The Team Z Blog

Dear Future Clean Water Advocate,

(Reprinted from 20 Liters.org)

Dear Young Future Clean Water Advocates:

My name is Greta Zwyghuizen and when I was 7 years old, I learned about the world water crisis. I knew something had to be done. It wasn’t fair that there are people in the world who didn’t get to go to school, who got sick and even died all because of dirty water! But how could I help? (I was only 7 at the time!) You may be asking yourself the same kinds of questions, so let me share what I’ve learned.

Getting everyone in the world clean water IS a big task, but you don’t have to do it all alone!  When people team up together, it becomes a little easier. Anyone can join 20 Liter’s efforts to help make dirty water clean. Don’t worry about how big the problem is, just take one step at a time. You can take your passion and creativity and combine them to help the efforts! It’s hard sometimes but never give up on your passion for helping others, as it fills your heart in a way that no other thing ever will. You will change the lives of so many and it will change your life. You will learn, grow, and struggle in your pursuit of getting everyone clean water, but it will be worth it as you fight to change the world for the better! We need you! read more

Hey Siri: Parenting and The Roadmap of Life

Aug. 1, 2017

Proverbs 22:6

Point your kids in the right direction—
when they’re old they won’t be lost. (MSG)

Wow, is it really Aug. 1 already?  June and July flew by!  Summer is one of my most cherished seasons.  Family and friends.  Beautiful Michigan summer weather.  The beach.  The pool.  Travel.  Rest.  All of it!  As I write this morning I can hear the sounds of summer.  The cicadas are lending their voices, along with a chorus of birds, to the “Summer Song”.  The sprinkler rotating in a steady beat. read more

Waiting

June 19, 2017

Isaiah 40:31

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,  they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (RSV)

We all wait in this life.  As I write, I am sitting at the DMV office waiting to renew my license.  As I look around I see a variety of reactions to this seemingly unending wait.  I see angry faces, fidgeting, restlessness, and I even hear audible complaining about the wait, those commiserating with others about how awful this experience is.  Oh, I’m not judging. Trust me. I’ve reacted in a similar way before. I get it. It’s just that today, this is far from the wait that is on my heart and mind. read more

‘We Need More Wotr Prinsos’

13 Then the little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them; and the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me,and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of heaven ”belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19: 13-14

When our daughter Greta was little (she’s the one in the photo with the little girl dressed in a princess dress), I would tuck her in at night, give her a kiss and remind her that she is a princess. Many little girls want to be princesses at some point. They don pretty dresses and twirl and pretend to be princesses like they hear about in fairy tales. I wanted Greta to know that she ALREADY was a princess – a child of the King of Kings. Now what does this have to do with anything? Stay with me… read more

Intentionality: Lent, Easter and the Walk for Water

Regarding life together and getting along with each other, you don’t need me to tell you what to do. You’re God-taught in these matters. Just love one another! You’re already good at it; your friends all over the province of Macedonia are the evidence. Keep it up; get better and better at it. 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 The Message

In Spanish, lento = slow/ lentamente = slowly. Lent is the time to slow down. To reflect. To think on what might be getting in our way with our relationship with God and turn back toward Him. This is why we “give something up”. Whether it’s Netflix or chocolate or a myriad of other behaviors or things, the idea is that when we reflexively go to our “thing”, we are meant to have to slow down and remember and focus on Him. I don’t know about you, but I struggle with this. I LOVE the idea of it…but the practice of it is difficult for me. I set out to take time to slow down, pray more, spend more time being aware of God’s presence, and yet I’m left with “life”. Life doesn’t stop, so how can I possibly slow down? It takes a great deal of INTENTIONALITY on my part. I must intentionally set aside time for it to happen…or it just won’t. I have to schedule it into my calendar like a meeting or it won’t happen. Time just washes over me like the ocean over the sand. Anyone with me on this? read more

“It’s Just One of My Mess-Ups”

“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11 (The Message)

Where do I begin? How do I begin? Will anyone even care to read it? Who am I to do this? – Questions, doubts, excuses to not start. God has been working on me for years. I have loved my career as a high school teacher! I still do. Yet, God’s voice. Change. Shift. Change is scary! And exciting…yet scary!

God has been working on my husband and I too. Together through the years. We’ve flat out said “no, no thank you”. And then God got His way anyway! 🙂 When we entered into the filming of “For the Life of the World” we had no idea of God’s full plans. I’m not sure we do now either! (That’s the exciting part…and the scary part!). When we initially said “no” to that project (in an effort of being humble…saying “but it’s NOT about us”), I’ll never forget what God said to me. “You’re right…it’s NOT about you…it’s about ME and I want you to tell your story and reflect my glory”. read more