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  • Snow…by Hannah Rodgers

    Snow. For some, this word insights an involuntary shiver and a sudden need to have a vacation on the beach, but for others it spurs their adventurousness and they make any excuse to go out and romp in the snow drifts. I find myself in the middle of this spectrum; snow is lovely to see floating around outside as I am snuggled up with my cats and a good book by a fireplace, but I would generally prefer to stay in, where my feet and hands will stay warm and dry. The very best thing about snow, in my opinion, is how quiet it makes the world. There is really nothing like it. As I was loading my groceries in … Read More

  • New Year…by Hannah Rodgers

    At the beginning of the New Year, so many people have good intentions and put their best effort into changing their lives for the better with New Year resolutions. In 2016, the top three resolutions were to enjoy life to the fullest, live a healthier lifestyle, and lose weight, according to the Huffington Post. I’m sure most of these will continue to be popular for people in 2017 as well. Unfortunately, lots of people start off resolutions very well by eating more vegetables and getting a gym membership, but by the end of January they fall back into their old ways. The biggest problem that I find with myself is that I get in the way of my own good … Read More

  • No Room…by Hannah Rodgers

    And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7 No room. What a devastating phrase. Imagine that first Christmas; Mary and Joseph were trying to find a place to have their baby, but there was no room anywhere. They finally settle in to give birth to the Lord of Lords in a stable – the only place available. Christ Jesus came to Earth to pay the ultimate price for our sins and His welcoming party likely included, besides His parents, donkeys, sheep, and other stable animals. And praise the Lord that Jesus came; without Him, we would be … Read More

  • When Holidays Hurt…by Hannah Rodgers

    The end-of-year holidays are upon us; it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unless it’s not… For some, the holidays are something to look forward to all year. But to others, it is a time of sadness. Whether the holidays bring stress, painful memories, or fills your heart with the joy of the season, it is certainly an emotional time of year. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reads, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” For those of us who are filled with the joy of the season, it can be easy to praise God. But for our neighbors who are struggling through this time of year, it can be hard … Read More

  • Seasons of Life…by Hannah Rodgers

    In the autumn months, changes are all around us. Trees transform in bursts of color; wardrobes transition from shorts and sandals to sweaters and boots; instead of reaching for a cool glass of lemonade, we welcome a warm mug of pumpkin spice latte or hot apple cider; even wildlife changes as animals stock up for the cold months and birds head south to avoid the chill to come. For me, it is difficult to go through this season of change without thinking about the changes that come with the different seasons of our lives. Some seasons I look back on and smile, like growing up alongside my brothers and sister and playing the days away without a care in the … Read More

  • Eyes on the Prize, Part Two…by Hannah Rodgers

    Last blog post I introduced the idea of our life journey being like rowing a row boat. If you missed it you can read it here. http://gregboats.com/pages/boat2.jpg Short recap: we are rowing a row boat like the guy in the photo above, back facing our future, only able to see what we have gone through in the past. Again, we aren’t necessarily fixated on the past, it is just all we can see and understand as we row through our lives. Now, to me, that is mildly horrifying. While I sat in my Bible study, thinking about this analogy and how it applied to my life, I realized how scary the future could seem. How will I know if there … Read More

  • Eyes on the Prize, Part One…by Hannah Rodgers

    In a recent Bible study, I was blown away when the speaker compared our lives to rowing a rowboat. If you have ever seen a rowboat in action, the rower is generally facing backwards on a bench in the middle of the boat. This leaves room in the back for passengers, depending on the size of the boat. Here is a photo if it’s hard to visualize or if you’ve never seen one: http://gregboats.com/pages/boat2.jpg The front of the boat is the narrower end in the front of the photo. Notice the bench in the back of the boat that the rower is facing; that is generally saved for passengers. In this photo the man is rowing towards the photographer, whom … Read More

  • A Picture is Worth (at least) a Thousand Words…by Hannah Rodgers

    I recently had a group of close friends go on a mission trip to Haiti. God richly blessed their experience and provided a hedge of protection around them as they travelled and came back safely with lots of fantastic stories and a heart on fire to serve the Lord. As a present, they brought me back a painting done by a local artist. It was the perfect gift. I was unable to go on the trip this year, so the painting was a great reminder of the trip I took two years ago and of all the Lord showed me while I was there. The painting is of a scene I saw plenty of times while in Haiti. The main … Read More