In spite of the gray hair and drastic affects of gravity, I am seeing some good in this process of aging. Things that were once theory to me have become places of certainty—solid ground. If you had asked me in my twenties, “Do you really believe that God...
In the Fall of 2017, I was grateful to be sent by Mercer Creek Church to attend the Academy of Spiritual Formation. God had so much in store for me in this eighteen-month journey. I learned about my personality type and my enneagram type. God invited me to more solitude: to a new way to practice prayer and experience him. He invited me to a new understanding of who He is and who He says I am. He invited me to write a Rule of Life, which includes specific things I want to do and focus on weekly, monthly and annually to move toward living my life in fuller relationship with him.
During this season, my dad was diagnosed with cancer and passed away, my second granddaughter was born, and many changes happened at church—changes good and not so great were happening all around me. Even good change can be stressful. I began to desire more simplicity. As I sat with God, I saw clearly that I am a person who loves order (read control), and I often function out of a place where the “to do’s” rule my life. I desired more simplicity. I began to realize that I am NOT a spontaneous person. At all. If I want to be a person who listens to God and does what he asks in the moment, I needed to set myself up well. My daily routines and commitments did not set me up to have space for this. My husband and I began to talk about selling our house and property. With our adult children out of the house, our place had become burdensome to both of us. We had loved it and were blessed to live there for 16 years but we both started to feel that the time had come to move.
Then Pastor Todd started talking about this idea of neighboring. I read The Art of Neighboring by Jay Pathak & Dave Runyon. It was so great. As I read it, the understanding started to come to me. This makes sense. This is what Jesus asks us to do. It is Biblical and it is accessible for every follower of Jesus. For me. Where I live. Where you live: Ellensburg, Cle Elum, Kittitas. Apartment or house. Farm or condo. We all have neighbors. As we rented a house and moved into town, God was giving me a new opportunity. I don’t have a yard to take care of. I don’t have projects going on around the house. And I don’t know any of my neighbors! I’m looking forward to putting this idea of neighboring into practice.
Published on 09/18/2019 @ 9:07 AM PDT
Oct. 2, 2019
I grew up in a Christian church but my faith wasn’t my own till high school. I went on a mission’s trip to the Tenderloin district of San Francisco where my church teamed up with YWAM to minister to the homeless population. One night we were handing out hot cocoa to the homeless and the group I was with accidentally went out of the boundaries determined by the organization. That’s when we met a man that would challenge me in a significant way.
Sep. 14, 2019
In my mid-twenties, I moved out of my home state to help with a ministry to which I felt God calling me. It was right at the start of the financial recession that began in 2008. Finding work proved to be a little more difficult than expected, but
Aug. 27, 2019
I’ve been a volunteer at the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) for the past three years, which allows me to hear world class leadership speakers. During the 2018 GLS, Marcus Lemonis, host of a TV show called “The Profit”, left a huge impression on me. He encouraged leaders to share their stories, the things
Sep. 25, 2019
Early in marriage with my wife, Sara, we had some unspoken expectations on the division of responsibilities. She was to cook and do laundry - that’s what my mom did. I was to take out the trash and kill any mice - that’s what her dad did. The problem was we didn’t communicate these expectations to each other. So when I saw
Aug. 27, 2019
I am a Central student going into my Junior year of the college studying Elementary and Early Childhood Education and if there is something that God has taught me it has been that I need to rest or Sabbath. Freshman year I was sure that college was a time for late nights and cramming before tests . Now I have done those late nights and cramming sessions or essays last minute to meet deadlines, but the idea of a Sabbath was never in my thought process until last year when God shared what he has already told me.
Sep. 18, 2019
Just over 20 years ago, I was pregnant with my 3rd child. 9 months along, to be exact.
My husband at the time had met someone and informed me that he wanted to separate. He said, “You are free to date. I care for you but I’m not in love with you.”
I remember looking down at my very pregnant belly and saying ‘You’re telling me to go date?’
Aug. 27, 2019
In the Fall of 2017, I was grateful to be sent by Mercer Creek Church to attend the Academy of Spiritual Formation. God had so much in store for me in this eighteen-month journey. I learned about my personality type and my enneagram type. God invited
Sep. 18, 2019
How did I end up here, in Ellensburg working for Mercer Creek? It didn’t go exactly as planned, but God does things a little differently than we think they should go. Proverbs 16:9 says,
Aug. 27, 2019
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