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Unchained and Uninhibited

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV   I have been thinking a lot about my Great Grandma Marge lately. I have a couple pictures of her tucked away in my room, a daily reminder of the gift she was to me….

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The Sovereign God Who Writes Our Story

There are always “what ifs” that cross our minds throughout our lives. What if we would have made a different decision here or there. What if we would have been born in a different family or country? What if we would have gone to college or not. What if we would have gotten that job? What if we would have never…

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Podcast 010 – “Getting to Know Rachel and Lisa”

Today’s podcast is fun and full of laughter!!! Get to know Lisa and I better as we share about our families, our favorite foods and other quirky things that make us who we are! We are so thankful for all your love and support! You have made our first year exceptional! Thank you for reading our posts and listening to our…

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The Wait Gifts are wrapped, and stockings are stuffed. Lights twinkle on the tree and candles flicker at candlelight services across the country. It’s Christmas Eve – one of my favorite days of the year. I love seeing little ones giddy with excitement for the coming morning. They’ve been waiting since before Thanksgiving when store shelves abruptly traded turkeys and…

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Podcast 009 – “Comfort in the Desert”

“For the LORD comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.”  Isaiah 51:3 Dry seasons can be overwhelming. Life brings experiences and situations that are bigger than our human flesh can endure…

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Tangible Bright Redemption – Indonesia Part 2

We rounded the corner of the narrow street. Our van honked outside a large iron gate, and it creaked abrasively as it slid open. Even before our van could pull inside the gate, we heard squeals and screams of delight and anticipation, all in very bold unison, coming from the home in front of us. As our van parked a…

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Hope Rising – Indonesia Trip Part 1

We walked along the beaten down and dusty, narrow path. Garbage was scattered along the way and plates of fermenting rice were set out in front of several of the cinder block and brick buildings. We turned the corner and continued our journey to Center One. School had just gotten out and children, all sporting camouflage uniforms, were getting rides…

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Leaning into God in the Desert

The Tears of Blessing I was sitting in church, and before I knew they were coming, tears were rolling down my cheeks. As the worship team started singing, the tears began flowing. I didn’t even know why at first. It was like my heart knew what God was about to show me before my head did. As the verse turned into the chorus…

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The Wilderness of Loneliness

Alone What do you think of when you hear the word “wilderness”?  I’ve lived my entire life in three different states in the Pacific NW.  When I think of “wilderness” I think of tall fir and pine trees, shade, moderate to cold temperatures, raging rivers, cool creeks, mountains, steep canyons, and deep valleys. Matthew 4:1-11 tells us Jesus spent 40…

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Walking in the Desert

    Isaiah 43:19 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. When We Walk in the Desert Dear Friends, the spiritual desert will come sooner or later. It just will. It can’t be avoided. Those dry, often painful…

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