Ten things to tell your children every day

Whether daily, nightly, weekly, or whenever, some messages must be reiterated throughout life. Here are the ones I hope to communicate. God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. God is always there, always listens, and wants to hear your prayers. Pray without ceasing. Love God...

A Day at Dachau

One could say “there are no words to describe what you feel when you walk through a concentration camp”, but I’m going to attempt to describe just that. This site demands a post to itself, out of respect for the millions of lives lost, or otherwise changed forever by...

A Rehl Love story

They met at Oklahoma Christian College, an English/education major and an athlete. She worked a desk job and he saw her through the window. He thought, “She is beautiful!” and arranged for his brother and sister-in-law to introduce them. After a whirlwind romance, they married on December 18, 1976....

Milestone Celebrations

This year, my grandparents celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They met in high school. At the time, my grandmother was dating a friend of my grandfather. Grandmama told me that he did not take it well and quit driving the car-less love birds around town, until sometime later. They...

Your children are your talents

Last week, we attended the 50th Euro American Retreat in Rothenburg, Germany. We spent four days singing praises to God, learning deeper lessons on Renewing, Reflecting, and Remembering, and hearing from missionaries doing His work all over Europe – all in the beautiful backdrop of a medieval village. On...

Sweet Fellowship

After two years in Germany, attending Ktown church of Christ, we were finally able to host a home fellowship. Our living room comfortably (snugly) held 32 people, ranging in age from three months to 71 years. Our third-floor apartment is acoustically sound (pun intended), making for exceptional singing. Peter...

Bittersweet October

October is a big month for our family. On October 6, 2011, we arrived in Germany as a family of three with one on the way. Weeks later, expectation turned to disappointment and grief when life ended in miscarriage. That first month presented us with the challenges of living...

The Artist at Work

Autumn is captivatingly beautiful here in Germany. The changing colors reveal our Lord’s creative artistry. The back and forth weather serves as a reminder that God has a sense of humor and that He alone is in control. (You’ve planned a park day only to be foiled by the...

Military Life: Saying Goodbye… Again

Last week Dietrich said goodbye (again). In the past several months, we’ve said goodbye to over 30 people with whom we’ve developed deeprelationships. Last week, however, in his little five-year-old mind, “moving” and its definition hit Dietrich hard. He realized all at once that he couldn’t go back to Miss Jana’s house,...

Life in Germany: Kerwe, September 2013

First of all, the obvious question: What is Kerwe? Simply put, Kerwe (Care VAY), is a festival or funfair. This looks different from village to village, even within the same region of Germany, but varies even more throughout other regions and even other European Countries. Most of our German...