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Mini Big Top

I'm so far from perfect, and I had a steep learning curve with some new situations that I didn't handle perfectly these past few weeks, but I also had an…

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On the Ground Reporting

I love what I get to do with life and ministry here in New Zealand and connected with TeachBeyond. My wild life links ministry partners on three continents and dozens…

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Faithful in the Ordinary

The past few weeks our church has had a Sunday evening prayer time that I've loved being a part of. I am so excited about what God is doing in…

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Recovery and Real Life

I took a couple of days to recover and sleep after Easter Camp, but I also have a real life that carries on after Easter Camp. The last message on…

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Easter Camp 2024

Buckle up for the recap of my past week. I already warned you it was going to be wild, and this last week has really incredible. Monday morning I had…

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Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Tiny Laura really loved going to AWANAs on Thursday nights because she had the coolest Sparky leaders. I honestly don't know what it was about them, but I genuinely loved…

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Bonus Family

One of the first words I learned when I arrived in New Zealand on sabbatical was whānau which basically means extended family. It's the word in te reo Māori that…

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Brave

I did something brave this week. Actually, I did a few brave things, and I’m feeling like a proper hero about it. Okay, not a proper hero, but I’m really…

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Slowly then All at Once

I hopped on a bus and went to the beach on Tuesday BECAUSE I CAN. I mean, not to brag, but also our staff team had a personal prayer retreat…

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Collaboration

I'm the only one who writes on this blog. Except for that time Cheri let me link one of her posts. And that other time Maggie wrote a guest post…

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Full Disclosure

When I was interviewing for the role on staff at RCC, they asked me what I thought would be most difficult for me of the expectations in the job description.…

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Summer Birthday

When I was a kid, my sister used to have water games in our back yard for her birthday with ice cream cake to boot. I once had my birthday…

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Create in Me

All those Rend Collective haters can leave this post right now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it4BHq6DYKs&ab_channel=RendCollective Last Thursday was a good day, and I didn't actually listen to Rend Collective that day, but I…

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Traumaversary 10

Every spinal cord injury is different. That’s what the doctors, nurses, ergos, and physios all emphasised to me in the hospital all those years ago. There were best guesses and…

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Kia Manawanui

I love my church family so much. Earlier this week, my American pastor's wife sent me an email to ask how she can pray for me. First off, what a…

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Next Steps

I hung out with some people yesterday afternoon chatting about resolutions versus goals. The primary distinction was that a resolution was an easy to fail commitment of doing or not…

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One Year Later

Last New Year's Eve, inspired by Matt's 22 lessons learned in 2022, I posted 23 things I was looking forward to in 2023. What the internet didn't know at the…

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Shark Week

Someday I'll own a throw pillow with the phrase "Live every week like Shark Week," but until then all I have is the Christmas themed shark bunting that my mom…

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Marshmallows

There's a rich metaphor in marshmallows, but that's not likely to show up in this post. Read Maggie Dressler's future autobiography for that. Instead let me take you back to…

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Between Zechariah and Gideon

After reading Luke 1 a couple of times recently, I was convicted about how Zechariah the priest was so shocked that an angel showed up to intervene in his life…

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