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mul·ti·fac·et·ed

I am excited to be launching my blog again – with a new look and a new purpose! If I were to describe my life, I would probably use the word mul·ti·fac·et·ed. The dictionary defines multifaceted as having many different qualities or features. When I read that, I thought “That’s me.” My life has so many different ‘facets’ – serving God and my church, loving my family, leading others, teaching, speaking, and writing are just a few of the  ...

Blog, Faith, Leadership, Life, Ministry

A Blessing of Second Chances

A couple of weeks ago I shared the story of the lady we took in during the big snowstorm. Having lived in her car for the past few months, she hugged me with tears in her eyes as we showed her upstairs to her room because she got to have a hot shower and a warm bed to sleep in. Dan and I decided to let her stay with us for awhile and help her get back on her feet. She expressed gratitude for getting a chance to start over – to get a  ...

Blog, Faith, Life

Paying Attention

Do you ever think about all the things you pay attention to? What about the things you don’t? I recently heard a statistic that 87% of all we think about is ourselves! We may act like we are paying attention to other people and try to look interested, but the truth is we usually are thinking about ‘us.’ This morning while having breakfast, I was visiting with the lady who is staying with us during this winter blizzard. A  ...

Blog, Faith, Life, LifeQuest Church, Ministry

Homeless in Winter

A couple of weeks ago after church I was able to pray with someone who was going through some pretty tough struggles. As I spent time in conversation, I learned she didn’t have a job and was living out of her car. It’s easy to say the words, “God will work everything out,” (and I do know that He will) but that’s hard to hear when it’s the dead of winter and you are staying in laundry mats until they close  ...

Blog, Faith, Leadership, Life

No Assumptions. No Regrets

I just read this blog by Tim Stevens and thought it was well worth posting…… We live our lives based on a series of assumptions. Those assumptions are built on our previous life experiences. For example, we assume a great deal about other drivers. We assume they will stay on their side of the center line as we fumble with our phone or change the radio station. We assume they will respect a red light as we blow through a green  ...

Blog, Family, Life

A Mom’s Gratitude

I remember the first time I ever REALLY appreciated the fact that God is continuously and simultaneously present throughout the whole of creation – that He is with me in the middle of the North American continent in the western hemisphere and yet He also is on the other side of the world! Dan and I were on a trip in the southern part of the US and as I prayed one morning for each of my kids by name, it hit me. One was on the west  ...

Blog, Family, Life

My Husband

Last night was date night! Neither of us could decide where to have dinner, so we settled on my favorite spot “Jose Pepper’s.” After a very busy and emotionally draining week, I was looking forward to Friday date night with my husband. We met in college and became great friends from the very beginning. l loved his authenticity – no pretense with him. What you see is what you get. He loves God not just in word or at  ...