Hard Pressed

We’d been hit. I watched as the color drained from my husband’s face (and for him with his ruddy complexion… this was definitely worth noticing.) Nothing could have prepared us for the bomb that dropped on us that day. (Okay, not a literal bomb… it was completely figurative… but it might have well as been…

Joys in Planting

Although planting is difficult, and sometimes crazy, there are joys that come from growing a new church. 1)People Take Ownership Something amazing happens when people in your new church see gaps.  And by gaps, I mean areas that need help.  Soon, they’re asking you, “Where can I help?” or they just roll their sleeves up…

Cancer in a Plant. And Its Cure.

Cancer. It is the stuff that grows right under our noses without even a shout or snicker to alert us to its presence.  It morphs and grows into killer potential but still stays silent.  Waiting.  Just waiting for the church to discover it. We, however, continue to ebb and flow in life… picking up forgotten communion…

Never Retreat

Spiritual warfare. It’s one of those things that is almost hush-hush in the Christian community.  Even as a minister’s wife, I am sometimes hesitant to bring it up. But it’s real.  And still at work in this world. One of the things that has affected me the most this last year have been the attacks…

He Will Provide Rest (If You Let Him)

Mark 6:30-31 “The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught. Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat.”   After this past year, when people ask…