Trees by streams…

Psalm 1:3 They are like trees planted by streams – 
they bear their fruit in season, 
their leaves never wither, 
everything they do succeeds.” Who are “they”? If we look at the context – the verses before this one, it is talking about “those who meditate” on God’s word. So what does it means toContinue reading “Trees by streams…”

Paul and Romans 16

While stateside (wading through the endless visa process), I’ve been attending a BSF bible study. (Click the link for info) Every week, I gather with several hundred women to worship, then into smaller groups for digging deeper into the Word. What a gift this has been! I really love digging deeper into Scripture; trying toContinue reading “Paul and Romans 16”

Turning Piedmontese

I love travel memoirs. Love.Them. Stories and earned wisdom from people who have gone to far-flung places testing the boundaries of comfort and cultural idiosyncrasies fascinate me. Let’s be honest; I like hearing how people have fumbled through cultural faux-paux. Funny, charming, and commiserating over crazy bureaucracy gets me turning pages. “Turning Tuscan” by SamContinue reading “Turning Piedmontese”


I think in the last post I said there would be more than one post from the book, “Expectations and Burnout” by Eenigenburg and Bliss. This analogy is worth sharing: “During his sermon Lowell used an illustration that communicated powerfully to my battered faith. He explained correctly why I don’t like swimming in the ocean:Continue reading “Ocean”

“Expectations and Burnout”

Having stepped directly into a patch of stinging nettles in bare feet yesterday, today is a sit-around-with-feet-up day. A day to read and be grateful for Benadryl. Abba, having his unique timing, sent me a new book just yesterday – “Expectations and Burnout” by Sue Eenigenburg and Robynn Bliss. Let me tell you, these ladiesContinue reading ““Expectations and Burnout””

God is kicking me a little…

I have a confession. Sometimes, God kicks me. Villa Sollievo began when the Holy Spirit punched me in the face with Matthew 4:11.   God has, a few times in my life, smacked me upside the head. (yes, that’s the technical term.) I don’t mean to be obstinate. But sometimes I get distracted and HeContinue reading “God is kicking me a little…”

Sprouts opening and magazines…

I love magazines. But I RARELY actually buy one. They are expensive, and although I always read them more than once (over and over, actually), I can’t often justify the expense. But building Villa Sollievo includes teaching/learning to have a Sabbath heart – and that means research. (And my curious mind kind of likes research)Continue reading “Sprouts opening and magazines…”

When work overtakes you…

Isaiah 30:15 “In repentance and rest is your salvation, In quietness and trust is your strength, But you would have none of it.” In another version: “This is what Adonai Elohim, the Holy One of Israel says: Returning and resting is what will save you; Calmness and confidence will make you strong – but youContinue reading “When work overtakes you…”

Some Stats – and why Villa Sollievo exists

Some years ago, the World Evangelical Fellowship did some research into missionary attrition. (That’s a fancy word for missionaries who call it quits and leave the field.)  Called ReMAP  – Reducing Missionary Attrition Project – they  did some extensive study on why missionaries leave the field and what are the numbers.   (Things to note:Continue reading “Some Stats – and why Villa Sollievo exists”