• Faith,  Patience,  Trust the Process,  Trusting God,  Unexpected Series

    Unexpected Stops and Delays

    Several weeks ago, my daughters and I drove to my parents’ house for the weekend. My mom needed some strawberries so we stopped at a grocery store on the way. In order to get back onto the highway, we had to turn right while on an incline with a building to our left. There was another vehicle approaching so I waited until they had passed to turn. My children thought it was hysterical when the car behind me started beeping their horn as they did not feel I was moving fast enough. From their position behind me further down the incline with a view obscured by the building to the…

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    Unexpected: Blessings after the Battle

    By Leigh MacKenzie Have you ever worked hard for years on something and had it stolen or senselessly destroyed overnight? Ever felt the bile rise up in your throat from a personal injustice?   Or the tears stinging your eyes when you realize something you loved unexpectedly vanished? Read on, Beloved. This is a story of rising up after the unexpected comes knocking… The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10) It was a relaxing weekend that included family time, a biking coffee date with The Elder, singing for the worship team, and a…

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    Run to God in the Unexpected

    By Jodi Rosser I will never forget that night, the night my heart was shattered into a thousand pieces. The night my life took an unexpected turn.   Honestly, I did not want to believe what I was hearing. The weight of his words was unbearable.  Like a ton of bricks crashing over my body, his heavy words left me shocked and paralyzed.   With tears streaming down my face, I ran upstairs to call my accountability partner to share the heartbreaking news. I knew I would not be able to handle this alone. I needed her help. As the phone was dialing, I remembered our purposeful walks just months before.…

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    Unexpected: A Rekindled Passion

    By Becky Shields Recently, after taking a 12-year hiatus, I re-entered the work force. This was not something I was looking for and certainly came at an unexpected time. This was not something that I had a great desire to do. This was not even something that I ever thought that I would do again! I had enjoyed my career while it lasted but I was perfectly content being at home, schooling my youngest, volunteering at church, and acting as an Uber driver for my high schooler. I’ve loved being a stay at home mom intimately involved in my children’s lives. No part of me felt like I needed something…

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    Exploring Our Naaman Moments

    Prayer is essential to the Christian faith. We are told throughout Scripture to call out to the Lord and Jesus gives us several examples of this including The Lord’s Prayer and my personal favorite, John 17, in which Jesus prays for Himself and for all believers just before the crucifixion. In each of these examples, Jesus teaches us to pray within the will of God the Father. When it comes to prayer, I’ve prayed many prayers that I thought needed a certain answer. We can all relate to prayers of healing for a specific ailment, salvation of a loved one, or prayers for the sale of a home. These type…

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    Is Fear Holding You Back?

    Once upon a time I was a girl who always had a bike rack attached to her car. Where I went, my bike went just in case an unexpected opportunity arose. Then I had children, fracturing my tailbone with the birth of my second daughter. Riding a bike was out of the question. The pain would not allow it. It took two years, lots of activity modification, and 3 injections to feel semi-normal. Even then, continuing education classes and conferences were dreaded. The all-day sitting would bring back the pain for a week or more. I’ve avoided cycling ever since out of fear of exacerbating this old pain.  Read that…

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    Meeting Jesus at the Well

    What is one thing I have taken for granted recently? Hot water. A few weekends ago, our hot water heater stopped working. My husband attempted to coax it back to temporary life until we could get it replaced but to not avail. One week. That’s how long it took to replace our hot water heater. For one week, I heated multiple pots of water on our stove to warm the children’s bath each evening. I repeated this again for mine in the morning, and my husband showered using a basin of prepared hot water followed by a quick rinse with the cold shower head. We know we are blessed to…

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    Blessed Out Bitterness

    Many of you may already know this but many of you do not. I work full time as a physical therapist in a senior living community. I love my job for so many reasons but one of my favorite perks of working with seniors is access to the wealth of knowledge they possess.  I’ve worked in senior living for nearly ten years and I have received a plethora of wise counsel.  However, there are two pieces of advice that have really changed how I live my life. I want to tell you about one of those today. I have worked with several couples in their nineties who have been married…

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    Confidence of a Child

    Have you ever known a child with a favorite doll or stuffed animal?  My daughter received a stuffed dog from her Sunday school teachers after having her tonsils removed last summer.  She latched onto this one so quickly and has never looked back. He is an adorable, chocolate brown pup adequately named Cocoa. She has always had a favorite doll or stuffed animal to carry around as long as I can remember. However, Cocoa is obviously more special to her than any other. If you know my youngest daughter personally, chances are you have met Cocoa.  He goes EVERYWHERE she goes.  If she is reading on the sofa, Cocoa is…

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    Trusting the Author

    Friday nights are movie night in our house. It’s our way of unwinding from the hectic week and settling into the weekend. Not too long ago, we watched the Harry Potter series as my daughter finished each book. She’s an avid reader who reads for detail, often reading through each book two to three times. She knew every detail of this story prior to watching the movie. There is a scene where the three main characters are on a journey to destroy the power of the story’s villain. One character, Ron, misunderstands the intentions of the other two and leaves the group in anger. The female character is left distraught…

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