Isaiah 26:10 But when grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and do not regard the majesty of the LORD. So here is another verse I wouldn’t have thought to start with, but God is so good at painting a complete picture for me. I think I still have this image in my head that if I just treat people with grace, if I just do the right things, everything will be perfect.  But this verse clearly states that is not true.  This verse clearly tells me that even theRead More →

Proverbs 1:8-9 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. I’ve decided to take this just one step at a time, and for a while one verse at a time.  This is the first verse God sent me to.  I know, it isn’t anything that would normally come to mind when thinking about becoming a graceful person, but I had to stop and reread it–twice. A garland to grace your head…to grace your head.  I hadn’t really thought about this meaning of grace whenRead More →

1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. Of all the things I am, and all the things I am becoming, a faithful steward of God’s grace is not included. Not that I wouldn’t like it, and not that God isn’t trying to teach me.  It is just that I’m very sure the way I live my life isn’t allowing me to learn to be a steward of God’s grace. How do I know that?  I know my attitude.  I know how my attitude has been pulled andRead More →

Here it is October, and I’ve just realized I haven’t posted for my readers since the end of July!  So sorry! I’m busy in school, full time in the school of nursing and the school of public health this semester.  I’m doing OK so far, but because of technical problems with the school I haven’t started my clinicals yet! This basically means I will need to be in school for an additional semester, and I don’t know what that will do to my financial aid status so please be praying about that.  I’m actually more concerned about how I will get all my work done once clinicalsRead More →

As I was packing for our trip to Nairobi this morning I was struck by my malarone tablets. If you’ve never traveled to a place where malaria is endemic, you’ve likely never heard of this medication. It prevents the parasite (malaria is not caused by a bacteria but rather a parasite with a rather complicated life cycle) from successfully invading my body. As I looked at the bottle I started thinking of the line of Christian thinking that teaches the avoidance of medications. There are several different reasons depending on your particular line of thinking.  Some feel healing comes only from God, and medications takeRead More →

Tomorrow my preceptor (the midwife who is teaching me to be a midwife) will leave for the Christian Midwives Association annual conference.  I cannot go because I have school responsibilities and will be leaving for Kenya the next week. This is the second year in a row I will be missing this conference. I love the friends I meet at the CMI conference.  My husband calls these ladies my church – they are the women whose hearts are so similar to mine. We feel the same call from God.  We are able to encourage and support each other, and they always build my faith. I wishRead More →

During Lent, I challenged myself to find a Bible verse for labor for every day.  I challenged myself further by requiring the verses must come from the book of Psalms.  I posted the verses every day on the Facebook Page.   A few weeks after it ended, a reader asked if I had a copy of all the verses I had used.  Actually, I didn’t. But I had posted them all on Facebook, so it didn’t take too long to go back and get them all.  Here they are for you, in no particular order. Psalm 18:16 He reached down from on high and tookRead More →

my life is. It seems I jump from deadline to deadline without much room to do in between.  The latest adventure, Tammy and I are off to Kenya for a doula training. This time it is all Tammy’s organization.  She is a trainer with DONA and has been contacted to help start a doula program in Nairobi. We’ve spent the summer talking about my going, then for a week we thought we were sure I wasn’t going, and now I’m going with only a few weeks to prepare.  Yikes! So today is Visa day (I cannot go to sleep until all the stuff I needRead More →

If you live in the USA, chances are you wash your hands. You probably don’t wash them as often as you think you should, but you wash them. Reading this may even make you feel guilty, that you should really go wash your hands now because it’s been a while and your hands are probably covered with germs. Chances are you’ve known about the benefits of hand washing since you were a child. Your mother probably taught you to wash your hands after every trip to the bathroom, before you eat, after having played outside – all the ritual times.  I’m sure your mother tookRead More →

I have had a great few weeks.  I was accepted into a program at school that will allow me to spend two weeks working with non-English speaking immigrants with little or no access to health care.  I was also asked by a colleague to accompany her to Narobi Kenya for a program she is planning.  It is shaping up to be a great summer. And as I reflect on how much I love my life and the call God has placed on it, I am reminded of the comments I often receive from other women interested in birth.  The comment that often makes me wonder is, “I’mRead More →