No Filter

My littlest human turns 5 tomorrow.  Baby & toddlerhood have walked through my house & shown themselves out.  I am not honest if I tell you this doesn’t hit, though it’s a smaller Mack truck than I’d planned.  So that’s nice. One thing I will miss, besides chubby feet &...

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Let the Dark Come

It’s like a Ferris wheel, really. The line to ride never ends:  Dental visits, soccer schedules, what my sister-in-law thought of the unfinished trim in the dining room, mama failure.  (& all this before I got out of bed this morning.) Unfriendly passengers stepping one at a time into my...

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The Other Side of the Dark

We just wrapped up a message series called Dangerous Prayers: 1. Search Me 2. Break Me and 3. Send Me. The second one got to me – here are my thoughts. “God purifies hearts.”  ~Proverbs 17:3. I would rather He not;  let’s be honest.  I am comfortable where I am. ...

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Tappity, Tap, Tap

Last week in church, we talked about the fruit of the spirit and Jill shared her thoughts: I don’t have a good relationship with the Fruits of the Spirit.  Or, I should say, I grew up with them, went to college for them, & choke on them now & again. ...

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A Dirt Path Through The Wilderness

On Sunday, Sten said these words:  “The way of Jesus isn’t always the easy way, but we follow it anyway.”  I thought maybe if we could keep reminding ourselves how very ordinary the way of Jesus is, we could make things less hard for our worn out selves.  (Here’s hoping.)...

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This. Is. Impossible.

On Sunday, Brian had us sing about waiting on God, & Sten talked about believing God for impossible things.  This is what came of that mash-up. This. Is. Impossible. I can still see it in my 9-year-old brain, Alice standing on the squares of a giant chessboard with the White...

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Buy Extra Batteries

This week, we talked about the Bible…these are my thoughts! -Jill We’ve gotten pretty good at flashlights at our house. The structure is old, where we live. 80+ years. Which means outlets aren’t excessive, so neither are lamps. Which means when the little ones head upstairs at bedtime, they are...

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Let It Creak Open

This week we talked about doors. Especially, the ones we find ourselves locked behind- fear, pride, addiction, comparison, anxiety. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, the door has been unlocked. So why is it so hard to walk through sometimes? Jill Britz shared her thoughts. I can’t remember...

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I’d Rather Not, Thanks.

We’ve learned a lot walking through the Art of Neighboring message series….mainly, the BLESS acronym: Begin with prayer. Listen well. Eat together. And this last week, we talked about what it means to Serve. Jill Britz shared her thoughts with us… I’d Rather Not, Thanks. Maybe “serve” isn’t a wrecked...

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Heart, Not House

[Written by Jill Britz] As I listened to Sten’s message about Who Is At Our Table, I thought about what keeps us from opening our doors in the first place.  These words came from there.  “Heart, not house” My couch is outdated, though. And I have a dog.  Some people don’t like...

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