Hello friends!

Welcome to our weekly writing prompt! After a fabulous nine weeks in South Africa, this is my family’s last weekend in Cape Town before heading back to the States on Sunday and Monday.

Thank you in advance for your prayers!

If you missed any updates from our trip, you can catch up on my Facebook page and Instagram profile.

In South Africa, August 9th is National Women’s Day. I chose this week’s FMF word in honor of the public holiday.

This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is: WOMAN




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In celebration of Women’s Day in South Africa today, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of about sixty women gathered in our home church in Cape Town.

It was my fifth and final speaking engagement in the past nine weeks around the country, but this one was particularly special — I was on “home turf.”




I stood in the church hall and read an excerpt from my memoirA Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging — including a section about a time when I stood in that very same place as MC of a very similar event four months before my mom died seven years ago.

As I looked around the room, my heart swelled with so much love for each of the women in the audience — some women I’ve known for sixteen years and others I just met today.

Many have been through incredibly traumatic circumstances and deep grief. I scanned the crowd and saw a common thread — a strength and resilience in who they are because of who God created them to be. Made in His image, for His purpose.

They each have a story, and they each have the opportunity to use that story for God’s glory.

And so do you and I.


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