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Grace Changes Everything

Psalm 32 Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,[b] whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. […]

Actively Seeking

Lent invites us to actively seek God and the life He is giving us. We were made for relationship with God – a relationship designed to bear fruit.  Are we actively looking for it?   Lent also reminds us that the Lamb is guiding us into that life! We don’t have to search for God’s life, […]

Living in the Tension

Second Sunday of Lent Lent is a season that invites us to acknowledge the tension between the “already, but not yet.”  The tension between being full participants in the Kingdom of God but recognizing we still live in a world that is marred by brokenness, pain and the pending arrival of God’s total restoration.   But […]


When I think of journeying in Shalom, I think of our move to Redding. Growing up a military kid, I moved around the country and overseas numerous times. Since I’ve been married, we’ve lived in 5 states and moved 9 times. We are the model transient family. Each move has brought challenges and joys, sometimes […]

The Author of Me

One of my favorite genres of fiction is Mystery.  I love the whole “something has happened, nobody knows who or how, but one person, through deduction and skill, solves the mystery” formula that is used in almost every story.  And yet, as many mystery stories as I have read, most still seem fresh and new. Why […]