These Words are Chasing me Around the Room

Life presses on around us, and we are well aware of it. Still we are trying to slow it down for these few days in Cyprus, waiting on God at our “Bethel.” He is speaking too! And we take joy in all His words as they fall deep into our hearts. We have had glorious…

Confessions about Discontentment and Learning to Love the Moment

My husband and I have been traveling or living overseas for the last 14 years. I am not talking about one international trip a year, but many! And not the sightseeing kind either that involves air-conditioned buses and plush hotels. Often we travel to under-developed countries and stay in humble homes. We are constantly fighting…

Things are Blurry Now

I have always wanted to study the art of pottery making; so when we visited a potter’s house in Addis Ababa last week, my heart beat for joy. Actually, my hubby and I have visited this place three times over the years, and each trip is just as wonderful as the first. I watched in…

Mortar and Pestle

I have been looking all over Jerusalem for a mortar and pestle. I found a few but didn’t want lava stone or ceramic. I like this marble edition now setting on my kitchen counter top, just ready for use. The other day I was grinding down some garlic cloves to make paste to add to…

Morning Moon

I awoke before sunrise and sat in the dark soaking in the quiet morning. When the light spilled upon the horizon, I was already engrossed in reading and missed the early rays. Later I noticed out the east windows of our living room a pale, autumn, morning moon–the lesser light reflecting the greater from afar….

Jerusalem Market

After ten days in Ethiopia, we eagerly returned to our home in Jerusalem. The first task at hand was filling our empty fridge and cupboards, so we made a fun trek to the Jerusalem open-city market. I love this place on any day; but the week of Sukkot, the feeling in the air rings with…

And the Tears Flowed…

Erev Shabbat settled with peace… the kind that radiates from deep within… the kind that bubbles up with hope and contentment–regardless of life’s circumstances or situation. More than the soft glow of candles lit the room, an incandescent illumination radiated from the hearts of the family and friends gathered at the table. The evening shone…