Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring by Carrie Fancett Pagels June 26, 2017

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Journey now to Mackinac Island where…
A Tangled Gilded Age Love Story Unfolds.

Although the Winds of Mackinac Inn has been in her mother’s family for generations, Maude Welling’s father refuses to let her run it without the guidance of a husband. So she seeks to prove her worth and independence by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel.

Undercover journalist Ben Steffans, posing as a wealthy industrialist, pursues a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the famed hotel.  While undercover, he becomes attracted to an intriguing maid. By an act of heroism Ben endears himself to the closed-mouthed islanders—including Maude—and he digs deep for his story.

But when scandal threatens, will the growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed?

My thoughts:

You can never go wrong with setting when a book is set on Mackinac Island. This is my all time favorite place in the world. I have been there many times.

The book opens with a great scene that will draw you in right away. Maude’s heartache and disappointment grabbed me.

The copy I read was an advance reader copy so  I am not sure if this mistake was corrected but it says something about looking out at Lake Michigan from the island. Mackinac Island is surrounded by Lake Huron. This might have been corrected in the final draft.

I was really torn with this book. At times I was pulled into the story other times I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t always understand the character motivation for some things, and some things and misunderstandings seemed force or cleared up too soon.

I wanted to love this book but I didn’t. I liked it, no doubt about it, just not as much as I had hoped.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

Stay Close July 17, 2015

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Downtown Mackinac Island

Downtown Mackinac Island

A couple of weeks ago we were visiting Mackinac Island again. The first thing we like to do when we get on the island is ride our bikes around the eight mile perimeter.

When you first get on the island you are in the downtown area where all the shops are, this is where most of the people hang out. As you get further away from this main area there are fewer people.

Because of this I let the kids get ahead of me but I always had an eye on them and they always knew I was right behind them. They enjoyed their ride, the wind whizzing by their ears, stopping to enjoy the shoreline or a brook. When we stopped we took time to be together and just take in the beauty.

As we were heading back into town I told the kids to let me take the lead again because there would be a lot more people. If I was in the lead they could see me more clearly and hopefully not get in other people’s way or people wouldn’t get in their way.

Almost as soon as those words left my mouth God dropped a thought in my head.

When we take time to be in His presence we are truly free. We can just enjoy Him and not be distracted by the things, or people around us. This is like going around the island.

I can not stress enough the importance of getting alone with Jesus. Only there can you find truth, freedom, peace. We need to learn to listen for his voice. He might tell us to wait up, slow down, stop and take a look at this beauty around us. But we won’t hear Him if we don’t know the sound of His voice.

But we can’t do this all day (I wish). We will have to join the crowd again. When we join the crowd how much more we need to stay close to Him, but this is also the hardest time.

How many days have I started out thinking okay, today I am going to really be aware of God’s presences as I teach, I am going to mediate on a certain scripture throughout my day. Then I reach the end of the day and realized it never happened. I got distracted by the business of life, the naughty child wouldn’t listen, the negative talk of another.

Just as I told my kids that I needed to take the lead so they wouldn’t get bumped by others, Jesus says the same to us. As we leave our quiet time to go back to our busy world Jesus says, “Let me lead you. There are a lot more people here and you can easily become lost. You could even get bumped and fall down. You could even hinder another’s progress if you aren’t careful. But if you watch Me I will guide you, you won’t lose your way. You will always know where to go.”

My friends take this to heart. Make time to be in His presence, it will change everything. Will everything be perfect? Nope. There are many times I get done with a great time in His presence and then my kids are fighting or a comment is made in my house the makes me angry. But I remember. I have the truth to cling to and I follow Jesus.

I won’t allow the negativity of others effect the truth that Jesus has spoken to my heart, but if you don’t know the truth you have nothing to hold on to.

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 NLT

 

 

More Lessons from the Island and U.P. July 10, 2015

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002We have just returned from our vacation for seeing more of Michigan’s great beauty. I know I’m a bit prejudice since I live in Michigan but this state has so much to offer. I never grow tired of discovering new things in Michigan.

We basically did the same vacation we did last year. We went to Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island (both pronounced the same — Mackinaw — just spelled different) then to Michigan’s upper peninsula and then to visit some friends in Muskegon.

God likes to teach me lessons while I am on the island and this year He whispered some truths to me in other places as well. Last year I did a whole series for you. You can read those by going to my blog and typing in Mackinac Island in the search if you missed them.

