful country of Uganda just five weeks ago. Having lived in Indonesia for the last eight years, I anticipated a few bumps in the transition, […]