God's Great Love

God's Great Love

By Trisha Goddard

After living in Paraguay for a year and a half, we had been asked to begin the missions mobilization department to challenge the Latin believers and churches toward what we were passionate about: First Nations and seeing unreached people made aware of the Gospel. Our plans were to do it for only six months while I finished Spanish language study. But when Mike attended a conference with fellow coworkers serving in Latin America, one missionary took him aside and said, “If you are only going to do missions mobilization for six months, you would be better off going to Mexico and sitting on the beach.”

How does God show His love for us?

How does God show His love for us?

By Ann Woelfel

The Christmas season was upon us, hurried weeks of hopeful anticipation leading to the birth of Jesus.  The event that is most demonstrative of God’s love for mankind in all of history. I was certain that a big idea for this blog would come to me, one that people could relate to. I watched and waited. I sought scripture verses by memory and with the help of Google. I prayed. 

Numbering Our Days

Numbering Our Days

by Steve Akin

Moses was 80 when he wrote what we call Psalm 90 – the oldest psalm. God worked through him to free His chosen people. As they waited at the southern border of God’s promised land, he sent a few guys ahead of the encampment to get a feel for the strength of the enemy. Upon hearing the enemy was big and scary, the newly rescued Israelites chose not to put their trust in the One who had miraculously freed them.

Fear vs. Trust

Fear vs. Trust

By Catherine Alles

I have a common and irrational fear of the dark. As a kid – and even sometimes now – when I had to turn off a light downstairs, I’d run as fast as I could to the top, looking back to make sure no monsters were following me. These days, when I wake up as early as 5 a.m. to go to work, it can still feel eerie when the streets are empty and everything is silent and dark.

I Remember

I Remember

By Maureen Kasdorf

As I sat in the steamy bathroom with my little one, holding him close to ease his fear while the coughing wracked his little body, I remembered. “Lord, heal this little boy. Give him relief. Calm his body and spirit.” I remembered that each of my children has had a few bouts with croup and always in the middle of the night. I remembered the words of Psalm 63.

Expectations for Christmas Morning

Expectations for Christmas Morning

By Bryan Marvel

A few years ago, while sitting on the living room floor full of wrapping paper and ripped open boxes, my wife and I were discussing how the morning had gone. Did the kids like their presents? Are there traditions we want to start next year that we weren't able to do this year? Did we do a good job recovering the true meaning of Christmas amidst our culture’s consumeristic frenzy?

God With Us

God With Us

By Cora Alles 

My hands are glued to the steering wheel and my eyes to the road. I forget how cramped my right leg is, I tune out the Christmas music on the radio, and my senses are heightened. I am totally focused on the highway ahead of me. As a snowy, rainy, icy mixture pours down and darkness surrounds my little Honda Accord like a thick cloak, I feel fear creep into my mind. What if my windshield wipers stop working and I can’t see anything? What if another driver loses control and crashes into me? What if I slide off the road into a ditch?

God is Always With Us

God is Always With Us

By Carol Becwar

Every November, I think about the pain we experienced when our young son died. Entering that Advent season, I prayed for peace, yet my aching heart felt cheated. Beyond the pain, I saw only a dark mist shrouding any possibility of future happiness. How could God allow my sweet little one to suffer and die at such a tender age? How could it be His will to leave us alone, steeped in grief?

The Nearness of God

The Nearness of God

By Steve Akin

To be with us is to be for us.

Think about a time where you made the conscious choice to be with someone. You could be with others, but you choose this person. You could be doing other things, but no. You want to be at their side, walking with them, listening to them, and looking for a chance to catch a glimpse of their beautiful eyes. Maybe they will let you hold their hand. Oh, that would be the best. Truly the best.

Love in Action

Love in Action

By Trisha Goddard

We were excited when Meadowbrook Church expressed the desire to send a team to Paraguay to participate and serve in the First Nations Conference! The MBC team of four arrived on October 3, tired from their trip from Chicago to Asuncion, and yet, at the same time, with smiles on their faces. The next morning after breakfast at the guest house, they walked to our house, just four blocks away. I can only guess what a culture shock it was hearing Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Korean being spoken by the five men who were staying with us.

Doing Small Things with Great Love

Doing Small Things with Great Love

by Kelsey Sorvick

As a mom to a small child, I often feel that I'm dwelling in the land of little, monotonous tasks. Diapers and feedings, constant redirection of unwanted behavior, and the cleaning up of tiny messes blur together until I could go through the motions in my sleep. But I do the small things gladly. Despite how insignificant they may seem, I try to remember that those little labors add up. Being intentional in the small moments flows from the great love that I have for my daughter.

Comfort in the Unchanging

Comfort in the Unchanging

By Brooke Fossell

This year has been a time of transition for the Fossell household. Mike and I are empty nesters, as all four of our sons are living elsewhere. I finished school and began a chaplain internship. Our last remaining pet died. Since I couldn’t bear the empty house without SOME life, I got another parakeet. We’re looking at more change in the coming year. Two of our sons are engaged to wonderful young women, with weddings planned for this December and next June. I’ll be looking for a more permanent work situation when my internship ends in February.