I have some new lessons for you and will begin that next week.

Meanwhile, I hope you’re enjoying your summer.

Here is a verse I’ve been mediating on recently. It’s great to think about as you fall asleep and before you get out of bed.

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17 NLT

 

How Mackinac Island Is Like Our Spiritual Lives (Part 6) September 26, 2014

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Downtown

Downtown

Today is our final installment of Mackinac Island and I have added a few random pics of it or from it for your viewing pleasure.

Have you enjoyed the trip? I hope so. I would love to go back this fall but it doesn’t look like it will happen:( To say I am bummed is putting it mildly, but we will be back next year.

Now you have experienced the island, what do you do? Don’t you share the trip with others? You will show off your pictures, souvenirs, talk about your favorite places. When others tell you they are going you will give them advice on what to do, where to stay, where to eat.

Like I have said, Patrick and I have gone many times but our kids had only been there once and that was several years ago. Now that they were older this year we decided to take them on the grand tour. We all rode our bikes around the island, then we went into the interior and we even ventured up to the Fort Holmes, the highest point. Both kids loved it and want to do it again next year, we couldn’t be more happy.

So, how is all of this like our spiritual lives?

Just as I said last week once you reach that high with Jesus you will want to stay. But the reality is if you do you won’t be reaching other people because not many people make it up to the highest point. Each time we have gone to Fort Holmes there were maybe one or two other people there. So if you want to be an effective Christian you must go lower again. Humble yourself and go to where the people are.

Share your experience with others and most importantly share with your children. It was such a neat experience to share the island with the kids this year and to see how they fell in love with it to and want to go back. Isn’t that what we want for them with Jesus?

10-10-10 112We must provide opportunities for our kids to encounter Him, to show them that Jesus is real and then to have our kids begging for more experiences to encounter His presence. If we can’t share our faith with our own kids then who else can we share it with? So start at home. Then move out of your circle and share your faith experiences.

Share your stories with others(Any Genesis 5020’s out there? You can share on this blog). Tell them what Jesus has done in your life. If you don’t tell them how will they ever know? Our stories must be told or we are keeping10-10-10 130 Jesus from receiving all the glory He deserves.

More than sharing Mackinac Island with you and telling you how wonderful it is I hope I have challenged your to reflect on your own faith journey. Notice I said your own. Don’t compare your journey with others. Remember, God has a specific path for each of us to take. Some of us move slower, others of us will have detours, but we all have a path.

As we leave this series ask yourself, where am I? Am I standing on the shore wishing I had I relationship with Jesus? Am I downtown still, just being a Christian consumer? Am I riding around the edges of my faith but not getting too deep? Am on a detour right now? Am I going deeper with Jesus, have I climbed that hill to get there and it seems like a lot of work but I am seeing the reward? Have you reached a spiritual high? Are you sharing your story with others?

Where am I? I’ll be honest, I think I visit all the areas still. Sometimes I can go back downtown and can be a consumer and sometimes I skirt around my faith and get jealous of those that seem to be passing me by. But for the most part I think I am living in the interior, I visit high places once in a while but I don’t live there, I wish I could. Honestly, I think most of us visit the whole island but I do think our goal should be to spend most of our time in the interior, going deeper with Jesus.

Anyone care to share where you think you might be? What challenges you might face in getting where you want to go? We’d love to hear from you. 

 

How Mackinac Island is like our Spiritual Lives (Part 5) September 19, 2014

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Panoramic view from Fort Holmes

We have reached the interior of the island. Is your heart pounding from the up hill climb, are you ready to collapse? I know I am. But the beauty that now surrounds us just draws us deeper.

Before we know it we are off and riding our bikes, climbing more hills, whizzing down others. The wind rushes through our hair and we feel like kids again. Remember what it was like to ride your bike as a kid and zoom down hills? The air cool agaisnt your face. So free.

Once Patrick and I were in the interior we just kept riding. We had no clue where we were going but we felt like we were headed somewhere, like there had to be a destination.

The only problem was that we were going up hill again, but only small ones and only every once in a while. Nothing like Fort Hill. There were a few times that Patrick asked me is I wanted to turn around but I said no. I sensed we would end up some place I just had no idea where.

