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Perfect Peace.

I have to be honest.  There are times in my life when I ask myself, "Can God's perfect peace really overcome my deepest fears?" And I doubt and question and wonder.  I often wonder how I can finally allow myself to constantly rest in God's peace, not just experience it here-and-there only when I'm having a good day.

My fears become so seemingly real and overwhelming and gripping.  When they're at their worst, they seem like the truest reality there is, and there seems to be no escape.  I fear for my family, my health, my finances, my education, my future...the list goes on and on.  It becomes obsessive, compounding, never-ending.  Fear is a trap, yet it's so attractive.  I believe it presents itself as a way for us to have control over what happens--or at least to be prepared if the "worst" does happen. However, it is a dark spiral of despair that never gives us control.  Fear only gives us more reason to hold on more tightly to the things that G…

Home from the East.

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"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation,the news that the God of Israel reigns!" --Isaiah 52:7

I have recently returned home from a two-month trip to Nepal and Bangladesh, and I can sense that I've been changed.  As I attempt to fit myself back into everyday life back at home, I can sense that a little part of me feels different.  I can't really figure it out completely, but I think after having such an experience overseas, it is expected that I be changed.

In the next few months, I plan on writing about thoughts and experiences that occurred while overseas. If you've ever been overseas for a season of time, you can probably relate to the fact that such an experience takes some processing through.  If you've never been overseas, I hope that my processings will help you to glimpse in a new way the joys and the difficulties of experiencing a new culture, a different religion, and t…