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My Affair with Journaling

It all began at the age of 12.  As I opened my presents on Christmas Eve, one gift was going to change my life.  It was a small dark green diary with its very own tiny gold key.  I could hardly wait until January 1 arrived so I could begin writing in it.  New to the art of journaling, I recorded everything from my favorite 45rpm records to insecurities about friendships and boys to the meals I ate which often included french fries,  ...

Blog, Books, Faith, Inspiration

It’s Time!

It all started in January of last year. There were some things God put on my heart and I couldn’t seem to shake them.  I’m not sure if it was because my life was so full already and I didn’t need to add ‘one more thing.’ Or maybe I just thought the promptings would go away.  Or maybe it wasn’t ‘really’ the prompting of God’s Spirit speaking to my heart.  Maybe I wasn’t even sure where to begin.  Whatever it was, here I am  ...

Blog, Faith, Featured, Inspiration, Leadership, Life

A Fly In The Perfume

Hundreds of years ago lived a king named Solomon. One night God spoke to Solomon in a dream and asked him to make a wish.  God not only granted Solomon’s request for wisdom, but God also made him the richest king who ever lived.  Solomon later wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, which is a sort of blog about his journey for purpose and fulfillment. In fact, we still quote some of Solomon’s sayings.  There is nothing new under the sun, Everything  ...

Blog, Family, Featured, Inspiration, Life

Lessons From An Oak Tree

I loved spending summers on my grandparents’ farm.  Grandpa was a dairy farmer, so his day began way before sunrise.  I recall hearing him head out the back door and down the path by the smoke house where he would milk the cows and later bring in fresh milk for breakfast.  After that eggs were to be gathered and bacon was brought in from the smokehouse. I can still hear sound of bacon sizzling and smell the homemade biscuits cooking on the  ...

Blog, Inspiration, Ministry, The Sending Project

Impacting Communities in Kansas City

It’s been a little over a month since I joined the staff at The Sending Project. I have had lots of people ask me what my new role is and what The Sending Project (TSP) is all about! One of the things I get to do as Operations Director is to help organize events around the KC area which help to build missional awareness and community among churches. One of these events is called a Network Gathering. At our most recent event, churches from  ...

Adventure, Blog, Faith

Embracing A New Opportunity

Every day is a new opportunity, another chance, a new beginning. I have found this to be true in my life over and over again. When we choose to follow Jesus, life becomes an exciting adventure! He is the One who knows the future and the One who holds the future. He is the One who loves us so much that He can’t keep His eyes off of us. He always has our best interest in mind and desires to walk with us in a very personal way on our life’s  ...

Blog, Dream Chaser, Inspiration

What Is Your One Thing?

One reason people don’t make progress toward their goals is that they get overwhelmed at the enormity of the tasks! You may have heard the expression ‘You can eat an elephant if you take one bite at a time.’ In other words, if you have a goal you want to accomplish, you need a step by step approach that breaks down the journey from here to there in doable chunks. Someone once said “Small things done over time will  ...