How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7

What a Tangled Web We Weave

If we are people who love, are we not also people who hate? We love what blesses people and hate what harms them. In loving and hating in these ways, I believe we imitate the God who both loves and hates. God reserves words like, “hate,” “abomination,” and “despise” to...

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Back to School Nightmares

Oh, No! What am I going to do now? Here it is, the first day of school, and I don’t have the nametags on the jumbled desks. I notice that the kids are crowded into my classroom, waiting expectantly for some semblance of a lesson or order, but then I...

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Gratitude

My, how the summer has flown by!!! Seems like I blinked and it’s almost Fall. I feel so blessed to live in beautiful northern Idaho. Since moving here two years ago, I’ve fallen more in love with the community. The people are so friendly, making me feel more at home....

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Internalizing the Reality of What Christ Did

Let me tell you, I have had the hardest time trying to think of what to write for my last blog. But, after having gone through possibilities of a “goodbye and thank you” blog, a “recap of the 18 months of my time here” blog, or anything of that sort,...

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Reflections

Here is my blog for this week. It is a reflection over my time here at the church, hope you enjoy 🙂 I have now been in Coeur d’Alene for 9 weeks and a lot has happened since I arrived. I taught Sunday School almost every Sunday, I co-lead the...

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Summer Recipes

I will be the first to tell you I agonize over writing the blog post at times. I stress over content and I seem to never have inspiration strike when I need it most! This week instead of writing a profound thought, or sharing a cute story, I would love...

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Partial Tears

I don’t like crying. I don’t really understand the idea of a good cry. When I cry, my nose gets red and runny, my head aches, and I rarely feel better after shedding tears; there doesn’t seem to be much good about it. I know crying is healthy, but I...

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Youth Mission Trip Report

Middle School For the Middle School Mission Trip, we went over to Spokane for a weekend. On Friday evening, we walked around the city and saw the different areas of downtown Spokane. The pretty city park with the river where many homeless people spend their nights, the mall and shopping...

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Trust in the Lord

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” The past 3 weeks of my existence have been challenging, to say the least. Facing perpetual unrest and uncertainty...

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Clint Eastwood vs Charlie Branch

I heard on NPR near the end of May that Clint Eastwood completed his 89th year of this earthly life.  Did I really hear 89?  That’s only a year younger than Dad!  Thinking about his works that I’ve seen, including the character Rowdy Yates in Rawhide, Lt. Kelly in Kelly’s...

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