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Summer art with kids

I'm having 4 art classes with Benjamin this summer. This one started us off. Clay Sea Turtles   Pair with: I'll Follow the Moon, an adorable book. Materials:  Air-Dry Clay  Old newspaper  Toothpicks  Straws Instructions: 1. Place some newspaper down on your work...

One evening of extraordinary worship

Here's why I love Our City Story so much. I especially want you to come to this one. Picture this: Nice summer evening. Casual - wear jeans or shorts. Come to my farmhouse cabin, just 15 minutes from downtown Huntsville (directions below). And you are away. Really...

Who is she?

When I am asked to lead a retreat, something I like to do at the very end is have a moment of remembrance with God, a standing stone so to speak, something tangible capturing what God has done in our hearts. At the closings of various retreats there have been glorious...

June give-away!

It's summer and time for a fun give-away! All you have to do... Make sure you are subscribed to my site at the very bottom of the homepage. Make a comment on one of my blog posts.   That's it! You'll automatically be registered. The give-away starts today, June 5th...

A Wedding Prayer

May you be blessed richly by God's own hand as your tent is expanded; May you reach a point where the details are released, and you enjoy the celebration knowing with special awareness the agape love of God as He binds one heart to another, as He interweaves one...

This Journal is completely different

If you heart wants something to ponder that's weighty, but for you summer is throwing off stuff and schedules and having time to breathe... If you enjoy reading a bit, but mostly writing a few things down as they come to you and returning to them over and again,...

This song on repeat – Dear Me

This song, this line, on repeat over and over. It's bringing me to my knees and bring me joy! It is part of getting through May {with joy}.   And there is nothing you could do or say to separate you from the love of God who made you exactly as He meant to   Is it...

Enter… and be refreshed

Two thousand years after Jesus first appeared, these questions still hang in the air, awaiting our answers. Most of his questions were never answered. Indeed most of them have been deliberately ignored. John Dear This is hard. - an excerpt from my journal What are you...

A story only God could accomplish

From my heart to yours, you are invited. If you have questions or want to know more about Our City Story - what it is, who can attend, read here. This Our City Story is an unlikely story of reconciliation, a story only God could accomplish. Have you ever wondered if...

Happy Birthday, Israel!

 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’ “They will return to it and remove all its vile images...

16 glimpses of Jesus Christ

The last time I studied the book of Romans it left me confused, tired, hurting. It was a year of conflict and through some division I missed the whole point of the book. I put Romans far far to the end of books in the Bible I flip to for help and comfort and to draw...

Our City Story – what is it?

If you've been reading my blog you have discovered that I occasionally write for Our City on a Hill, and consistently issue invitations to Our City Story. Each time there's a blog post or an invitation, I get questions. What is it? Can anyone come? What exactly am I...