Category Archives: Faith

Memories of Pastor Stan

Stan Buck got to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” yesterday.  We’ve known it was coming, but that doesn’t lessen the pain.  We know that he is in the presence of the Father, that his body is cancer-free, that yesterday he was part of an amazing church service, but that doesn’t lessen our pain.  Because now we figure out how to continue our lives – at home, at work, at church – without him.  His office light isn’t on.  His planner isn’t on his desk.  He isn’t in there hearing every word we say when we think he isn’t … Read the rest

Grab a Corner

I originally posted this in May 2011 after our pastor had brain surgery.  He has now reached a point in his journey where they have decided to stop his cancer treatment.  I love his attitude about this – they now have a greater opportunity to rest completely in God’s hands.  This post means even more to me now.  I still trust in Jesus.

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and Read the rest

I choose to be thankful

Every once in a while I notice that I’ve had a string of blog posts that are relatively negative – a sort of venting if you will – as I get it all out there that’s bugging me so I can get you to commiserate with me, and maybe I can offer a bit of “you’re not alone” hope to you.  I will now take a break from crawling through the trenches to lay on my back, look up to the sky, and praise the Father for all He has given to me.

  • I’m thankful that I have three healthy
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What’s my story?

**This is a post that was a draft…I’ve done some tweaking.

What’s my story?  I don’t really have one – either in the blogging world or in my spiritual life.  It seems like most of the blogs I read are written by women who have a story – adoption, a child with special needs, addiction, a husband in the military, homeschooling, infertility – a story to share with other woman, and bond with them on a level that anyone outside of the circle could never fully understand.  But it seems like as Christians we are supposed to have a … Read the rest

Christmas. by the Orlikowski Littles

Grace: Well, Mary was pregnant with a baby, so she went to Bethlehem.  She couldn’t find a home in the city to have a baby so went into a stable.  Then Jesus was born.  And Mary wrapped the baby in clothes.  And then there was a star up ahead and an angel told the shepherds where baby Jesus was.  A king sent his three wise men to kill him, but instead they praised him and gave him presents.

Eli: Christmas is about celebrating Jesus since he was born and he died on the cross for us.  Jesus was … Read the rest

I Won’t Be One of the Nine

As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”  When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise Read the rest

Happy Birthday, Grandma

Today is my Grandma’s birthday – Helen Harms.  I think she would have been 79 years old, but I’m not certain.  My Grandma was an awesome lady.  She didn’t take anyone’s nonsense, but she wasn’t afraid to tell you the way it was, stranger or not.  She raised her seven kids, then started daycare in order to help those kids with their kids.  She didn’t let children be mean or disrespectful to their parents in her presence.  She loved Jesus, and everyone knew that also.

When she died Grace was just over 4 months old and I was 2 months … Read the rest

Sing Praise

“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.  I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.” – Psalm 13:5-6

Many of you know that in May Pastor Stan had a brain tumor removed, then in June found out it was a stage 4 glioblastoma.  Like many people in our church family I felt many different emotions, and wrote about them here… and here… and yet again here.  In August he returned back to our church to work part-time, and it was really exciting.  It was so refreshing … Read the rest

My Circle of Influence

For those who don’t know, I work part-time at Sonrise Church – three days a week while the kids are in school.  It’s a really amazing job and I’m so blessed by it.  Today in our staff meeting we talked about who is in your circle of influence.  I think we came to: your circle of influence is anyone you come in contact with, and the depth of your influence depends on the depth of your relationship.  But everywhere you go, in everything you do, you have the opportunity to show someone what you value.  Do you value people?  Your … Read the rest

Remembering to Thank Him

I’m going to do my best to make this long story short….

In November of 2007 (I believe) I started being treated for an ear infection.  In January 2008 the ear pain wasn’t better, so I was sent to an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist) who said my ears and all other tests were fine.  So he sent me to a neurologist.  He said everything was fine, and diagnosed me with neuralgia – sort of a generic “we don’t know where this pain is coming from” term.  I was starting to think I was crazy.  He started trying various … Read the rest