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The Day Our Sin Was Removed by Gloria Toti

  December, you barely left and now you are back.   I have to tell on myself, I still have two small trees in my garage that I intended to put in the attic.   Well, I guess putting my tree’s up this year just got a bit easier.   Well, maybe not.  I will now be wiping […]

The Power of Blessing by Nita Kuehn

Have you ever intentionally blessed someone – besides when they sneezed?  While it is deeply rooted biblically, it is often overlooked in our Western culture.  Truth is – we are missing out on some amazingly incredible results! The scriptures are filled with examples of all kinds of blessing one another and of course, God’s many […]

Voice Your Thankfulness by Gloria Toti

The day where we consumed more calories and carbs than most days is now officially over, but Thanksgiving is not just a day where we cook and eat more food than we should.   It’s the day where we are reminded to allow gratitude to spill over into each new day we live through.  We are […]

I Am Grateful by Vicky Palmer

It’s a quiet morning with a major chill in the air this week before Thanksgiving. I can see the frost on the lawn from my window and feel the tug of memories of this season. As I sit under a favorite cozy blanket, fresh coffee in hand preparing to begin my quiet time with God’s […]

Smart At Life by Gloria Toti

Have you ever read words in the Bible where your eyes looked away with a mini attitude?   I have.  I have felt my eyes move away from God’s promises at a breakneck speed in order keep the pain in my heart at bay.  My heart wants to scream, yeah right, as in that can’t be […]

God Takes Care Of His Children Diane Qubty

Picture a group of mommies sitting in a living room trying to visit while their preschoolers play.  There’s a scream from the playroom and mom #1 recognizes her daughter.  She slowly gets up and tells everyone not to worry.  Little Suzy is going through a screaming phase.  In a few minutes there’s a loud cry […]

Limitless by Deanna Duncan

I squealed in delight.  The long exposure was ruined, but as I stood in the glacial lagoon, I had just been bumped by ice that may have been here when Jesus born.  How cool (pun intended) was that? Let me back up a bit.  I adore landscape photography.  It provides a means of capturing the […]

The Power Of Voting by Gloria Toti

  Has there ever been a time in your life where you simply wanted to shrug your shoulders and say – why even bother to vote?  Does it matter? I’m sure many individuals have thought those words.   This morning as I was reading my Bible, I couldn’t help but think of how things are done in […]

” Kisses From Our King ” by Tina Gonzalez

Psalms 85:10 “Steadfast Love and faithfulness meet, righteousness and peace kiss each other.” In the past few months, I’ve had the wonderful pleasure of watching the Lord do some beautiful things in the lives of friends and family, as well as my own. A dear friend of mine referred to these small and sometimes big […]

Developing The Leader In You by Gloria Toti

What are you doing with your life? What difference do you want your life to make?  What do you want to happen because you have lived another day?  If you say, I don’t even think like that, I just get up and do what I’ve got to do.  If that is your rhythm, then you […]

Heart Check by Leslie Rhodes

As I am writing this today, I am at a hospital in Dallas waiting for my niece, Colby to come out of a procedure to correct a heart condition she has had from birth but only recently became aware that it existed.  It has caused me to question what things are affecting our hearts that […]

Things Are Heating Up By Gloria Toti

  Last week, we talked about our T-cells being in optimal shape. In order to stay healthy physically, we need our immune systems strong.  We also spoke of our W-cells as in worship cells being exercised to keep us in the best spiritual shape as well. I’m not sure if you noticed but the universal […]

Hidden by Nita Kuehn

My dear friends, as most of you know, I spend a large portion of my days mentoring and ministering.  Over and over again I encounter beautiful gifted people with deep wounds from the past.  Often, after getting to know each other, the conversation will turn to: “I’ve never told anyone this,  but when I was…” […]

They Look Drunk by Gloria Toti

Our T-cells have to be engaged for our bodies to stay healthy, but how do our souls stay healthy? We engage our W-cells.  As in worship cells.  Rejoicing when we don’t feel like it isn’t hypocrisy; it’s obedience. I love how the Bible doesn’t make us view the lives of those who went before us […]

Encourage One Another by Linda Johnson

We are told several times in the Bible to encourage one another. Why do you think this is important and how should we go about it? Let’s look at one example in scripture, that of Elizabeth and Mary. Elizabeth was well up in her years when she found favor with God and became pregnant for the […]

Your Heartbeat Was Present at Six Weeks by Gloria Toti

Did you see this past week how gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made claims that there is “no such thing” as a fetal heartbeat at six weeks into pregnancy?  She argued the heartbeat at six weeks is a “a social construct that has more to do with the anticipation of future outcomes and little to do […]

A Mayan Adventure–revisited by Deanna Duncan

I’m sitting here, staring at the ocean and musing on the goodness of the Lord.  True goodness.  Unspeakable goodness.  Eleven years ago, I was sitting in this same place unaware that I was about to meet a man who the Lord would use to change my life and that of my family.  He has no […]

Your Life Matters by Gloria Toti 

Did you wake up this morning wondering what God would accomplish on earth this day?  What happens if I add the words “through your life” at the end of that sentence?  Did you wake up this morning wondering what God would accomplish on earth this day through your life? Part of His divine plan includes using your […]

Sidewalks by Tina Gonzalez

Romans12:2 – What’s more, don’t let yourselves be squeezed into the shape dictated by the present age. Instead, be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you can work out what Gods will is- what is good, acceptable and complete. Just a few short days ago, a nice young man was seeking prayer […]

God Is Better Than Google Maps by Gloria Toti

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). What do those words mean to you today? Have you even heard those words before?   Those words mean a lot to my heart in this season, and ironically, those words have always meant a lot to me.  In each season of my life, […]

A New Beginning by Dianna Huber

Have you ever waited in eager expectation for a new season to begin?  For as long as I can remember, I’ve been in awe of missionaries.  Maybe it’s the magazine I “read” at five years old with cool pictures of people ministering in exotic worlds.  Maybe it was the book I read as a fourth […]

WHOOPS! By Nita Kuehn

Last week by husband accidentally blew a circuit breaker in our house when he plugged in a faulty power cord.  We lost all power and everything went dark!  Fortunately, we have a wonderful son-in-law who came over and restored the power and the darkness was dispelled. I couldn’t help but think of Adam and Eve.  […]

A Righteous Request by Gloria Toti

During our weekly online community group, one of our friends asked a sincere question about forgiveness…it was clear that God was doing something new and beautiful in her life.   If we haven’t already, may all of us come to the season in our lives where we ask God to help us forgive those who were […]

Love’s Reward by Gloria Toti

Labor Day 2022 is upon us, and today I want to say thank you for all the work you have accomplished this year.  God see’s it all.  When many forget to say thank you, God never does.  He takes note of all we do.   Many of us will be off on Monday to enjoy some […]

Sand & Stars by Tina Gonzalez

He took him outside and said, ” Look-up at the sky and count the stars if indeed you can count them.” Then He said to him, ” So shall your offspring be.” Abraham believed The Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:5-6 I will certainly bless you and make your descendants […]

Soul Care – We All Need It by Gloria Toti

Not sure what is the million dollar question is for you, but today I have three soul- questions for you to consider.  What do you do to rejuvenate your soul?   Do you believe chaos and consistency work together to create something beautiful in your life?  What expectations are you putting over yourself right now […]

Money Didn’t Buy This, Love Did by Gloria Toti

It’s hard to believe that Carl and I just had an anniversary.  We’ve been married for 33 years, that’s a long time friends.  No wonder our boys are getting closer to the 3-digit range.  How can that be?  If I were to use three words to sum up the Toti journey, I would say – […]

Struggle Bus by Deanna Duncan

I’m struggling guys.  Like really struggling.  Over the next six weeks, we are traveling quite a bit and our go to move is to call a lovely friend to come over and house sit—it’s a perfect solution that always works so I was knocked for a loop when our daughter suggested an alternative plan. “What […]

Do You Feel Safe? By Gloria Toti

Do you feel vulnerable in this world of ours?   I do. It feels like we have a nation without walls. I know that my future grandchildren will grow up in this world.  Ouch…   I must remind myself that God chose me to be alive at this time, and He has a plan. My job is […]

Preparation For The New School Year by Joyce Herron

As we creep upon the beginning of a new school year, my mind wanders back over many years to the 1930’s and 40’s.  Mother would take me and my two sisters to the J.C. Penny yardage store where we would choose pretty yardage, lace, rick rack, buttons, and ribbons for our new school dresses.  She […]

Really Disney! By Gloria Toti

Disney, you’ve gone too far this time.   Do you think moms and grand-moms are not paying attention to you?  We are.   You think you are a better parent than we are – you are not.   The hearts and young minds in our homes are not for your taking. We are not going to sit idly […]

How Did That Happen? By Vicky Palmer

The daily process of life allows us to meet new people. Some we remember well, and some we forget. Then, there are some we meet and the internal alarm goes off inside our souls. We know God is up to something beautiful. I have to say the first time I met Vicky Palmer was a […]

Who Likes To Be Called Foolish by Gloria Toti

We are all familiar with Jesus dying on the cross, being raised from the dead, and appearing to Mary Magdalene, but have we missed the details of how God’s people were heartbroken because they had a different ending to this story of Jesus. In Luke 24 we see Cleopas, and another receive a question from […]

Good Food by Nita Kuehn

Occasionally, John and I will head out for dinner.  Often, the conversation goes something like this:  Nita:  “Honey, where would you like to go?”  John:  “I don’t know.  I just want some good food!” Now, because I have lived with John over 50 years, I know that usually means that he wants a well-seasoned steak […]

Humans Are Not Like Caterpillars by Gloria Toti

Not even young kids would confuse a caterpillar with a butterfly. It’s true that caterpillars become butterflies!  Each caterpillar has the power to transform and change into something new because it was designed by God to do so with its own unique DNA. As adults, we understand the concept of metamorphosis; young children are a […]

Mama Kitty by Diane Qubty

For years my mom and dad shooed the cats away while they fed the birds.  Then along came Mama Kitty.  She endeared herself to them.  My dad will sit on the front porch and visit with her and make sure that she is fed.  My mom actually warms milk up to give to her and […]

Redefining Love by Gloria Toti

I heard an expression this past week that challenged my theology… “Love is Love” In a world of FINDING YOUR PEOPLE in the sea of humanity, as we talked about last week, it can be a daunting endeavor to find lasting connection.  Every cell of our being knows when we have it and when we […]

The Ache For Connection Is Real by Gloria Toti

Do you believe that true, radical connection is what you were built for? It’s true, and if your soul dared whisper NOT ME, your nose may have grown a lovely inch or two like Mr. Pinocchio himself.  Our souls yearn for community.  We know there is a people group for us.  Yet, too many of […]

Roe v. Wade Has Fallen – Now What? by Gloria Toti

Sometimes the good done by one person will completely cancel the evil done by another. This past week, good won over evil when Roe v. Wade was extracted out the womb of the highest court of the law… in Godly-Reformation-Style.  I love it.  The decision to end Roe v. Wade will save millions of lives, but […]

Here I Go Again by Deanna Duncan

Nehemiah is a pretty crazy book.  We start with a man in captivity who has risen through the ranks to be in a position of great influence—cupbearer to King Artaxerxes of Persia.  His brother comes to visit and tells him about the conditions of the remnant of Jews in Jerusalem.  It breaks Nehemiah. As soon […]

Sparkling Gems by Tina Gonzalez

SPARKLING GEMS “Singing and Dancing in Heavenly Realms” If these Walls could Talk If these Walls could Say Portraits of People Memories Displayed My youngest son Zion just graduated from High School and we just finished a glorious celebration of his accomplishments and hard work as both of my sons have set their sights and […]

Songwriting 101 by Gloria Toti

  Do you like to sing?  While in church this past Sunday, I realized how much freedom God has brought into my life and I sing. Girls…I SING.  Now I show up knowing living what Psalm 40:3 says:   “He has put a new song in my mouth – praise to our God; many will see […]

Sold Out By Nita Kuehn

Yes, that item high on my list was no longer in stock. How frustrating! What could I possibly do to find another – or would I have to recalibrate and change the direction of my desires? In 2020/21 we found ourselves doing a lot of that.  We stood in lines for toilet paper; searched for […]

