Memorial Day 2008
May 25, 2008
This is a weekend for remembering the ones who died in our nation’s service. For me, the memories are mostly of high school friends who died in Vietnam Today, my heart goes out especially to the ones whose memories are…
Hidden Treasures Thrift Store
Apr 22, 2008
Hidden treasures, that’s what my boys and I were looking for back in the days when we made our Christmas shopping rounds—first to Savers and Salvation Army Thrift Shops, then to the liquidation store nearby, then if we still hadn’t…
Piper in Kenya
Apr 18, 2008
In March, I went to visit Kenya. I kissed my husband goodbye and left him at home. Or so I thought. But when I got to Kenya, I found him all over the place. At Moffatt Bible College in Kijabe…
Finally! A Blossom in the Desert
Apr 10, 2008
I emailed a friend last week. Miriam Rockness, who edited this book, earlier wrote the book that introduced me to Lilias Trotter, A Passion for the Impossible. I was so inspired by her story that I included it in…
“Behold, It Was Very Good.” But Now?
Apr 2, 2008
Noel Piper writes about how her trip to Kenya changed the way she thinks about caring for creation.
How I Fight Bossiness
Mar 7, 2008
One my my continual needs for self-control comes from being the oldest of 10 children and then 35+ years of mothering. I feel very comfortable telling people what to do, speaking as if I know what’s best. Others call it…
The Tradition of the Pastors Conference Speakers Dinner
Feb 5, 2008
The pastors’ conference has become a tradition in the Piper family. Back in the days when the conference was small enough to be held in the Bethlehem church building, the sons who were homeschooled loved to hang out there. It…
Talitha Interviews the Rebelution Guys
Feb 4, 2008
When we knew Alex and Brett Harris would be in town for the DG Pastors’ Conference, we wanted to catch them for an interview. Who better to interview two popular young bloggers than another young person? The guys were…
So You Want to Be a Writer?
Jan 29, 2008
I got a letter recently from someone who hopes to be a writer. She says I get so frustrated with myself because even as I am typing, I think, "What am I doing? I can't write!" I would like to…
I Almost Died
Dec 8, 2007
So far, the landmark Something-Zero birthdays—20, 30, 40—have been no big deal for me. But this year, I beg the kindness of my older and wiser friends, because I’d been moping a few months about the birthday due before the…
Another Reason to Give Thanks
Nov 12, 2007
At the Piper house, on special occasion days, the women do most or all the food preparation and set-up, so the men wash the dishes. Now there’s a great reason to give thanks!
Recipe for Thanks-giving
Nov 12, 2007
What turns the 4th Thursday of November into Thanksgiving? Turkey? I know one family who doesn’t like turkey. Their traditional Thanksgiving meal is Vietnamese carryout. But whatever our food traditions, is that all there is? Not if we plan real…
On Father's Day 2007
Jun 17, 2007
I haven’t been able to phone my dad on Father’s Day for more than 15 years. But I remember him today. And as years pass, the things that were hard seem smaller and the strong roots of my father’s life…
Ruth Bell Graham
Jun 15, 2007
On my “mentors” shelf sit books by Edith Schaeffer, Ann Ortlund, Gail MacDonald, Elisabeth Elliot, and Ruth Graham. I never met Ruth Bell Graham in person. But I spent time with her through her writing. She expressed a winsome, seemingly…
Apr 30, 2007
If you can’t walk, even with crutches, and you don’t have a wheelchair, will you stay home? Or will you find some way—any way—to get to the market and to church? How will you move without a chair? In…
He died? Oh no!
Apr 5, 2007
In 1929, young Elsie Viren was the efficient, capable new secretary to the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. By the time we Pipers arrived 51 years later in 1980, her days were filled with teaching Sunday school, visiting the church’s…
Holy Week at the Pipers’
Mar 30, 2007
A Month of Preparation for Easter Ordinarily at the Piper house, we begin looking toward Easter near the beginning of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. That was February 21 this year. During the season, we have special devotional readings…
Eight Biblical Devotions to Prepare for Easter
Mar 29, 2007
Eight biblical devotions to read in preparation for Easter.
Not a Curse, but a Blessing
Mar 21, 2007
If you were born with a disability or know someone who was, imagine being born in a village where that is considered to be a shameful curse from the spirits—something to hide or get rid of. In January, I was…
Forgiveness, Forbearance, and Fertilizer
Feb 23, 2007
What my husband said last Sunday at the end of a sermon on forgiveness and forebearance in marriage Picture your marriage as a grassy field. You enter it at the beginning full of hope and joy. You look out into…
If the Lord Wills...
Feb 23, 2007
I returned recently from 10 days in Cameroon, West Africa. A team of 14 was sent by Bethlehem Baptist, with the help of Joni and Friends, to distribute 100 wheelchairs through one disabilities ministry in Yaounde and one in Bamenda…
The Sweet Providence of God in the Life of Our Four Sons
Nov 27, 2006
Noel Piper wonders what her sons' favorite childhood books have to do with their personalities.
What I Learned by Being My Mother's Daughter
Nov 21, 2006
George Travie Henry and Pamela Brown Carpenter Daddy was one of nine, mother an only child. They met in Norfolk, Mother's city, when Daddy was in the Navy. They were married in 1946 and in 1950 moved to Georgia, Daddy's…
Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God
Jun 7, 2005
These are the stories of five ordinary women — Sarah Edwards, Lilias Trotter, Gladys Aylward, Esther Ahn Kim, and Helen Roseveare — who trusted in their extraordinary God as he led them to do great things for his kingdom.