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A Dwelling Place

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. -Psalm 90:1 A dwelling place: In my office I have photos of my family, of current and former Hope Street members, of friends, of volunteers, of staff, there is a poem my daughter wrote, there are pictures that Kalyia & Andreia drew, one that Michelle colored, a card that Josiah made me, little notes from people saying thank you or that they were thinking of me, and all sorts of post-its with children practicing writing their name and my name, things I need to remember, and small prayers. This space is more than an office, more than a desk, a pile of things to do and a computer. This space reminds me of the people who dwell in my hear

More of Him

We have all heard it before – right? Less of me, and more of Him. It has a nice ring to it…but what does that look like in our everyday life. The recent heat wave provided many examples of people living out their lives in a “less of me, and more of Him” mindset at the Greenhouse for People. Our July Serve Sat event attracted 30 volunteers, who worked tirelessly in hot conditions, moving furniture, pulling weeds, and cleaning our facility. One went out and bought two umbrellas so our members could enjoy some shade in the courtyard as they gather and share life together. Less of me, more of Him. On a 90 degree day, staff, members and kiddos enjoyed a fun-filled day at a pool…where everyone spl

Higher Ways

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. --Isaiah 55:8-9 I don’t know if there’s a more tormenting thought to me than not understanding why. Not knowing how. Not knowing when. I hate math but I have so many equations for so many outcomes and none of them are based in truth. It makes me hate math that much more. The outcome is never peace. Thank you Father that You have provided protection from this torment. You give us You. You give us Your Word which is light and truth. You don’t ask us to create and toil and work. You ask us t

Crawling Moments

Summer is one of the best times to just stop, look around, and acknowledge all that God has accomplished. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to take a walk outside. To step out into the fresh air, take in the scent of a newly mowed lawn, look at the bright blue sky, and see all of the flowers in full bloom. In today’s society, we are constantly on the go. This oftentimes leaves us to overlook the small things in life. Sadly, this goes even further beyond noticing our beautiful surroundings. I think back over my life these past 2 to 3 years and some of the biggest moments have been graduating college, becoming an aunt, and moving to Wisconsin. But also within this time frame my

Shechem

26 See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— 27 the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; 28 the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known. Deuteronomy 11: 26-28 These words were spoken in Shechem to the Israelites prior to them entering the promise land. It served as a reminder - that though we are given choices, it is in our best interest to obey God and His commands. His way is better than our own way. I’m sure coming out of the desert after years and years that sounded like a pretty easy command to follow. But in reali