Category Archives: Devotional Essays

Total Openness: The Wrong Solution (Encouragement: The Unexpected Power of Building Others Up, by Larry Crabb)

Not long ago, my husband and I were traveling in Australia. When Sunday came around, we found a place to worship. The pastor, a guest speaker for the day, was a gifted communicator. He was funny, passionate, knowledgeable…and very open. … Continue reading

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Surface Community: The Obstacle to Encouragement

This week I continue my interaction with Encouragement: The Unexpected Power of Building Others Up, by Larry Crabb. Before my move to Port Moresby, I gleaned as much information as I could about Papua New Guinea, most of it through the … Continue reading

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The Well Timed Word ~ Encouragement: The Unexpected Power of Building Others Up, by Larry Crabb

“The words of the wicked are a deadly ambush, but the speech of the upright rescues them.” (Proverbs 12:6, HCSB) I watched the movie, The Judge on one of my flights back to Port Moresby recently. Robert Downy Jr. plays … Continue reading

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Rangers Lead The Way! – Pointe Du Hoc

June 6, 2014 – Remembering the 70th anniversary of D-Day. This post was originally published in 2011 after our trip to Normandy. Rangers Lead The Way! Pointe Du Hoc The Pointe Pointe Du Hoc is an amazing piece of shoreline. … Continue reading

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Flying Fears

Having one child still in college means a perfectly legitimate excuse for a spring break trip. This year we arranged for our youngest daughter to meet us in Sydney, Australia. She flew the 16-hour “Pacific Express” from Dallas to Sydney … Continue reading

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Ephesus or Papua New Guinea ~ The Culture Clash of Acts 19

It’s a Saturday in Port Moresby and it’s a market day. I shop alongside other expatriate customers, slowly perusing the goods, looking for mementos of my time in the South Pacific. The vendors patiently endure the heat and humidity, gently … Continue reading

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Courage in Uncertainty

I’m back in Port Moresby after an extended holiday in Texas. Spending that time with my family and friends was really great. I have to admit I wasn’t too excited about my return to the South Pacific. In addition to … Continue reading

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