1. among thorns #featurecreep

    This Feature Creep series is already helping me so much.  I love how this fall pruning has already been changing my mind and heart heading into this season.  I definitely want more simplicity, quality and beautiful life, so I’m ready for all God has for me, and for our church.

    “A crowded heart is the enemy of a fruitful life.”

    I love how this week I have been thinking through what is essential in my life, and what things may be crowded my heart.  And for next weekend, we get part two of this message that is bring stretched out for these next few weeks.

    Catch the message if you missed it, and join us next week!



  2. deciphering the arrows

    We need each other and we can’t do life alone.

    Some Christians think they’re okay on their own to figure out how to move through life, but there is a strength and a power and a beauty to life lived in relationships.  Don’t get me wrong, it is messy.  Relationships are messy, ministry is messy, life is messy, but like Proverbs 14:4 tells us “where there are no oxen, the trough is clean, but much increase comes from the strength of an ox.”

    We might live cleaner lives without people in them, but we’re missing out on the power and the joy that comes with community.

    “if you don’t want to fall by the wayside, you have to let them inside.”

    This weekend was just beautiful as we had the privilege of hearing from a few people in our church who have been radically changed by fresh life groups. Catch it if you missed it, but be sure to get in a group if you’re not, and I pray you see the power that is in your personal story.  It’s powerful, and it’s yours.  See you next week for Feature Creep!

    “who have you authorized to have eyes on your life?”


  3. in other words

    “God didn’t give us power to torch people but to touch people.”




    “The words you speak and hold is what can bring health to you soul.”


    Such a powerful message learning from Jesus’ words, and I’m so thankful for our faithful Savior who leads the way for us to follow in His steps and in His words.


  4. the Rx for Roughness

    “you cannot be accidentally rough, when you’re being intentionally gentle.”




    My favorite thing about this message was the thought that we learned the remedy for roughness, which is gentleness aka sweet reasonableness.  Lord, I pray that You grow us in sweet reasonableness.  Catch the message if you missed it!


    “The knowledge of an at-hand Savior will curb off-hand behavior.”




  5. keep your power in it’s place


    You know when you hear a message and you think your pastor must know exactly what you’re dealing with and is speaking directly to you?  Well this message and this series has been exactly that.  Yes, my pastor is my husband, and so he does actually see my day to day struggles, but he assured me that he was preaching to himself first.

    Which I would like to take a moment and say how thankful I am for a pastor who speaks out of his own issues and struggles.  It’s true that so many pastors preach answering questions no one is asking, but how vital it is to have a pastor who answers the questions everyone is asking.  How do I deal with my anger?  How do I help my relationships?  How can I be the best husband/wife/daughter/friend?

    “Without self control you’re out of control and you can’t be under God’s control.”

    This weekend learning from Jesus’ example of true strength under control was just incredible.  What a Savior we love and serve!  We learned from Jesus this weekend that true strength is self restraint.  In the garden right before He went to be crucified, Jesus proved His strength by not doing what He could’ve done.  Peter showed us what not to do, bless his heart 😉

    My take away truth was the point “manage your emotions, don’t be manipulated by them”

    It’s a life changing realization that I am the manager of my emotions.  No one is in charge of them but me.  And if I just slow down, break up the motion of the feeling of anger between the action of anger, the outcomes could be so different and so much better.  When I stop and remember this, my life and my relationships will be sweeter:

    “the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”