Our Journey With Naomi Grace

Please pray for our baby girl!

Please pray for our baby girl!

Introducing little Naomi Grace Costanzo Our fourth precious child, Naomi Grace Costanzo, was born yesterday, April 6th.Since she was born 2 months early, she is still very small, weighing 2 lbs 3 oz and is only 14 inches long. She cannot yet breathe on her own, and...

Pictures of Naomi

Pictures of Naomi

Dear little Naomi Grace is in her 3rd day of life. She is stable, but tiny & fragile, and there are still many unknowns. She will be having surgery Friday to place a tube in her stomach. This will help her to receive nourishment and enable the doctors to do...

Naomi’s Surgery Postponed

Naomi’s Surgery Postponed

Thanks for waiting, everyone! Here is the latest on Naomi and Jen: Jen came home from the hospital today! She is obviously tired, and sad to have to be apart from Naomi, but is nevertheless trusting in God's good care of our dear little daughter. Meanwhile, Naomi's...

Reflections/Devotionals

Is Christmas Fair?

Is Christmas Fair?

Every year, everyone asks my kids if they’ve been good this year. Why? Because, as the legend goes, if they’ve been good then they’ll get presents. Not only that, but the presents-to-goodness ratio is directly proportionate, so the more goodness, the more presents...

When I Leave, I Want To Go Out Like Elijah

When I Leave, I Want To Go Out Like Elijah

Death. Nobody really likes to talk about it. And for good reason; it's a raw, gritty topic that throbs with the pain of past losses, the fear of future losses, and the threat of the ultimate loss---ourselves. Even for Christians, who believe that death is the start of...

Three Criminals: Hope from Galatians 5

Three Criminals: Hope from Galatians 5

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.1 In the version of the Bible I read, the New Testament talks a lot about the “flesh”---that is, my sinful nature, the part of me that is hell-bent and always wanting to do the...

Our Time In Japan

What is God doing in Japan?

What is God doing in Japan?

What is God doing in Japan? God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at...

Please Pray for Japan!

Please Pray for Japan!

Please Pray for Japan! New earthquake retraumatizes millions According to recent news updates , Japan was rocked by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake near Sendai Thursday night. While there was no tsunami this time, there was still a tsunami warning for an hour and a half,...

UPDATE FROM JAPAN, PART TWO

UPDATE FROM JAPAN, PART TWO

Saturday After a very blessed stay in Iwaki, we drove straight through my old hometown of Funehiki (I really wanted to stop, but our schedule wouldn't allow it) up to the city of Sendai, which had arguably seen the most devastating effects of the earthquake and...