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It Takes Humility and Empathy

In yesterday’s devotional, we read eight ways to open the door to honest conversation. Today, I want to look at the first three: 1)         Simply be a listener. 2)        Don’t try to fix them or the situation. 3)        Be present. So often in our conversations (with anyone), we don’t really listen—we just […]

Begin the Conversation

Several months ago, I was volunteering at GrowthTrack and met a wonderful and amazing woman named C.C. She had a smile that warmed my heart, and I was instantly drawn to her. She has such a heart for God. Occasionally, we would see each other at the Creek, where we would hug and chat for […]

On the Journey

We are all on a journey. Our life’s journey includes twists and turns—and through each one, we learn, grow, and even change course. I’m thankful for the bold and courageous decision our church leaders made when they chose to open the door for a conversation about racism. Racism is messy, but as Lead Pastor Ben […]

“How can we live in such a place?”

This weekend, Barb Roose quoted Corrie ten Boom, who said, “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God, you’ll be at rest.” We can all learn from Corrie ten Boom’s life. She loved people and had compassion for those around her who […]

More Than Religion

What happens when a relationship becomes convenient? We tend to close ourselves off from giving and receiving the right kind of love. The same rings true when we compartmentalize our spirituality. Breaking our faith down into the category of “religion,” particularly formal ceremonies and rules,  may shield us but won’t deliver us from the darkness. […]

Unmatched Loyalty

It is amazing, the opportunities presented each day—both good and bad. Wouldn’t it be great if we could restart our bad days before they really turned awful? As soon as something negative happens, resist thinking, “It’s going to be one of THOSE days!” Instead, change the way you think before the (inevitable) next terrible thing […]

An Attitude of Gratitude

Exodus 16:4           Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions. In […]

They’re Back!!!!

I have a great life! I live in a beautiful condo on a golf course across from Maumee Bay. I am married to a generous, funny, supportive man. I get to spend winters in Florida near my daughter and her family. But this morning I woke up and saw a mayfly on my window and […]