In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  John 1:1

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Body + Mind + Spirit

Idols distract me from keeping God as my First Love, from obeying His commands, and from rejoicing in His abundance.

Idol (noun): an object of extreme devotion

Traditionally, I had thought of idols primarily as people or addictions, but over time I have come to understand whatever occupies my mind has the potential to become an idol.   Read more…


See, I am doing a new thing! Isaiah 43:19

Renew (transitive verb): restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection; to make new spiritually; to make extensive changes in

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:18-19 ~ What is this “new thing” that God promises? I tried to find out by exploring the word RENEW.  Read more…

Family Life

Our purpose is to Love.

Purpose (noun): the reason why something is done; the aim or goal of a person

Knowing our purpose puts us in a mindset of constant praise, keeps us from worry, and provides a sense of direction.  Simply put, our purpose is to Love.  Read more…


Obey (verb): to follow the commands or guidance of; to comply with

On a colorful, sunny, autumn day twenty years ago in a small town in southeast Minnesota, a wedding ceremony took place.  Mine.  This one is dedicated to the twinkly-eyed groom who stood by my side that day…and every day since.  Read more…

Faith Formation

Has your relationship with Jesus made a big enough impact on your life that you talk about “before Christ”?

Before (preposition):  during the period of time preceding (an event, date, or time)

What are the big BEFORE moments in your life?  Before the first baby, before the cancer diagnosis, before the career change …?  Has your relationship with Jesus made a big enough impact on your life that you talk about “before Christ”? Read more…

Self-Control is inviting the Spirit into each decision and choosing to follow the Spirit’s guidance in that decision.

Self-Control (noun): restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires; to be in harmony with the will of God

One of the main reasons that God wants us to demonstrate self-control is because He wants other people to see Jesus in us.  Read more…


God Speaks

In what ways am I masquerading? The Lord sees through my masks. He created me to be uniquely me, not a fake someone else.

Masquerade (verb): to disguise oneself; assume the appearance of something one is not; pretend to be someone or something else

When I put on a mask, I cover up God’s creation.  How that must dishearten Him! He created me to be uniquely me, not put on a mask and be a fake someone else.  Read more…

Palm (noun): any of a family of mostly tropical monocotyledonous trees with a simple stem and terminal crown of large pinnate or fan-shaped leaves; a leaf of the palm as a symbol of victory or rejoicing; the concave part of the human hand

To know that God has me forever engraved on his palms – this belief is a place of security and strength for me. But is God inscribed on my own palm?  Read more…