marathon

I prayed quite a bit about running another marathon this year and I wondered where God wanted me these past few months. I put one foot in front of the other and checked off run after run as I prayed. And last week, we completed a wonderful race- I had the privledge of running with such beautiful and strong and faithful girls every step of the way. God is great and I am so thankful!

A few words, smiles, and tears

Tear jerking moment:
As some of you all know Kristen and I did a huge home show in Minneapolis the last weekend in March and first weekend in April 2018. Lots of fun, stress, learning, and again…FUN!! But there was one moment that I need to let you all know about and how Chalk Couture made a moms day and her daughters. They came into our booth and I ask if they had any questions with what we were doing. The mom said no they were just passing thru. But the daughter looked like she was interested. The mom told me that her daughter was autistic (somewhat nonverbal). PERFECT!! I was a PCA for a while. I asked her mom if it was ok if I could show her daughter a demo. The daughter never made eye contact or really engaged…yet. Long story short. The demo put a smile on the daughters face. The daughter said “WOW”. Then I had her do a small project. Mom is watching all this as she is in tears. I let the daughter take her project home at no charge. As the two left our booth, I ran over to my wife (yes, with tears in my eyes…just not rolling down my cheek….I am a man and we don’t cry…total lie there!!) I ask my wife if I could run a give the daughter one of our leather cuffs the she had made with the CC ink. Of course she said yes. I found the mother and daughter team, asked the mother if it was ok if I gave the daughter the leather cuff. Mom said yes. As i gave it to the daughter…MOTHER STARTS CRYING AGAIN!! Because the daughter said…”Thank you!” Remember…she was somewhat nonverbal and autistic. Thank you Chalk Couture for making a product that is so easy that I could have that experience and make a mothers day. And yes the daughters day was made as well. It is times like that that make the stressful times of life totally worth it!! Anyway, I just thought I should share that with you all because it was a time in this crazy world that made three peoples day using Chalk Couture!!
Denver
(This was copied from a private group that my wife and I are on on Facebook, but thought it was something everyone should hear.)

  • : 04/07/2018

Devotion from Young Christians

Two freshmen gave a devotion today at FCA at Champlin Park High School. An amazing display of faith, empathy, and conviction as they gave an Easter focused message we can and should all relate to as Christians. Great job girls!

  • : 04/10/2018 07:12

First Holy Communion

Witnessed 20+ 4th graders accept First Holy Communion in taking a big step in their faith journey. Very exciting to see faith grow in children!

  • : 04/08/2018 12:00

He Is Risen!

I woke up early Easter Sunday and as I looked out the window, the sunrise looked like a cross. What a beautiful way to start the day we honor Jesus and his ultimate sacrifice.

  • : 04/01/2018 06:46

Is this someone’s phone?

I parked my car on Main Street in Maple Grove and rushed in to my barre’ class. After about 5 minutes of being there, a woman walked in off of the street and asked if the person who owned the white Land Rover which was parked a few doors down was in the studio. She had found my phone with my credit cards and licence in a snowbank by my car door. Because this woman, my day was made!

  • : 02/25/2018

Inky Johnson Inspiration

What an amazing example of perseverance when the chips are down! He could have packed it in and wallowed in misfortune, but he didn’t. It was a great demonstration of faith, and wasn’t a coincidence I had the privilege to watch it first hand! He speaks to us thru others!

  • : 02/22/2018 13:38

Interfaith Service

We felt very blessed to be a part of the interfaith service at Westminster Presbyterian Church which kicked off the week leading up to Super Bowl LII. It was a gathering of people of all different faith backgrounds joining together to prevent homelessness.

  • : 01/28/2018 00:00

Best Buddy Gift

I have to admit that I didn’t even want a dog at first, but after having Hazel join our family I realized Her arrival was an absolute blessing to our lives! She helps relieve anxiety and stress on a daily basis, what a gift!

  • : 02/16/2018 13:34

Sunrise

Spectacularly vivid colors visualized in a morning sunrise.

  • : 02/15/18

Adult and Teen Challenge Testimonial

The choir came to Servant of Christ and gave testimony that stirred faith and passion to help people who could have been written off, an opportunity to be an example and inspirational to others in His name!

  • : 11/12/2017 10:00

Prisoner’s Sentence Overturned after Two Years of Appeals

A brother in Christ who has been actively attending Bible study at the Lino Lakes Prison was notified that his sentence and appeals were changed to not guilty. He’s been in jail for two years now and has steadfast faith throughout his time as he fought thru the process. I admire his conviction and believe he was placed in my life to show me that under all circumstances, we must hold true to what is right, and fight thru, no matter what the challenge is that has been placed in front of us! Everything happens at Godspeed! A true miracle in my eyes!

  • : 01/30/2018 08:00

WonderMarker Becomes a Reality

Creation and reality of WonderMarker starts to come to life. It’s amazing He has provided the idea, the desire to make it reality, and has brought it to fruiting. All praise goes to Him and I look forward to all that is possible in changing lives for the better!

  • : 12/01/2017 19:00

Adult and Teen Challenge

People from Adult and Teen Challenge sang to the congregation today and provided testimony to how the Lord is changing their lives for the better.  The testimonies are impactful to everyone who hears them and provide appreciation to Gods grace being for everyone, regardless of past or challenges in our lives.  True blessing!

  • : 11/12/2017 10:00

New Job at Pivotal

I was approached by Pivotal about a role, that truly intrigued me and was one that I wanted to accept, yet I felt like I owed my current company at least a year. I was only about 7 months into my current role, so I prayed that the Lord would make it obvious what I should do, and the very next day, my current company announced that it was laying off everyone associated with selling the solution to the enterprise space. Talk about a quick answer to my prayers, as it was obvious He wanted me to take this new role. I accepted it and it was a true blessing! The Power of Prayer is real!!!

  • : 10/26/2017 12:00

Helping the Erickson’s

Two Champlin Park students started up a campaign to raise money for Mr. Erickson and his wife to assist with medical bills.  They were able to raise $13,955 in 16 days, with contributions by 589 donators!  Talk about a selfless act of kindness to get things going, God is definitely at work thru these girls!

  • : 11/14/2017 18:00