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El Roi — THE GOD WHO SEES ME!

January 6, 2018 marked the beginning of one of the greatest, most courageous adventures of my life. Dave worked from home beginning in mid-2016 and in the winter months of 2017, January to March, he traveled to Florida often. The second winter (2018), we decided to rent a house in Bradenton, Florida which allowed us …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.06.2020

I want to be seen. Not just out of the corner of someone’s eye or as an afterthought. I want to be seen! God sees us. Jesus sees us. How have you been seen? In preparation for this week, take the time to listen to this song by Nicole C. Mullins. Where do you need …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.05.2020

Jesus said others will know we are his disciples if we love one another. It isn’t if we attend church, build impressive structures, preach moving sermons, develop successful ministries or write inspirational blogs. Purely, it is if we love one another. Love for others was a marker of the early church; it attracted individuals even …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.08.2020

Clothes. Wardrobes. Closets. We all have them. Some are larger than others. In our closets, we have clothes we love and clothes we need. We have clothes we keep from year to year and clothes we buy and never wear. I have a love-hate relationship with clothes – both buying and wearing. Last week, I …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.03.2020

God is orchestrating a beautiful, sychronous movement to display his wisdom to the unseen powers and forces in the heavenly realms. We all have a part to play and listening to the Spirit is paramount. Apostle Paul writes to the church in Ephesus, saying it like this: And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.27.2020

A wise old owl sat in an oak, The more he heard, the less he spoke; The less he spoke, the more he heard; Why aren’t we all like that wise old bird? According to this old saying, wisdom is gained through silence and observation. Did the wisdom initiate the silent observation or did the silent observation give …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.21.2020

Years ago, I found myself involved in a boundary-centered religious setting. The premise of this type of group is boundaries keep us “in” and the bad “out.” It is possible to know who is “in” by observing external behaviors. I am the perfect candidate for this setting because I am also a recovering approval addict. …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.16.2020

I am a journaler. Not an everyday sort of journaler but a regular writer. This week I filled a journal I started in January of 2019. As I prepared to write my final entry, I turned back to review the previous year. On March 25, 2019, I wrote this: I wonder if we all slowed …

out of the chaos 05.11.2020

Suddenly… Immediately… Right now… What do these words mean to you? The gospel of Mark is known for his use of the term “immediately.” He portrays Jesus as the servant and a servant acts immediately when called upon. He doesn’t ponder, consider, contemplate if he will act or when. He responds when called. So Jesus …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.02.2020

Someday we will look back at the time spent in social distancing and isolation and it will be a distant memory. Perhaps we learned things about ourselves and others. We might have learned a new skill, took up a new hobby, read a new book, watched a great movie. Maybe we learned to spend time …