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Places & Spaces

Have you ever said, “I just don’t have a place where I fit.” OR “There isn’t enough space for anything else!”  Most of us have desperately blurted out these phrases while looking in the mirror at our exhausted faces or while thumbing through our bulging calendars.  The desire to have the type of relationship with Jesus we want is often overshadowed by the demands of our schedule. However, many times we manufacture hardships unnecessarily.  Jesus creates places and spaces  for [...]

Tips to Finding Your Word of the Year

Over the past few years there has been a movement of change in how we view the new year coming in and our focus. For many, New Year’s Day is about resolutions, goals we plan to focus on for the upcoming year. The down side of resolutions is that we often set ourselves up for failure instead of new beginnings. With resolutions we focus on what we need to change, what is wrong, or habits we need to do no [...]


I recently left a small pile of jewelry on the bathroom counter for my husband to fix for me. I went through a week or so where every time I wore a piece of jewelry I lost a piece of the bracelet or necklace. They, of course,  are my favorites and literally get a lot of wear and tear. My husband said he would reattach all the pieces for me and jokingly quipped “You are just leaving a little charm [...]

5 Ways to Make Stress Work in Your Favor

Stress is an alert system. Stress is your built in warning system that something needs your attention. Just like your car has warnings that alert you that something may be wrong, or needs maintenance soon, stress alerts you that you need to pay attention to your body & environment. It gives you a chance to react to it before things get potentially worse. Letting stress go uncontrolled leads to more emotional chaos, physical symptoms and illness. Left unchecked, small stresses [...]

The Waiting

“…Because His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness…Therefore I have hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.” Lamentations 3:22-24 Waiting. The pain of infertility is often found in the waiting. I waited 4 years to get pregnant with my first. I waited a year before I was pregnant with my second. And now, I’m at 15 months. Almost a year and a half of waiting to get pregnant with our [...]


Ah, those dreaded initials that scream commitment.  Do they make anyone else instantly sweat?  What do they even mean?!  According to Wikipedia , “It is an initialism derived from the French phrase Répondez s'il vous plaît meaning 'Please respond'” Many times these initials are at the end of an invitation of some sort be it a wedding, baby shower, or party.  For me, often times they are a source of indecision and stress! An invitation is a request for us to be [...]

Hello, my name is…

Hello!!!  My name is Kelli Best and it is great to meet you!  I wanted to introduce myself to you.  Bill and I currently serve as lead pastors at Bethlehem Chapel in Ephrata, WA.  We have been here for the last eight years.  I serve as the team leader for BONDED Women’s Ministry, serve on the worship team, and help teach the three and four year olds on Wednesday nights.  Bill and I have been married for 28 years and [...]

Turtle Like Tendencies

I’m sure you’re all familiar with the old adage, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”  I get the heart of this message and agree with it, truly this world does not need another voice joining the chorus of negativity, whining, complaining or insult throwing.  Beyond that, I try to be a person that if I am speaking I am hoping it is to add to the equation and not subtract. A couple of months of [...]

I am sorry I interrupted you but I had something important to say…lessons I have learned about silence.

How would you like to “read” 12 books this year without even owning a book?  Each week we post videos of our reflections on the book of the month a. This month, we are learning the “9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations”. Here is one of the videos we posted this week on the equipHER Facebook page – the art of listening. Please join us anytime, you are an important part of the conversation! “I was just trying to be encouraging.” [...]


We are connected. We all have a place in this vast, beautiful tapestry called Humanity, and we are all connected through the sustaining threads of relationship and belonging. We become woven together in our tightly-knitted communities built on Story. We share our stories of where we are, where we have been, and where we long to go so that we can be known, be seen, and belong. Within all of us is a longing for connection and purpose. We yearn [...]

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