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Speaking from the heart... This morning I learned that one way you live out your faith is through hospitality. The original Greek word in the Bible for hospitality comes from two root words meaning love and strangers. Reading Acts 2:42-47, it is clear that the first century church got together...daily. In fellowship with God, and in fellowship with one another. Fellowship. Showing strangers love, giving of your self. I love to entertain...when I have the time...when the house is Continue Reading …

Free Digital Stamp – True Love Story

I have something very special to share with you today...a freebie that is on my Facebook page! Today is my husband's and my 15th wedding anniversary, and I woke up with an image idea...and I thought it would be nice to give it away for a limited time. So you have all weekend to download "True Love" for FREE! If you already "Like" my Facebook page, just click on the Welcome Tab at the top of the page (grey star) for the download link. If you are new to my Facebook page, I hope you will Continue Reading …

Sunday Solitude ~ Seasick

Last week, my family and our visiting family took a cruise of Pictured Rocks Lakeshore—something we have done many times on our own, when the lake is calm, in my dad’s small fishing boat. This time we were on the tour boat, and the swells were 3-4 feet. I wasn’t worried one bit, even though I tend to get motion sickness. We had just hiked to Mosquito Beach earlier in the day. It is part of the lakeshore that the tour boat goes by. You can see by the photo I took, the water wasn’t all that rough. Continue Reading …

In Our Father’s Hands

Sunday Solitude for June 20“In His hand is the life of every living thing, the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:10 rsv“With Him are wisdom and strength, the deceived and deceiver are His.” Job 12:16 rsvI was given some wonderful solitude yesterday morning. My 8 year old was still sleeping after a late night of roasting marshmallows and catching fireflies. My 5 year old had spent the night at my parents, and my husband and 3-year-old were fishing. I grabbed a Bible and a cup of coffee and sat next Continue Reading …

Is Willpower Really Powerful?

Sunday SolitudeAs February comes to a close today, I am wondering how people are doing with their New Year’s Resolutions. At my Women’s Small Group/Bible Study, we joke that our New Year’s Resolution is to not pick blueberries in January. :) I am proud to say that I was able to stick to that one this year! I ate a lot of blueberries from our freezer, but I didn’t pick any new ones.My other resolutions I’m just now getting around to. They are my usual goals--get organized and start Continue Reading …

Winds of Grace

Today's Sunday Solitude is a quote that I really needed to reflect on this week:"Believe God's Word and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your Rock is Christ, and it isn't that Rock that ebbs and flows--but your sea." ~ Samuel RutherfordAnd the quote used in this card: "The winds of grace are always blowing, but it is ours to set the sails."The stamps used are © Stampin' Up! Winds of Grace and Sanded.I colored the image--created the sunset, sky, and sea with Prisma Continue Reading …

Seasons of Life

Sunday SolitudeI was flipping through my photos on my computer and cannot help but notice how different the seasons look here in Munising, MI.This is City Dock on Lake Superior as it looks right now (taken 3 days ago). To me it looks quiet, cold, and lonely, but also a little bit peaceful. Looking at this photo, it's hard to image how much activity revolves around this place in the summer unless you have been here to witness it.Here is the same dock, just taken from another angle, on the Continue Reading …

What Do You Have to Offer?

This is what I will be praying about in my time of solitude today:Our church is just starting to have the entire service on the big screen (projector) using PowerPoint, worship videos, etc. God has blessed me with the desire and skills to help put this together. And it is so easy to get bogged down with the whole "production" and to lose sight of what's really important.Our church is very small, so we only have one service. Our challenge is to blend contemporary worship with traditional to Continue Reading …

Have You Already Surrendered This New Year?

I started a new (to me) prayer journal for the New Year called "God's Gracious Invitation" (copyright 2006 by Cornerstone Stewardship Ministry), and also started reading "Daily Steps for God Chicks". It is common for the beginning of a study to encourage you to spend some silence listening for God, and these two studies/journals are no different. Sitting here looking at all the falling snow, and realizing that tomorrow is back to reality--a new week full of our normal activities Continue Reading …

Come with me…to a quiet place.

Sunday SolitudeMark 6:31 (New International Version)31Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."Answers2Prayer.org has a wonderful devotion based on Mark 6:31: Solitude.I hope you have time to read through it--here are a few bits and pieces. :)The following is written by Rob Chaffart:     "Once we have established an open communication Continue Reading …