Is Your Brain Tired by Gloria Toti

Friends, are you seeing or feeling what is going on all around us?   Stress wants to be our master.   Our minds are under attack in new ways, and it can lead to unhealthy rhythms if we let it run amuck.  Think about your thought process for about 20 minutes.  I bet negativity is germinating in […]

One Rib Was Enough by Gloria Toti

Friends, today I want to continue the conversation of Jesus and women.  What does it mean for us to follow the lead of the woman who have gone before us?  Obviously, we can’t go to the temple (aka church service) and hear the words of Jesus or see him at walking to the local market […]

Where Do Your Friendships Lead You? by Diane Qubty

Recently I was reading a story in Matthew and it hit me in a way it never had before – honestly, I don’t know that I’d ever even thought about this story much before.  Jesus had just sent a bunch of demons into a herd of pigs and sent them over a cliff.  Maybe that’s […]

The Watering Plan by Deanna Duncan

Yesterday, I walked outside, slipped my shoes off and started dancing.  I spun around in the yard with my hands lifted to the sky and did a laughing/crying thing out pure, sheer gratitude. “Wait,” you might be thinking.  “Didn’t I just read about how your yard was an utter wasteland?” (If you missed it, start […]

Wait, I’m an Enneagram Type-8 by Gloria Toti

Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do? There are times when some of those things might be confusing to us or to those around us…because we are different by God’s design—and that’s a great thing.  Sometimes, the thing we are missing is translation.   All relationships – those that truly matter and […]

LOL! By Nita Kueh

It was in late April when it happened!  Yes, Nita, the often “unshakeable” woman of God got blindsided. Now, even in those threatening types of circumstances, she can often quote scriptures out loud and recover quickly.  But even that did not work this time. You see, the incident impacted not only her ministry, but other […]

Raising Kids Is Not For The Weak by Gloria Toti

This past week we celebrated Mother’s Day. It’s the one day a year where we all reflect on how awesome our moms truly are. While most young kids don’t have a clue what a mom is doing for them, God does.  I believe God purposefully strengthens the hands of moms and grand-moms each day since […]

The Word by Tina Gonzalez

” THE WORD ” The Lord has really been speaking to me about words, and not just any words…..but His words! Words are so important to God that He referred to Himself as ” The Word “. John 1:1- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was […]

I Don’t Agree With You Whoopi Goldberg by Gloria Toti

The news of the leaked draft opinion of how Roe v. Wade is possibly being overturned by the Supreme Court is M.I.R.A.C.U.L.O.U.S. We know this can be called a modern-day miracle.   History of great proportion is being written in our day.  We have seen it with our very own eyes. What a day to be alive […]

A Prayer For My Daughters by Meagan Goyne

Dear Heavenly Father, “I pray that as parents we do our best in raising our girls to know your Word and your unconditional love. I pray that they see themselves through you and not the awful world we live in. I pray if they feel self doubt, unworthiness, and hopelessness that they turn to you […]

Excuse Me, We Can Hear You by Gloria Toti

Have you ever stopped to listen to the conversations people around you are having?   It’s kind of like eavesdropping but not really.  Through no fault of your own, the words sprinkle your ears only because you were in close proximity.   I think we’ve all heard an extra conversation, or two, that threatened to […]

Is It Worth the Cost? by Deanna Duncan

It was the stuff of nightmares. Sixteen people were in the kitchen milling about, laughing and enjoying life.  Dinner was just about ready and friends were starting to pick up their plates off of the table in the dining room.  I needed something so I turned to go into the mudroom.  That’s when I saw it. Water.  Water everywhere.  It […]

Hello Freedom by Gloria Toti

I love how God values woman. We were reminded this weekend how Mary Magdalene was set free from seven demonic forces that had entered her life – they had no choice but to be evicted when Jesus showed up.  I love saying that.  Can you imagine how comfortable they were in her?  They probably gloated […]

April Showers by Brianna Richardson

Look up at the clouds. What does it make you feel grateful for? April showers. That’s one of my favorite phrases, although I always found it a bit funny that the month that is supposed to bring rain brought me the sunshine of my life, who will be turning 10 years old this month. When […]

Today, We Win by Gloria Toti

Easter 2022 is here once again, and I don’t know about you but this year Easter feels more meaningful for me.  I long for heaven. I think my longing for heaven comes because our world is becoming more and more unsafe and downright hateful toward the things that God values. Our hearts are hard-wired for […]

Noise by Nita Kuehn

Noise is all around me Coming from every direction: My phone, the TV, the radio, my kids, my friends, my enemies. Who and what should I listen to? Who and what should I tune out? Confusion is all around: Wars and rumors of war, threats made, bombs dropped, more uncomfortable noise!  What should I do? […]

What Are You Sensing by Gloria Toti

  Times are changing! Are you holding on to your God-given beliefs and values, or to Satan’s lies? Maybe, it’s time for a check-up from the neck up. We are in a pivotal moment in history, and I know you are sensing it as much as I am. I think even non-Christians are sensing the sand […]

Happy Birthday Astyn by Diane Qubty

Monday, April 4th is my Astyn’s birthday.  She would have been 37 years old.  That’s weird to me.  In my mind she will be forever 14 years and 4 weeks old.  She was due on Easter Sunday in 1985, but my doctor asked me to induce so she wouldn’t come over the weekend.  She was […]

Packing Our Spiritual Bags by Gloria Toti

Are YOU joining us this Friday for OUR WOMEN’S CONFERENCE? The theme is THE JOURNEY – and tickets are ONLY $10.  I love our women’s conference, and I’ll tell you why.  It reminds me of how we are setting out time in our schedules and climbing the mountain to meet with God…just like Moses.  Special things […]

Strong Foundation by Shawnee Soto

“But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk! And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. ” Acts 3:6-7 I’m […]


I hear many say, I hate the news. I don’t’ listen to it anymore. And when I hear those words, something inside me is pained. I love watching the news and being informed. I’m sure my love for world events stems from my love for God and His people. Jesus is the one guest we […]

Anxious Mama By Meagan Goyne

All my life I’ve struggled with anxiety. As I entered the season of motherhood I found my anxiety increase. Add in a toddler AND an infant and I was basically a nut case. But seriously, my anxiety was a ticking time bomb. I’d found myself having anxiety attacks while just thinking about driving. Why? I […]

He Is For You By Gloria Toti

Are you one of those people? The kind that likes control. The kind that throws around Christian cliches as if they were frisbees? Sometimes we say those things because we feel compelled to say something positive to try to help, but do they always help or do we say them to make us feel in […]

Happy Birthday Astyn by Diane Qubty

Monday, April 4th is my Astyn’s birthday.  She would have been 37 years old.  That’s weird to me.  In my mind she will be forever 14 years and 4 weeks old.  She was due on Easter Sunday in 1985, but my doctor asked me to induce so she wouldn’t come over the weekend.  She was […]

Hinds Feet and the Wings of the Eagle! By Tina Gonzalez

Psalms18:33  He makes my feet like Hinds feet, He causes me to stand on the heights. Mountains and shadows Forms and feet Sheer drops and prefaces I am able to defeat! Relentless movement, Blind eyes open to see…. The Beauty – The Unveiling of Kingdoms His Glory- His Majesty! A Hind is a red female […]

Love Covered My Sin By Gloria Toti

Has your mouth been in time out lately? Mine should have been. How can a Christian think and then speak uglies in the middle of a heated discussion with a family member you love dearly? I bet you just thought – oooh, I wonder what she said, and who she said it to? Human nature […]

Everyday Love by Brianna Richardson

How do you show love to others? Walking in just about any store in February leads me to be a bit nostalgic. Seeing the various cartoon character based valentines sold in shiny red boxes will always bring to mind Valentine Day parties in elementary school, and now, as a mom, I get to witness my […]

Family Then And Now By Gloria Toti

I know so many families who are being splintered and divided. Everywhere I turn I see God’s people hurting. It seems as if families are falling apart more often. What is happening? This past weekend, my son Jonathan was the minister for the weekend. His topic was the family. If you did not listen yet, […]

Speaking Life by Nita Kuehn

During this season of the onset of a new year, the Lord has given me the honor and opportunity to speak life into several people who considered choosing death. Shocking? I don’t think so. If we open the eyes of our heart, we will see people all around us who are discouraged; who have lost […]

My Patience Was Tested By Gloria Toti

I had the opportunity to go block-walking in the city of Plainview yesterday.  That was a fun experience.  If you are wondering what we do, we go door to door and have conversations with individuals if they answer.  The topic is LIFE. I met some beautiful people – we talked about LIFE in the womb […]

Seeking God In A New Year By Diane Qubty

Before I started a new year with new goals I wanted to look back at last year. As I asked God for a ‘word’ from Him for 2021, I just kept hearing Him say, “Be the church.” Sometimes I can take my eyes off of His mission while I’m looking for my own. How many […]

So…Let’s Go by Gloria Toti

What are you hungry for?  If I’m honest, I would say potato chips. This week, I received a diagnosis of being pre-diabetic.  What?  That’s crazy.  How can that be?  I like to think that I eat a fairly healthy diet.  Truth be told, I am forced to eat somewhat healthy due to some terrible food […]

Blindspots by Deanna Duncan

If you ever are in a tight spot, I’m your hype girl.  I will hold your hand—or listen to you on the phone—and with 100% confidence tell you: Our God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we ask or think.  Eph 3:20 and when you start to shake your head or say […]

Impulses by Gloria Toti 

How do we get from where we are at to where we want to go – or meant to be? We start a new spiritual diet that eliminates some of our favorite food items or beverages. If you are wondering if I am talking about Biblical fasting today, I am. I believe this is a […]

The Broken Heart Restored By Denise Dietz

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 Death. Betrayal. Loss. Invisible. Insignificant. Incomprehensible. Hopeless. Pieces. We are living in a weary world. As I write today, many who are suffering come to mind. Some have experienced tragic death(s), others are fighting for health and relationships are dissolving. I’ve […]

The Lord Bless You by Gloria Toti

Today, I want to bless you with a portion of scripture that drenches my soul with hope. We find it in Numbers 6:24-26 Most of us have heard of it, thanks to Cody Carnes, Elevation Worship, and Kari Jobe. “The Lord bless you and keep you;  the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; […]

Always Date Your Spouse by Meagan Goyne

Before engagements and marriages you date, right? You go on dates to learn more about each other and see if you are compatible. So why would you stop dating just because you’re married? Making date nights a non-negotiable is something I’m very passionate about. No matter how many years you’ve spent together, there’s always something […]

Wildly Loved By Gloria Toti

Isn’t it amazing to watch a small child calm in the arms of a mother, even though they just experienced emotional or physical pain? The comfort of a loving, trusted authority figure turns the situation around…a few minutes in the arms of a loving parent or another caring adult is usually enough to soothe a […]

Into The Unknown by Shawnee Soto

It seems that I always have a desire to know: know why, when, what, to whom, in which direction, how, and any other detailed information that would lend to building out a full picture of what is being discussed. The problem with this is when it is the future that is being discussed the details […]

Happy New Year! by Gloria Toti

Happy New Year! We officially close out 2021. Welcome 2022, I think we are ready for you.  Ready or not, we know you are coming as God designed. Friends, think about each passing year and God’s overall plan for His divine plan on this earth.  God has a plan, and we are in that miraculous […]

New Year, Same God by Shawnee Soto

My entire life has changed in the past two months. On Thanksgiving, my fiance, Matt, and I both tested positive for Covid. I couldn’t smell or taste and all I could do was sleep. I wasn’t able to eat much because nothing tasted good and I kept having bouts of nausea. My fiance had the […]

The Best January Ever! by Deanna Duncan

I think I have a problem.  Sometimes, early in the morning or late at night, I might be scrolling through a social media app and I will see things.  They promise all kinds of wonderful goodness for my life—a gorgeous ballgown custom created for me for only 29.99.  One click and it is mine.  A […]

The Greatest Gift by Gloria Toti

Life doesn’t slow down because it’s Christmas, does it? No Christmas Eve 2021 is here!  Didn’t it just leave…well, now it’s back. With it comes with an amazing invitation to write another story—what will you write about your life or the life of your family – I know for some it will be filled with […]

