Posts by CharF

Getting to Know You

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Stories

Getting to Know You

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV) Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. (Psalm 63:3-4 NIV) Remember that song… “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me”? Well that is my fun task: helping you get to know Adam and Jo Kimble. I met them about four years ago when I got involved with Life Group. Since then, God has...

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Dressed for Success

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Stories

Dressed for Success

Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, My King and my God, for to you I pray. Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; morning by morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. (Psalm 5:1-3 NIV) The vast majority of the last year I have spent in my house. First painfully incapacitated and waiting for spinal surgery number six, then struggling with a long, difficult recovery after serious complications. That was coming along slowly but surely when I was faced with the necessity of eye surgery due to an invasive skin cancer growth. I...

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Holy Week

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Stories

Holy Week

Holy Week For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17 NIV) I eagerly await putting on my new spring dress and celebrating Easter with you! I am not so eagerly moving into this next week, trying once again to somehow understand and fathom what Jesus suffered and how He died, for me. I am definitely a “must go through it to get to it” person, so I share this poetry hoping it will help as our...

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Have I made a worthy memory today?

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Stories

Have I made a worthy memory today?

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. You will find me when you seek me, if you look for me in earnest. (Jeremiah 29:11-13 The Living Bible) Is there any doubt we are living in a sin-filled world? We are inundated continually with the fact that the enemy is hard at work among us. In the midst of it, where I am called as a Christian person to live, I must cling to, believe, and rest in Jeremiah 29:11-13. A habit—no, a discipline—I try to act out every day is to...

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Question #2

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Stories

Question #2

“Sing out your praises to our God, our King. Yes, sing your highest praises to our King, the King of all the earth. Sing thoughtful praises!” (Psalm 47:6-7 Living Bible) In my resolution to make no resolutions in 2016, I embarked instead on a mission to ask myself, and sincerely examine, vital faith questions. My March 3, 2016, FYI article entitled “Question #1” centered around the idea that if “I am the Inn Jesus wants to be born in… am I making a room ready and available to welcome Him continually?” I continue to ask myself that question regularly. So, here comes question # 2… Recently I...

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Question 1

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Stories

Question 1

“And so it is with prayer — keep on asking and you will keep on getting; keep on looking and you will keep on finding; knock and the door will be opened. Everyone who asks, receives; all who seek find; and the door is opened to everyone who knocks.” (Luke 11:9 The Living Bible) As 2016 approached, I considered the inevitable resolution dilemma—if I make one, I will fail, and if I don’t make one, I won’t know for sure that I failed, right? So I decided instead to ask myself questions under God and Grace and truly search for meaningful answers. I started with this...

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Gift Wrapped

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Stories

Gift Wrapped

“This is God’s command: to believe in his personally named Son, Jesus Christ. He told us to love each other, in line with the original command. As we keep his commands, we live deeply and surely in him, and he lives in us. And this is how we experience his deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit he gave us.” (1 John 3:23-24 , The Message) A memory I cherish from childhood pictures me seated beside my Grandma’s chair watching her nimble and sensitive fingers crochet amazing doilies and afghans … amazing because she was totally blind. Over the years she...

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Jolted Back Into the Word

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Stories

Jolted Back Into the Word

“But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what He has done has been done through God.” (John 3:21) I spent the first week of August in Oregon with my sister and brother-in-law and I thoroughly enjoy attending their church, Countryside Community. God only knows, literally, why that particular Sunday sermon impacted me so powerfully. My note taking was fast and furious and that paper tucked into my Bible is becoming dog-eared from re-reading and review. The “Centrality of Scripture” in my faith walk hit with a new vital...

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Joyful! Steadfast Faith!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Stories

Joyful! Steadfast Faith!

“The Day is coming when you’ll have it all- life healed and whole. I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold that God will have on display as evidence of his victory. You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, but you trust him – with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing,...

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A Gift Named Michelle

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Stories

A Gift Named Michelle

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:33-34) Several weeks ago I decided I wanted to “interview” Michelle Walters for a Creekside article. I have grown to love and respect her as a committed Christian, young woman and friend. Michelle’s (and her family’s) journey of 34 years with Spina Bifida has impacted her with severe physical impairment, developmental issues and limits to...

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