Just a Change of Scenery

I was talking to a missionary friend of mine a couple weeks back.  For her and her family, this is a new adventure, but the honeymoon period is wearing off.  They’re now used to the un-American plumbing, the native grocery shopping, and the too-small taxis for their tall American frames.  They’re still learning the language, […]

Flooding, Frustration, and a New Patio Set

>Many places in North Dakota are under water right now with more to come. Medora was one of those places, but it looks as if the river is under control now. They say the worst is over, but for many, the worst is now upon them. Sifting through the mess. Wondering where to begin. Bottles […]

Answering the Call

>I’ve never met a leader who’s not had to count the cost of answering the call. In order to live in the sweet spot of who they are and what God has graced them to be able to do and accomplish, they’ve had to say no to some pretty great opportunities along the way. But […]

If You Can’t Say Somethin’ Nice . . .

>Sometimes I wish God would just make me mute whenever I’m about to say something I shouldn’t. I’d open my mouth to say the inappropriate thing that my brain convinces my mouth needs to be said and . . . silence. That would be heavenly! Or maybe, just as my mouth is beginning to form […]

Is God Bigger Than Christianity?

>Some would say yes, definitely. Others say no, certainly not. But Christianity is so small, and God is so big. Christianity doesn’t answer all my questions about God. It surely doesn’t solve all my problems and sometimes the religion part of it even creates more hassles than I can even handle. But I do cherish […]

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Lent

>Wednesday, March 9th is Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday kicks off 40 days of Lent. Lent is the journey of repentance, sacrifice, and penitence that culminates in the acceptance and acknowledgment of the Grace of Easter. Lent is about our awareness of sin, identifying with Jesus, and recognizing our need for a Saviour, even today. It […]

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The Holy Spirit — A Merry Maid

> Merry Maids promise to come to your house and spiffy it up for you, maintaining a smile and a cheery disposition. Not unlike the Holy Spirit. Yesterday I imagined God as carrying a broom, a dustpan, and a cleaning caddy complete with a feather duster, rags, and an assortment of sprays and various other […]

Heartland Conference–Wes Bartel

> Wes Bartel – Session 1 from Heartland Ministry Network on Vimeo. He says everything I ever want to say, better than I ever could. As I watched this video, I took two pages of notes and couldn’t stop myself from saying things like,“Hallelujah!”, “So True!”, “Right On!”, “Yes, Yes!” . . . over and […]

TRUE RELIGION: Taking Pieces of Heaven to Places of Hell on Earth

> I’ve had this book on my shelf for a couple of months and finally got around to reading it just a little over a week ago. It’s a fairly short book and easy to read, but it took me a while to get through it. I couldn’t stop weeping. Seriously, I grabbed it up […]

A Past Prayer

>Nearly 8 years ago, I was sitting on the floor at the chapel altar, tears streaming down my face, heart wide open before God. I felt Him leading me out of myself and out of my comfort zone, asking me to risk it big for Him. I was saying yes . . . on one […]

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