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Granted An Unexpected Dream

Sometimes we have so many difficulties overwhelming us that we don't pay much attention to the everyday things in life. We are concerned with relationships, finances, work, family, church and health issues. We often times miss things changing and growing right in the midst of every day life.

I was a Bible major in college and loved theology, greek, and all things about Scripture. I am sure that I "assumed" after I graduated I would automatically go in to some full time ministry and be a womens conference speaker. But God showed me that I was not yet ready for what He would have for me to do. And life happened.


Through the years our family plugged in to camp ministry, AWANA and our small group Bible study. And then changes slowly began. I think in some ways I didn't feel qualified or ready for the new adventures I was to encounter the past couple years.

We decided to move from our large country home to downtown. A move I wasn't sure about. We also felt we should s…

Time is such a precious thing

Guest Blogger: Jessica Everett Jessica is a mom of three. She loves music and is an avid reader of anything and everything.

TIME. Such a precious thing. 

This last weekend I spent with my family up at the family farm in Washington.  And the week before I spent in California with the other side of the family. It was so wonderful to spend time with my sisters, my brother, nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents.  And as I thought about the last two weeks I asked myself what was the best part about these vacations. 

The answer is TIME. I got time with these people. 



Time I will never again have. Time to make memories. Time to show my kids what I grew up with. Such precious time with these people I love. And I realized time is one of the most precious things you can get with anyone. It's something you can never get back. It's something that once a decision is made to use that time for something that's not something you can undo. 

I will never again have this time…

Just A Clay Pot

Our church has had an unusual amount of heavy duty prayer needs the past three months. Bam...Bam...Bam. One after another. Unrelenting. Multiple new messages coming across prayer chain daily. So much so that our pastor set aside a special service this morning for all of us to have prayer together in small groups.

Several people got up and shared scripture passages encouraging us in our faith, many said with tears. It is hard when dear friends are hurting. Some families with multiple struggles of sickness, death of a child, cancer and surgeries.

The passages shared are ones I also love and have underlined in my Bible. They are passages I cling to when hurting or sad. Bible pages worn and tattered  that speak to us. The following passage in 2 Corinthians has been underlined, highlighted, circled and tearstained on more that one occasion in my Bible.

I think as a believer in Christ, one who claims His promises and knows He sees my many flaws, I am humbled that the God of the universe wan…

The CURSE of Mercy...

Sometimes pain comes from many places at once. Hurts of loved ones, many and intense.


I am a person who absorbs pain. I ache when others ache. Grieve when they grieve. It is a curse and a blessing.

"Blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted" Matthew 5:4. Sometimes I cry when others share their hurts or when I feel it deep down and share a need. I used to apologize for this until a friend said to me,"you have the gift of mercy, do not ever apologize for this."

So now I have decided to utilize this gift and hopefully, some of you who also empathize with others will too.

It has been a difficult month. There have been big blessings and lots of fun visits with family but also tough things with friends dying, a child dying and loved ones struggling with life. It is hard to watch people hurt so deeply. And sometimes the words we give sound so very trite. They are not meant to but they do all the same. I heard at a ladies conference once to take peoples words …