God Girl’s Got News: My Happy Return to Fourth Estate

It is with great delight that I share some (personal) breaking news: At the end of the month, I will be joining the staff of the Orange County Register as its Faith & Values Columnist.I'll be on sabbatical until then, but I am thrilled to be joining the Register in this new era, with a publisher, Aaron Kushner, who believes in the power and necessity of excellent newspaper journalism. In the last few months, the Register has hired more than 70 new reporters, columnists, editors,  and … [Read more...]

Ethiopia: God Is Even Bigger Than We Think

In 2007, I boarded a plane bound for Africa for the first time.That trip took me to Kenya, Tanzania, the island of Zanzibar, and Malawi.And that trip changed me — heart, mind soul — forever transforming my family and my world.Today, five years almost to the day since I flew to Nairobi to begin my first African adventure, I'm sitting in the international terminal of Dulles airport in Washington, D.C., waiting to board a 787 Dreamliner bound for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.An adventure li … [Read more...]

Ethiopia: God Is Even Bigger Than We Think

In 2007, I boarded a plane bound for Africa for the first time.That trip took me to Kenya, Tanzania, the island of Zanzibar, and Malawi.And that trip changed me — heart, mind soul — and forever transformed my family and my world.Today, five years almost to the day since I flew to Nairobi to begin my first African adventure, I'm sitting in the international terminal of Dulles airport in Washington, D.C., waiting to board a 787 Dreamliner bound for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.A journey li … [Read more...]

Mumford & Sons: ‘I Will Wait’

 Rarely — frankly never before, if my memory is correct — have I literally burst into tears upon hearing a song for the first time. But that is exactly what happened when I listened to Mumford & Sons' new single, "I Will Wait," this morning.This summer has been a difficult season for my family of origin. My parents are getting older and facing physical challenges that are testing all of our resolve and the core of our spirits. I've been away from my own family in California for a … [Read more...]

Join GG for Girls Night Out in Irvine, California TONITE!

Hey Y'all:I've been MIA for weeks - slammed with family obligations, work and a much-needed vacation. So distracted, in fact, that I forgot to tell you that I'll be speaking tonite at Mariners Church in Irvine, Calif., for its Girls Night Out. The topic of my talk is "Gracespotting." I'll be sharing the best story I know and a few others from my time on the "God Beat."Here are the deets:7 to 8:30 p.m.Friday, April 27, 2012Mariners Church, the Upper Room5001 Newport Coast … [Read more...]

Just Say It: Be God’s Love, Grace Today

A few minutes ago, I received an email from one of the pastors at the church where I worship here in California. It's his weekly note of encouragement for the congregation and it's always something I take a few minutes to read, no matter how busy my day might be.Today, I'm even more grateful than usual that I took a few moments to stop and read. Our pastor is the dearest man — he wears his heart on his sleeve, proudly and always. Right now, he's undergoing treatment for a scary illness, one t … [Read more...]

GODSTUFF: Praying for your kids and their Anam Cara

Tuesday was the first day of school here in our sleepy seaside town in southern California. And Monday night was marked by a bit of fear and trembling on the part of our newly minted fifth grader.It’s our son’s second year in school — ever. He attended school in his native Malawi only sporadically, when his failing health allowed it. I’m proud to say he rocked his first year of school here in the U.S. A year ago he didn’t know the alphabet. Now he can read and write and do math like a champ. … [Read more...]


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