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A few days ago I found myself having a conversation about grace with some friends and family. So many wonderful thoughts and insights were shared, but one thought that was shared really struck a chord in my heart. The thought was, “So many people think of grace as something that will only have an affect…

“If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign” Judges 6:17 Have you ever been called to do something that required courage? Have you ever needed the Lord’s confirmation? Have you ever felt that what God moved you to do something beyond your ability and you just needed a simple…

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 It’s defined as favor by God. It’s a gift. It’s freely given and something we can’t earn or work for. It was a few weeks before my eighth birthday.   A…

“And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” – John 1: 16-17   “It is finished.” (John 19:30) Those words echo on this Holy Week, as we commemorate and contemplate what He finished – and what…

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14 I felt the looks before I…

Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” John 4:39, ESV   The Bible would be useless in its power if there were not relatable people & situations to parallel our lives & identify with. We who love His word have our…

Here is APRIL’s daily verse calendar!  Ponder with us.  One verse a day. Check on Instagram for devotionals sprinkled throughout the month. Click here for printable pdf found under GROUP STUDY.

 “So that your faith might not rest on human wisdom but on God’s power.” 1 Corinthians 2:5 In my early 20’s, I always felt the desire and need to go to church so I would find something close and show up on Sundays. I felt I had a relationship with Jesus. I mean, I believed…

A few months ago I was sitting in my church meeting when a young woman got up and played an absolutely breathtaking rendition of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” on her violin. I sat there listening to the exquisite music and was overcome with a sense of peace and a reminder that God is…

Matt 14:23 “And after Jesus sent the crowds away, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.”   Exodus 20: 8-10 “‘Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to…

But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. “You threw me into the ocean depths, and I sank down to the heart of the sea. I sank down to the very roots of the mountains; I was imprisoned in the earth. But you, O Lord my God,…

“…worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” -Revelation 14:7   On your way to the mountain top you will need to stop at the springs of water to refresh and quench your thirst. The spiritual springs of water are found in places of worship and in special worship services….

Today I printed off the study guide and put it on my nightstand next to my scriptures with a favorite pen. For the rest of this month I plan to spend a little bit of time there every day.  Trying to discover my rhythm…the way I live in faith.  I love the mindfulness here… the questions that will…

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom I shall fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) After the fateful day when the golden image was raised up in Babylon and the three boys – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – were threatened with the…

We are already planning for the next MULTIPLY gathering! We keep talking about what we loved most about last month’s gathering.  It was so amazing to meet women whose faith is such a driving force behind who they are.  The conversation was so uplifting, and we learned so much about what it meant to love…

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to…

But Peter put them all forth and kneeled down, and prayed.  Acts 9:40 Most of the time, my mind feels like it’s filled with untethered balloons.  Little bits of advice, ideas, names, events, grocery needs, music ideas, “to do” items and memories get jumbled up all together and float around in there.  I have forgotten…

O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people … Remember his marvelous works that he hath done; his wonders … (Psalms 105: 1, 5) Sonny and Cher sang, “And the beat goes on …” (it’s even written on Sonny’s tombstone). It’s more than a catchy lyric,…

Here is February’s calendar!  Ponder with us.  One verse a day. Check on Instagram for devotionals sprinkled throughout the month. Click here for printable pdf found under GROUP STUDY.  

One day, as I was out for a walk with my daughter, a question came to my mind that I have since thought often about. The question that came to my mind was, “Do I know God?” Do I know who He is? Do I know how He would react in certain situations? Do I…

“Even though you intended to harm me, God intended it only for good, and through me, He preserved the lives of countless people, as He is still doing today.” Genesis 50:20, The Voice For the past 2 years my daughter has an obsession with Band-Aids. A minor abrasion or invisible bump warrants a trip to…

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?  Whom seekest thou? John 20:15-16 I can imagine Mary there by the empty tomb, tears staining her worried face.  She must have been spent, physically and emotionally.  Mary had stood at the foot of the cross as her friend and Savior was crucified.  She had assisted at…

“There should be no schism in the body; but the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:25-26 Love seems so easy sometimes.  Right?  When we’re tucked in bed,…

Great grace was upon them all Acts 4:33 The book of Acts shows us a transformed and converted man in Peter.  Remember that early in his ministry Jesus spoke to him and said “when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 22:32). By the time Peter had gone through the death and trial of sufferings…