The Long Game By Denise Dietz

As we wrap up 2021, I felt a nudge to remember the long game.  We are not the sum of this year or next. We are all works in progress, ongoing until we enter eternity. It’s easy to see things one way, when reality might be another.  An experience with my daughter is a perfect […]

Just Breathe by Gloria Toti

Are there more things on your to-do-list than there were yesterday?  If you have a personality like me, the things you pushed off until tomorrow are here and so are a few other things.   It’s December, and we are notorious to cram way too much stuff in our lives.  We are experts at trying […]

Christmas is Generosity in Action by Gloria Toti

Who is already done with their shopping?  I haven’t even started.   This year, my focus is not on gifts to purchase, and that’s new for me.  I love giving gifts.   This year, I’m turning my eyes upward toward the true GIFT – the true meaning of Christmas Himself.   As we get ready […]

Finding The Joy by Meagan Goyne

As we enter the Christmas holidays the word JOY has been placed on my heart. joy·ful /ˈjoifəl/ adjective feeling, expressing, or causing great pleasure and happiness. This time of year is when we typically find so many things to be joyful about. The gifts we receive, the story of Jesus, spending time with our families, […]

God Is Giving Us Another Chance by Gloria Toti

Life is on the line in America today. If you think it’s enough to say I am pro-life  It’s not enough!  Are you praying for the things that God values?  Today is another historic day in our country.  Thank you Lord for a new opportunity to stand for life at the highest court of the […]

The Gift Basket by Tina Gonzalez

The Gift Basket (A Special Delivery From Above) Isaiah 9:6 Baskets in ancient times were containers made of materials such as palm leaf fibers, reeds, ropes and twigs. They were used to hold items of value and items for daily use. Father God knew this special basket would be of the Greatest Value and needed […]

“My Body – My Choice” Is Now Our Argument by Gloria Toti

Our world is going crazy! I don’t know about you, but my thoughts are wanting to build scenarios in my head that make me wonder what is next? How are our kids going to make it in this crazy world? Are my friends in the medical community going to lose their jobs? How will we […]

Thankful Memories by Brianna Richardson

How do you remember thanksgiving as a kid? Was the holiday anticipated with joy and excitement at the thought of a break from school and a chance to spend time with your family? Or was it viewed with dread because you just knew Aunt and Uncle So-and-So would bring along the cousin whose definition of […]

Rear View Mirror Living by Gloria Toti

Have you been treating God like an officer in the rearview mirror? You fear him, instead of enjoying His presence. I think it’s safe to say that most of us know that overwhelming feeling when the red lights begin to zero in on our car. Our reactions are comically strong. We slam on our brakes […]

It Really Happened This Way… by Nita Kuehn

For decades my husband and I have seen things differently! Some may say we have different perspectives – I’m sure you probably get what I am saying. It has been so evident to people who hang with us that when they heard a ministry recording from Gateway with, “Well, it really happened this way…” on […]

Your Future Is On Its Way

How many of you played sports growing up?  I didn’t play organized sports, but we sure did on the street in front of our house.   And what I remember the most is the amazing comebacks.  One moment you are sad because you are losing and the next thing you are shouting because the game turned around and […]

Fearless by Deanna Duncan

I think my good intentioned Sunday School teacher lied to me.  While noshing on animal crackers and making the juice box puff in and out, we would listen to her talk about David.  She had a picture of Goliath—all six cubits and a span or in English, over nine feet tall.  Beside him, she had […]

It All Started With An Idea

Did you all dream of what you wanted to grow up and become in life?   Sad to say, I did not.   Most of my days were distracted by my identity of having a silver tooth – yes, someone threw a rock on the playground and broke my little tooth.  Life seemed to suffocate my creativity, so I […]

Butterfly By Diane Qubty

My granddaughter asked me why life has so many difficulties for some. I had been thinking about this too. Friends have lost spouses and children. Others deal with one physical ailment after another. I whine about an Achilles that keeps blowing up until I lift my eyes off of myself and look around. In this […]

Be The Voice Of Jesus

Moral Autonomy By Denise Dietz

There are a million reasons why it’s okay… I feel happy when I do it. It helps people. There are good things coming from it. I’ve never been this satisfied before. It makes me successful. I have lots of experience. It seems right. Whatever “IT” is, we can easily find ourselves sliding into the trap […]

You’ve Got What It Takes

Do you like exercising and sweating out toxics? Before you raise your hand, let me tell you what a friend told me once when I told her I don’t sweat when I exercise. She said, come work out with me and you will. Thanks, Amanda. Now I know there is exercise where you perspire and […]

Focusing on Rest By Shawnee McClure

Lately, it seems that God has placed so many encouraging people in my life to speak truth and wisdom over me. My friends, new friends and old friends, have encouraged me with affirmations about what is good and real. When Paul says, “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we […]

Why Do We Do The Things We Hate?

Downward Spiral By Meagan Goyne

Here recently I’ve been reading a devotional from Jennie Allen called, “Get Out Of Your Head,” which is a powerful book about stopping the downward spiral of toxic thoughts. I struggle with being in my head more than I should. Am I doing good enough in motherhood? Did what I say come off rude because […]

A New Fall Season Is Upon Us

Who doesn’t love the fall season? It’s the time of year where we get to see God change the landscape. Our eyes will glisten as we absorb the beautiful changing colors of the leaves. It’s majestic. The new identity allows them to prepare for winter. The greenery around us knows that during the winter months […]

Mirrors & Mirages by Tina Gonzalez

The Armor of God – Ephesians 6:10-18 “Shiny glass with earthly eyes I see….. What is this? False accusations, unclear reflections and misplaced self- identity!! Who is this who mocks the name of The Lord? Not today satan….. Not any day! My King reigns forever more! I am His Fathers daughter and my Father Gods […]

We Are Made For Connection

I’m about to make three statements, and I wonder if these words have passed your lips? I wonder if you will say a proud yes or a perplexed no ma’am. Before I read them, I want you to remember this is a judgment-free zone, and remember there is a great reason why I am asking. […]

Self-Talk By Brianna Richardson

One of the most convicting moments of my life came in the form of a comment made by my son. I can’t quite remember what it was we were doing. A mundane task. Folding laundry I think. My son made a minor mistake. I heard him groan and looked over just in time to see […]

I’m Not Looking Twice

I love it when God of the universe takes the highlighter of heaven and marks up my Bible for me as if to say – I want to show you something. I know what that means – scripture is about to come alive and God is going to encourage me, challenge me, or ask me […]

Here’s the Skinny by Deanna Duncan

This morning, I woke up, swung my legs out of bed and as my feet hit the floor I felt something wet and slightly slimy. Yuck. I opened my eyes and saw it on the floor…skinny. Now, Skinny is a mess.  No head, no stuffing, no tail–just a bit of fur.  However, it does not matter […]

Happy Birthday, Gloria!

How can I be getting close to 60 years of age?  Where did my life go?  I guess I would have to say that I have been busy living life in the fast lane of ministry – and I have loved most of those days.   Some have been extremely fun and inviting.  And some have been […]

The Storms of Life by Nita Kuehn

We are living in unprecedented times. There are storms on every side: Hurricanes; floods; fires; wars; and the COVID pandemic. Lives are being threatened and lost daily. As believers, how do we process all of this? What can we do about people being killed, losing their homes, or suffering the loss of loved ones or […]

Overthinking Is Exhausting Work

Friends, how is your head space?  Is thought-control happening in your life or are you just letting your thoughts run wild in your mind?  I heard a quote the other day that made me ponder the difference of doing life my way and doing life God’s way.   The comparison is huge.  Ready to hear the quote?   “Keep […]

Fig Leaves and Grace by Diane Qubty

I’m making my way through Genesis and looking for new things – there’s so much! But this just grabbed me. When God told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, He said, “For WHEN you eat it you will certainly die.” When the woman repeats God’s words to […]

Are You Living With Eternity In Mind?

How would you rate your Christianity? It’s something we need to have a pulse on before it’s too late. This is not a time to be casual in our belief about the things God values. We are all watching things unfold around us with way too many dealing with unexpected deaths in their families as […]

The Answer By Denise Dietz

Over the last few weeks I’ve been asked several crucial questions:  Are you vaccinated? Should I take the COVID vaccine?  My husband cheated on me. Should I get divorced?  I sense things are changing in my work. Should I pursue a new career? Certainly, you can add your own questions to this […]

Who Is Influencing You?

I used to think I was the only one who felt insecure about entering a room with people I didn’t know. Can you imagine that? For those who really know me you are probably nodding your head in disbelief. That’s not who I am today. Now I wonder how I allowed the enemy to convince […]

The Essence of Praise by Shawnee McClure

Before time began, God was. Now, within time, God still is. In eternity, he will always be. We were created by the uncreated one to enjoy and praise God for his infallible nature. We trust him and, because we trust him, we praise him in all things. Even when we feel that the world is […]

Don’t Forget To RSVP To Have Dinner With God

How many of you are familiar with The Book of Psalms in the Bible? It’s the place where we hear one of the authors spill his true thoughts with God and I want to tell you it’s refreshing. God is not intimidated to hear how we really feel…because He already knows what we are thinking. […]

Light In Darkness By Meagan Goyne

In 2015 I was separated from my husband and in a stage of life that was full of darkness & hopelessness. I turned from God and turned to poor decisions that led to even worse decisions. In this season of life I was found pregnant, no husband, in between homes, and broken. I was preparing […]

God Doesn’t Play Hide And Seek

What can we do when they tell us the new Delta Variant of Covid-19 is 300 times more contagious than it was before? What do we believe, what do we do? We are smart! If you are a person who wants the vaccine, please don’t shame others who don’t want it, or vice versa. We […]

Magnetics By Tina Gonzalez

 ” MAGNETICS ” **Possessing an extraordinary power or ability to attract. **An extremely powerful pull of the Lord’s work and will. Prayers ascend and descend, Fluctuation flows. Anthems are heard and the sweetest of songs. Music notes harmonize……Crescendo and Diminuendo! The Author of the musical score, the Master Conductor, directs His symphony. Smilingly He knows….where […]

Go Have Fun With God!

When was the last time you did something fun?

Watching Milk Boil By Brianna Richardson

I’m going through a challenging season. Many changes and discussions of what it looks like to let go of things. As someone who craves stability, this has been difficult, to say the least.   I learned recently there is a phrase that encapsulates this feeling that I’ve not been able to escape for a long time […]


Has your family been affected by the sin of homosexuality? If so, please don’t give up hope. Instead, pick up a book entitled “Gay Girl, Good God” and you will see how God can still make the devil release what belongs to HIM…no matter how far a person may have strayed. Jackie Hill Perry was […]

Unfair!  By Nita Kuehn

I can still hear the words thundering through the house:  “That is so unfair!”  It usually involved something my children wanted to do and John or I had said, “No.” Often the “Unfair” outburst would be followed by a tightly closed door.  (They knew slamming would only bring about more trouble.) Truthfully, there have been […]

Unexpectedly, Jesus

Sometimes when we encounter Jesus, it isn’t in a way that we have experienced before or even knew was possible. In John 6:16-21 when Jesus walked on the water to meet the disciples “they were afraid” because they didn’t expect him to show up the way he did. “Darkness had already set in, but Jesus […]

I Was Never Alone by Diane Qubty

The thunder roared and rain splashed against my windows. Lightning flashed around me and I asked myself again why I hadn’t left sooner. My foot pressed the pedal as I tried to beat the storm but here I was, thirty minutes to go, treading water and praying there would be no hail. My knuckles were […]

Chance Prayers

 Are you tired of praying chance prayers? And if you are asking yourself what a chance prayer is – it’s the kind of prayer that we pray and our words fill the air, but we don’t really have expectation for God to move…or we don’t believe He can. We are all guilty of this […]

Buck that Fear by Deanna Duncan

Last week, my best friend and I went to Bronco Off-Rodeo (aka Bronco Camp).  You see, Ford was super smart and knew their new Bronco was so stuffed with amazing features that the regular consumer would never be able to utilize them without some training. Over two days, I learned how to drive a vehicle […]

Challenged By Honor


You’re A Big Deal

What can we learn from a chicken? Ah, the miracle of new life! Waiting for chickens to hatch is VERY EXCITING!  It was Easter morning and the anticipation filled our hearts with joy and excitement. Witnessing the miracle of birth is one of those life-captivating moments of the natural and supernatural coming together.  This was […]

This Is The Way

In the Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, the main character often responds with the phrase, “This is the way,” as a declaration of his commitment to not departing from the creed and bylaws of his covenant people. “This is the way, walk in it.” – Isaiah 30:21 The prophet Isaiah says we will hear these […]

Motherhood Meltdown

The title is so fitting to being a mother of toddlers, am I right? Some days I feel like the meltdowns will never stop. Some days I lose my mind over and over. Some days I feel like I’m failing and I’ll never get it right. I’m sure every single mom can relate. But momma […]

Tag, You’re It!

