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Blog, Family, Just Fun

Happy Birthday

This is the letter I wrote to Lincoln 2 years ago today – the day he was born! Dear Lincoln, We just arrived at the hospital room. Your Mom has been awake all night with contractions. They just began the drops of potosin to induce labor. You are two weeks overdue today! Grandma Jonalin, Aunt Jamie and Aunt Jill are here with you and then there’s me, Grandma K. We are so excited to meet you. I can’t tell you how excited we were as we  ...

Leadership, Ministry

Life Change

Several years ago Dan and I were able to lead a team of people on a mission trip to the Word of Life Bible institute in Belem, Brazil. While every mission trip is life changing, some become the cornerstones of changing life direction. Brazil was that kind of trip. Working under the leadership of missionary, Gary Parker, his intense passion for lost people along the Amazon River began to stir a fire in our hearts. He talked about the time his  ...

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, LifeQuest Church, Ministry

LifeQuest Staff

Spent 9 hours today sitting around the table with our church staff. We evaluated, planned and dreamed about what God has in store for LifeQuest Church in 2011. Every week this group of people spends hours preparing for the weekend worship experience, following up with guests, volunteers, life groups and more. Under the leadership of Pastor Chris, we seek to help those in need and keep things running smoothly throughout the week. We are all  ...