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By Executive Director, Kathy Weckwerth

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 […]

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 […]

Looking Back for God Moments

Looking Back for God Moments

As each year is ushered out with the ringing in of the New Year, I take time to contemplate on life … my life, my job, my family, my friends, and God’s goodness. I look back at the months and ask myself …  where did God meet me? Did I find Him in moments of […]

The Peace of Christmas

The Peace of Christmas

It never fails.  When I get to the Christmas season, I begin to do some comparison shopping.  No, I don’t mean the kind where I’m looking to see if Target has a better sale than Walmart.  I mean, the kind where I look to see … how is everyone else handling things?  How are my relatives, […]

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Thanksgiving Attitudes

Thanksgiving Attitudes

Thanksgiving is a day for friends and family.  We invite people to our homes, cook up huge amounts of food and look at the past year to recite our many blessings that God has bestowed upon us. As a little child, growing up in southwest Iowa, we invited my extended family and everyone would pour […]

Dealing With Frustration

Dealing With Frustration

Over the past few weeks I asked God a question I’ve asked Him before.  I asked, “Do you ever feel sad that you created us?”  I wonder what He would say if He was walking next to us like He did with Adam and Eve. The election made some people angry, brought out the worst […]

Big Boots to Fill

Big Boots to Fill

I keep a couple pairs of my daddy’s cowboy boots in my entry way.  They just sit there on a mat next to the closet door, to remind me.  They remind me of the person I want to become, the person I think God needs me to become. When I was little, from the moment […]

The Lake of Life

The Lake of Life

My husband’s family owns a cabin up north.  It’s nothing spectacular or fancy, but just a very simple structure that sits up high on a grassy hill, overlooking a lovely lake. From the wrap-around deck, you can relax and nestle into a comfy chair, sipping your tea, while busy little hummingbirds flit about you, sipping […]

Six Soul Cleaning Steps

Six Soul Cleaning Steps

Soul Cleaning is a much-needed attempt to clear out your heart and mind and get you in a better place to walk away refreshed and restored. In scripture, we will often read the cries of a distressed heart from King David.  After David has been in sin, he cries out to God and says … […]