Let’s give God permission to stretch us in the things He already has planned for us. I am embarking on a season of studying the Word of God at a level to which I want to teach it. If you want to join us on this journey of being imprinted by scripture and becoming the […]

If You’re Reading This… (Part 2)

B learned how to roll over, crawl, eat table food, sign “more” and “all done”, say “Momma,” and so much more within the walls of our home. She loved for our mini Aussie to lick Cheeto Puff crumbs off her chubby fingers. She would give anything to go on a bike ride with my husband […]

Letting Your Guard Down

Would you say you are a person who naturally keeps your guard up? If you said, “no,” I want to challenge that answer.  I think we all naturally guard ourselves and that’s not always a bad thing.  But, when we begin to guard ourselves from the voice of God in our lives, we have to stop and […]

If You’re Reading This…

Jaimie Havens is a guest author presenting to us her story about becoming a mother in two parts.   If you’re reading this. . .  What an opener, right? In the movies this is the line all the guys use when they figure she’s better off without him. Or maybe this is how you started […]

Are You Forgetful by Gloria Toti

Are you the kind of person who loses your car in the parking lot?  Or maybe your keys when you get home? We’ve all done it more than once, and it’s a horrible feeling.  Standing in a lot looking frantically around or going aisle to aisle with basket of groceries in tow is quite embarrassing.  […]


When the unchanged begins to change and my earthly feels worlds apart. When my silence begins to sing, causing the invisible to bloom with colors….. becoming lovely and forming breath taking shapes. ~ When the locked closed doors begin to open, illuminating darkened paths. As the dry- parched soil is watered and I am able […]

May Flowers by Brianna Richardson

May holds a special place in my heart, particularly from my senior year of high school and all the events leading up to graduation in May. Every year around this time, I take a moment to reflect on and honor the person I was in high school, because I know at the end of the […]

Frogs For Breakfast by Gloria Toti

Do you like to procrastinate?  Well, maybe you actually hate it, but you do it anyway.  Have you ever heard the advice given by Mark Twain,    “If you ever have to eat a frog, it’s best done in the morning, and if you have to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the largest one […]

When Your Tank Is On Empty by Nita Kuehn

Recently, when I picked up my car from the mechanic shop, I discovered that my tank was on empty.  (My fault, not theirs.)  As I drove away, I saw something on my digital dashboard that I had never seen before.  It was a picture of a large red fuel pump!  I think that meant I […]

Lubbock, You Did It by Gloria Toti

LIFE has been declared as valuable in our community, and this was no small undertaking. Wow, what a journey and a wonderful victory we have achieved together! In 2020, an outcry arose up in our community when we heard the news of how Planned Parenthood was making plans to come back in our city. That […]

A Child Dies by Diane Qubty

A Child dies.  Another mother grieves.  A parent feels guilt unimaginable.  Dad can’t talk or feel anything anymore and mom is angry with God.  …and my heart feels their pain as I cringe listening to their words.  I know that God didn’t abandon them.  I know He hurts with them.  I know He didn’t do […]

We Love What God Loves by Gloria Toti

We were a threat to who?  So, when did gathering together to share our values move up to being a threat that requires the kind of security measure our city took?  We were basically having church in the street, and then moved to pray and walk around the area.  Then we all went home.  The […]

The Value of One by Deanna Duncan

It was a beautiful day in June when a junior football (aka soccer) team and their coach decided to do a bit of exploring.  Caves are fun–full of new discoveries around every turn.  They were so engrossed with their attempt to uncover the Tham Luang Cave’s secrets that they didn’t notice some slight changes in […]

Can Hearts Cry by Gloria Toti

Comfortably comfortable is not doing the job my friends. Do people look at you and know what side of culture you stand on by the way you love, dress, speak, act, and pray? We know hearts can be broken, but can hearts cry?  I think mine cried yesterday.  After I read an article my son […]

A Pocket Full Of Seeds by Denise Dietz

For 30 years my spirit has followed a rhythm of getting seeds in the ground. As seed catalogs begin to arrive in January…I begin the journey of a new season exploring all the possibilities, evaluating what worked and remembering what hasn’t. Through the years of gardening, I’ve narrowed my planting design to a few principles: […]

Why Not Use Both Hands by Gloria Toti

Are you telling yourself a story about yourself that God wouldn’t tell? Ouch. I think too often, we all do that. So, today, we’re going to talk about flipping the script. And how are we going to do that? We’re going to learn about the Benjamites. The Benjamites in scripture were amazing individuals. Saul was […]

Don’t Let The Stones Cry Out by Shawnee McClure

What is your favorite thing to jump into conversation about when you hear someone else talking about what you love? It’s fun, right? You may have even met new friends this way. Talking about our likes and interests brings a smile to our faces and a delight in our eyes. Our voices allow us to […]

The Cross Changed It All by Gloria Toti

When Jesus asks creation – how did I change your life?  What do you say?   Do you ever wonder why God made you? Well today, let’s get something clear. He made you for himself. You are not just floating around earth amongst 7.8 billion people. There’s a reason for your life. He called you […]

A Feather In The Forest by Tina Gonzalez

“She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire can compare with her.”  Prov. 3:15 On a recent trip to Ruidoso, New Mexico, I found myself surrounded by Gods beauty, with endless forest trees and a variety of critter and deer. A spiritual download started as The Lord begin to speak to me. His […]

Your Life Story is Nonfictional by Gloria Toti

Do you realize the day you are living today is in your FOREVER story? It’s now or never. How long has it been since you’ve heard or used those words? If you’re a parent, you might be using those words often. I remember doing that, and I’d tell the boys it’s now or never. And, […]

Reflections by Brianna Richardson

March 13th of 2020 was a Friday. Our office closed early. I drove to Mardel’s, excited to buy a gift for my mom’s birthday. I chose the book “It’s Not Supposed to be This Way”. There was one more stop I’d promised myself I’d make. It was a rainy overcast day, and the drive from […]

Do You Like Uninvited Guests Just Showing Up by Gloria Toti

Reliving bad yesterdays don’t allow us to live fully present in our todays.  Why are we tolerating this burdensome nonsense to come along as an uninvited guest into our days? We all want to win the day, right? But I think too many of us don’t know how to win the day. Mark Batterson made […]

Pick Your Battles Wisely by Nita Kuehn

When I was raising my children, I often reminded myself of Dr. Dobson’s words encouraging us to pick our battles wisely. At that time those words spoke to me about room cleaning; chore doing; curfew times; etc., etc.  You get the gist.  But what do they speak about to me today? I was reading in […]

Let’s Stress Less & Accomplish More by Gloria Toti

It’s amazing how the losses and the wins of the day keep score in our brains – even if there is no scoreboard.  I’m tired of tolerating the losses that I am capable of changing – so today, I’m doing something about it. Today, I am choosing to WIN THE DAY!  It’s actually a book that […]

Angels Among Us by Sarah Kline

Monday afternoon. I get into my 2019 Kia Sorento after staying at work about 15 minutes longer than intended. Typical these days. I’ve been staying later than intended most of the year because I need to play catch up on a variety of things. I feel like I’m always running behind and still can’t stop […]

I Hate My Bone-Headed Mistakes by Gloria Toti

Do you feel you are racing through life and your middle name could be HURRY? I don’t know too many individuals who love wasting time – would you consider yourself a person who loves to waste time?  I certainly don’t consider myself to be a squander of time, but I do it anyway when I’m […]

YOU Are A Dream Come True by Denise Dietz

Tucking my kids in bed is full of sacred moments. We decompress, share our thoughts and sink into the safest space of the day. A few nights ago, my daughter sweetly says to me, “Mom sometimes when I pray it feels like God is looking down on me and says, ‘I’m so glad I made […]

We Need Electricity and Water by Gloria Toti

Oh, how fun, it snowed.  Let’s go build a snowman.  That’s usually what we do when it snows, right?  But this time around, frosty moved right into homes as we watched 4 million people lose power this week.  Are you prepared to have your power go out?  Do you have enough supplies in your home […]

Valentines Day by Diane Qubty

I love Valentine’s season!  There’s nothing like the month of the red heart, the 28 days of Love!  I am a hopeless romantic.  I love a chance to tell those I love how special they are.  And today, it’s the perfect time to dwell on something that’s been on my mind.  Most of us are […]

Candy and Flowers Shouldn’t Define Us by Gloria Toti

Are you looking forward to Valentine’s Day this year, or is it a day you want to sleep through because it stirs up pain in your heart? It’s the day of love not a day of lack, so I’m going to shout out a Happy Valentine’s Day greeting to each of you to remind you […]

Whatever by Shawnee McClure

When some says, “whatever,” to you as their full response or just to be silly, do you make a “W” with your thumbs and forefinger? Maybe you’re not as big of a dork as I am, but Paul in the New Testament is the one who continually says, “whatever,” to us. “Finally, brothers and sisters, […]

Who Has Enough Friends by Gloria Toti

I’ve never had anyone ask me to pray for them because they have too many friends, and they don’t need anymore. I actually think we all need more friends.  Real friends! I love how Lisa Bevere tells us that Goddaughters are all around us, and they are not trying to hide in plain sight – […]

A Perfect Pantry by Deanna Duncan

Every year about this time, I attack the pantry.  This year was fabulous.  I bought all these new containers, labeled them and took the 14 (yes, 14) different types of sweeteners and the 12 (yes, 12) types of flours and put them into the lovely, labeled, air-tight containers that stacked together. I sat back and […]

Words Create Worlds – What Are You Creating?

What are you allowing to hang out in your heart these days?  The things we tuck in there speak volumes to us daily, and they help shift our lives, and our actions. Think about how things like – hate, love, forgiveness, unforgiveness, hope and hopelessness mold our future. Dr. King used his words to create […]

Divergent And A Glorious Collision by Tina Gonzalez

– Greater Love hath no man than this, that a man lay down His life for His friends. John 15:13 – And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is Love. 1Cor 13:13 The word for 2021 has arrived! A BIG word packed and wrapped with the most amazing […]

Love And Hate Are Powerful Forces by Gloria Toti

Tell me this:  Is it easier to love or to hate?  Even little kids know the answer to that question. If you are a parent today, you are probably concerned and may even lie awake on your bed staring at the ceiling and pondering what tomorrow’s world will look like for your children and grandchildren. […]

Wanderer by Brianna Richardson

I have had a fascination with the moon and the night sky for as long as I can remember. As a child, long after I was supposed to have fallen asleep, I would stare out of my window into the darkness and marvel at the serene beauty. Consequently, when the announcement was made that the […]

Who Are You by Gloria Toti

Have you ever asked yourself, “Who Am I?” Did you immediately think of what you do? Our true identity is not what we do – it’s who we are.  Our true identity longs to be expressed, and no one can fulfill our personal, god-given potential.  Only we can! Did you know that the number one […]

Are Your Goals Just Good Ideas by Gloria Toti

Are you a morning person who loves setting goals?  Or are you a night-owl who thinks goals are overrated? I once heard that goals are just good ideas if they are not accompanied by action plans.  Something tells me that a morning person probably wrote that line and probably enjoyed every minute to it. Well, […]

Fight For Your Life by Nita Kuehn

I am angry, and I am doing something about it! In December of 2020, I found myself teaching on three different occasions in rooms surrounded by young women who had or were wrestling with the idea that their life was not worth living.  My job was to help them dispel that lie! Most of these […]

