Butterflies and Blackberries

I am currently in Bobbio Pellice for our annual all-european summer staff conference. Never heard of Bobbio Pellice? Well… “It’s where Jesus lost his shoes.” This is my first time to this corner of Italy and it is absolutely stunning here. The weather has been great, the time connecting with friends and colleagues refreshing. This…

Guilt and Grace

The following second-hand banana story was written by my mom, Monica Burney. As she says, this story is a great reminder of how much God loves to bless His children and for me, it is also a fresh reminder that: guilt and grace are like water and oil. They don’t mix.   Satan loves to…

Secrets & Surprises

I’ve been keeping a secret. I have known for over 5 months now that I would be coming to California this November. Back in the spring of this year, Jesus had been gently but persistently suggesting to a friend of mine that they pay for a plane ticket to California for me. While I know…

A Ripe Avocado

August 2nd, 2016: This morning, I was thinking to myself, “Aw, nuts! I probably won’t be able to make guacamole until the end of the year since now is not the time of year for avocados” (avocados are rather uncommon here in Sicily, or so it would seem). Then a friend comes to me this…

Ripe Flowers

Divine decorations: Last week, my sister in California asked if I would be at home Wednesday or Thursday evening of the same week. She said she had a surprise but couldn’t say what it was, only that I needed to be home. I was thinking perhaps my grandparents were coming to visit my sister and…

Of Packages & Party Dresses

Does God really care what I wear to my birthday party?  (written August 2015) This last week I turned 33. A week before my birthday, I found myself at a nearby shopping mall looking for a light fixture for my dining room. As I was passing by one clothing store after another, I had the…

Déjà Vu

Written April 10, 2014. Total déjà vu. This ripe banana story very eerily mirrors the last one I posted: Color Me Rad as well as one from a couple of years ago called: Up Close and Personal. Back in late February, a friend of mine posted on Facebook that Switchfoot would be playing a concert…

Chocolate Soft-Serve

Here is one of my favorite examples of how God knows the deepest and silliest desires of our hearts and will grant them just because He loves us! It is also among my most personal experiences that convinces me of the reality that God sees me, knows everything about me, is with me always and…