Baskets of Champagne

2017-10-12T09:16:59+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Encouragement, Growth, Journey, Love|

As we felt the bottom of the basket lift off the ground, Adam asked the pilot, “how many times have you done this?”. The man pulling the trigger that blew fire into the balloon smiled, laughed, and said, “oh only a couple times”. We all stared at him. His face softened and he let out a belly laugh. “This is probably my 500th flight, I live for this stuff.” We all breathed a sigh [...]

He is Vast & Beautiful

2017-08-28T11:56:22+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Discipleship, Encouragement, Growth, Journey|

As I sit here in the dark of my room, I think of all the places I have been & all the places I want to go. One thing that I love about traveling is that I always learn more about myself, God, and others. To see different cultures, landscapes, and people somehow makes my view of God a little bit bigger. I have been a Christian pretty much my whole life, so on [...]

Free & Whole: Lies & Truth

2017-08-25T08:22:06+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Encouragement, Event, Growth|

As a continuation of our Free & Whole event in May, we invited Claudia Davis to spend time with us and share a message that has been life-changing for her.Claudia is a licensed clinical social worker/therapist and she has her own practice here in Fort Wayne, Providence Counseling.This is a recording of what she shared Wednesday evening, July 26. Lies We Believe and the Power of Knowing the Truth Claudia Davis [...]

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Free & Whole

2017-06-13T08:55:59+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Discipleship, Encouragement, Event, The Gospel, Women|

On Saturday, May 13, 2017 the women of Northeast church gathered together for a Free & Whole day workshop. The following is the welcome provided to the women within their programs and recordings of two of our speakers. We apologize as Ashley VonGunten's recording started late, missing the first few minutes of her time of sharing. We hope these things will give you hope and encouragement for whatever you face today. [...]

To Be

2017-04-12T10:02:14+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Courage, Encouragement, God's Story, The Gospel|

I studied to be an actor. In preparing for a role I work through a script and verb my lines. I ask myself, What is fueling the words I say? To entice. To defend. To fight. To hold. To be. As in “To be or not to be? that is the question.” Man is that the question. William Shakespeare understood the struggle humanity has for significance in this life. The Oxford Dictionary defines the [...]

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To Be Proud Of

2017-01-13T09:40:31+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Courage, Encouragement, Growth, Hardship|

"For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over."  –F. Scott Fitzgerald Starting over. Each and every year we have an opportunity to start afresh. Honestly you have that same opportunity every day. Every moment can be a redirection of attitude. You could [...]

God With Us

2017-01-12T10:49:35+00:00 December 11th, 2016|Advent|

Women of NE, You are invited to be our contributors this month as we consider and connect through the following question: How are you experiencing Jesus as Emmanuel, “God with us” this advent season? Reply to this post and share: words/memoir, a journalistic photo, a photo of something you’ve created, a poem, a link to a favorite song, or a tradition that points you/your family to Emmanuel. Your creativity is not limited to this list; [...]

Infertility / A Life-Giving Teacher

2017-01-12T13:35:17+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Courage, Growth, Hardship|

For three and a half years now, I have walked life alongside infertility. At the beginning, the word infertility felt so cold to me, and daunting. Over the years, it has morphed into a familiar, stern teacher, not unlike Much Afraid's guides in Hinds Feet on High Places. (Read that book if you have not.) The final years of my twenties and half of my marriage have been accompanied by infertility. Though unplanned and still [...]

Experience Wine Differently

2017-01-12T13:36:01+00:00 September 2nd, 2016|Courage, Discipleship, Encouragement, Growth|

So the other evening after putting the kids down for bed, Andre and I sat down in front of our TV to watch a documentary on Netflix, something that has become somewhat of a habit after having kids.  Unbeknownst to me, my husband had been searching the documentary list earlier in the day and had found one called “Somm:  Into the bottle.” This particular documentary was about sommeliers: a term used to describe a person [...]

Of Rocks & Life & Other Things

2017-01-12T13:36:56+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Encouragement, Growth|

A handful of weeks ago I found myself with a rare break from the busyness and routineness of daily life, ankle deep in warm sand, hands on hips, looking out over the vast ocean-like expanse of Lake Michigan, searching for the opposite shoreline.  Above me, a shockingly blue sky dotted here and there with hovering white clouds, whose seemingly sole purpose a reminder that indeed I am looking up at the sky and not down [...]