Healthy Choices by Gloria Toti

Our status quo mindsets can’t be carried into 2021. Let’s reset our health goals!!! I’m here at a gym that is going to be packed the next four weeks with people with great intentions, but unless they have three very important things, they most likely will not be here on February 1st. Over the next […]

Pigs, Scorpions, And The Enemy by Diane Qubty

I got chased by a giant pig!  That’s probably not what you were expecting today.  But I’ve been remembering this lately.  I’d gone with Mom to visit someone that lived in a little square white wooden house in the country.  I was probably around five.  Mom went in the house and I was doing what […]

Sale by Rebeca Valdez

Sale, sale, sale!  This is the four-letter word that often triggers a rush of serotonin in my brain and the brains of fellow shoppers.  There are also two other words that peek our attention: free and money I, along with many others, have found a way to replace some of the stress of everyday expenses […]

Peace, Worship and Advent by Gloria Toti

What’s on your desired Christmas list this year?  I bet many would say PEACE. I sense many in our culture would say NO to the type of gadgets we asked for last year knowing that 2020 has shed light on what truly matters in life. Shopping lists will probably be much more simplified this year. Peace in […]

A New Tune by Deanna Duncan

In 1843, a the parish priest in Requemaure was super excited.  The church organ was finally restored and he wanted something played on it that would showcase its beauty.  There was a local poet, who happened to be an atheist, who was available for hire.  He only had one hand, but he used it to pen […]

500 Pound Lions Move Over by Gloria Toti

  Would you answer true or false to the following two statements: The impossible is just temporary. The impossible is an illusion. I believe our answers would be a tell-tale sign of where our faith and hearts live, and may I add that no matter if we answered false – God is wanting to get […]

Abounding In Thanksgiving by Shawnee McClure

With the holidays upon us and most of us planning for things differently this year due to the global pandemic and others of us also mourning due to unexpected loss, I pray that we do not lose sight of where our thanksgiving is rooted – in Jesus. “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, […]

Thankfulness – Don’t Leave Home Without It

Is an attitude of thankfulness that important?  I think you already know the answer. It’s the vehicle that gets us from here to there.   The psalm we will glance at today had a writer who didn’t forget God. WE CAN DO THE SAME…   Have you ever read through Psalm 119? It is 176 […]

A lemon tree cannot produce cherries by Gloria Toti

Our thoughts are tied to our belief systems. All day long we have the power to produce awesome sweet fruit or defeating sour fruit. It’s shocking how we are getting close to the end of the year – January was here not too long ago? I remember thinking about new year’s resolutions of which I am […]

Butterflies And Glory by Tina Gonzalez

The vision was brief and quite unexpected, but in the days to follow it slowly unraveled and became not only encouraging, but timely and of profound importance. A very dear friend of mine was visiting with me about her past, both the triumphs and the failures. She had been feeling a stirring in her heart […]

Friends Can Make You Or Break You by Gloria Toti

Friends Influence…For Good or Bad Show me your friends; I’ll show you your future is not just a cute saying. Peer pressure, for better or for worse is a real thing.  Show me the people that you hang out with and five years down the road,  I can probably show you what you’ll probably believe […]

Seasons by Brianna Richardson

Fall is my favorite season. It has been since I was a child. Summer in my childhood memories was warm and unhurried. Spring was cool and smelled fresh. Winter was cold and bright. But fall… fall always seemed magical to me. I suppose part of my fascination with it was the sudden abundance of such […]

I Think Pastors Need To Have This View by Gloria Toti

Me:  If a biblical worldview is a filter how we see the world, doesn’t a pastor need to have this? God:  YES In his recently released book Think Like Jesus, researcher George Barna made waves by citing statistics showing just 9% of all born again adults and just 7% of Protestants possess a biblical worldview. […]

Pope Francis, what do you mean legally covered?

  When the Bible is not the final authority, what is? It’s dangerous to allow our own opinions to cancel out what God already spoke; Can we serve the God of holiness and live a life of immorality?   In a documentary that premiered in Rome, Pope Francis called for the passage of civil union […]

Give Yourself A Break by Nita Kuehn

“Give yourself a break” …. These were the words that rang clearly in my spirit early one morning during my devotion time.  This was certainly not an impression I would have expected to receive from the Lord at that moment. You see, I am much like each of you:  I have a list that never […]

They Say Safe – I Say Traumatic by Gloria Toti

I bet if we asked them if they were scared, they would say yes. I wonder what we would hear if we asked them if it was traumatizing?   Friends, I feel I should give you a friendly warning that today’s topic is a hot one.  As we watched this past week, the issue of […]

Wait-He’s Coming by Denise Dietz

At the time of this writing we are waiting for election results, resolution to the COVID crisis, fires to stop burning and new norms to emerge from historic shifts in our world. Yet, there’s a weightier, wait that exceeds them all!  Jesus is coming soon. As anticipation grows in my heart, I’m reminded…waiting is a […]

Amy Coney Barrett…For Such A Time As This by Gloria Toti

God sees it all.  With your vote, will you defend Roe v. Wade or innocent pre-born babies who are not old enough to fight for themselves? Right now, if you have been reading the news, you know there is a rage against Amy Coney Barrett and most of it centers around the potential of the Court […]

Nothing Cute About These CUTIES by Gloria Toti

It was appalling.  How could their parents allow these little girls to be used this way? I don’t have little girls in my home, but I know many of you do.  So, on the behalf of the innocence of your little girls, I speak out today.   I’m not sure if you heard about this […]

Scandalous by Gloria Toti

They never intended for us to find out what they were doing behind closed doors.   The enemy has the power to blind us using pride and deception…no one is exempt.  It’s devastating how God’s people can quickly become the brunt of the joke in the realms of where our enemy dwells.  JT my youngest son was an […]

Dream Big by Deanna Duncan

Nehemiah was just rolling through life.  He had it pretty good.  Yes, he was living in the citadel of Susa—the center of all luxury.  Yes, he worked as the cupbearer to King  Artaxerxes—one of the highest positions in the country and he was a pretty happy guy…until he was not. He was Jewish—living as an […]

Don’t Tell Me Her Life Doesn’t Have Purpose by Gloria Toti

 Life would not be the same without her.  Every human life adds value to those around them.  Don’t miss it. The defense of human life is not an option – we need to affirm the dignity of every human being from conception to natural death.   The Supreme court decision became the law of the […]

Flip The Script by Shawnee McClure

When I used to read verses like Psalm 139:1-13, “Where can I go to escape your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” (verse 7), I would fear being seen by God fully and all the things that I have done against him, all my thoughts that disregarded his holiness, or even my slothfulness […]

Mr. Mayor, When Did Life Become A Slippery Slope by Gloria Toti

Life group begins at 7 pm tonight: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84554425842 Meeting ID: 845 5442 5842 Giving Babies Their God-Given Right to Life In The Womb Shouldn’t Be A Hard Decision Today, my topic might be a bit controversial, but how can we stay silent when one million abortions are taking place each year in the U.S. alone? […]

You’re Living On Borrowed Time by Gloria Toti

DON’T WASTE MY TIME IS SOMETHING WE HAVE ALL SAID BEFORE. The day we were born, a sum of time was invested in our life-accounts by our creator, and He didn’t intend for us to be wasteful with this precious commodity.  “In Time” was a movie set in the future where time became the ultimate […]

God In A Box by Tina Gonzalez

I absolutely love aquariums! We have a 42 gallon in our living room with tropical community fish and a large Koi Angel overseeing everything. In my bedroom is a corner aquarium with a variety of South American and African Cichlids. Upon reading about fish in captivity, I learned that they are limited in their growth […]

Ever Been Wrong But You Didn’t Know It by Gloria Toti

Click the link below to join our Women’s Life group tonight at 7 pm on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84554425842. Meeting ID: 845 5442 5842 Do you have an anchor? What areas of your life seem as if they are put together, but the foundation is not there?   Don’t frown right now, we all have those areas […]

Bullies by Brianna Richardson

I’ve never forgotten what it was like to be a kid and try to consider my own experiences when my son approaches a similar situation. For that reason, we’ve a small set of rules that we remind KJ of when approaching a play area. “Is anyone obligated to play with you?” “No.” “Do you own […]

Are You A Victim To Your Thoughts by Gloria Toti

What are your thoughts saying to you today?  What did they tell you yesterday? It was found that the average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day with 80% being negative, and up to 95% of the thoughts threatening to be the exact same repetitive thoughts as the day before. Ironically, I had a thought […]

The Desires Of Your Heart by Nita Kuehn

I am writing this today with tears of gratitude and amazement running down my face. We have just received word that, yet, another desire of our heart is coming into fruition. Eight years ago I stepped into an office place that took my breath away.  Yes it was beautiful; but, the reason I was blown […]

You Have What It Takes by Gloria Toti

  There’s a quote from Lysa Terkeurst that I absolutely love. She says, “You have the exact qualities God knew your kids would need as a mother.” I would go one step further and say that God actually put those qualities inside you, to begin with, and He placed you right here, right now, for […]

Fearless by Kristin Huber

Fear Less…Faith Forward Psalm 56:3-4 3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? I’m starting to sense a new trend in our society, and I don’t mean bringing back tie-dyed […]

Feelings Are the Language of the Soul by Gloria Toti

As Bob Goff says, God isn’t an editor; He’s a creator. And he’s not giving us the hairy eyeball when we make mistakes. LET THERE BE were the three words God used in Genesis to create and then he handed the baton to us to continue adding beauty and value to His world. LET THERE […]

Have You Ever Seen A Shooting Star by Gloria Toti

I wonder what astronauts think about when they are that close to Heaven?   The majestic night sky tells a majestic story each night.  It’s captivating and filled with wonder.   A shooting star reassures you that you just witnessed something spectacular! We all just watched as two American astronauts made a 19-hour ride home […]

Maintaining Hope by Sarah Kline

Confession – I sing in the shower. I’ll get back to this one in a minute. It was a morning a few weeks ago that I began my day the usual way, opening my Bible app. The verse of the day was Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever […]

Eternity Is Very Real by Gloria Toti

Today, I believe people of all ages are thinking this thought: What happens if I die? We should all come to terms with that reality and have a plan. It’s been a tough year. Today’s news tells us that nearly 151,000 Americans passed into eternity in the past 5 months, and 17 million people are out of […]

Hope Whispers by Denise Dietz

A recent headline stood out to me, Good News! When stories are told about kindness, compassion, courage – they help us connect with who we are becoming. We are wired to connect with stories and find ourselves in them. Our volatile world is full of stories and they have tremendous power to shape our realities. […]

Nudity An Expression of Art – I disagree! by Gloria Toti

And a robot just sold for $100,000 and it will be used as a sex partner. This is true and very sad.  JOIN OUR LIFE GROUP AT 7 PM ON THURSDAY BY CLICKING THIS LINK If you are trying to box with God, you better give up because your arms are way too short to […]

Morning by Morning — Deanna Duncan

  Elijah was living the life.  Every morning, he woke up surrounded by God’s art gallery.  The beauty of creation stretched all around him.  In the morning, ravens would bring him bread and meat and then in the evening, it would happen again.  When he was thirsty, a cool brook was just steps away.  He […]

We Can’t Lie To Ourselves Any More by Gloria Toti

Do you have a warrior’s mindset… or have you ever had one?  JOIN OUR LIFE GROUP AT 7 PM ON THURSDAY BY CLICKING THIS LINK  Maybe, I should ask this instead:  Do you feel emotionally strong or weak? Surely, you know what it is like to enter a day feeling strong and then end up […]

The Law I Live By by Shawnee McClure

We are not lawless in our pursuit of God. We seek God through wisdom and understanding as though it is the most precious hidden treasure (Proverbs 2:1-6). But how do wisdom and understanding translate into our everyday lives and how is it incorporated into the law by which we live as Christians? The book of […]

Big Mama Needs Us by Gloria Toti

Can you think of a time where Jesus shifted the blame for something he failed to do?  CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR LIFE GROUP EVERY THURSDAY AT 7 PM  How do we make sense of the seasons that don’t make sense? We stop complaining We stop blaming And we start honoring the values God honors […]

Is Demonic Oppression or Possession Real by Gloria Toti

Clarita Villanueva was delivered from demonic possession because Dr. Sumrall chose to act on behalf of God’s will for her life.  JOIN OUR LIFE GROUP AT 7 PM ON THURSDAY BY CLICKING THIS LINK  Spiritual Authority is real – it’s not a game. The reason we are fighting from the left to the right is […]

