My Holy Land Trip

In 2010, I published a biblical fiction about five young women struggling to achieve their goal as they roamed the desert bound for the Promised Land, along with their Israelite relatives and companions; the title is Milcah. For this, I had to do research and constantly consult the books of Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua and maps.… Continue reading My Holy Land Trip

Avocado Tree of Faith (continued)

I am working with Alcita to help her with this project. It is a fun way for us to spend time together and it has always been a pleasure to listen to her stories. This second post continues the first story we included for this ongoing project. Just a small note: I actually made a… Continue reading Avocado Tree of Faith (continued)

A Taste of Brazil: Part 1

For seven years I had thrown myself wholeheartedly into an adventure in prayer. The answer flew in from far away in the form of a letter. These days God doesn’t use winged angels to deliver messages. God uses people - in this case David Trembley was God's messenger. I couldn’t contain myself. I literally jumped… Continue reading A Taste of Brazil: Part 1

Talk Given at the First Presbyterian Church of Rio Verde

We will covered  2 subjects today. First, we will take a look at some families of the Bible. Second, I will provide some basic and practical principles for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone else in charge of caring for children. Relationships in the family are not always perfect. It is our duty as parents to… Continue reading Talk Given at the First Presbyterian Church of Rio Verde

Ask. Seek. Knock. A Life Shaped by Conversations With God – Women Suffering Injustices of Unequal Status

This is the final free installment of this book. If you have gotten interested enough and want to purchase the book, see the information at the right of the screen. The situation for women in Brazil has improved greatly since I grew up there. But, the principle stories included in this chapter are representative of… Continue reading Ask. Seek. Knock. A Life Shaped by Conversations With God – Women Suffering Injustices of Unequal Status

Ask. Seek. Knock. A Life Shaped By Conversations With God – Chapter Six – Malaria and Nené Marries

Life in  rural areas of Brazil during my childhood was hard and dangerous. Folks adapted to it and thrived but some of the dangers, such as malaria, were a constant part of life. This chapter tells about some of these realities and my own bout with malaria. I tell of another very disruptive event in… Continue reading Ask. Seek. Knock. A Life Shaped By Conversations With God – Chapter Six – Malaria and Nené Marries

Ask. Seek. Knock. A Life Shaped By Conversations With God – Chapter 5 – Broken Dolls and Shattered Lives

The memories in this chapter touch on subjects that are often hard to recall and often the kind you hide from the world. I grew up in a time in Brazil when there was no formal justice. There was justice but it was often hard to obtain and especially hard for poor women. I wanted… Continue reading Ask. Seek. Knock. A Life Shaped By Conversations With God – Chapter 5 – Broken Dolls and Shattered Lives

Ask. Seek. Knock. – Chapter 4 – Memories of Growing Up

When I was growing up in the countryside of central Brazil, we almost always traveled by horse. Such journeys were long and when one went to the nearest large town or city, it was wise to get as much of the essentials for the farm as possible and bring some extras. These "extras" were the… Continue reading Ask. Seek. Knock. – Chapter 4 – Memories of Growing Up

Ask. Seek. Knock. A Life Shaped By Conversations With God: Chapter Three – in which I learn to pray and recount memories of my mother

What are your first memories of learning how to pray or understanding the practices that comprise a religious life? I have many memories of my mother.  Her wisdom about prayer is one of the most precious. Like many of my earliest memories, it is mixed with the daily actions my mother carried out in order… Continue reading Ask. Seek. Knock. A Life Shaped By Conversations With God: Chapter Three – in which I learn to pray and recount memories of my mother