Indiana has enjoyed a relatively mild winter. Not much snow. Not many sub-zero days. However, the constant gray skies reveal winter is not going away soon. The lack of color and sunshine reveal just how much I enjoy such things in my life. Note: this picture is a color photo, not black and white. Winter is a forced rest of nature and activity. I have much still to learn from this long gray season.

Many of you have asked about my fibromyalgia throughout the years and I have enjoyed sharing that my symptoms have been minimal and tolerable. For reasons I can’t explain, I am no longer in remission. Unable to escape my own body, I am again keenly aware of the gifts of health, freedom of movement, ability to think clearly and use words, blessings of sleep, etc.  Though I have grace to push myself and stay engaged with ministry and people, my to-do list grows as tasks are transferred to the next day and the next. Despite what I have learned about quietness and rest and how God uses the “winter” months to restore life, it is easy some days to feel discouraged, even useless.

Last summer Cru asked me to share various life lessons and ways God made himself known to me over four decades of ministry. This past week I received another edited video from the producers. A timely and sweet reminder of God’s truth.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep . . . ”  Gen 1:1-2

God created the heavens and the earth and every living thing out of the formless and empty void. Out of nothing. He is still able to do the same today with you and me because of who HE is. What might you want to bring to Him to transform?

Comm Lab

Thank you for praying for Comm Lab. It is always such a joy to watch such transformation in a few short days. I loved pulling out the “gold” in each person in my group.

“I expected Comm Lab to be good but I didn’t know it would be this fun. I think I learned more in 4 days than I learned in 4 years of college with a Communications major.”

“Was I doing that?” (frequent question regarding distracting movements, ha)

“Thank you (coaches) for your gifts of communicating. I don’t think I’ve ever been that engaged for an entire conference before. EVER.”  (senior Cru staff)