Manna- Let The Unwrapping Begin by Tina Gonzalez

Gifts are falling like Manna from the heavens, My spirit sings with the upmost joy. Can I catch them all…… Or will they fall and lay waste on the ground? Collect them I must! Open them, look and see, What precious presents He has packed, So careful – so thoughtfully. Oh Look!  How can it […]

Mister, Your Behavior Matters More Than You Think by Gloria Toti

Sir, are you guarding your manhood – or is it escaping little by little each day?  JOIN OUR LIFE GROUP AT 7 PM ON THURSDAY BY CLICKING THIS LINK  It’s not God’s recommendation that we live according to our fleshly desires and our society not become the devil’s playground.  God is a God of order and […]

Hateful Nails by Brianna’s Richardson

In July, we will have reached the year anniversary of moving into our first home. The neighborhood is quiet, and the residents we are between are both polite. Despite this, for several months now, on and off, everytime I pull into my driveway after work, Kris approaches me with a nail in his hand and […]

Defund The Police? by Gloria Toti

WARNING:  This conversation might cause uncomfortable feelings, but we invite you to give us feedback.  We want to listen.  We want to understand.   Please know it is our desire to not only hear you but to listen with third-level listening to the things in your heart.  If you didn’t think we care – we […]

Intimacy- PG by Nita Kuehn

A bit shocked to see this as a Prize 31 topic?  Don’t worry, I’m going in a bit of a different direction that you may have anticipated when you read the title. What I have noticed during this COVID era is people experiencing far more intimacy that I have seen or heard of in decades. […]

Business, As Usual, Has To End by Gloria Toti

The Layers Of Some Of That Pain Should Matter To Us  JOIN OUR LIFE GROUP AT 7 PM ON THURSDAY BY CLICKING THIS LINK The murder of George Floyd has re-opened wounds that have never fully healed and tragically continue to be opened. The headlines over these past few days have left many of us […]

Never Take It For Granted by Kristin Huber

It is difficult to begin writing a post when you are at a loss for words. How do you begin writing down what this year has been like, and it is only June? This year has given me a lot of time for contemplation and I simply wish to share my heart.  We started self-quarantining […]

A Different Kind Of Fire Is Needed by Gloria Toti

When gifts are given our response should be – thank you – and then we should unwrap the gift, correct?   JOIN OUR LIFE GROUP AT 7 PM ON THURSDAY BY CLICKING THIS LINK Is it okay to sing Happy Birthday to the Holy Spirit?…how about to the Church? If you say no, sorry – I […]

Emmaus Road by Diane Qubty

One of my favorite stories happens on Resurrection Sunday on a 7 mile stretch of dirt road between Jerusalem and a small village called Emmaus.  Two of Jesus’ followers, one of them named Cleopas, were walking along on their way home from what they thought was going to be a normal Passover.  Their faces were […]

Blind Spots – We All Have Them by Gloria Toti

Who in your life has access to take you aside and lovingly point out your blind spots?   CLICK THIS LINK TO JOIN THE GROUP Thursday Evening – 7 pm LISTEN TO GLORIA’S VIDEO BLOG ABOVE …OR READ IT ON YOUR OWN BELOW We all know what it’s like to be driving and someone gets […]

Growing In Your Zone by Denise Dietz

Mom and I were thrilled to find ourselves at a local nursery browsing the unending beauty of plants in full bloom. Row-after-row of color drew us in and captured our interest. Each plant seemed to say, “Pick me.” Like two kids in a candy store, we quickly filled our cart to overflowing. We had plants of every […]

Protecting The Family Name by Gloria Toti

 God knows it and you know it…all children need some discipline for their own good. CLICK THIS LINK TO JOIN THE GROUP Then enter this ID: 874 2294 0294# Another option is to call into the group 1-346- 248-7799    ID: 874 2294 0294# Thursday Evening – 7 pm LISTEN TO GLORIA’S VIDEO BLOG ABOVE […]

Quarantine Thoughts by Sarah Kline

I believe most of you will agree that things are completely different these days. My oldest walked into the room in late March and said, “Is it true that our cousins are quarantined?” At that point, we were not on a stay-at-home order, so I responded by saying, “I don’t know,” then asking my mother if my sister’s […]

Your Heart Tells A Story by Gloria Toti

Click Here To Join ID: 824 1506 9782 We Gather Every Thursday at 7 pm Another option: Call Into the Group  1-346-248-7799   LISTEN TO GLORIA’S VIDEO BLOG ABOVE …OR READ IT ON YOUR OWN BELOW The story of Moses is a tale of two moms. One birthed a baby boy and one raised him. […]

Fear Fails by Deanna Duncan

Fear. Four simple letters that have the ability to paralyze us.  Why? Blame it all on the amygdalae.  These tiny (no bigger than a few centimeters) almond-shaped things buried deep within the right and left temporal lobes of our brain control our fear conditioning and our emotional response to pain.  Essentially, they control our body’s […]

Sorry Joseph, I Said Yes by Gloria Toti

Click Here To Join Us Every Thursday for Life Group at 7 pm   LISTEN TO GLORIA’S VIDEO BLOG ABOVE …OR READ IT ON YOUR OWN BELOW Do you have a friend or family member that you know you can count on? When they say they are going to do something, you know they are […]

Unwithering Faith by Shawnee McClure

Every spring, I enjoy the day when it seems as though all at once everything is green again. Despite the current oppression that has indwelled upon this spring with the widespread COVID-19 intruding upon each of our lives, the trees did not forget to bloom. The wildflowers and their perennial friends have blossomed. Sometimes life for us feels […]

Can Dust Be Glued Back Together by Gloria Toti

What is a girl supposed to do when she is left holding the DUST of her shattered dreams?   Perhaps the dust came as a result of someone else’s decision that impacted her life, or perhaps it was her own decision that left her in a dust storm that clouded her every step. Whatever the […]

Just For Now by Brianna Richardson

March 16 First day of Spring Break. At the office, I’m making binders for our new volunteers. My supervisor approaches me. They just received the order to send all non-essential staff home. I gathered all my belongings from my desk, knowing it would probably be some time before I returned. My supervisor bids me stay […]

Can We Change The World By Accident? – Gloria Toti

 This can turn out to be one of the finest hours for the church and guess who the church really is?  You and Me OUR FRIEND-GROUP IS WAITING FOR YOU Thursday  at 7 pm 30 minutes can help you change your world Click Here To Join Us

Behold, I Do A New Thing By Tina Gonzalez

I love the scripture verse that The Lord gave me and my two sons for an overview of our 2020 New Year…… Isaiah 43:19, ” Behold, I do a new thing, It is springing forth; Do you not perceive it?” Well, it certainly is New for me and quite a few of God’s children around […]

These Women Had True Grit by Gloria Toti

Let it be said of us that we also had true grit to rise up for Jesus as these women did…   YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US EVERY Thursday  at 7 pm You deserve 30 minutes to replenish your life Click Here To Join Us

Work Out With Us by Gloria Toti

 ZUMBA HERE WE COME No matter where you live or what church you attend,  this group for all you women who want to have fun while burning some calories.   JOIN THE WORKOUT Christy gives us a sneak peek of her 30-minute workout we will be doing tomorrow night.   Visit prize31.com on Facebook  Click […]

Pits With Mirrors Are Dangerous by Gloria Toti

On a scale of 1 through 10, where is your attitude these days?   If it’s in the weeds, we understand.  Don’t stay there – do something about it.   Things are too crazy right now to fall into a pit filled with mirrors where we are tempted to only focus on ourselves.  That’s what […]

Who Am I by Nita Kuehn

How often have we felt like Moses when he said these words to God?  We look at the task before us and we feel totally overwhelmed – incapable.  Who am I to take on such a task?  I never bargained for this!  (Believe me, neither did Moses.) Actually, that may be exactly the way God […]

God Only You Can End This

God Alone Can Fix Our World God Alone Can Change the Hearts of Man God Alone Can Stop the Plague—Let’s Honor Him & Repent God Alone Can Brings Miracles Needed In This Time of History ____________________________________________________   We will meet on Thursday evenings for 30 minutes beginning this week. Time: Apr 2, 2020 07:00 PM […]

The Big ONE by Kristin Huber

March 12, 2020 was a BIG day in the Huber household; our little guy turned ONE! What a joyous day it was for our family. This past year Konnor has brought more joy to lives than we could have ever anticipated. Of course, he recognized the day as any other to play, take naps, eat […]

No Time To Play Church by Gloria Toti

How can this be happening is the redundant thought that is making me get acquainted with nerves I didn’t know existed.  My heart is being tugged in so many ways.  I don’t know if I have the capacity to realize the suffering this evil COVID-19 will leave in its wake.  It actually brings me to […]

God’s Gorilla Glue by Diane Qubty

In our BSF studies the question came up, ‘How did God encourage Paul?’  As I looked over Acts 18, I saw the friends He put in Paul’s life.  First, he had Barnabas, John Mark, Timothy, Silas.  They travelled with him, taught him and then, in turn, learned from him.  But along this very hard journey, […]

Shared Hope by Denise Dietz

Five years ago, I was dying. Physically. Emotionally. Spiritually. The doctors said it was too much stress. I grasped for changes to make my life less stressful. All the stresses came from things considered “good.” As a mother, I had an oldest child graduating from high school and making his transition into adulthood. Two younger children were emerging […]

Thoughts On Enduring by Sarah Kline

I wrote at the end of December that my new word for this year is ENDURE. I heard God speak it to me so clearly, but I confess it brought both anticipation and fear. What do I think about when I hear the word endure? My mind immediately flits to suffering. It thinks about children […]

The Value of One by Deanna Duncan

Amanda Eller started out the day in a great mood.  The yoga teacher was in Maui and was about to explore a Hawaiian forrest the best way she knew how–with a short 3 mile run.  A little ways into the run, she felt winded and decided to rest a bit.  She thought it might be […]

Arise & Shine by Shawnee McClure

I love the morning time. The sunrise brings such a delight from within me. Seeing the first light of a new day and, even the first few hours of the day when the sunlight looks fresh, breathing life into the world, brings peace to my soul. I call it “new light.” “Arise, shine, for your light has […]

Heart Transplant by Tina Gonzalez

Well Girls, It’s almost here……HEART DAY! As I sat and thought about the upcoming day of Valentines, the most wonderful scripture kept flowing through my mind, John 15:13- ” Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down His life for His friends.” It is mind blowing to me when I hone-in […]

Cracks by Brianna Richardson

At the end of my day volunteering in Kidsplace, I went to clean up the nursery. Putting away the snacks, I failed to notice that the lid had not been placed properly on the container. Predictably, the lid came off, and Cheerios spilled all over the carpet. Sigh. On my hands and knees, I began gathering […]

Do You Have Friends? By Gloria Toti

Do you have friends is a loaded questions because I know we all have people around us that we say are our friends and yet way too many times our conversations stay at the surface level of life.   We really don’t know each others values, hopes, or dreams. We probably don’t rely on each […]

Wrinkle Resistant by Nita Kuehn

Ironing is just not my thing!  And regular trips to the cleaners have never really been in my budget.  So what do I do? For many years, I have only purchased items that bear the tag “wrinkle resistant.”  Unfortunately, as our children grew and began to buy gifts for their dad, shirts without that coveted […]

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy by Kristin Huber

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”                                                             […]

Grace by Diane Qubty

Amazing Grace  – The Final Advent Story I can still see her face.  My youngest had been asking me, since she was five, to be baptized. I think this is a hard thing for parents sometimes.  You want to let them follow their heart and what the Lord is talking to them about, but at […]

See A Little More by Denise Dietz

Audacious. Yes! Let’s put ourselves in this story…. Jesus, the Healer 17 One day many Jewish religious leaders, known as Pharisees along with many religious scholars came from every village of Galilee, throughout Judea, and even from Jerusalem to hear Jesus teach. And the power of the Lord God surged through him to instantly heal. […]

