Posts by DanielS

Finding True Peace and Rest

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Stories

Finding True Peace and Rest

Daniel co-wrote this article with his wife, Nicole. The Lord replied, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14) With my routine over the last few months, rest has extremely hard to come by. Between caring for a new baby and my job at the busiest time of the year, it seems I can barely catch my breath, let alone recover from one hectic day before the next one begins. Even when I have not had to wake up to give Isaac a bottle in the middle of the night, or I actually get two stretches of decent sleep, I still tend to feel exhausted during the week. My mind is...

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The Bare Necessity

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Stories

The Bare Necessity

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:29-30 NIV) “I just couldn’t live without…” I often overhear or even mutter that phrase myself, and it is usually completed not by something vital, but rather something that is a comfort, part of an established routine, or a means of relief from stress. I doubt that I am the first to admit that I tend to be so focused on my work, my personal life, and the American culture surrounding me that I do not nearly often enough...

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Out With the Old, In With the New

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Stories

Out With the Old, In With the New

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Cor. 5:17) In less than two months’ time, I will be starting a new chapter in my life — parenthood. With it will come a significant amount of responsibility that will require me to leave some elements of my life in the background, if not eliminate them altogether. Relaxation will become a rare luxury. I will have to spend considerable time caring for and bonding with my child, leaving much less alone time, which has been important to me throughout my life. I will need to keep a careful budget,...

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Breaking Down the Wall

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Stories

Breaking Down the Wall

Then He said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” (Matthew 22:21b NIV) We are entering a season where faith will be sorely tested. The political climate is becoming more and more turbulent, and each day seems to bring actions by the new administration that could have unexpected or negative effects on us or those we love. Already badly divided by the recent election, our nation threatens to become even more so as President Trump tries to reshape policies. Amidst the news and protests and atmosphere of escalating tension, fear and hate, it is all too...

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An Ongoing Campaign

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Stories

An Ongoing Campaign

Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. (Psalm 9:11 NIV) By the time you read this, the election season will finally be over, for which I will be very glad. Few things frustrate me more than modern day politics. We see and hear one negative attack ad after another, often with image manipulation and words taken out of context. The focus is more on turning voters away from the opposition than promoting a candidate’s own values. The candidates’ priority seems to have become looking good for the media and simply getting elected or re-elected,...

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The Most Important Decision

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Stories

The Most Important Decision

“For ‘you were like sheep going astray,’ but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:25 NIV) We are often told that “God is in control.” Even so, He created us with free will, and as such, the decisions we make affect the ways in which He directs us. Like everyone else, I am surrounded by decisions in my life, some significant, many others minor. My thought process is deliberate and usually slow to grind out, and often I agonize over simple choices and overthink the many options I am pondering. While God can shape and inspire us, it is up to us to make...

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Waiting With Hope

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Stories

Waiting With Hope

“He gives childless couples a family, gives them joy as the parents of children.” (Psalm 113:9 The Message) (This article was co-written with Nicole Starr.) We have been trying for five years to conceive a child. Doctors have told us that while we each have little issues, for the most part, we are normal people and ought to be able to have children. This has given us much hope and frustration, since month after month, we find ourselves unable to announce that we are finally expecting a child. Lent is a season where we find ourselves becoming more introspective—whether through making...

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‘Tis the Season of New Beginnings

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Stories

‘Tis the Season of New Beginnings

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.” (Isaiah 9:2, NKJV) When I reflect upon my journey to Christ, I realize that it truly did begin with the holiday season. December was always fun for me as a young child growing up in an agnostic home. There was the vacation from school, the fancy arrays of colored lights and decorations adorning the neighborhoods and businesses of Seattle, the sweet treats, the presents, and often a getaway to sunny Phoenix to visit my grandparents. And of...

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Understanding the Big Picture

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Stories

Understanding the Big Picture

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13) By nature I tend to have a very narrow range of focus at a given time. I take a slow and careful approach to many things, trying to analyze details and figure out a structure. I am usually absorbed in understanding process when making plans and trying to accomplish tasks, before I consider the implications. Generally put, it often takes longer than it should for me to grasp the “big picture”, clueing in to how...

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The Child Within

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Stories

The Child Within

“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:15) In some ways, I still have a childish nature about me, and it can show quite often. When Nicole and I went to the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Fair in Bonney Lake a couple of weekends ago, I decided that the perfect souvenir was a red dragon hat. I felt I just had to wear it everywhere the rest of the day, without any other type of costume. I looked pretty ridiculous, but I thought it was cool. I was having a great time, and nothing and no one could deter...

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