Summer of Known Unknowns

By Courtney Anderson I still get giddy thinking about spending a summer at a Summer Training Program. I remember the deep friendships, the ridiculous shenanigans, the stretching workplace environment. Most importantly, I remember the deepening and strengthening of my roots in Christ through so many memorable messages, workshops, Bible studies, team discussions, and discipleship meetings. It’s invigorating to even reminisce!  But with those eager and … Continue reading Summer of Known Unknowns

Rooted in Hope During Transition

Some years ago God closed the door to a new ministry opportunity leaving me (and my husband) in a season of waiting. It was a challenging transition, and I regret that I often responded more out of fear and impatience than faith. I wish I could say that my reaction was a fluke, and that generally, I’ve figured out how to manage change gracefully. Unfortunately, … Continue reading Rooted in Hope During Transition

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“I can’t wait to be in the courtyards of the Lord’s temple.  I really want to be there.  My whole being cries out for the living God.” (Psalm 84:2)  By Dana Yeakley 18 months ago: After strolling through the florescent lit aseptic cancer wing with my two-year-old granddaughter, Emma, we entered her sister’s room. Fully garnished with cards, gifts and drawings from little friends the … Continue reading Up

Preaching the Gospel to Myself Every Day

By Lindy Black “Am I loved? Does someone see me? Do I matter? Am I safe?” Shauna Niequist’s words in her new book, Present over Perfect, could be my own as she describes the “cavernous ache” we all experience deep in our hearts. The Gospel throughout the Scripture answers with power and certainty – YES, in Christ Jesus!  But until recently, I had not tapped … Continue reading Preaching the Gospel to Myself Every Day

Who Am I: The Problem with Bearing Fruit

Like many others last December we put up a tree in our family room and tortured our curious offspring with wrapped gifts under its branches. They obsessed over the pretty packages and counted down the hours, days, weeks, eternities until they could unwrap them. I wrestled with teaching my kids how to enjoy the blessings of Christmas without losing the meaning behind it all. And … Continue reading Who Am I: The Problem with Bearing Fruit

The Funnel – A Helpful Illustration on Purity

My elementary school playground was on the corner of a very busy intersection. Like most playgrounds, it had a climbing apparatus and swings, a blacktop to play hopscotch and four square, and a kickball field all located in the center of a protective 12-foot fence.  There was safety and fun in the center of the playground.  Yet, there was a handful of kids who would … Continue reading The Funnel – A Helpful Illustration on Purity

Laboring for a Lifetime: 4 Insights from Debby Maschhcoff

Before we dive into the post from Debby, here is a short introduction: It seems that people who are creative always seem to find a way to create.  Similarly, people who are great hosts and/or hostesses always seem to figure out how to throw a killer party.  So it is with laborers as described in Matthew 9…they always seem to figure out how to labor.  … Continue reading Laboring for a Lifetime: 4 Insights from Debby Maschhcoff

The Stuff Gap: Contemplating Comparison

I loved coming home on furlough. And, I hated coming home on furlough. I loved being home and seeing friends.  And, I hated seeing the stuff my friends had accumulated! It seemed that every friend I reunited with on furlough wanted to take me on a tour of their home. I loved to see what they owned.  Their homes were so beautiful.  But, something tugged … Continue reading The Stuff Gap: Contemplating Comparison