From Stasia’s Desk

A Very Nielsen Christmas

If you are anything like me you may have stared with glossy eyes into the heavens throughout the Christmas Season wondering WHY God chose an empire wide census, Bethlehem and a dirty manger for the backdrop of His Most Precious Gift to be presented to all of mankind....

Haters, Lovers and The Golden Rule

Hate is contagious, the more you surround yourself with it, the more reasons you find to wield its destructive power. Haters are simply those who have never stopped to find a better way.   Love is contagious as well, the more you surround yourself with it the more...

The Gardener

I want to share this beautiful poem with you.  Written by my own daughter for me on Mother's Day.  The Gardener~   Here she comes, Upright and joyful, Head high and singing She waltzes gaily in the world. Here she stands Hands on hips Eyes firm and steady A queen...

Sacred Life – A Kona Story

The sand was cool and the sun warmed my pregnant self as I stepped onto the shores of La'aloa Bay.  A perfect paradise as I walked along the shore knee deep in the crystal clear blue water.  Gorgeously colored fish nibbled at my toes in the calm waters.  Never in my...

The Belonging

  Throughout the years our family has grown like the morning glories that stretch across my front entryway, tenderly reaching out to the dark places and endeavoring to bring God's beauty into the lives of others.  We have a knack for giving those around us a sense of...

Shattered Art

I have unwittingly become a connoisseur of the human experience.   Being a career missionary has given me an in-depth look into the trials and triumphs of those precious lives I have been honored to love and serve.   It is a labor of the heart when you work with...

Bruchko- The Bruce Olsen Story

  Bruchko details Bruce Olsen's amazing true life adventure of his work with the Motilone. The Motilone are a primitive tribe that live in Columbia and Venezuela. As a missionary myself, I have come to appreciate that Bruce Olsen did not go to "Westernize" the tribe....

The Blessing~A Review

  John Trent and Gary Smalley eloquently express the Biblical meaning of the "gift of the blessing" in their outstanding revised and updated version of their 1986 parenting classic, The Blessing. Parental approval is the driving force behind how we see ourselves and...

Max on Life~A Review

In Max on Life, Max Lucado shares thoughtful biblical answers to over 170 of the most challenging questions. For more than twenty-five years, Lucado's writings have been a source of encouraging advice to many a burdened and perplexed believer. This inspirational...

My Life in the Secret Service

After nearly 30 years of being in the ‘Secret Service’, I am finally coming clean, in a manner of speaking.   I can no longer withhold the facts of the service in clear conscience.  It is the most important work I have ever been honored to be a part of.  But it is not...

A Gumnut Storytime

 Cecilia May Gibbs began her writing career at the tender age of 8.   Although she was born in England, the Outback was her world and some of Australia's most beloved children's classics were birthed from her imaginative interpretation of the bush.  She was first...

Zondervan Sale March 9th Only

Huge Zondervan Bible Study sale March 9th only!   I just had to share this amazing sale that Zondervan is having on some excellent Bible Study material.  All of the books below are at least 80% off today.  Enjoy!     [table id=11 /]     These ebooks are discounted at...

I Just Want You To Smile, Okay?

I had been completely oblivious to his presence as he snuck up behind me.  His words caught me unaware, leaving me nauseated and dizzy as if from a blow. It was a sucker punch from behind and as I reeled around to face my assailant I reached out to steady myself. Hot...

Re:Write Writers Contest and The Ragged Edge

  Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.   Benjamin Franklin                 We need no other distraction than ourselves when we get together as a family.  Memories about missions or wonderful relatives bring hearty laughter and great...

Keep Calm and Read On

  You can never get a cup of tea large enoughor a book long enough to suit me.C.S.Lewis  The rise of technology and social media has seen a decline in the desire for the written word.  A recent study showed that more than a quarter of Americans had not opened a book...

Pray For Our Leaders

It is true that we are living in an age of political animosity and social unrest.  We have come to question the actions and motives of every aspect of government.  From our foundations we have been the Outspoken Nation, one that fearlessly defends the oppressed and...

The Five Senses of a Missionary

    Let's be honest for a moment, not everyone is called to be a missionary nor does becoming one happen instantaneously.   After living the last 3 decades in faith based mission work, I am still learning what it takes to serve God full time and long term.  And that...

Dangerous Prayers

It is the type of prayer that one might pray in a grand cathedral while kneeling on a cushioned hassock with arms extended and head bowed in reverent awe.  But the moment that prayer hits the heavens, life will never be the same. I know, because I prayed it.   Oh, I...