stories from the church front

You got this

GREATNESS IN SHOWING UP Take a minute and think of someone great. What made him or her so great? When I think of greatness, I think of a bus driver from over 35 years ago during my Sunday school and Vacation Bible School (VBS) days – actually, there were 4 men who shared this job. […]

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It’s just almond oil

Like every other household this season, our family was hit with the flu.  Elle, our youngest, got it twice, along with a ruptured ear drum, keeping us from our regular routine for almost three weeks.  The break from extracurriculars was nice.  The next two weeks looked a little something like this:  Tylenol – Motrin – sleep […]

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The weary soul refreshes

Refresh. I love this word.  Practically speaking, what does it even look like to refresh? Quite possibly … a quick nap on the couch the gathering of hands around the dinner table talking with my husband after a long day’s work a glass of water with the perfect number of ice cubes getting together with […]

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Seek Me

A word came to me. In the midst of the mundane, these words came… “Do you know how amazing you are? I am so sorry for all that you’ve been through. You are lovely. You are admirable. You are a leader. I want healing for you both inside and out. Walls are thick around your […]

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Beauty in the pause

Yesterday afternoon, my younger two kiddos embraced the sunny fall outdoors while big sis was at play practice.  Dawson picked up our only blue rake and went to work, redirecting the fallen leaves to the ravine.  Soon, neighborhood kids joined in with their rakes. Little Elle placed her tiny hands on the handle of the […]

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Just sit, Momma.

I remember when my awesome Dawson was 7.  He’s 10 now and just as persistent. I recall a moment with clarity and humility when he followed me around our home begging me to sit down. “Come on, mom.  Mommmm.  Come on.  Can you sit down?  I really want to give you a nice, relaxing foot massage. […]

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A joy of full measure

Elle Grace.  Her name means “woman (girl) of JOY”. She leads our family forth in gladness.  She climbs onto our laps with book in hand, grinning and grunting the familiar ask, “Can you read me a book?”  Elle hasn’t learned about “circumstantial” joy (in its fullness) and I hope she never will.  But the fact […]

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Tea of humility

I recently attended a tea party with Hannah, my 12-year-old daughter. It was lovely. What wasn’t lovely was the (before) process of getting ready that left me sporting a tween outfit for the tea. Let me explain. Several days before the event, I went shopping for Hannah’s outfit with two requirements: pink and tween-ish. I […]

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Perfection became my prison

Last month, I shared my first solo message at Overflow Church [sermon series: Windows]. A deep unsettling grew on the inside of me as Sunday drew near. Everything in me said NO, but I showed up and after I began sharing my heart, the unsettling turned into an unwavering excitement as God gave me the […]

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Good grief {Charlie Brown!}

Grief is not fun. Yesterday marked the first day of a {new normal} for my family as we said goodbye to a child, a sibling, a grandchild, a friend, a cousin, and for me… my sweet niece, Rashel. She was courageous ‘til the end, mustering up strength from her hospital bed to smile while familiar […]

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