Seeing Justice Through the Lens of the Bible

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In our home, Rob and I have taught our girls two things since they were small. 1. Love Jesus. 2. Love people. Everything we have done with them as a family since is because we love Jesus and love people. It’s not complicated, and never has been. We didn’t tuck them in bed at night […]

When We Suffer…

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“But God is the God of the waves and the billows, and they are still His when they come over us; and again and again we have proved that the overwhelming thing does not overwhelm. Once more by His interposition deliverance came. We were cast down, but not destroyed.” ~Amy Carmichael  Amy Carmichael was a […]

The Flowing Grace of Now

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I will never forget the impact of the words flowing over and into me as my friend read me quotes from Macrina’s book a few years ago. I was at a place and space in my life where I needed input, healing and direction.  Somehow, her words landed in my soul, sunk deeply, and took […]

Hearing God’s Voice

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How to Share Words From God in a safe, wholesome, God-honoring way. The one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort” (1 Corinthians 14:3). Prophecy. Pretty much every time I think of the word, I think of some negative or scary thing someone has told me came from God, such as, […]

Comings and Goings: Why Endings and beginnings in the church world can be difficult, and how I have learned to navigate changes with dignity and strength.

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When you leave a church and have been in that church’s active ministry, it’s hard.  It’s hard, because so many people misunderstand.  It’s hard because people tell people what they heard, leaving a long and confused string of thoughts and ideas about why the leavers left.   It’s hard because it is a loss-both to the leaver and to the stay-er.  The sense of loss on either end no doubt can be measured by the investment of time in the place, and the people of the church.

The Sunset Tree

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The Sunset Tree, in all its brilliance, has held so many rainbows high on the horizon, so many sunsets in the forever stretching western Kansas sky. The weight of that glory from a million sunsets and a few hundred rainbows was too heavy, as the trees arms grew tired with wind whistling at her back […]