Volunteering by Sarah Kline

Warning . . . this blog post comes with an invitation. It’s not to a birthday party or a wedding reception. It’s an invitation to experience some of the things I’m blessed to experience these days. There’s no obligation to accept. About seven years ago, Carl and I took our first steps into a building […]

‘Tis the Season by Deanna Duncan

‘Tis the Season! My photographer friends and I often send that message to each other along with “selfies” of empty coffee cups, crumpled snack wrappers and anything else littering our desks at 3am as we put in yet another 16-18 hour day.  I always joke that my goal is to go to sleep in the […]

The Entire Portion by Shawnee McClure

On the days when I am not being kind to myself and lack patience, I am not “keep[ing] in step with the Spirit” and am only giving myself a portion of the fruit that God has offered me through the presence of the Holy Spirit, instead of allowing myself to enjoy the entire fruit as […]

I’m Not Kidding by Gloria Toti

I have a passion to become a mom to as many spiritual daughters as I can bring into my life. I’m not kidding I see what is taking place in our culture and this 56-year-old girl doesn’t like it one bit.  I’m tired of watching normal being kicked to the curb.  Each day, I read […]

Spiritual Harvest And Blessings by Tina Gonzalez

It is simply Amazing! I felt like climbing to the tallest tree I could find and shout to anyone who could hear….” I feel light as a feather, light as air. I’m free!”  Why? Because the Lord had once again taken the heavy back pack I was carrying and with His cleansing power( Holy laundry […]

Farce by Brianna Richardson

It still hurt. That little word on the lab slip. It was the second time I’d seen it. The first had felt like a punch to the gut. Miscarriage. On Thursday, July 4th, after returning home from the parade, I took a pregnancy test. KJ gave me the biggest hug; Kris was speechless. We spent […]

The Secret To Contentment by Nita Kuehn

Recently I was in jail. No, – I wasn’t in trouble, but others were. And because of a God-ordained opportunity, the ministry I oversee was invited to create a Freedom Curriculum and to disciple inmates who are open to learning about the Lord.  Basically, we were given a captive audience of 2000 + and we […]

Real Adventure by Deanna Duncan

‘Tis the Season!  Yes, my friends, we have made it past October 25th so that means it is Christmas 24/7 on ALL three Hallmark channels.  Any time of the day you can tune in and see sparkly lights, freshly fallen snow and a warm and cozy diner where everyone says, “hello.” It also means you […]

Attitude Of Gratitude by Kristin Huber

 I recently stumbled on a saying, which I have seen in the past, but it resonated with me something fierce on this particular day. “I remember praying for the things I have now.” After reading this on one of my social media threads I have not been able to stop repeating it. With the holiday season upon […]

Faith Like A Mustard Seed by Diane Qubty

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 “Never be afraid to trust your unknown future to a Known God.” Corrie ten Boom   If you have faith like a mustard seed… What if I do have faith? It’s at least as big as a […]

Happy Birthday Prize 31 Blog by Jennifer Riley

  Ten years ago, I was working out while The View was on. At that time, it was one of the only places where you could hear the viewpoint of women who were different ages and with different opinions. After watching for a few months, I thought how cool it would be to do that […]

Lesson From An Arcade by Sarah Kline

One of the Blogilates workouts I’ve been doing throughout this year is a spin-off of the video game Street Fighter. Cassey, my fearless digital coach, comes onscreen dressed like Chun-Li and proceeds to lead her viewers in an intense but fun routine with lots of kicking and punching. It’s one of my favorite videos of […]

The Watch by Deanna Duncan

  Jacob could barely hear his father when he asked him to go and get the box from the shelf.  His father was weak and Jacob was trying to do everything he could to make him comfortable in what appeared to be his last days.  He handed the box to his father and the man […]

Flowers Remind Me of Grace by Shawnee McClure

Flowers have always reminded me of grace. A seed is planted, and then the Sun has to penetrate the soil, deep into the dark layers, as well as Living Water needing to seep through the compacted dirt to be absorbed by the seed. It then opens up, just barely at first, to break free from […]

She Refuses To Keep Silent Knowing She Can Help by Gloria Toti

This entire month we have journeyed into the surreal path of pain for many in hopes of letting them know they are not forgotten.  It was also our sincere desire to send hope to those struggling in silence or hopelessness. Deep down my heart wanted to speak value and love over all our readers. We […]

Shoes For Drew by Sheri Friemel

Suicide has affected so many people, but there is nothing like listening to the heart of a mother as she speaks about being a survivor.  I have known and loved Sheri Friemel most of her life as she is the best friend of my own youngest sister, Keri, since they were old enough to have […]

Potter’s Wheel by Tina Gonzales

We come from different backgrounds and we have different stories, but no matter where we have been and what we have been through, we are loved by a God who never – ever gives up on us!  We are so highly valued. We are unique one-of-a-kind Masterpieces! Never to be duplicated…..We could never be replaced. He […]

Invisible by Brianna Richardson

My name is Brianna. While obtaining my bachelor’s in psychology, I studied suicide, and suicide prevention extensively. Even so, when I began to wrestle with suicidal thoughts my senior year of college, I found the process of reaching out for help to be more difficult than most people realize. I felt invisible, even to those […]

Hope in 3 Steps or Perfect Peonies by Deanna Duncan

Many years ago, I started my love affair with peonies.  They just appeared so perfect–delicate, wispy and at the same time so lush.  Let’s not even get started on their heavenly scent…They also happen to be expensive.  Very, very expensive. My fresh out of college self had a great idea–I would GROW a peony bush […]

The Struggle Is Real by Nita Kuehn

The Struggle Is Real by Nita Kuehn I am writing this today to apologize for the many times we have disregarded your pain; minimized the impact of an event; or, only had a discouraging word. Only you know how something has affected you emotionally, spiritually, and/or physically. Forgive us for not hearing your distress or dismissing […]

Suicide Doesn’t Have To Be Next Step – Let’s Talk by Gloria Toti

For the month of September, we are going to invite you into the conversation of suicide prevention.  When I hear that someone has chosen to put an end to their emotional pain through suicide, I cry out to God and ask him what I can do to help those in need of His love and […]

Hurry Up Lord! You’re Late Again by Denise Dietz

The sound of a clock ticking is a constant reminder of each second passing as I find myself in the “waiting room” again! This journey never gets easier. I’ve waited for return phone calls, career changes, a home to be built, dreams to become a reality, debt to be paid, my body to heal, traffic […]

Put It In Your Basket And Let Go!! – by Diane Qubty

Have you ever prayed and prayed for someone until you felt you could pray no more?  One such person stands out in my mind.  I prayed and prayed for this person.  Nothing happened.  I prayed some more.  Things seemed worse.  PLEASE GOD! I prayed more!  Still, I could see no results.  One day I felt […]

Making Butter by Deanna Duncan

So I did this THING. I made my own butter. Guys, to say that this project created a mess is the understatement of the year.  I think I am still cleaning milk and milk solids from every conceivable crevice in my kitchen.  However, the results are simply wonderful. Has the Lord been making butter in […]

Timeless by Nita Kuehn

We find that some things in our lives transcend time. I just returned from my 50+ high school class reunion which was held in Sacramento, CA.  While it was not the city in which we graduated, it was the city the committee chose for reasons of cost and convenience. Awesome!  I had graduated from a […]

The Reckless Love of a Father By Denise Dietz

Years have passed.  While my heart stirred with passion to tell the story of my father’s love for me, another voice drew me away saying, “Who are you?  What makes you think writing a book would mean anything? What difference would it really make?” I let this tension build inside. It was a pull between knowing I was […]

Don’t Blink by Diane Qubty

While I sip my morning tea, relax and read before the day begins, I think of the young moms out there who would consider this a vacation day.  Hang on sweet mommas!  I know the days can seem so busy and hectic.  Chores repeat themselves and never seem to get done.  Faces need to be […]

Say Something Good By Nita Kuehn

I can still hear my dad’s voice in my head even though he has been absent from this earth for over 20 years.  He was a pastor who in many ways was “old fashioned” by today’s standards, but was a wonderful man. Though not perfect, he loved serving the Lord and encouraging others to do […]

Digits by Tina Gonzalez

Numbers in order- numbers in line Numbers undone- messy No rhythm – no rhymeEquations backwards- forwards Try solving them side to side When it is all finished, what have you accomplished? Are we really just trying to hide? Digits telling time Counting money Exploding in fatalities and crime. Make Haste! Make haste! They utter and […]

It’s Pruning Time by Olga Martinez

Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.(John 15:2)  After several weeks of unanswered messages to my friend (I’ll call her Carol), I finally decided to call her husband but got no response. The unexpected silence was killing […]

His Princess by Brianna Richardson

I have a mild obsession with Disney and Disney princesses. Mild. So when I came across an image on Facebook listing various traits of Disney princesses to determine which one was most like my personality, I was ecstatic. I read through the list and tried to decide which one I felt resembled me closest, purely […]

Forgotten…Not by Deanna Duncan

  Earlier this year, I started on the official “fill all the pots” mission.  Along the front of the house, I have these big black pots that hold asparagus fern and on a day filled with sunshine, I started switching out the old and replacing with the new.  I dug out the old plant—root ball […]

It’s Not About You by Shawnee McClure

Times of conflict and dispute, especially amongst loved ones, are difficult to bear in our fickle flesh. We get tangled in our emotions between wanting to wallow silently in guilt for our portion of wrongdoing and the urge to cast blame on others, showcasing any and all wrongdoings of theirs we can recall. Learning to […]

Are You Ready? by Tina Gonzalez

” HARPAZO ” ( Are You Ready?) Dream weaver Dream deceiver There is no Game of Thrones! The ultimate test is the race in this life for our ultimate Prize, Jesus Christ and His upward call. So….who sits on the throne? Who really holds the keys? Who is early to rise and who folds their […]

Intersecting Stories by Brianna Richardson

I’m ashamed to say I don’t remember her name. I wonder if she even remembers me. She was a sweet elderly lady. Nicely dressed. Expensive jewelry. She appeared beside me suddenly, asking if the seat was taken. I thought it odd then: a round table of eight seats, most of them empty, yet she chose […]

Perfectly Imperfect by Kristin Huber

Have you ever had one of those days where you just don’t feel like you have it together? You grab your blue pants instead of your black ones. You leave the lunch you packed yourself the night before in the refrigerator. You lock your keys in the car. Any of that resonate with you? I […]

The Heavens Declare His Glory by Nita Kuehn

On Friday night, April 26th, Hillsong was in concert here in Lubbock singing praises to the Lord.  At the very same time, John and I were hosting a workshop on communicating God’s love and power.  As both events were wrapping up, the Lord responded in an amazing way which I want to share with you.  […]

Weed Whacking by Denise Dietz

For years I’ve been in an all-out-war with weeds.  As a gardener the first sign of them signals an immediate warning that an action plan is needed.  I begin considering the options.  Do I pull it, burn it, poison it, whack it or let it go? Weeds have a reputation for being good for nothing […]

Geometry Redefined by Tina Gonzales

Loops and Frames Congruent renamed Perpendicular turned upside down? Magnetics verses physics Spacial properties and hydro rotating planes. Circles and shapes No form –  without place Vast darkness and unseen glory Benevolent space holding untold stories. Words become quickened Gleaming light begins to glisten Sound barriers broken Lines harnessed – Shapes are spoken! Double helix’s […]

I Saw God Today

How life has transformed in one month. On March 12, 2019, at 6:14 pm, my world was changed forever. Konnor Bryce Huber made his grand entrance to two anxiously awaiting parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, extended family and friends. My due date was slated for April 1, but Konnor had other plans. I woke my husband […]

Finding Moments of Stillness

Our family seems to have something important to do every single night of the week. Friday evenings are pizza and movie night, a time for us to sit back and enjoy being together as a family. It’s our only night most weeks, and even still we have dance and martial arts right after my school […]

I Dreamed I Went To Heaven

Somewhere in my sleep last night I dreamed I was in Heaven. I found myself in a sea of blue and soft clouds.  There were people as far as I could see, and everyone was walking forward.  It wasn’t crowded or pushy.  Everything was just peaceful.  I knew we were all walking towards our King.  […]

What Are You Telling Yourself?

