In Search of a Pearl

In Search of a Pearl

I was talking with a colleague in her office the other day when we heard an “oh no!” from the hallway.  Upon investigation, we found a woman in the hall watching as the pearls scattered across the floor from her broken bracelet.  We all knew the pearls were not real, but, nonetheless all three of us began to scurry about searching for and retrieving the pearls so she could reconstruct her bracelet.  They were pretty easy to find… except one.  It eluded us and just happened to be the larger, center pearl in the bracelet.  We searched doorways and corners and under chairs.  We even recruited passersby to assist in the search.  All for naught, the pearl was not to be found. 

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Word of the Year: Identity

Word of the Year: Identity

Post by Therese Kay

This is an unfinished blog post. That may sound a bit odd, but finding my identity in Christ is more than a blog post, more than a word of the year…. it’s actually a life-long project. I cannot do it justice in a single, simple blog post. So, I will be revisiting this theme throughout the year and sharing more as my journey unfolds. What follows are my initial thoughts and Scriptures that I’m pondering. I’m excited to learn what God is going to teach me! I hope you, too, will explore who you are in Christ as well.

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Word of the Year: Opposites

Word of the Year: Opposites

Post by Kathleen Schwab

This year, I wanted my word of the New Year to be Mystery. I hoped to experience the Mystery of God, the things that can't be captured and contained in things like statements of faith, but have to be found and walked in. I also wanted to be open to what God brings into my life, including new people and new directions. Maybe some new artistic skills (lettering! drawing!) would open up new areas of expression for me, and I would find new ways to connect with God through creativity.

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The Road to Heaven Runs Through Your Pain

The Road to Heaven Runs Through Your Pain

Post by Kathleen Schwab

As I write posts for the Facebook page for our book Messages from God: An Illuminated Devotional, I find myself returning again and again to the idea of pain. I’m not an unhappy person: I promise. I really think I’m amazingly blessed in this life, in personal gifts and in the people in my life. But when I dig into what has shaped my life, I come back to pain again and again.

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Bringer of Light

Bringer of Light

Post by Therese Kay

It's winter and darkness comes early.  The post-work trek to my car is cold and gloomy as I snuggle my coat just a little closer to ward off the chill in the air.  As I approach my car in the parking garage, the lights ahead of me flicker on one-by-one announcing my approach.  The Holy Spirit whispers to me, “This is you, bringer of Light.”  My mind tries to wrap itself around this pronouncement and my heart swells and my knees wobble a bit at all the meanings and implications this has on my life. 

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