“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands.  As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” 2 John 6 What is Love?  I mean, we celebrate love with weddings, anniversaries, holidays, flowers, cards, balloons, stuffed animals, fancy dinners and most importantly chocolate (or donuts in my…

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always…

One of our greatest hopes is that friends will gather friends to create faith based relationships, build bridges, and talk about God’s Word.  This group study is designed to help you do just that! Every month we will give you all the details you need to host your own MULTIPLY gathering. What you need to…

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28   This scripture is one of my favorites. I penned it on the foundation of our farmhouse dining room with permanent marker. I had this hope that as…

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:12-13 She giggles whenever I try to dress her. He laughs in hysterics whenever I tickle his neck. I get up with her every morning before the…

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth. Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity…

  Join us as we gather to study how to LOVE WELL this month. An introduction here… Monthly verses here… FEB PRINT More details coming!!

Here is February’s calendar!  Ponder with us.  One verse a day. Check on Instagram for devotionals sprinkled throughout the month. Click here for printable pdf found under GROUP STUDY.

Is it just me, or is there is something about February that makes a heart lonely.  It’s so many days of darkness.  It’s so many days of snow. It’s so many days of staying inside for the warmth from the coldness outside.  And I am warm.  But I am lonely. I miss the women in…

It all started with a conversation. Isn’t that the way most good things start? Two strangers sharing their first lunch at Blue Lemon.  I had salmon.  I can’t remember what Nish had.  We talked about Mormons and Evangelical Christians and loving God and loving people, and before we knew it what was supposed to be…

Catherine Arveseth When I think about who I love, rather than what I love, the words come easy. So… here we go. I love God. With all I have. He is my Father, my haven of safety, my refuge. In prayer and in thought. I know immediately when I am choosing something he wouldn’t be…

In determining how to start a blog about who I am and what I’m about, it has me pondering the concept of “first impressions”.  I’ve heard that within a matter of minutes of meeting someone for the first time, we have already assumed who that person is and how we feel about them.  I experience…

Okay, I get to introduce myself as that one Guy.  Growing up with the name Guy has allowed for me to hear just about every “Guy” joke in the book.  Like “Hey, you’re that one Guy that…” Or, “Is there any Guys here?”   I do play the guitar and my brother-in-law, Earl, also plays a…

I’m James. I’m from London in the UK (which means that yes, I have a British accent). Above all, I love to write, I have authored books and blog posts, I host a podcast. I love creativity. And I believe fundamentally, the creativity is a way we can connect with our true selves, and with…

One of the toughest questions to answer in life is the question of, “Who am I? What makes me who I am? What defines me?” I’ve thought a lot about the answers to these questions and I want to share them with you. The answers aren’t perfect, because I’m not perfect; however, they reflect who…

Nearly 40 years ago, a Mormon and a Methodist fell in love.  They were both devoted to each other and to God in their own way.  They pledged to build a strong family based on faith, love, music and humor.  Life was full of ups and downs, laughing and crying, baseball and singing (but no…

When I first created my blog “Faithfully Following” in 2011 I was searching for a way to organize my thoughts through some difficult times. My husband was struggling with his career and faith and was contemplating enrolling in seminary after a long stretch of unemployment. We were raising two kids and I was trying to…

I’ve always claimed to be a small and simple girl who loves small and simple things. And my story is pretty small and simple as well.. I was born to the most loving, perfect parents in all the world and grew up in a little red brick home. We had a sweeping backyard complete with…

O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood. Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you! My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection. That is…

I just wrapped up writing a glowing, 4-page award nomination for someone I don’t even know. I saw his resume, talked with him on the phone and read praises from peers … then the words just flowed. I’m a freelance writer for healthcare systems across the nation, so it’s normal for me to write about…

2017 started with a conversation. A conversation with God that lead to a conversation among friends. “Lord, what would you have us to do…” (Acts 9:6) I am slowly learning that God is good when you ask questions like that. How His answer will lead you into paths you might not have discovered on your own….

It is the new year, and I have been so wrapped up in the gathering and the joy and the peace that is Christmas that I haven’t even taken the time to look forward. Not, yet. Maybe it is the same for you. Last night snow fell, blanketing the ground with white.  I woke up, started…

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