For the last years, I have had the goal of reading 20 books in the year. This year, I tried to increase my target to 25. I tried pushing my targets to inspire my reading habits a little bit more. I purchased a Kobo e-reader for my birthday, so reading in bed and on the … Continue reading 5 books I loved reading in 2022
On being steadfast – part 1
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain 1 Corinthians 15:58 Just a couple of weeks ago, a man visited our church location in the city of Amsterdam for the first time. Let's call him Guy. That's not his … Continue reading On being steadfast – part 1
5 books I loved reading in 2021
Every year I try to read 20 books. I choose my 5 favourite books and post about them. These are my 2022 choices.
What is your meaning?
It's been a long while since I last wrote an update. To be honest, it has just been a really crazy year. I wrote a bit about it in my last post and we started a separate website to post personal updates about our family. Let's just say that for at least for a season, … Continue reading What is your meaning?
Personal update: our February 2021
2021 has been wild so far. So wild. We always felt a bit skeptical at everyone saying how 2021 was going to be so much better than 2020, knowing what was coming at us. For those of you who don't know, in September last year, when Intan was 20 weeks pregnant, we heard how our baby has HLHS. We wrote about how we dealt with it back then. Now, after our daughter has spent her first month alive in the intensive care at LUMC, we wanted to write an update. This is more of a personal update, containing less reflection and lessons learned.
5 books I loved reading in 2020
The end of the year is a time to reflect and I try to reflect on the books I have read too. Every year I try to read 20 books. Yes, I have a book-reading target. I find that it helps me keep reading - I know I enjoy it, I know it helps me grow, but life can happen and keep me from reading. These are some of the books I loved reading in 2020.
How we are dealing with adversity
This is for sure the most honest, personal and vulnerable post I have written to date. This year we received the wonderful news that my wife Intan is pregnant. We had not been trying for very long so it felt like a huge blessing that it worked out so quickly. I'll never forget when and … Continue reading How we are dealing with adversity
7 lessons for people in their twenties
You go through so many phases in your twenties. In all areas of life. My twenties were great and full of new experiences, fun, failures and growth. Now, I have the privilege of mentoring, coaching and pastoring people in their twenties. Here are some lessons, some of which I had to learn and some I find many people in their twenties are challenged by.
Five things you (really) should be doing with your finances
It has always puzzled me that there is very little education on how to deal with money. We spend very little time teaching the next generation how to deal with their personal finances. So here are some tips, and they are not just for the next generation. I did not come up with these myself. They are not groundbreaking. They are not new. You can find them all over the web. But when you start applying them, you will really notice the difference. Click the link to read the full post.
So what is hope really?
Earlier this year we did a series on Hope at church. Here's some thoughts about our the difference between hope as we use it daily and hope we find in the Bible
What to do when your tax-returns come in
In The Netherlands, this is tax-return season. Many people who filed tax-returns on time, have already received either the bill or the return. So I might be a little late with this post - but better late than never, right? And if the word “taxes” bores you, maybe that is exactly the reason for you to keep on reading! I’m not a tax-expert, so this will be an easy post for you to understand for sure. But it will help you!