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An ongoing series of blogs written by New Name volunteers and sisters. 

March 2016: A God Both Big and Small

March 1, 2016

Several days ago, as I was taking my dog for our morning walk, I looked up in the sky and behold, I saw what perhaps was the most beautiful cloud formation I had ever seen. 

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April 2016: Joining Jesus On Bended Knee

April 1, 2016

When I think of prayer, I always think first of Hebrews 7:25: “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

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May 2016: When Spiritual Warfare Stops You

May 1, 2016

Ever feel like every time you seek to step out in faith that the enemy swoops in to halt your efforts? Spiritual warfare is real. 

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One Small Voice: Happy To Be An Amateur

June 2016

I was recently asked what came to mind when I heard the word amateur. Our society tends to think of an amateur as someone who is unknowledgeable or unskilled. Someone who is not quite at the level of a professional or an expert. 

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The Prostituted Asian Massage Parlors: Don’t look, don’t listen, don’t tell.

June 2016

She’s just a girl.  Not too different from you and I.

Or your daughter, or your mother, or your sister, or your niece, or your granddaughter.

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June 2016: Praying for the Complete Work of God

June 1, 2016

This morning I watched in horror as one of my kids accidentally sent a priceless vase crashing to the floor. I say “priceless” because the vase represented to me one of the only joyful, lighthearted moments I had for five very long years.

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July 2016: When God Uses Brokenness 

to Radiate His Splendor

July 1, 2016

Over the past few months I’ve journeyed with a woman we met in a bar. She is dying. She knows Jesus. 

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August 2016: Listening First in an Upside-Down Kingdom

August 1, 2016

Mother Teresa once said that she “did mathematics differently” than most people. Instead of worrying about ministering to a large number of Indian Hindus, she and her colleagues looked at each individual separately.  

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September 2016: When we can see past evil

September 1, 2016

G.K. Chesterton once said, "A man knocking on the door of a brothel is looking for God."

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October 2016: When it seems as though 

God is up to nothing

October 1, 2016

I was up again last night at 3 a.m. I’ve heard that, for many, this is an hour of quiet time with God.

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Do you want to get well? 

November 2016

I could tell the voice on the other end of the line belonged to someone who was tender, broken, and fragile. She was soft spoken, respectful, and incredibly articulate. She shared a bit of her story and my heart wept for her.

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November 2016: Seeing Salvation in the Shadows

November 1, 2016

I know that Advent is still weeks away, but I can’t help but start to think about it with expectation. This year, my focus is a little different.

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Give As You Have Been Given

December 1, 2016

It’s been almost a year and a half now since I began going on outreach to Asian massage parlors ...

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December 2016: What does it mean to love everyone always?

December 1, 2016

Several years ago, I took some homemade cookies over to my neighbor’s house. They were Muslim, and if you know much about Middle Eastern cultures, you might know the people are hospitable—often spending hours upon hours together in fellowship.

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January 2017: When a New Year is Really a New Beginning

January 1, 2017

2017 is upon us. As I get older, the years go quicker. Each year, I let out an audible sigh as I consider how I had wanted to tell others about Jesus more and how I had wanted to love them better.

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February 2017: When Woundedness Leads to Life

February 1, 2017

Caring for people is sometimes really hard. Helping them move to a place where they can hear and receive love, let alone receive the good news of the gospel, can often take months, years, decades.

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March 2017:  Like Gold, Like Water, Like Food for the World

March 1, 2017

There are many passages in scripture which remind us that God is with us in whatever may come our way. Isaiah 43:2 is a great one: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you ...

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Visiting Brothels in India

March 21, 2017

Journal Entry August 4, 2016

At 1:00am this morning I finally landed in Mumbai. And so the journey begins.

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April 2017: We Can No Longer Carry the Baggage

April 1, 2017

Last week I was watching an older episode of Veggie Tales in which Junior Asparagus, as usual, says something incredibly simple, yet profound: “If you’re special to Him, then you’re special to me, too.”

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May 2017: When Lament is Needed, and Good

May 1, 2017

Lament: a passionate expression of grief of sorrow.

Not one of us willfully walks into places of lament ...

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June 2017:  He Makes Beauty for Ashes

June 1, 2017

I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. Job 19:25

Next month marks the anniversary of the death of a sweet, courageous, and strong gal we met during outreach. Trisha’s life left a mark on me that will last my lifetime. 

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August 2017:  Holding God's Word in Our Hearts

August 1, 2017

Likely you are very familiar with First Peter 3:15. It tells us to always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks us for a reason for the hope that is in us. 

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The Lost Girls Of Mombasa

August 1, 2017

All of my senses became alert, suddenly.  I sat upright, peered in wonder, the type of wonder that makes you feel sick to your stomach. A sharp intake of breath, like you’ve been punched in the gut.

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Weren't You Afraid to Travel to Africa? 

