We’re on pilgrimage…

We’re on pilgrimage…

religious journey or expedition

I read Matthew 2:2 from the Message

“We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”

Simple words yet they echo through the following days…

words to guide

mission to undertake and understand

Those who said these words may have thought that finding the Christ would be the end of the pilgrimage only to discover that it was the beginning..

I would love to know the ongoing pilgrimage of the wisemen who were on a pilgrimage to worship Him.

Finding Jesus was only the beginning of their pilgrimage…

What does my pilgrimage look like?

Have you started looking for Jesus?

Have I found Him?

Is my pilgrimage one of ongoing worship of Jesus?





Growing Young #1

From Growing Young:  Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church



IMG_1092    Growing Young:  6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love your Church

Authors:  Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin

I’m so excited to be digging into this new book filled with research and strategy to help young people and congregations.  This week it all begins as I join new friends in conversation about the church and growing young.

I’m thankful to receive an advanced copy.  #growing young

You will be hearing more about it from me soon.

I hear the roar.

It’s coming from everywhere and everyone.

Everyone has a message and something to say.

Something important to say

Something I need to hear or so they say

Something that will help

Something that will heal

Something that will make me better




stand out in the crowd

Do I need to hear it all?

I need to block it out so that I can hear

God speaking to me.

And I can’t

unless I choose

to sit…

to be still…

to listen…


for as long as He speaks…

or as long as I am still…

God, please make me still…

at least a little longer…



Dave Perrel is one of our many VBS Kids Camp volunteers who have faithfully served for numerous years. He served as the leader of our Game Station.  One year after VBS, he suggested we create a science station for VBS the following year. It was an amazing idea, which had not been done by any curriculum publishers.

Dave took the curriculum and created a station that uses science to illustrate our Bible lesson. He has continued to do this every year, and our kids love science at VBS Kids Camp. Dave and his wife, Alisa also serve as small group leaders for our elementary kids on Sundays.

Dave teaches AP physics at Anderson High School and loves teaching and his students. This year Dave has been named an Indiana Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.

Dave shared with me that the application process was quite lengthy and detailed. He included videos of teaching his science classes at the high school and also included a picture from VBS Kids Camp Science Station.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching has been awarded annually since 1983 to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers across the country. Following an initial state level selection process, the national winners are selected by a panel of scientists, mathematicians, and educators.

Winners receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, which they may use at their discretion. The winners also are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and a visit to the White House.

Thank you, Dave for sharing your love of science and teaching with East Side Kids! Congratulations on being named an Indiana finalist!

Keep Moving!

To keep moving

I need these “abilities”

my to-do list to move

eliminate the phrase, “It is what it is.”  (That’s a good way to get stuck.)

be responsible

create a sustainable plan

be consistent

be disciplined

keep taking one step forward (even when there are 2 steps back)

have mental fortitude (courage in pain or adversity)

persevere, stubbornness if you will

find focus

grit your teeth determination

emotional strength

spiritual digging

listening prayers (God does the talking.  I do the listening.)

know my limits

set my boundaries

check in the rearview mirror for accomplishments

see long-term

eliminate the naysayers, at least their voices

encourage my colleagues

smile at everyone

hug my friends

love my family

Give thanks to God endlessly!

I’ve got this…

The energy level on day #3 of VBS Kids Camp tends to be low which means the kids’ energy level increases except for our 3 year olds.

How did we plow through low-level day 3 (out of 4 days of VBS)?

We reminded our crew why we “do” VBS, and we give them something sweet to eat first thing.

As we gathered for our morning huddle, I did a contemplative reading of the story of Naaman with the focus for our volunteer crew on the young slave girl.  After the reading, we sat quietly (while eating our chocolate mountains – Hershey’s Kisses) and considered the impact that one young girl had on Naaman’s life.

This young girl’s name is not recorded, but her name was spoken to, not one, but two kings.  This young slave also knew that God’s prophet could heal her master, Naaman.

We let this story sink deeply into our hearts about how one nameless slave girl displayed God’s mighty power to an army commander and 2 kings.  The big question:  Why would she help someone who she was a slave to?

Keep letting this Bible story sink deeply into your hearts as you hit the weary days of Everest VBS.  Allow God to speak to your heart about those kids under your care and teaching this week.

You can reach the summit with God’s Mighty Power!



Our VBS ended over a month ago.  I had begun to write this post about a month ago, but I wasn’t sure if it would be as encouraging as it should be.

This young girl and her helpfulness to others provides an example for all of us whether it’s VBS, Sunday mornings, or any day of the week.

We all have access to God’s mighty power!

Keep climbing!  The view will be worth it!

Keep looking for God’s mighty power to be revealed in your life.