The Promise of New Life!


Spring has finally sprung in Kandern, Germany!  The flowers are blooming, the birds have returned, and it’s warm! This new life we experience in spring is such a beautiful picture of what Christ has done for us. When we were dead in our sins, He died for us, and through Him, we have new life. It’s a miracle when you really think about it. I was dead, but now I’m not.

I’m often tempted to think that nothing is happening in our garden – that it’s just a pile of dirt. But then, slowly I see life – green shoots emerging from the ground!  I’m reminded that even though we can’t see what’s happening beneath the dirt, that doesn’t mean growth isn’t taking place.

That is so much like the Christian life. Just like plants take time to grow, transformation doesn’t happen overnight. We see dirt and a whole lot of mess – but that’s where new life is being cultivated.

                                             Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.                                                                                       The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.                                          II Corinthians 5:17

Three of Our Favorite Books – Have You Read Any of These?


Several years ago, we felt like God was asking us to do something different. Life was busy, full, and predictable – and we knew He wanted us to step out of our comfort zone and trust what He had for us. We had no idea that the “unsettled” feeling would lead us to full-time missions, but we knew we had to be obedient.

Besides scripture and the counsel of wise friends, God used some really good books to speak to us through that season of searching and transition.

If you happen to find yourself in a season of transition, or you’re looking to deepen your walk with the Lord, or just want a good read, consider checking these out. There are so many great books out there, but these were really meaningful to us. Continue reading