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What Good Friday Means to Me

April 6, 2020 |
Good Friday

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins .

Colossians 1:13-14

Not The Usual Good Friday Service

The church slowly went dark, drawing the small group of worshipers closer to the mood of that first Good Friday. All eyes followed Pastor Eric’s silhouette across the altar and behind the 10-foot projector screen. Our ears traced his footsteps to the stained glass window until we heard the flip of a switch followed by a few seconds of white noise as an old cassette played. 

Then it started. The hollow, high-pitched sound of metal striking metal in perfect rhythm. Ting… Ting…

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Creation and Beyond

Believing What God Says: The Creation Story and Beyond

The story of God creating the world is, in my opinion, one of the coolest stories in the Bible. God took nothing and He made something from it—how amazing is that?! There was literally nothing, only God, and He decided that He was going…

March 30, 2020
God use me

Can God Use Me Like Peter or Paul?

I’ve seen more of a trend in the last few years in Christianity – people talk about God usually picking from people who’ve lived in terrible sin. They say things like don’t worry about feeling unqualified to be used by God because He “usually…

January 6, 2020
Fear is a bully (but God is stronger)

Fear Is A Bully (But God Is Stronger)

Fear can be a bully. It wants to stop us in our tracks and paralyze us from moving forward. Fear wants to spoil today and make us dread tomorrow. …

September 11, 2019
Coincidence or God sent?

How I Chose Between Faith VS Fear

I was numb. I was indifferent. Neither optimistic nor pessimistic. I refused to waste another tear over our situation because that’s all it would be – an absolute waste. That’s how I was feeling as I sat there in my husband’s hospital room. It…

August 5, 2019
Friendship goals & Jesus

Puff The Magic Dragon, Friendship Goals, & Jesus

As long as I can remember I have had a fear of rejection and abandonment. I remember being very young and crying at the song “Puff the Magic Dragon.” Little Jackie Paper moved on from his friend Puff. Basically, as the song goes, Jackie…

July 3, 2019
4 Ways to Fight Anxiety with Faith

4 Ways to Fight Anxiety With Faith and Prayer

“Should I move back home to Hawaii or should I stay in San Francisco?” this question kept me up at night and then when I did fall asleep it leaked in and crowded my dreams.   I was in my first semester of college…

June 19, 2019
Trusting God - Even when you cannot see.

3 Lessons In Trusting God (even when you cannot see)

In a previous blog post I told the story of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that shook Alaska (and to some extent, my faith) last November. As I write this, I have the benefit of hindsight. Our home hasn’t been repaired yet, but we are…

June 3, 2019
Learning to trust God

The Process of Learning to Trust God

Several years ago we were at the beginning of a long walk through health-related issues with a loved one. It was recommended that we visit the Mayo Clinic, so we made the appointment and waited three months until the scheduled date. In the meantime,…

May 22, 2019
Facing new seasons of life with Jesus

Facing New Seasons of Life with Jesus

Spring is upon us and in full bloom. With spring comes hope and renewal, a brand new season filled with new opportunities. Outside my living room window, there is a stunning double-blossomed cherry tree full of gorgeous pink blooms. The tree is exceptionally beautiful…

May 15, 2019
The things you find in the waiting

3 Things You Find In The Waiting

I am not good at waiting. I will never pray for patience, because when you ask for that, it is almost like begging for waiting, because you need patience when you… wait. I don’t mind traffic, I usually don’t mind lines at the grocery…

February 20, 2019
My Coffee Date With Jesus

Learning to See the Awe in My Life

I’m currently sitting in a coffee shop, during my lunch break, asking the Holy Spirit what I should write about. And, honestly, I have no idea. I’ve been going and going and going and haven’t had the time to think much about writing or…

January 21, 2019
3 Things my son teaches me about Jesus

3 Things My Son Teaches Me About Jesus

Charlie wasn’t listening again. It has seemed to be a huge pattern. So, while lying in bed about to read him a book I decided to ask him what would make him a better listener. Jesus. He said. Yeah (I said in a breath…

January 9, 2019
On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand

On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

On November 30th, Alaska was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake just a few miles away from where my family lives. Everyone has their story – it’s been therapeutic to trade anecdotes with others about where we were, how we felt, and to recount…

January 2, 2019
I trust in God... but what if...

Do We Really Trust In God?

It started out like any other day… I hit the snooze button multiple times, then finally drug myself out of bed. I visited with my husband who had already been awake for over an hour, taken kids to cross country practice, made coffee, and…

October 18, 2018