Feeling Known

Have you ever felt lonely in church? I have. My husband was in the military, and we moved nine times in seventeen years. It seemed like we were always at a new church. When he was away on assignment, I’d sit in church alone. Even when the worship was lovely and the sermon inspiring, a little part of me wanted to run home—I’m not known here. People said pleasant things to me, but they had no way of relating to me directly, because … of course … they knew nothing about me. Even in a loving crowd, I often felt alone.

COME

As I sat down and had intentional time with Jesus the last few days of 2017, I asked Him what my word for 2018 should be. I had some ideas that I was thinking about, but it’s amazing to watch Him specifically answer when I specifically ask.

He showed me a word that wasn’t on my list yet and all of the sudden it jumped off the pages afresh as I was reading through Isaiah:  COME

The Ripple-Effect Investment

Last week I had one of those weeks where I was doing a lot but I began to think, “Does any of this make a difference?”

Do you ever feel that way? Your wheels are spinning, your to-do list is long, and you stop to gain perspective . . .”will this really matter for eternity?”

Val's Impact Story

A few years ago, I found myself willing (though scared to death!) to mentor a young mom. I wanted to encourage her, pray for her and add value to her life but I didn’t know where to begin! I wasn’t sure what I had to offer and I didn’t know how to start meaningful conversations to jumpstart such an important relationship. I needed a tool in my tool box!