The #1 Secret to Living An Immanuel Life

This week I’d like to talk about the secret to living an Immanuel Life. What do I mean by that? An Immanuel Life is experiencing a God-with-us 24/7, 365 days a year, a life of living in close fellowship with Jesus. It’s a real-time, interactive personal relationship with God, not about religion. Religion is always about trying to gain God’s approval. Relationship is about trust and unconditional love. Watch this video to find out the secret! Here’s a link to the pdf of the things I’m talking about if you’d like to see it. https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:522f10e3-03ea-4934-b9dd-481f8d72a456 And here’s the contact info

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Getting the Good Stuff!

Today I went to a farm in Kansas to get blackberries for my annual jam-making binge! I have always enjoyed making jam even though it’s not the easiest thing in the world to do. It’s really the end product that I get excited about as well as thinking of the people I want to give it away to at Christmas.  There’s something I love about taking that big mountain of fruit and distilling it down to the “good stuff”! The fresh fruit itself is good stuff! But if it would spoil in a few days if it wasn’t crushed, mixed

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The Joy of Belonging

Dear friends, The past couple of weeks have been especially joyful for me! If I included all the photos that go along with what I’m writing today there would be no room for any writing! The photos I have here include all of my 12 grandchildren. We have all been together in Ohio and in Kansas City in the past 2 weeks. All 5 of my grown children have been with me and my husband also. Nothing makes me happier than being with all of my people! There were 4 generations together in Ohio, a rare occurrence for us all

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Make Hay while the Sun is Shining

These past 2 weeks I’ve been visiting my Mom and family at my childhood home farm in Ohio. My brother Dan has been making hay this whole time because the weather has been sunny and hot every day, perfect weather for this! As it turns out, 4 of my 5 children and 7 of my grandchildren made it to the farm also, a rare treat for all of us! In this picture my oldest grandson Jonah is on the hay wagon experiencing hay-making for the first time. He loved it even though it was hot and he got sweaty and

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Best Friends

Dear friends, I had the privilege of doing this podcast recently with Sisters of the Crown, a very special ministry for women. They call women up to live in their rightful dignity as daughters of the King of Kings. This podcast is about a story of a very hard season in my own life when I went deeper in friendship with God than ever. The hardship was something God used to help me become ‘best of friends’ with Him. Here is the link for it – I hope it speaks to your heart and encourages you today: https://youtu.be/EKoguQflR-s Be blessed

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5 Game-Changing Gifts a Coach Can Give You

Dear Friends, This year has been one for the history books! We’ve been living through a pandemic, living in quarantine – now coming out in stages, seeing a terrible tragedy in Minnesota and resulting racial unrest, political dissension, the list goes on! One thing I know about us human beings is that we often struggle with such disruption and change. When life and routines are disrupted there’s an opportunity for making changes for the better – but we need help to get there so we don’t have to go it alone. When I went through a time of personal upheaval

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Broadening the Battlefield

Dear friends, Today I’m sharing a post my husband wrote on the Life Model Works blog. I felt it was relevant for the times we find ourselves in now. “My wife and I were reading through Judges this morning about the story of Gideon. I think we sometimes over-glorify certain Bible characters because God used them to accomplish some amazing things in their day to bless God’s people. Despite God visiting and empowering Gideon to defeat the Midianites who were occupying Israel at the time, in fact, Gideon was a very fearful person and soon after his victory, he used the

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3 Things that Can Change the World

Micah 6:8 – He has shown you, O man what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. We are living in a time of cultural upheaval that reminds me of the 1960’s and 1970’s when I was growing up and becoming an adult. Our society has always needed reformation, both now and then. Since that time there has been some progress, some things have changed for the better. But when something like the tragic death of George Floyd happens, it lets us know

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Can a leopard change its’ spots?

Several nights in a row I was dreaming and distinctly remembered a particular question when I woke up. The question was, “Can a leopard change its’ spots?” I was puzzled by this. I remembered that this was a quote from the Old Testament somewhere so I looked it up. It’s in Jeremiah 13:23 – I’ll quote it here in the Good News Translation Bible: “Can people change the color of their skin, or a leopard remove its spots? If they could then you that do nothing but evil could learn to do what is right.” I took some time to pray

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Enlarged in the Waiting

Dear Friends, This verse of Scripture has been showing up everywhere it seems – and when that happens I know I need to pay attention. The Message version of the Bible says it incredible well: “All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more

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