Waters, Rivers, and Fire - Oh My! 

Last weekend, we hosted our first Awake and Alive ZOOM Small Group. In this time of isolating, it was good to get together with other young adults and spend some time in God's word reflecting on what it was saying to us, especially in these times. For the evening, we choose to read through Isaiah chapter 43 and just let God's word speak. The following words were the ones that probably registered the most. 

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will

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I’m Just an Old Teenager 

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit in and be part of a panel with those of us from an older generation at our last Awake and Alive Conference Now, hold up….I am not THAT old, but when you are at a conference for 18-25 year olds, anything over 25, is well, considered old. Through this panel, we were able to speak WITH our young people on some pretty tough topics; finances, marriage, failures…you know, all the hard stuff we have trouble talking about even with our closest friends and family. But by…

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The WISDOM of Young Adults 

Back in the summer 8 young adults and 4 mentors sat in my living room and talked about a new media ministry effort idea. We talked about all kinds of things. From the challenges of sharing a Christian worldview and faith to the challenges young women face in professional settings. We looked at media examples and talked about what reaches young adults today and then I asked a question. 

"What is one thing you want for the people in your generation?" 

Their responses made my heart fill with Joy. 

  • Peace 

But, I'm Just One Domino! 

I don’t know about you, but I wish I were having an Instagram kinda Fall right now. You know, the one where you jump into a pile of fresh raked leaves on a crisp sunny autumn day or being able to enjoy a pumpkin spice latte in that extra fashionable fall wardrobe. Or, how about a nice chilly night at a football game? Instead, I am literally falling. Falling short on all of life’s demands….falling short on paying attention to my relationships…falling short on being intentional with spending time with God in…

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I Am Your Child - So I Will 

One of the reflections that I had coming out of conversations with a lot of our young adults both from the conference last January and with some of the young people that I walk with today, was the desire to do something for Jesus sake, but the struggle of actually feeling qualified to do that something. For about the past 5 months, I've had on my to do list something of a thought from those conversations about how we get to living life for the things that God is passionate for.

I am a sinner - You are my…

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How Well Do You Know You? 

What makes you unique? What gives you joy? If you understood yourself better, do you think it could make a difference in your college studies? How about your job or better yet the relationships that matter most? Could understanding how God made you unique answer some doubts and prayers you have about your future?  

That is what we are going to be doing June 9th as a Christian community of young adults and leaders, taking a look at how to understand the unique strengths God has given each one of us…

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I Can Do All Things... Really?? 

Ever feel a bit overwhelmed with where you are at in life? Maybe you are stressing about your next career move? Or perhaps it’s about where you will go to school? Maybe your relationships or lack thereof? Or maybe it’s the fact that you have absolutely nothing going on at all? Whatever the reason is, I hope that maybe my story will give you a bit of encouragement.

Over a year ago, I decided to take a big jump and start studying for my CPA exam. You see, I had taken it after I graduated college over 16 years…

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Our Story is Not Finished Yet 

There are times in life when everything seems to be going extremely well. Our days are bright and sunny. Our family and friends are happy and healthy. We have a great job or are doing well in school. We’re able to pay our bills on time, and there is even some money left over at the end of each month. We are experiencing a time of abundance and everything seems to be going according to “our” plan. But then something happens and puts a “freeze” on our seemingly perfect life. A life threatening …Read more

Take a Walk With Me 

When the 2019 conference wound down and I finally could catch my breath, I found I couldn't sleep. In fact for the next week I didn't sleep well, constantly waking up with conversations with young adults running through my head, ideas to make 2020 special and the simmering joy of what we had experienced together. 105 attendees, most within the generation of 18-25 and a number of excellent leaders, including a group that drove 10 hours from Canada to be with us.

It was an amazing experience and the…

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All Things New 

My daughter and I summited Picaho Peak north of Tucson, AZ earlier this month; the first time we had ever made it to the top of a legitimate climb. We had climbed to the saddle last year, but wanted to go the distance this time and took the 2 hours to get up about 1400 feet of winding, climbing, sometimes dangerous pathways to finally reach the top. All the way up we passed cacti, "trees" with tiny leaves and lots of rocks!
 
As we continued on the rather arduous route, climbed the final 100 feet, and…

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