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October 15

Trusting God with the Unfinished Puzzle of My Life

  Our latest blog comes from Nancy Isenberg, a mother and grandma, who recently became an empty nester after thirty years of having children in their home. Today she shares about how God has met her in this new and challenging season of life. We know you’ll be encouraged by the rich wisdom, hope, and…

September 30

The Discipline of Confession

If you haven’t read my previous blog posts about my journey in discipline this year, I would recommend starting by reading my introductory blog here, as well as my other update blogs which you can find listed here. Confession This past month’s Celebration of Discipline chapter was over the topic of confession, and for the first time…

September 12

Joy & Sorrow

  In the summer of 2015, we discovered we were pregnant and that our first child was a little boy. On the same phone call, however, we learned that our son was conceived with a life-limiting chromosomal abnormality known as Trisomy 18. Instantly, we had to come to grips with the reality that our baby’s…

September 5

Relentless Pursuit

  This past weekend I took my wife on a date in downtown Portland. We were walking through the busy streets, on our way to enjoy a nice dinner just a few blocks from where we parked our car. As we walked across one particular crosswalk, there was a man sitting on the corner playing…

August 31

The Discipline of Service

If you haven’t read my previous blog posts about my journey in discipline this year, I would recommend starting by reading my introductory blog here, as well as my other update blogs which you can find listed here. What is True Service? I like to say yes to people. If somebody in my life asks me to…

August 27

YES.

I only have two tattoos. Of course, my sweet dad would say two is too many. One of my tattoos – circa 2007 –  is behind my ear, and is a word that means worship. The other is on my wrist in white ink, and reads, “YES.” (circa 2015). I’ll spare you the details on…

August 20

384 Days

That’s how long it will take to see the 4 people closest to me walk down the aisle and say, “I do, forever and ever,” to the men of their dreams. I will stand next to each one of them with tears streaming down my face, and I will mean it. I will see the…

August 6

Grow Our Love

As a part of our Seasons of Life blog series, we have asked Dr. Kim Kimberling of Awesome Marriage to tell us about a recent experience where God showed up in his marriage. Dr. Kim has been a professional counselor for over 35 years, and has been married to his wife Nancy for 50 years.…

July 31

The Discipline of Submission

If you haven’t read my previous blog posts about my journey in discipline this year, I would recommend starting by reading my introductory blog here, as well as my other update blogs which you can find listed here. Submission What does that word cause you to think and feel when you read it? It may cause anxiety,…

July 8

Not Forgotten – Practicing Gratitude in the Face of Cancer

Becki Howard is one of the bravest women we know. We are in community together at our local church and have grown to be close friends. We have seen Becki make gut-wrenchingly painful, hard decisions for the sake of her family in regards to her health. We have seen her fight. We have seen her…