30 People, Day 14: Pastor Jeff

Shout-Out to Pastor Jeff, for all I learned in the season under your leadership. I had a pretty poor attitude about moving from a small home church to a traditional Baptist church when my family made that change, but God knew that’s right where I needed to be. So I thank you… For teaching us…

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30 People, Day 9: The Kenya Missionary

Shout-Out to Cyndy, the missionary who introduced me to Kenya. I’ll bet you never expected that your slideshow presentation to a Wednesday night church class of 4th grade girls would birth – in one of those girls – a life calling and passion for missions. But it did. I went home that night and told…

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What to Ask a Missionary

Working in full time camp ministry, of course our biggest “mission fields” are the 700+ campers who attend each summer, the adults and families who come for retreats, and our college-age summer staff. But in addition to these, we also have opportunity for ministry to those who come to serve with us — short term…

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Creation and Me

It’s so beautiful out tonight. God, I just want to praise You! How can I help but praise and thank You when I look out at this… This beauty, this majesty… This creativity, this complexity, This reflection of Your glory, that shouts of who You are. And God, a night like this reminds me that,…

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What Matters in the Marching Mess

I have kept my mouth shut this past weekend regarding Trump’s inauguration and the Women’s March… largely because I’ve been processing, figuring out what I feel about it, organizing my response in my mind before blurting it out my mouth. I’ve kept quiet because I didn’t want to simply jump on the nearest bandwagon, or…

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Respect {longings of a girl’s heart}

Does this title bring a certain song to mind for anyone else? R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me… Sorry for getting that stuck in your head! Trust me, it’ll be stuck in mine now, too. It might seem trivial, but this really is something women want. In a world where we are often…

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Adventure & Travel {longings of a girl’s heart}

Okay, so I can’t honestly say that every woman wants to travel, because I simply don’t think it’s true. Many girls are very content to stay close to home and live a quiet life. The mere thought of flying on an airplane or living overseas gives them shivers. No thank you, I’ll keep my adventures here…

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A Part in a Bigger Story {longings of a girl’s heart}

Not only do we seek our purpose – the thing we were made for – but often we long for that purpose, and our lives, to be somehow… Significant. Vital. Instrumental. Part of a bigger story, beyond ourselves. I’m going to allow John and Stasi Eldredge to speak again on this one: There is much…

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Who Do I Stand With?

Following the shooting in Orlando this past weekend, my Facebook feed has been a bit chaotic — as it always is following any kind of tragedy. Everyone has their opinions, their words of encouragement, their arguments, and their “supportive” profile pictures. This time, it’s a sticky situation for Christians, because the shooting was at a…

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On Women’s Day…

Today is International Women’s Day. If you live in the United States, you’re probably not super familiar with this custom, but it is recognized and celebrated as a national holiday in at least 36 countries around the world. We are women… so what does this holiday mean for us? A Bit of Background I found…

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