Caught in the Storm

Picture this: You and your family are heading West to North Dakota, somewhere West of Fargo, when out of nowhere, a raindrop hits the windshield. A simple, quite common occurance, just not today. You gaze across the horizon and as massive raindrops pound the windshield see what looks like a thunderhead spawning a funnel cloud. Just as you calm your rightfully scared sister down while battling your own fears, every cell phone and smart watch blairs the same warning. Even the car projects the warning on its screen. “WARNING,” it blasts, seeming to cause physical harm, even more so than the storm. “THIS AREA IS IN TORNADO WARNING UNTIL 5 PM.” It has come to the point where you can place your hand on the roof and feel the shape of the hail now pelting your poor car in every direction. You try and take shelter, resting under a bypass with several other cars, nestled together like sardines. While you whisper a silent prayer, you hear your family do the same. Gallons of water crash over your sheltered head like tidal waves, their undertow rolling off your windshield. The tornado’s here. It’s been here since the warning was posted, miles away. But you hold onto the two things you have left: Family and faith. Faith that God is here, that he has never failed and isn’t going to start now. Faith that the storm will pass. Time past slowly in those few minutes, as if every time a grass plant blew by, every time the car shook, every McDonalds cup that hit the side of the car was pixelated when, out of nowhere, the hail ceases and the rain significantly lightens. Over your head, this ring, this halo in the clouds through which the sun is shining through passes over, like the eye of a hurricane. The minutes my family spent in the storm are some of the most terrifying, yet holy we’ve ever witnessed. Amen.

Disciple of God Award

Today I witnessed 11 young adults get awarded the disciple of God award! They received these awards for their leadership projects that are geared at helping the less fortunate and drive awareness to Christ’s love in this world! So very proud of them and it was a great demonstration of God’s works when we become the hands and feet for our Lord.

Painted Canyon

After a VERY stressful day,( By that I mean a tornado touching down right next to us, not to mention inside the car. I prayed that My family and I would be ok. A few hours after the scariest moment of my life, I prayed for the second time: That it will not EVER happen to me or my family again. And Holy cats! When I saw this beauty, I forgot every single bad thought that the tornado had not stopped. Thank you god.

He gives me strength to do anything!

In 2015 I prayed the Lord would give me strength to be bold with my faith! The idea to run the Twin Cities marathon came to mind and I knew the Lord placed the idea in my head.  It was the most powerful day of my life! I never felt closer to the Lord than by doing something to boast on his behalf. He’s blessed me with the will but also the sense to recognize when he is speaking to me thru my thoughts, and I thank the Lord for being there always, you have truly blessed my life, thank you!

God Answers

Before my big game, I prayed to God that I would play for him and that his will would be done through our game and also through me. That night, I had played the best game I had ever played in my life and it took me a couple days later to realize why I had played so well… it was because I played for God and not just myself. You may not see how God is working through you at the time, but once you do… everything looks different.

sunrise

Sunrises have always been special to me. They remind me that no matter what has happened the previous day….God gives us a fresh start. In the morning. All you need to do is accept it.

Grandma K. turns 100

Celebrated Grandma’s 100th birthday this past weekend. Wonderful to see the many friends and family gathered to thank the Lord for the blessing she is.

Stepping up their faith

Today I witnessed nine young adults take on the role of leading FCA (Fellowship Christian Athletes) next year! In a world where Jesus isn’t allowed in our schools, this is a big step in helping to shine the light and get the word out! I commend them for not sitting on the sidelines, but getting on the field and remaining bold in their faith! A great example!

Just kickin’ it at Champlin Park

Hard to believe that this is really my job! God has blessed me with teaching in my community at Champlin Park High School. Yesterday, we combined classes from Champlin Park High and Oxbow Creek Elementary to play kickball together. What a treat it was to see them work together and interact! And the best part was my own children got to participate!

Motivation!

I must admit, I’ve been struggling with the best way to get the Word out and spark adoption of WonderMarker and needed a bit of positive reinforcement in this ministry. Well I never would have guessed that my UBER driver would be the messenger to deliver that boost. We got to talking about Portland and he mentioned that he believed there was a need for more churches, as he said it was the least churched major metro! It was a perfect on-ramp to tell him about WonderMarker! His reinforcement and input was exactly what I needed from another believer, one that I didn’t already know as a friend! Thank you Lord for speaking and supporting me thru others, in places I’d never expect!