WHAT ARE YOUR ANSWERS TO THESE THREE QUESTIONS— Are you growing spiritually? Are you in a community group and honoring the value of learning new things and meeting new people? Are you having fun in life or just going through the mundane routines of life?   I remember the days when the answer to these […]

Should We Care?!?

WHY CARE  WHEN WE ALL HAVE SO MUCH GOING ON IN OUR OWN LIVES…RIGHT??  …ACTUALLY WRONG!  THESE ARE CHILDREN WHO NEED OUR HELP and way too many are crying out for FREEDOM from their pain…and that’s where you and I come in my friend. Each of us can do our personal part against the injustice […]

Great Test/Great Testimony

 I was recently visiting with a good friend. Her comment to me went something like this, “Nita, you always have such great testimonies that encourage me.  God does such amazing things in your life.”   Have you ever looked at someone else’s life and had a similar thought?   The truth is, if the grass is […]

Predetermined Blessings

Kris had been encouraging (read: begging) me to purchase a nicer phone. One that didn’t kick me out of apps or turn off my ringer randomly. At last, I decided to spring for a new phone. And by new I mean new to me, used by someone else. From everything I read, it seemed a […]

Who Leads Your Battle

Have you ever looked back and thought, “Wow! I really missed that one, Lord!  What happened?”  His answer might just be, “What you missed, was asking Me first!” We are all familiar with the story of Joshua and how he defeated the Philistines more than once; but there’s a part of his story that God […]

Back to Eden

  “Gardens represent deep emotional connections with  memories, people and places.” Author Unknown   Something is keeping me awake at night…S-E-E-D-S!  Every fiber of my being is awakened to the sense the time is near to cultivate the ground and launch all that potential into opportunity. Seedtime is far more exciting than harvest.  If you were […]


GATEWAY WOMEN’S CONFERENCE IS COMING TO LUBBOCK VIA SIMULCAST  AND IT’S FREE OF CHARGE Friday-Saturday, March 29-30  @Trinity Church    DO SOMETHING BRAVE AND TAKE A DAY OFF FOR YOU TO BE REFRESHED!!!!   Think about offering God your personal BEST worship —refreshing.  Yep! …… Imagine the impact on your heart and mind as God speaks “uncommon” words […]

A Journey in Perseverance

I’ve never been a fitness guru or someone who claims to enjoy beads of sweat running down my face and stinging my eyes. I never plan to run a marathon or even a half-marathon. The thought makes my knees automatically feel weak. I’m not in the best or worst shape I’ve been in. And I’m […]

The 50 Yard Line

In football, when you reach the 50 yard line you are halfway to the goal.  In marriage, when you reach the 50-year mark, it means much more than that. This month, John and I are celebrating our 50th year of marriage.  Often someone will say, “I wish I had a marriage like yours.  You guys […]

Hopeful Maybes

This was the 3rd time he’d ask me this specific question…  I had given every excuse before, even said I’d pray about it, even though I really hadn’t ask God what He thought about it.  I wanted to say a quick no, not drag out the conversation very long, explain my lack of ability and […]

Prepare a Room

My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:2-3 […]

“And the LORD Spoke to Job Out of the Storm”

(Foreword by J. Qubty – our God is the boat that carries us through the storms of life.  Without Him we would sink and drown in our troubles.  With Him we always have that security we cling to, just as we would cling to the boat during a storm.) “The LORD spoke to Job out […]

You Know You are Loved When…

You arrive late to Flex Fitness and two groups of gals offer to move their mats to make room for you. Your grandchild asks for a piece of paper so they can make a valentine for you. Your son calls and offers to bring over some of his special homemade soup for you. Your granddaughter […]


Pantomime – the telling of a story without words by means of bodily movements, gestures, and facial expressions. “PANTOMIME” I have always been yours and so it was since the beginning of time. You, oh Lord and Me, Our identity intertwined. With robes of righteousness and a jeweled set crown, I have always been yours. […]

Sunrises and Tears

January 15th, 2018 was a Monday. I woke to eight missed calls from my mom, a voicemail, and a missed video call from my cousin. I sprung upright and woke Kris as I hit redial. My mom told me through soft sobs that her brother, David, (Uncle Vio as we called him) had passed sometime […]

God, is that You?

So how are those RESOLUTIONS coming along?  The month is almost over and there are a few that have been crossed off the list.  I find myself hopeful as the seconds tick down to a new year… hopeful that there will be some profound change in direction or destiny that I could not have seen […]

Prepared for the Unexpected

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3 This week has been a tough one. Our family suddenly lost a dear friend in an unexpected car accident. With her sudden passing it has gotten me thinking about the questions we ask when we lose someone near and dear, “How will the family […]


We are Enough, because of Him! Every morning I pour a cup of tea. It’s captured my attention. How do I know when to stop pouring? I have large cups, small cups and in-between cups. So each morning the amount of tea I get depends on one thing…the vessel! It decides how much is “enough.” […]

A Year of Seeking

Every year for the past several years, I ask God for a word to bring into the new year. This word serves as a foundation upon which I base my time spent in God’s presence. I spend the year attempting to discover what God has for me through this word and why He chose it. […]

What do Pregnancy, a Helicopter and King David Have in Common?

Learning to listen to God instead of myself My first pregnancy was a doozy. I began to swell and feel a little different before I even knew I was pregnant. I was young and thin back then and even though I had gained a little weight with the swelling, my stomach showed nothing at 3 […]

A “Do-Over” Please

The new year is upon us and our heads swirl with thoughts of things we should have done – or done differently – in 2018. We look forward into 2019 with both eager anticipation and fear of what it may bring. We have hopes for what we would love to see happen in the new […]

Little Prayers

Perhaps my first encounter with how ugly religion could be, was on a radio station’s Facebook page, many years ago. The post in question was simply an opening for their listeners to comment prayer requests. Scrolling through the comments, I stumbled upon one of the most callous exchanges I’ve ever witnessed. A lady modestly stated […]


“Perhaps this is the moment for which you were created…” Recently I had coffee with a dear friend of mine and as we sat there catching up she told me she had worn a bracelet in honor of our meeting… There engraved so beautifully was a word that I have battled with for a lifetime […]

Lois, Eunice and Marge

Sometimes the most beautiful things in life that have the biggest impact on the future appear small and insignificant. Several years ago, Joyce Meyer received a letter from a viewer who just had to tell her the story of Marge—I just gave her that name because it sounds fun. Anyway, Marge was legally blind and […]

Just Because You are Mine

God used a cute 3-year-old to teach me a powerful lesson. I love my precious three-year-old Noah Johnny. If you look up ‘cute’ in the dictionary, along with a few others, I’m quite sure you’ll find his picture. I got to pick him up after his pre-school yesterday and I was enjoying him so much […]

Little Snowflake

God used a cute 3-year-old to teach me a powerful lesson. Our prayers for snow began months before the possibility existed. In August Nathalie began asking, “Mom will it snow this year.” The mid-summer’s heat ignited hope for snow, lots of it – fluffy and abundant. I could never honestly answer the question of will […]

The Best Holiday Recipe

There is no substitution for the real thing. It was supposed to be a perfect day. Many of the people I loved were coming over for brunch and I could not be filled with any more joy. I lovingly laid out the china and crystal and then prepared a menu that would make everyone feel […]

Get In A Circle of Friends…

We all know that life is hard and it requires us to step up and fight for what is ours. Would you agree or disagree if I told you we are stronger together? I hope you said, “I agree.” When I go through the things life throws at me, I want others to come alongside […]

20 Things I Learned From Being a Widow

“Father of orphans, champion of widows, is God in His holy house.” Psalm 68:5 My name is Stacey Walton. I am a mother of two beautiful kiddos. A daughter named Myka Nicole and a son named Christopher Cade. I have been a banker since October 1998 and I have been a Christian since July 30, […]

Until We Meet Again

It is with a heavy heart I write this month’s posting. I ask that you read this as a tribute to a man that was truly one of a kind. In late April my family experienced a great loss. We lost a husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother, a friend. My grandfather, Donny Johnston […]


Have you read Pursued by Judd Wilhite? I recently read Pursued by Judd Wilhite, and it spoke volumes to me. This reading was part of preparation work for a weekend retreat I would attend. When I got the email containing 21 days of prep work, I was not excited. I am one of those rare […]

Thanking God For My Mom

Share your toys, clean your room, it’s time to come to dinner. Think of other’s before yourself, always put yourself in their shoes. I love you more. You can do it, I’ll be there, there’s no one I love more. My mom has the most beautiful way of making all five of her children feel […]

Trouble or Triumph

It is so amazing how familiar scriptures can suddenly bring on new meaning. I had one of those lightbulb moments not long ago when I was reading the story of Mary in Luke 1. In my mind it goes something like this: Mary is doing her daily chores and suddenly this angel appears. He tells […]

Glory to Glory

I was listening to a worship song the other day that was talking about God’s glory. I began to ponder the misconception I had regarding moving from glory to glory. You see in my own life, I find I want to grow. I want to move spiritually upward. I want to bear fruit, and I […]

Structurally Sound

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” -Galatians 6:2 I have been contemplating the importance of support lately. No matter what the situation may be, having a strong support system has been the key to making it through this life for me. Let’s take it from an […]

That’s Bad Math, Jesus

Those numbers just don’t add up, Jesus. Why would you risk 99 sheep for one sheep? I just never quite understood this. I’ve always considered myself a bit of a right brain/left brain person. I will balance your checkbook and then write a poem about it! Well, it’s that math nerd part of me that […]

The Spaces In Between

Two years ago, I wrote a grant for my library to purchase an augmented reality sandbox. This sandbox shows topographic maps, water catchment areas, levees, and more. It operates through an XBox Kinect, so it picks up movement. When you shift the sand, you can see the contour lines and color-coded depths change. It’s an […]

Embrace the Tension

Hi Friends! Today I wanted to share something with you from my heart. It comes from a place of experience. I’ve seen it in my marriage, my parenting, my work, my family, my friendships….I’ve seen it in every relationship I have. Any time there is another person involved, there will be tension. I’m not talking […]


In the busyness of the past few weeks I have often caught myself uttering phrases like, “Lord, I need strengthening.” We all have those moments – or seasons – where the day is not long enough to complete the tasks before us or where our energy gives out before the tasks are done. In response […]

Crush It

Enemy! What comes to mind? How about this? This is not a rattlesnake! Any guesses on what kind it is? Soon after moving into our home we learned there was a surge in rattlesnake bites in the Lubbock area. The news story reported it was most likely because of new development pushing them out of […]

When Life Happens

The truth is, life is very unpredictable. Just recently, a friend went to the hospital for a simple medical procedure and was dead the next day. Stunned, speechless, unbelievable – could not begin to describe the myriad of emotions that flooded the room. The details of who, what, how, and when are not significant for […]

Another Lesson Learned

The last three months of 2017, I took a hiatus from reading and studying my Bible and from my prayer journal. I’m a studier by nature. I’m one of those individuals who loves packing on classes and studies and reading multiple books simultaneously. Last year was a big year of doing those things. Until it […]

New Year, New Me?

Happy New Year all! I know we are halfway through January already but this is my first chance to say it to everyone for 2018. I hope this New Year has already opened up new blessings and opportunities for each one of you. With the New Year in full-swing I have seen many posts across […]


Walking around these walls I thought by now they’d fall But You have never failed me yet Waiting for change to come Knowing the battle’s won For You have never failed me yet We’re 9 days into the New Year and I know we are all staring at walls in our lives. Is it a […]


WARNING, what you’re about to read has the potential to change your heart! It contains the proven ingredients of human faith, reckless hope and God-size love! Read carefully and digest completely for maximum benefits. The Great Physician has provided irrefutable evidence of His healing power and governing authority in our lives. On July 15th I […]

Reflections & Lessons from 2017

As 2017 is rapidly drawing to a close, I’ve found myself reflecting over the past year. I had a plan last New Year’s Eve that we would start a new tradition in the Huber household, (let me first say it didn’t get implemented and today I sure wish it had), to keep a jar on […]

After Christmas – Not for Sale

Well for many families, the hustle and bustle has settled… Christmas has come and gone. Today is usually the day many of us will rush out and catch the AFTER CHRISTMAS SALES. Every year I go and buy a few things that I had my eye on, but wasn’t able to purchase. I mean who […]