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Take a Break

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Stories | 0 comments

Take a Break

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. (Mark 6:31 NLT) Seven weeks into Summer quarter, I finally feel like I’m finally catching my breath in this accelerated Master of Science in Nursing program. I’d always heard that nursing school could be tough, but try condensing everything BSNs take three or four years to learn into about 15 months, and then you have my program. I know it’s not...

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A God Who Does “Women’s Work”

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Stories | 0 comments

A God Who Does “Women’s Work”

“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 really enjoyed the new Wonder Woman movie, an origin story that was funny, interesting, and (without spoiling anything) not full of bitterness and revenge. A few weeks ago, an opinion piece about it popped up in my social media feeds. Its premise is that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is an amazing representation of Biblical womanhood—someone who is strong enough to fight but motivated by love; someone who feels...

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Sing and Believe

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Stories | 0 comments

Sing and Believe

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9 NASB) I grew up Lutheran, so my faith sprouted and grew in the soil of liturgy—the practice of reciting, often in song, Scripture in public worship. Although I’ve been in...

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Dressed for Success

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Stories | 0 comments

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...

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Too Hard for God?

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Too Hard for God?

Too Hard for God?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14a ESV) Is anything too hard for the Lord? Here we are, another season later, another round of searching for our lead pastor, and we have just announced one who will be coming to candidate in July! Even now, we do not know for certain if this candidate will be the right one, but we do know that God is leading Creekside to exactly the right person, at the right time for our next season. God is good! I shake my head at how many times I have become anxious and worried during this entire process....

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The Bare Necessity

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on The Bare Necessity

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...

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Conversations Seasoned With Salt

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Conversations Seasoned With Salt

Conversations Seasoned With Salt

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5-6 NIV) This little nugget of two verses stood out to me as I was trying to figure out what to write about. Full confession: when I haven’t steeped myself in the discipline of going to God in a specific quiet time, it’s not as easy for me to write an FYI article. With all that’s been going on my life, my quiet times have suffered! So I...

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Tantrums and Torments

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Tantrums and Torments

Tantrums and Torments

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2a NIV) I hate getting frustrated at my kids, but lately they’ve been throwing temper tantrums in response to the most basic requests. Even when I use all my tricks, when it finally comes time to turn off the video or wash their hands, they act like I’ve asked them to cut off their arm! Sometimes they protest things we do literally every day—like getting dressed. It makes me want to scream! I was telling this to my counselor, who observed...

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Four Words that Defeat Worry

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Four Words that Defeat Worry

Four Words that Defeat Worry

Worry. We know we shouldn’t do it as much as we do. But we do it anyhow. Almost anytime the topic of worry comes up in conversation someone (usually with really good intentions) will toss Philippians 4:6-7 into the mix: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NIV) Good verses. I believe them. However…sometimes hearing them is a bit like...

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As We are Able

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on As We are Able

As We are Able

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. (Romans 12:4-6a NIV) Last month I had the privilege of working with our Middle School and High School students to prepare Creekside’s Good Friday Service. We gave the kids the basic framework that we were going to walk through a Seder (Passover) meal as the centerpiece of the...

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