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Labor and Delivery

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Stories

Labor and Delivery

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27 NIV) I’m writing this as I’m getting ready for my OB rotation. It’ll be my first day on the mother-baby unit. And while I’m looking so forward to all the newborns…the moms kind-of freak me out. Labor and delivery is a distinctly female experience, so it’s interesting to try to reconcile a God whom we call He with the idea that we are all made in his image, with his attributes—both men and women. I find myself looking at the birthing process trying to find God the...

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Fasting, Sacrifice, and Lent

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Stories

Fasting, Sacrifice, and Lent

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” (Matthew 6:16 NIV) I’m writing this on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The Immerse group that I’m in met last night, and while we enjoyed our Fat Tuesday calorie bombs, we discussed whether we would be giving something up for Lent. It’s a practice that’s been around for years in many different traditions, and we had many opinions. Like any tradition, some people might participate just because it’s...

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Familiarity Breeds Wonder

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Stories

Familiarity Breeds Wonder

What is the outcome, then brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. (1 Corinthians 14:26 NASB) Kent and I are joining an Immerse group on Education Hill in Redmond, reading the New Testament through in 16 weeks. This is the first Bible-oriented group we’ve been in together since 2006 in Azerbaijan. I’m excited about it for that reason alone. Kent has a gift for going to the heart of the matter and framing great discussion questions. We still have his handwritten notes from...

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The Grand Weaver

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Stories

The Grand Weaver

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV) Last Friday was a sad day for my group at work. We learned that a friend and colleague had died suddenly of a heart attack the night before. He was relatively young and had two small children. My first and natural reaction was to ask, “God, why? How could you let that happen?” Over the weekend, while still thinking and wrestling with this, Sawyer (our 5-year-old)...

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Who is Righteous?

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Stories

Who is Righteous?

“For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)” (Romans 2:13-15 NIV) I recently had a conversation with my mother about how we verbally express our...

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God is My Help

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Stories

God is My Help

“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” (Psalms 54:4 NIV) Growing up and getting older, I’ve watched many friends and relatives go through the stress and anguish of having their parents get older and need to make the transition to additional care. It often started with children taking the car away from them. Then they had to leave their home for assisted care or even a nursing home. I would hear about the resentment, anger and resistance to any change. I would see the heartache, pain and stress in the family having to deal with it. I tried to empathize, but it was...

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Always There

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Stories

Always There

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV) My world right now consists of school, clinicals, and it seems like very little else, so forgive me if all my stories stem from what seems like the same group of experiences. It’s because they do! Entering a field where we work serving others in such a way, I can’t help but see snippets of God everywhere: compassion, justice, healing, mercy, and hope, to name a few. Working with sick kids today at the hospital, I can’t...

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The Benefits of Planned Bible Reading

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Stories

The Benefits of Planned Bible Reading

As I was preparing to write this week’s article, thinking about the New Year and common resolutions people make, I realized that my mom had already written what I wanted to say. She publishes a weekly blog about the Bible, including periodic reviews of books on Christian topics. Many Creeksiders have read through the Bible at the beginning of a new year before, and she articulates well why a formal plan is useful. With her permission, I’ve copied the first post of the series here, with more information at the end. By Sharon Short The first time I tried to read through the entire Bible in a...

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Christmas Baby

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Stories

Christmas Baby

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 NASB) My thoughts are full of babies these days. My grandkids, ages 1 and 3. Isaac baptized and Joshua and Sol-Nicole dedicated before us all. And my baby bumpkin boy, now 36, is coming home for Christmas. I can kind-of picture Jesus as a baby in this august company. Human, baby, got it. But, whoa. “There has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord… a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:11,12 NASB). As soon as I...

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Using Your Gifts

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Stories

Using Your Gifts

A few years ago, I took a class on Call. I realized more of what “Call” meant and what gifts God gave me. I always knew I was called to work with children, but I also learned that listening to God is a gift! Years ago, a month and a half into my marriage, I got sick with a stomach flu that never ended. I was pregnant. That had not been in our five-year plan, as we were 21 at the time, and we were scared, but we knew God had a plan. I was sick my entire pregnancy and was then diagnosed with pre-eclampsia at 26 weeks. In week 28, my blood pressure reached 220/180. My eyesight nearly...

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