Of Saying Thank You and Children’s Ministry…

How is it already January 20th? The last few weeks have been a crazy blessing! We give thanks to God for the sweet gift of welcoming our daughter into the world and how our family has grown!  Thanks to everyone at Gardens for the amazing love and support you have...

Of Learning to Be Still…

I’m really good at moving and keeping busy.  I cram my schedule with conversations, meetings, events, visits, and any thing else that keeps me moving from one thing to the next.  My spiritual life tends to follow this pattern too.  I cram activity and practices...

Of the Generous Life…

These past three weeks we’ve been talking about “the generous life.”  The generous life is based on what I call the generosity equation that we find in the Scriptures, specifically in 2 Corinthians 9:11.  I’m summarizing here (go and read the...

Of Fear and Raging Waters…

Last week in our Bible study we read together Mark 4:35-5:20 when Jesus miraculously calms the rough sea and casts out a legion of demons from a man who has spent years banished from his community and living in a cemetery.  I’ve read these stories hundreds of times,...

Of Birthdays…

Confession time again…I’m a pretty hopelessly cheesy person!  One way this “cheese” manifest itself occurs during birthday celebrations when I ask folks to reflect on the year past and to share the greatest blessings and greatest difficulties and to share their hopes...