ImportanceofBibleStudy, Jesus in Everyday Life, Matthew, My 15 Minutes

My 15 Minutes: Matthew 7:24-27: Sunshine and Thunderheads

We had some of the strangest weather yesterday. It started out with a constant misty-drizzle, everything was drippy and dreary. Then a few hours later, the sun came out displaying one of my favorite things: sunshine glittering off raindrops still clinging to the grass and trees. Everything looked bright and exciting, fresh and clean, holding… Continue reading My 15 Minutes: Matthew 7:24-27: Sunshine and Thunderheads

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When Crap Spews

Life lessons learned from a main line clog to our septic.

Devotionals, ImportanceofBibleStudy, Psalm 100, Why We Should Thank God

Psalm 100, Part 1: Our God, Our Creator

I am in awe of the young woman before me. Over the last several years I’ve had the privilege of mentoring her and loving her like a daughter. And just recently she’s discovered a passion for Jesus that knows no bounds. She’s experienced His grace and healing in profound ways; and therefore, has every reason… Continue reading Psalm 100, Part 1: Our God, Our Creator

31 Day Challenge 2017, ImportanceofBibleStudy, Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story

Day 28 of 31 Days of Seeing Jesus in Your Daily Life: Importance of Community

Today I joined a gym. Before you ask “How long is this going to last?” Know I’ve already asked myself that at least a dozen times. I’ve read the Scriptures commanding me to take care of my body more times than I can count. And every single time, I’ve felt the Spirit spur me to… Continue reading Day 28 of 31 Days of Seeing Jesus in Your Daily Life: Importance of Community

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Day 2 of 31 Days Of Seeing Jesus in Your Daily Life: The Parable of the Apple Tree

In Minnesota, Fall is the season to transition from boating, camping, and catching fireflies to snowmobiling, ice fishing, and catching snowflakes. It’s one of my favorite seasons because it’s a total package: Football, quilts, and apple cider; campfires, colorful leaves, and cooler temperatures; layered outfits, scarves, and cute boots. But it wasn’t until I met… Continue reading Day 2 of 31 Days Of Seeing Jesus in Your Daily Life: The Parable of the Apple Tree

Devotionals, ImportanceofBibleStudy, My Story, Reflect

I Was In A Mood

Ever have one of those days? You know what I mean, those days you wake up...in a mood. The attitude you went to bed with steeped all night to produce a potent concoction. It’s not just a grumpy mood quickly fixed by a cup of coffee. No, this mood has the power to take your… Continue reading I Was In A Mood

Deuteronomy, Devotionals, ImportanceofBibleStudy

Deuteronomy 1:20-21: Do Not Be Afraid! Do Not Be Discouraged

As the old man continues his talk, he turns toward the screen with his arms open wide. His booming voice echoes off the canyon walls. The sound vibrations resonate in your chest as his words invade your heart. You can’t help but look over the horizon. And even though the view is different from the… Continue reading Deuteronomy 1:20-21: Do Not Be Afraid! Do Not Be Discouraged

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Deuteronomy 1:6-8: Borders of Freedom

When the next slide illuminates the screen, you see a map of the Promised Land. Not the land per se, but its borders, its boundaries. Your heart slams against your rib cage as you consider this is the land your parents refused to enter, and the land you and all those around you get to… Continue reading Deuteronomy 1:6-8: Borders of Freedom

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Deuteronomy 1:6-7a: Time to Move Out

As the next slide clicks into place, you shift slightly to ward off stiffness and think, "this message isn't quite what I expected. I was expecting a pep fest, a locker room rouser—not a history lesson." But you’re still captivated. Maybe it's the old man's cadence. Maybe because you feel like each word is spoken… Continue reading Deuteronomy 1:6-7a: Time to Move Out

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Deuteronomy 1: 5-6a: Reflection, Not Condemnation

The old man begins to speak, his voice strong and resonant. Everyone can hear him clearly. No one needs to strain. The atmosphere is electric with excitement—you’re finally going to enter the Promised Land! Yet the reality of this being the old man’s Swan Song covers everything with a wet blanket. No one speaks or… Continue reading Deuteronomy 1: 5-6a: Reflection, Not Condemnation