An Invitation to Join Our Support Team + Limited Time Thank You Gift

Are you looking for a way to serve God in your everyday—an opportunity to grow God’s kingdom from the comfort of your living room? What if there was a way for you to play an integral role in an exciting new ministry without changing out of your pj’s or putting makeup on? Would you be interested? If so, grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat a while. I’m still in my pj’s too. So don’t worry about fixing yourself up for this conversation. If we’ve never met before, my name is Sarah Koontz, and I’m sure we have a…

Three Ways to Build Enduring Hope in God | By Chioma Oparadike

Have you ever experienced a season full of such difficulty and discouragement, you struggled to remember the good times? Struggled to find God’s goodness in the midst of all your worries, heartache, and pain? When we are in that dark place, it’s easy to lose sight of God’s promises. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace. -Rom. 15:13 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. -Lam. 3:21 This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory. -1 Cor. 4:17 And even when we do reach out for these promises, they…

Why Jesus Didn’t Exempt Himself from Suffering | by Liz Petruzzi

Jesus wept. –John 11:35 God of the Universe. Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. The Great I AM. These are just a few of the words used to describe God. Yet, even in all His glory, God didn’t exempt Himself from suffering. In the person of Jesus, God became man. Humble, lowly, vulnerable. Jesus Christ knew how it felt to be… Rejected. Betrayed. Scared. Ridiculed. Humiliated. Abused. Jesus experienced both love and loss during his time on earth. He was rejected by his own brothers and betrayed by his closest friends. Jesus was God in flesh, yet He…

How to Embrace God’s Beautiful Design for Your Life – VIDEO

Most people treat spiritual growth like a big juicy apple when they should be treating it like an onion. Rather than working their way towards God’s design for their life one layer at a time, they take big bites and often lose interest after just a few mouthfuls. The purpose of my  Living by Design retreats are to equip women to embrace God’s beautiful design for their lives. Over the course of three-days, we peel off our old selves, layer by layer, and learn how to put on our new self, “created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and…

The Transformative Power of Pain and Suffering | By Jodi Fairclough

Recently, I witnessed a friend experiencing a depth of pain that caused my heart to shatter in sympathy. Her struggle touched a place in me that remembers, all too well, how debilitating and life altering pain can be. Her pain was ugly, unfair, and undeserved. This caused me to revisit my own personal wrestling match with why God allows pain and suffering in the lives of His children. In seasons of distress and unadulterated pain, we are desperate to find an enemy to blame for our discomfort. On some occasions, the provocateur of our pain is easy to identify. A…

Worthy of the Calling Podcast Tour + Exciting New Bible Study

Faith-filled podcasts are warm and inviting like a steaming cup of Earl Grey tea on a brisk fall afternoon.  A simple invitation to rest awhile in the company of new friends. I’d love to have my own podcast someday. But until that day comes, I’ll continue to find great joy in visiting with the talented podcast hosts who graciously invite me onto their shows. It’s sort of like being invited to a new friend’s home for coffee & conversation. They do all the cleaning, baking, and coffee making, and all I have to do is show up and enjoy their…

5 Reasons to Root Your Life in Christ + Ephesians Bible Study

Is your life rooted in Christ? Or are you dipping your rootless stem into the broken vase of this world? One of my favorite things about having a massive garden in my backyard is the ability to cut fresh flowers to adorn little red writing desk each week. This summer I grew daisies, giant zinnias, cosmos, yarrow, snapdragons, and several other colorful blooms. I’d fill a big 5-gallon bucket with freshly cut blooms and invite my daughters to help arrange the flowers in  mason jars to set about the house. Nothing brings the joy of summer into my heart and…

How to Walk Worthy of Your Heavenly Calling + Free Online Bible Study

When I found out I was pregnant with my second child a short 6-months after my first was born, I made two promises to myself.  Once this baby was born… I was going to get a really cute new haircut. I was going to start taking Zumba classes at a local dance studio. I’ll never forget the first time I stepped into that cramped little studio space on Main Street, my freshly cropped hair drawing attention up and away from my post-partum midsection. For 45-minutes, three times per week, I was transported into a different world. It was a magical…

Finding Brave Beauty in A Season Full of Change + A Giveaway

Exactly two days before the eagerly anticipated first day of school, my husband and I decided to homeschool our oldest daughter. She’s struggled with dyslexia the past five years and we just didn’t have a peace about sending her back to traditional school. Everything was fine and dandy until the weekend before school when her anxiety went off the charts (and mine quickly followed). I was discussing my fears and frustrations with my best friend when she posed the simple question: Have you ever considered homeschooling her? Um….no. Not me…never. And with all the stuff on my plate right now….eek!…

How To Escape the Overcommitment Trap | By Karin Peters

“That is not your circus and those are not your monkeys!” My mom’s favorite quote echoes in my mind when I feel suffocated by too many projects or the lack of checks on my to-do list. This is usually when I fall face first into the overcommittment trap. Often, I feel so overwhelmed by my plans that I become frazzled, unorganized and moody to the point I’m hard to be around. It’s not pretty. However, God has a better plan for our time. When we take on tasks never meant to be “under our circus tent”, we feel more spiritually,…