Author: Dana Smith

Labyrinth of Love

I recently attended a silent retreat with several members of my church. We met as a group once or twice a day where our director shared some Scriptures and a word to guide our time with the Lord. – Dana Smith, Women’s Equipping Coordinator “ARRIVE” “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matt. 11:28...

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The Set-Up I hate New Year’s resolutions! I think this hatred is tied to my lifelong fear of failure. It seems like there is so much pressure to make a declaration of our grand intentions for the coming year, but then how often do we really keep these resolutions? If you are like me…not very often. So it is like setting myself up for failure! For me this is because any resolutions I might make in the pressure of the season are most likely MY idea based on the shoulds and oughts that are haunting me at the time. ...

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And I did forget things. And my teaching wasn’t perfect. But God still moved and lives were still changed. I didn’t do my job perfectly…or even as well as I would have liked…but I was at rest on my insides, connected to God and connected to community. That is huge.

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Happy Dependence Day

Every year we celebrate Independence Day, acknowledging the day we were able to stand on our own as a nation free from British rule. This year I am reminded of my own independent streak.  For better or worse, independence has been my “go to” most of my life. What I once viewed as maturity I now know is just self-protection. It has been a hard lesson that I’m sure I will continue to grapple with until Heaven. “Miss Independent” Growing up, I was always very mature for my age.  I took great pride in that fact, as though it...

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