Brooke’s Squat Toilet Story

It was a warm humid day in Kampala Uganda when my urgent need for a bathroom hit me.  Fluids full to max capacity.  Unfortunately we still had another hour left in our commute and I knew I could not last that long. Feeling embarrassed, I asked Pastor Alex if he could find a place to…

disappointed part 1

This drive is long.  Along the way you will encounter disappointment.  Where do you go when life lets you down? I was in the car and after some recent news about a leaders failure in my local church and a question came to mind.  When did it start?  Not when did the pastor start failing…

Confidence

On what are you basing your confidence? This is a foundational question.  It will demand your attention throughout life.  In transition whether it is a promotion or a change of occupation, in the life of the newly married, when your children launch, yes at each turn we have an opportunity to hold our original confidence.…

How To Spiritually Grow

Unending help is offered.  God never exhausts at bringing aid.  He offers help freely along with a robust community full of people born of the same Spirit.  Your beginning is a gift of grace.  Your growth is continued evidence of grace. His help isn’t limited to general aid for humanity salvation’s free gift, but includes…

my own flame

Is there a spark between you and the Spirit of God?   Do you feel as though you need a lighter, a catalyst to set in motion the event to light the fire in your chest?   Today, Caroline Knott writes with solid knowledge and doctrinal truth fuel to burn bright your connection with the…

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Scones

PREP Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Add flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the vegan butter and pulse until the mixture resembles cornmeal.  Not too much pulsing. If short on time just pressure cook the pumpkin (slice in half, remove seeds, add water) or use a can of organic pumpkin puree.  Add 1/2 cup of pumpkin flesh (if pressure cooked squeeze by hand a bit of the water out) and 1/2 cup of soy creamer (opps not mentioned in the above list).  Pulse 2 times and then it will form…

How to live the Gospel

So yeah the gospel is the power of God to salvation.  Recently I learned quite a bit from obeying God and acting out the instructions to just go into all the world to preach the gospel. If you haven’t gone on a mission trip (or you did and still you may) wonder am I living…

Haikus from Turkey

word form from a friend written in rooms abroad  joy in connection          Charity Rattray  Lizzy is learning a language abroad and in her travel it makes maintaining contact with home a challenge.  Time differences overcome I huddled in my hallway before bed and enjoyed these pictures/Haikus.  Valued words from a friend and a smile to end my day. 

4 habits, I’m not trying to quit

  Ethiopian Mordecofe tasting notes from Stumptown has me super thankful I have a coffee habit and my brother Jay has a camera.  And thinking of habits I wonder what are yours? These are parts to the whole of the zenith in my morning routine. Coffee pulling shots in the morning Exercise move the body…

September

  The heirloom tomatoes are coming off by the shirt full.  The hot jalapeños are tasty.  The Concord grapes are making my kitchen smell so good.  The produce from September is a faithful reminder good flavor starts with desperate roots drawing out supply from plain brown soil.  The base of the root breaks its way in…