Standing in Jesus’ Tomb

Standing in Jesus’ Tomb

My heart raced as I held my breath. It happened so quickly, I’d had no warning to prepare my heart and head for where I was and what I was feeling. Our small tour group had been told we’d see the tomb where they were almost positive Jesus was placed in, but I never imagined I’d actually stand inside it!

Balancing the Bunny

Balancing the Bunny

The Easter Bunny.... what’s not to love? A human-sized rodent, dressed in his Sunday best, delivers candy and stuffed animals to children on Easter morning. Not only does he come bearing gifts, but this bunny happens to have an abundance of eggs that he likes to hide in yards and bushes and.....wait...... what?



Celebrating Grace Gifts: An Interview with Kathy Boeckman

Celebrating Grace Gifts:  An Interview with Kathy Boeckman

I find myself thinking a lot about grace during the Lent season. Simply put, it’s the unearned, unmerited kindness that God grants us. Grace is the evidence of His hand on our lives, sometimes easier to see when looking at the lives of others.

How’s Your Bible Reading?

How’s Your Bible Reading?

At the end of 2018, our Women’s Ministry Director, Vickey Banks (whom I often refer to as “Mom”), challenged us to join her in a very doable Bible Reading Plan beginning January 1st. Our hope was that women would join the reading plan, have conversations about God’s Word, and build community within our women’s ministry…

Into the Land He Possessed

Into the Land He Possessed

“I want to go there before I die.” Whenever I tell people about my trip to the Holy Land, this is the response I often get. And can you blame them? What Bible-believing person wouldn’t want to walk the same road that their Savior walked thousands of years ago? So, what’s stopping them? What’s stopping you?

Beyond the Green: Celebrating the Legacy of St. Patrick

Beyond the Green: Celebrating the Legacy of St. Patrick

How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Most likely you go to a parade, wear green, pinch some people, watch the Chicago River turn green, or get a green drink. It’s a fun holiday in America, but do you even know what you are celebrating?

Hold Fast, My Sisters

Hold Fast, My Sisters

It wasn’t long ago that when the word “Lent” was spoken, all that came to my mind was the tiny bits of string or fabric that I use a roller to pull off my clothes. Much to my confusion, it wasn’t lint my new church was talking about, but instead it was the beautiful time of fasting leading up to Easter… Lent. As an evangelical, I found it an adjustment to…

How Lent Changed Me

How Lent Changed Me

I grew up in a home and church that did not observe the Lent season. Easter was a fun and festive day of worship, a delicious meal, Easter egg hunting and family photos with my cousins in our new “Easter outfits,” but I honestly hadn’t given much thought to Lent until several years ago when our pastor introduced it as a season to be observed and celebrated. I didn’t have a context…