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Praying for Workers

The Bible is so true, “the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few” Matthew 9:36-38.

This past weekend was one that will go down in the books. It was filled with God filling in the blanks in areas that were unexpected, but beautiful.  Those moments that give you tears to remember and tears to be a part of.

Our pastors and spouses made our way to a home for our annual Staff Advance.  We looked at questions like:

  • What are your dreams for the future of Open Life? Next year…5 years from now…?
  • How is business?  What is attached to our 32% retention ratio and rapid growth?  Continue reading Praying for Workers

Ten Bites In

Last week I opened a box of Kix and poured a bowl full to begin my day.  About ten bites in…surprise! I saw something out of place in my bowl amidst the circular corn goodness, it was a 4 inch long yellow twistie-tie.  The yellow plastic kind with a wire interior.  This was just the beginning of my “Kid’s tested mother approved” moment. (and let’s ignore the fact that I had already had 10 bites in this picture…I know I exceeded the one cup serving size suggestion!)

What should one do when in this peculiar position? Tweet about it,

"Ten bites into my Kix, I find this! GENERAL MILLS what's up with that"

in fact, this was an instagram moment linked to both Twitter and Facebook for instant life sharing photo goodness.

Just one hour following my post I received a message Continue reading Ten Bites In

Record day, amazing stories

Sunday was surely one for the memory book.  Open Life had our largest Sunday to date with 139 people present for our Easter Experience, “One Day to Change The World.”  So many guests made their way to Easter with family, neighbors, and friends.  Honored to have them with us and hoping to see them again in the coming weeks.

We promised to give $5 to Charity Water for every person in attendance Continue reading Record day, amazing stories

How big is your dream?

This Sunday I am starting a new series at Open Life called The Circle Maker, based on Mark Batterson’s newest book.  It is one of the more challenging books I have read recently on the power of prayer.  The topic I am hitting on this Sunday is Dreaming BIG.

One of the quotes that is resonating and challenging me is, “The death of a dream is often a subtle form of idolatry.  We lose faith in the God who gave us the big dream and settle for a small dream that we can accomplish without His help.   We go after dreams that don’t require divine intervention.”

When we felt prompted to start a church in Bonney Lake Continue reading How big is your dream?

Don’t rush through life

Disneyland really got me thinking: My heart is exploding with inspiration lately.  Truly can’t explain the passion that is welling up within me at every turn and it is not coming from the expected sources.

You would think the word, prayer and church would be the source of inspiration and transformation, but how about Disneyland, Movements like Kony2012, CharityWater.org and just taking note as we go through life.

The latest thing that has me thinking was our recent trip to Disneyland.  Continue reading Don’t rush through life