The Day After the Election

I’m writing this on election night, with no idea who our future President will be. But I know this, regardless of the winner, a majority of people will not be hugely excited. This has been a difficult process for most of us. So instead of waking up and stewing and...

Africa Called & I Answered

Flashback Fridaywith an excerpt from my third book, One Girl, Third World: It was March 7, 2008—the morning I was leaving for Sierra Leone, Africa for the first time, when I had this conversation with my nine-year-old son, Jack: Jack: I have one question for you. Mom:...

A Boy, A Ball & His God

I have a great son.  Jack’s your typical teenager.  He loves basketball, isn’t a big fan of school, likes to hang out with his friends.  He also loves God. A few years ago, a couple things converged in my son’s life. He and I read Take Your Best Shot by...

World AIDS Day

December 1 means something to me now. It’s not just the first day of the last month of the year. It’s not just a random day between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s a day that is set aside to remind people like me that there is a disease that has not been beaten...

Goodbye, 7

So my monthly 7 updates sort of felt to the wayside a while back.  And I must admit, I did not finish strong.  This month was about giving up stresses and replacing them with seven intentional stopping points throughout the day for prayer.  I did three times a day for...