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5 Tips for Back to School

5 Tips for Back to School

5 Tips for Back to School With Executive Director, Kathy Weckwerth  “…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15b Friends, It’s here!  Back to school.  Fall and back to school means organization … and I love organization.  It means people are more focused, on task and getting back into […]

Can You Live With Silence

Can You Live With Silence

The first thing I do after I open my eyes in the morning is talk to God.  Then, I talk to Farmer Dean.  Then, I turn the music on at my house. My brother calls it “grocery store music,” but I call it music from the 1940s and 50s.  It’s soothing to my soul.  As […]

The Fundraiser in the Grove

The Fundraiser in the Grove

Last weekend was the 4th annual fund raiser for Best Life Ministries.  The week before the event, the farmer and I worked diligently to prepare every single detail to make things comfortable, welcoming, and enjoyable. We always think about what will help people experience a glimpse into the past, and one of my favorite things […]

The Wedding

The Wedding

There is a hot spring breeze blowing through the big trees outside the living room.  As I look past the tops of those trees, I see my beloved little 1900’s church steeple and think about yesterday.  It was a milestone for us both. Since I was a little four-year-old sitting next to Daddy in the […]

What’s New in the Grove~ a cabin

What’s New in the Grove~ a cabin

Five years ago, a woman in my hometown said to my friend, “How come she gets to have a church?”  Farmer Dean and I were slightly miffed.  Not because we thought it had merit, but because we thought … why doesn’t she get to have a church! For those of us who are dreamers and […]

What’s in Your Closet

What’s in Your Closet

  In television comedies, like I Love Lucy, an actor opens a surreptitiously bulging door to a storage area and is buried in an avalanche of junk. Something similar happened one day when all three of my daughters visited my home. My youngest, Jenessa, tried to open the basement closet door. A small pow-wow between […]

What Christ Wasn’t Afraid Of

What Christ Wasn’t Afraid Of

Our greatest example of what it looks like to be real and authentic is  Jesus Christ In Matthew 14:14, Jesus isn’t afraid to heal others. “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” In John 11 Jesus isn’t afraid to cry in front of others. “Jesus […]

Wintry Days & Depression

Wintry Days & Depression

So many times during long Minnesota winters, I find my friends discouraged and down, and even walk through depression myself.  Here’s the truth, whether you live in the dark days of Minnesota, Michigan or Wisconsin, or you’re walking in the sunshine of California or Arizona, every single one of us faces depression at one time […]

Becoming a Person of Authenticity

Becoming a Person of Authenticity

  This topic takes me back to 6th grade.  A girl who had been in my same class year after year didn’t like me.  I walked home with her from school and said, “I’m so sorry we haven’t gotten along very well.  I’d really like to try to be friends.” If that wasn’t real and […]

Keeping Your Foothold on Shaky Ground

Keeping Your Foothold on Shaky Ground

I remember four years ago when our little 1900’s church was moved to the south grove at our farm.  It was a time of great excitement, deep joy, and happy anticipation. As a few trees were cleared, grounds were measured, cement blocks were put into place and we awaited the arrival of the beautiful old […]