Broken

Lazy rays of afternoon sunlight stretched across the beach, the relentless waves strewing shell and stone along the shoreline. I bent for a beautiful shell partially buried in the whirl of sea and sand encircling my bare feet. It was broken. Disappointed, I flung it back into the angry waters. As it left my hand … Continue reading “Broken”

Messages from Missionaries

Missionaries upend and sometimes risk their lives to serve the Gospel in restricted nations. They are often bold in the face of opposition, while many people in America display passivity in the face of peace, and take for granted our freedoms rather than being grateful for them. American Christianity is uncomfortable with inconvenience. I pray … Continue reading “Messages from Missionaries”

When You Need to Know You are Crazy-Loved

  It is my pleasure to share Pearl Allard’s guest post with you today. I had just settled on the couch, grateful to have crossed the day’s finish line with two kids intact and in bed. I eagerly reached for a book I’d been longing to read, when my six-year-old padded out of her room—one … Continue reading “When You Need to Know You are Crazy-Loved”

Threats to the Church & Keys to Revival

The onset of the year is a good time to acknowledge the challenges we face, the changes needed, and to look to Jesus through whom we are more than conquerors. The last two articles in my 2018 series of interviews with pastors and pastor’s wives—have bled over into 2019. So, please, grab your favorite hot cup of … Continue reading “Threats to the Church & Keys to Revival”

Setting the Record Straight: A Day in the Life of a Pastor

I have heard people say “The pastor has it so easy, he doesn’t have to go to work. What does he do all day? All he has to do is write a few sermons a week.” So, the following few questions are aimed at setting the record straight.  —What does a day in the life … Continue reading “Setting the Record Straight: A Day in the Life of a Pastor”

Pastor, Pastor’s Wife~ What Breaks Your Heart, What Keeps You Going?

What has being a pastor/ pastor’s wife cost you? This comes at the expense of a broken heart. —Pastor Pablo Catala Physical and emotional stress; personal time and freedom; often any sense of security because things change so much in your life; and struggles with self-worth as you are constantly being evaluated, of which you … Continue reading “Pastor, Pastor’s Wife~ What Breaks Your Heart, What Keeps You Going?”

From Dope Dealer to Hope Dealer

I recently had the privilege of being on an outreach team to help Pastor Pablo and Nicole Catala’s pioneer church in Bridgeport CT. I was struck by how laid down, how wide open and vulnerable their hearts and lives were for God and the people of their city. I watched them love people with the … Continue reading “From Dope Dealer to Hope Dealer”

Life as a Pastor’s Wife

What has being a pastor’s wife cost you? Compared to Christ, there’s no match. —Nicole Catala This is a tough question. I feel that on one hand, it’s such a relief to see this question posed, and I want to dive right in. On the other hand, I’m somewhat afraid to indulge the part of me … Continue reading “Life as a Pastor’s Wife”

GPS – God Positioning System

The sky darkened and I tensed, gripping the steering wheel harder as the rain began to fall. I’d done fine on the morning ride to drop my son off for an out of state science class. The route was no different now as I drove to pick him up. But I hate big highways and … Continue reading “GPS – God Positioning System”