For 14 years our family called Charlottesville home. Three of our children were born there. And a fourth was welcomed into our family wrapped in the kindness, encouragement, and love of our Charlottesville community. We love this place where we hiked the Blue Ridge, picked apples, built snow forts, and enjoyed deep friendships. Our kids rambled the hills around our home, climbed Big Rock, and had countless adventures across the creek in the beauty of the Roxaboxen town they created. We love … [Read more...] about They Didn’t Win
Our family went to see Queen of Katwe last night. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. The story is beautiful, honest, inspiring, and true. Take a look at the trailer ... One of the things I love most about the film is that it honors culture. Not only does it depict the beauty of the land, but the heroes of the story are Africans. Harriet Naku is a fierce mom who displays raw and determined love for her children. She fights for them, provides for them, and ultimately … [Read more...] about Learning to Honor Culture
Today's post is the lead article for my RiverCross newsletter. If you'd like to receive the full article, please let me know on Facebook, and I'll add you to the list. Thanks so much! Kwibisa, not her real name, approached me after our third day together in Zambia. A beautiful woman, truly a Titus 2 woman, I had watched as she shared her passion for the children in her care and ministered to the younger women around her. "Cindy, I need to talk to you."We pulled away from the 100 … [Read more...] about Perhaps Today is Your Third Day
Snowmaggedon is bearing down on the East Coast. And normally, I love a good snow storm. But, I'm away from home and missing all the excitement. Don't feel too sorry for me because I am in the Dominican Republic. The thing is, the conference concludes on Saturday night and I'm scheduled to leave on Sunday morning with a connection New York. As much as I've enjoyed the conference, I'm eager to get home. And I really don't want to be stuck in JFK. In this situation, what would you … [Read more...] about What a Guy!
We lived in New England when I was pregnant with our first. Bill was youth pastor at our church and I led the high school girls' Bible study. On a snowy evening after Bible study I drove one of the girls home. As we discussed the study, she turned to me and said, "Cindy, I wish I had a story like yours. Jesus is so real to you. He's just kind of boring to me." I honestly have no idea what I said to her at that point. What I remember is dropping her off and then driving through the swirling … [Read more...] about Keeping Your Child from Having a Story Like Mine
This little boy ... ... is stepping into manhood. Several weeks ago, he turned 18. We gathered family and friends around. One by one, they spoke words of courage and blessing into his life. A beautiful May evening with the smell of fresh-cut grass in the air, this night was so much like the night Josiah was born. He shouldered his way into the world just 45 minutes after we arrived at the hospital. So handsome, so sweet. At night, I'd go into his room and just watch him and pray … [Read more...] about Our World Needs Watchmen