“I’ve Got Soul but I’m Not a Soldier”

This is one of those times I wish I could be in another place.
Houghton College is deeply saddened over the presumed death of a student.”
I wish I could be at Houghton to grieve and pray with my friends, who have lost someone they loved. A few years ago Houghton lost someone else — a man who was a friend to me and so many other people. I didn’t know this young man, but I know the heart break. Please pray for his family & for my alma mater.

How can sorrow coexist with joy? I don’t always understand, but I’m grateful.

This weekend one of my college friends got engaged.
He has been through so much. I was so happy that I cried! It’s beautiful to know he has this good thing in his life. I’m so, so glad for him.

How can joy coexist with confusion? I don’t know, but I’m content.

Yesterday one of my housemates (I live in a house with 4 other people) asked me about being a Christian. His parents are Buddhists and he describes himself as “having no religion.” We have become friends in the past two weeks I’ve been here, and he immediately asked me hard-hitting questions about Christianity. Still, he seems confused on how it is possible for something to be a sin, and yet Christians also be commanded to love the person committing a sin. He is studying to be a lawyer and is blessed with a strong understanding of logic. This kind of love seems illogical and is difficult for him to grasp; he sees it as a contradiction and therefore a weakness.
Please pray that the Holy Spirit will give me the right thing to say each time this friend asks me questions.
Please join with me in praying that Jesus will show Himself to this friend — defying all logic and that being OK.

Seeing Jesus changes everything…in the best possible way.


A few new pictures…

Australian magpie! Bird watching.

Australian magpie! Bird watching.

Rainbow Lorikeets in the Bongers's front yard.

Rainbow Lorikeets in the Bongers’s front yard.


Kiana, a little sassy.

Kiana, a little sassy.

I actually got this my first day! Made for me by Kia, Kiana, & their school friends.

I actually got this my first day! Made for me by Kia, Kiana, & their school friends.



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