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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: CHOICE




Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO. 

This week, my husband and I celebrated twenty years of marriage by the grace of God.




I felt the weight of this occasion this year, as we know of so many people who have either lost a spouse recently, have a spouse with a terminal illness, got divorced recently, or are in the early stages of divorce.

Reflecting on these realities makes me not take an anniversary like this one for granted.

My aunt often says, “Your anniversary is the only holiday you have to work to keep.”

As I took time to think back on the past twenty years, I realized that so much of our lives revolve around the choices we make. Who we choose to marry. Where we choose to live. But more than that, we often have a choice in how we respond to (almost) any given situation.

We can choose to be angry or to let it go.

We have a choice to forgive or hold a grudge and be bitter.

We can choose to serve or be selfish.

We have a choice to give grace or withhold it.

May the Lord enable us to choose the option that makes us more like Christ and shows the world what it looks like to live as a forgiven sinner.






A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging

In honor of our 20th anniversary, I’m highlighting the book that tells it all . . . my memoir! 🙂

A Place to Land

In this book, you’ll read all about how I ended up marrying a South African and living in Cape Town for ten years.



a place to land




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