Posts by KellyH

‘Tis the Season

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Stories

‘Tis the Season

“Then Joshua said to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.'” (Joshua 3:5) Today marks the end of a season – this is my last article for Creekside. I’ve written many articles over the past six and a half years (about every 6 weeks or so), and it’s been fun. Some common themes are: going deep with God, listening to his call, worshiping God only, choosing life at each crossroads, trusting God, responding to his call, relying on God’s promises, doing justice, resting in God, journeying with God and...

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Training Lessons

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Stories

Training Lessons

“I am the Lord your God…. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them…” (Exodus 20:2, 3-5) I am usually surprised, delighted, confused or horrified at what I find whenever I read a Bible passage. “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of...

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Promises, Promises

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Stories

Promises, Promises

“Love each other deeply with all your heart. … May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. … Because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises.” (1 Peter 1:22, 2 Peter 1:2, 4) I started geeking out the other day in the back-to-school section of Target, where I wandered as I was waiting for some prescriptions to be filled. New notebooks! Paints and brushes! A blank flip book with bright note cards! Fine-point Sharpies in fun colors! I walked through the section with a...

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God is Our Refuge

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Stories

God is Our Refuge

“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” (Psalm 62:8) Rivers. Lakes. Waterfalls. Elk. Hiking trails. Mountains. Glaciers. Birds. Wind. Sunshine. A picnic in the woods. Doug and I had a great day the other day as we drove for the first time on the North Cascades Highway (Route 20), celebrating our 31st anniversary of our marriage. I felt my soul refresh as we experienced the beauty of God in nature, where seasons and elements over the years have made themselves known. As Doug wrote about that day, “As we looked at the...

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Faith Like A River

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Stories

Faith Like A River

“… [I]f you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water…” (Isaiah 58:10-11) My friend and I are going through Psalms together, and have been soaking (pun intended) in Psalm 1 for a week or two. The psalm talks about living like a tree planted by streams of water, whose leaves do not wither,...

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Responsible Irresponsibility

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Stories

Responsible Irresponsibility

[Jesus said,] “Follow me.” (Matthew 4:19) I recently attended a women’s weekend at a Young Life camp in Antelope, Oregon, and it was wonderful. I highly recommend it, with beautiful weather and friendships, good conversations, food, teaching, seminars, activities, and alone time. One thing that will stay with me was Terri’s teaching in the Campaigners time (or Bible study) on responsible irresponsibility. Many people practice irresponsible responsibility – where they look responsible to others in saying no to an opportunity because it’s too risky. Terri...

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Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Stories

Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters

“He has told you, O man, what is good;     and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,     and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8 ESV) One of my favorite things to do is take my dog to the dog park. Right now I love to check out the blue herons, nesting in very tall trees near the Sammamish River. I love to watch them as they gracefully fly from the nests to the river and back, and as they watch the nests. One time last year we saw an eagle try to attack the area, and the herons put up such a fuss the eagle...

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Looking Through Lent Toward Easter

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Stories

Looking Through Lent Toward Easter

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) 4. The completely snowy Mt Baker seen clearly today 14. The sound of geese outside, from my porch 16. Watching Gilmore Girls with Alison – a show about a mother and daughter; watching as mother and daughter Our Wednesday night women’s Bible study has recently started reading and discussing Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, and have been inspired to make our own gratitude...

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Muscle Memory Musings

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Stories

Muscle Memory Musings

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19) The Isaiah verse above is one of my very favorites. I love the fact that God loves doing new things. Perhaps because my birthday follows soon after the first of the year, perhaps because it is my mother’s favorite holiday, I love the New Year and a new start. I used to love making resolutions, too. But after so many resolutions, and so many resolute failures at self-empowered attempts to make my life better, I’m...

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Thanks …

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Stories

Thanks …

“Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 ESV) Thanksgiving is next week! It came quickly this year for me; I’ve been in recovery mode and not looking too closely at the calendar. I am looking forward to having family here for the long weekend, and for the wonderful meal (and leftovers). Of course, this time of year is not just for eating and visiting with family and friends, but also for being thankful. I love that Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season – it’s a great frame of...

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