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He Gets It

Do you ever feel like no one understands what you are going through?  I do!  Like your friends or even your family just don’t get it?  Me, again! The other morning heading to work I was feeling a little weary, a little hurt, a little angry a little a lot of things, I guess.  I was thinking about someone who I am frustrated with.  I guess I felt let down by this individual and I felt justified in my feelings. [...]

Embraced by Grace

I haven’t always gone to church. I have found church to be both a place that is inviting, beautiful and healing (like it is today) and I have also found it to be a place of  a lot of rules and judgment. My first experience that I can remember with church was in 6th grade. My mom and I moved from Bellingham to Redmond. My first day at school I met my best friend. This is how the story goes… [...]

A Surprising Wholeness

“If the Lord had not been for us”…Psalm 124 Yesterday, as I pondered by these words, my mind retraced the many times God has literally saved my life. A home break-in. A mountain climbing slip. Running blind in the dark. A high-speed car accident. If the Lord had not been for me…wow. I thought of the many other ways God has saved (the Greek word sozo often translated in Enlish as “saved” means wholeness; healing) me from my own brokenness. [...]

“Am I Not Still There?”

Rising early one morning, unable to sleep, I crawled out of bed and tiptoed downstairs. As I walked past the breakfast nook window, I stopped to view the beautiful and unexpected sight before me. The full moon, in all its brightness, shone like a marquee; puffs of big white clouds surrounded the moon like a frame and highlighted its beauty. The mountains in the background completed the picture. I stood in awe. Closing my eyes, expressions of praise and thanksgiving [...]

People Loving People

Those moments that change your life, that make you feel loved. On October 1 I was in the hospital. Visitors could only come between 7 and 8 pm. Angela Craig graciously came to visit me. I was in need of a visitor and needed a momma's touch. You see my mom was 4 hours away and unable to visit. As I poured my heart out, Angela at one point grabbed hold of my hands and just loved on me. She [...]

What would you do if you knew your call was irrevocable?

Every day, I listen to women’s stories of frustration as they bump the illusive glass ceiling. Women who know they are gifted, skilled, and called to lead, but can’t seem to find an opportunity, be promoted, receive equal pay, or get paid at all. I understand this frustration, because I have been there. It is painful and makes you want to quit. The interesting thing is, God promises that “his gifts and his call are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29 NIV). So where [...]

Relinquishing Anxious Thoughts

By Rosemarie Kowalski Search me, God, and know my heart;     test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me,     and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 NIV Morning. It should be a new beginning. A fresh start. And often it is. But once in a while, I wake with a stiff neck or clenched jaw from the worries or cares that have occupied my mind while I slept. [...]

Finding Holy Ground in Hard Places

By Heidi Keeler I don't like hard things. I wish I did. I wish I could say I look forward to a battle, that I relish the challenge of something that pushes me to my limits.  But I don't.  I like things that turn out exactly how I envisioned them or even better. I like it when everything falls right into place and goes according to my plans. When I can accomplish my goals and see progress being made in [...]

Empowered: An Introduction the the Holy Spirit

By Charity Rattray I recently spoke on the gifts of the Holy Spirit at a women’s retreat.  The day before I spoke I decided to take the scriptures about the Holy Spirit and write an introduction to the Giver of the Gifts. Each sentence you read below is taken directly from God’s Holy word.  You may understand how a gift is more treasured, when you actually know the giver.  Please allow me to introduce the Holy Spirit. I am the [...]

Retired with Christ

By Kristin Clouse   This week I have been reading Brother Lawrence's writings and I have found myself once again challenged. This challenge is one of those that goes to your core, to the core of who I am, what I believe, and has challenged me to do some deep introspective work within myself. In Practicing His Presence we read "I cannot imagine how a Christian can live a satisfied Christian experience without the practice of being in the presence of Christ. For my part, [...]

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