September 7, 2017

I took a trip to East Africa this summer.  It wasn't all that surprising, I guess, for those that know me. Last year I went to India and China, and you can often find me exploring big cities in America's sea to shining sea, and taste-testing every ethnic restaurant ...

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September 2017: When We Need to See the Insignificant

September 1, 2017

Over the course of the past few months, my 3-year-old has continued to remind me of an injured ant we stumbled upon in late Spring. “Remember that ant that was hurt, mommy?” “Remember how it was walking funny?”  ...

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Oct 2017: When ‘Winning the Lottery’ Isn’t What We Think It Is

October 1, 2017

I just celebrated another birthday. With so much brokenness in the world, I am increasingly feeling as though I won the lottery.


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Nov 2017: People May Think They Have No Fear When Really They've Never Been Tested

November 1, 2017

Is it possible to live a life completely free from fear?  It sure does sound attractive.


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Dec 2017: The Windows to the Soul? 

November 1, 2017

There’s something very powerful about looking someone in the eye. It’s personal, and often times, if we are honest, nerve-wracking. Can they see something in us we don’t want them to see? Will they see our faults, our shortcomings, our smudges?  ...

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Jan 2018: It's a New Day!

January 1, 2018

We all love new beginnings and second chances. Maybe we’ve wronged another, or another has wronged us. Perhaps we’ve failed to get something accomplished that we had hoped, or we are late for the hundredth time. 

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February 2018:  A God of Safety in a World of Chaos

Feb 1, 2018

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” - Proverbs 18:10. 

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March 2018: 

Living Faithfully Each Day, Reaching One Person At A Time

March 1, 2018

The great preacher Billy Graham has passed away at the age of 99. Having preached to more than 200 million people in his life, his legacy is powerful and rich ...

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April 2018: 

The Freedom of Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World

April 1, 2018

"But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." Luke 6:27-28 ...

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May 2018: 

God on the Other Side of the Box

May 1, 2018

If you are anything like me, the shutdown of last month caused mixed emotions, ...

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June 2018: 

The Sufficiency of God

June 1, 2018

I live with C-PTSD (complex post traumatic stress disorder). This means many things but on a daily basis it's a continuous battle against intrusive thoughts, irrational fears, and heightened physical responses  ...

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August 2018: 

The Pilgrimage of Trust

August 1, 2018

Trust is a fragile word; it's essence is shaped by experience. Living in a fallen world, trust can feel impossible once shattered. Dan B. Allender said "Trust is a giving of our soul to another with the hope we will not be harmfully used." ...

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September 2018: 

Evidence of God During the Darkest Times

September 1, 2018

We’ve all had them. The dark nights of the soul. The pain that swallows us whole. The sense that God has left us ...

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October 2018: 

Never Alone

October 1, 2018

“You are never alone.”  This concept, more than perhaps any other in the English language, is what our hearts long to hear ...

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November 2018: 

Because of Jesus

November 1, 2018

She asks to meet so that she can improve her English. So amidst the aroma of coffee and tea, the laborious exchange of English occurs between us....

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December 2018: 

People Going Through a Rough Time

December 1, 2018

In the summer of 2016, I decided my children and I were going to make a major move to the city of St. Louis, Missouri ... 

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January 2019: 

Always in the Palm of His Hands

January 1, 2019

What is the Kingdom of God? If someone were to ask you that question, what would you answer? ...

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January 2019: 

The Undeserving Waitress

January 1, 2019

On a chilly Friday evening in December, my daughter and I sat down at a packed, noisy and congested Texas Road House for dinner. We had been waiting ...

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February 2019: 

Nothing To Offer

February 1, 2019

There is a sense today, and perhaps in all generations, that we must come to Jesus with something—sometimes that is tangible (money, tears, gifts) ...

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February 2019:

A Little Bit About Myself

February 1, 2019

Hello! I am a mother of three kids, two boys and one little girl. I am 30 years old and was born and raised in San Francisco, California. ...

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March 2019: 

How Do We Pray?  

March 1, 2019

Martin Luther once said, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing." ... 

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March 2019: 

When Punishment Becomes A Blessing 

March 1, 2019

By the tender age of twenty-two years old I had given birth to four beautiful children, two were still in diapers. My oldest was ten and ... 

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April 2019: 

Out With The Old, In With The New

April 1, 2019

Often times we focus so hard on removing the negative things from our lives that we forget to replace them ...

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May 2019: 

God Sent The Rain

May 1, 2019

I look in your eyes

And I know

I don't want to do this ... 

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July 2019: 

You're Better Off Than You Think

July 1, 2019

Being a single mother raising four children has never been an easy task ... 

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August 2019: 

My Life's Journey and God's Grace

August 1, 2019

I never expected to be anything other than a drug addict ... 

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September 2019: 

A Poem for My New Name

September 1, 2019

You can't tell me anything I don't already know... 

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October 2019: 

My Testimony by Gentle Spirit

October 1, 2019

I am 35 years old and I was in "the life" since the age of 14 ... 

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