Soon (or maybe not so soon) we came to a dead end. I remember saying, “Are you kidding me? We rode all this way just to turn around?” And I almost did turn around without exploring where we ended up.

But Patrick urged me forward and we went to this “dead end”.

As we drove up we saw there was some type of fort. It was Fort Holmes. And it turned out we had reached the highest point on the entire island. We didn’t even know there was such a place.

We stood on the edge of a hill and looked out over the island. From this vantage point you can’t see downtown, you can’t see all the people. You see nothing

Fort Holmes

View from Fort Holmes

but trees and lake. Amazing. And we almost missed it. I almost turned around right before I got there because it looked like a dead-end. How wrong I was.

I had found my new favorite place on the island by accident.

So, how is this like our spiritual lives?

Well, some of us settle for downtown, some of us get more adventuresome and ride around the edges. Others of us will purposely climb the hill to the interior.

All of these are choices. Last week I said you don’t accidentally end up in the interior of the island and you won’t accidentally end up going deeper with Jesus. It is an intentional choice.

But I think reaching a totally high spiritual moment can happen accidentally once you have gone deeper.

You see, as you delve deeper into a relationship with Jesus you will want more of Him. So you keep seeking out ways to experience all He has. At times you will feel like a child, other times you will feel like you are climbing another hill. But you keep going. You know there’s more. You feel it in your gut. So you keep going even though you don’t know where you will end up.

After all this time spent with Him you might start to question why you are doing this. Maybe you aren’t seeing any results in your prayers, maybe you aren’t seeing healing. Maybe people around you are asking why you are doing this? Why are you spending so much time with Jesus.

But you keep pressing on.

You might have several moments when you are so close to your highest spiritual moment but you think it’s a dead end and you turn around. But if you do you’ll miss it. Your greatest encounter could be up the next hill.

One day you press past the dead end and there you find it; this totally amazing encounter with the living God. The Holy Spirit falling on you in a way you never imagined and you think, “I didn’t even know this was here. I didn’t even know this was possible.” And you fall to your knees in adoration.

Have you had a moment like this? Do you want a moment like this? Then keep climbing. Keep pressing in. Jesus wants to give you more Him then we could ever dream to ask. So keep asking, keep seeking and you will find.

We have one last installment. Because now that you have experienced this island you must go back and tell others or how will they ever know it exists? We’ll talk more about that next week. Have a great weekend!

 

How Mackinac Island is like our Spiritual Lives (Part 4) September 12, 2014

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The kids in front of Skull Cave.

The kids in front of Skull Cave.

Sorry for the delay in installments. I came down with a nasty cold last week that had me napping instead of working on my post 🙂

We have traveled from Mackinaw City to the island. We visited downtown and then rode around the island on our bikes. Now it’s time to go deeper, explore the interior and stop riding around the edges.

The year after Patrick and I rode around the island we were very eager to explore the interior. Here’s the thing, the only way to get to the interior is to climb a hill. Most people take Fort Hill. It is horrible. I mean, truly horrible.

This year we walked up with the kids pushing our bikes (you can’t ride your bike) and we were all huffing and puffing. Someone who works on the island came up behind us and said, “I do this everyday and it doesn’t get any easier.” That made me feel a little bit better. I would not want to climb that hill every day.

But sometimes to get to things worth seeing you have to go up hill to get there. So we did.

Once you are in the interior of the island you can see more beautiful homes, follow many trails (we still haven’t explored them all), you can visit Sugar Loaf (another rock formation) or Skull Cave.

The beauty that surrounds you as you ride around is beyond words. Places man has not touched. Birds singing their songs. I could spend all day there.

So, how is this like our spiritual lives?

Going deeper with Jesus won’t happen accidentally. Just like you can’t accidentally end up in the interior the island you won’t find yourself suddenly in a deep love relationship with Jesus. It takes intentionality and time.

You have to really want to see the interior of the island to climb up that hill. We have to really want to go deeper with Jesus to take the time it takes to get there.

If I’m not willing to spend time in His Word, in prayer, in worship I won’t get there.

It never gets easier to wake up at 5:00 a.m. Never. I am still tired every single morning, just like that worker who said she climbs that hill every day and it doesn’t get easier.

I wake up early to have alone time with Jesus. Each day is a struggle to wake up. But I know it’s worth it. I know the beauty that awaits me as I sit in His presence, as His Word washes over me.

There are still areas I haven’t explored and I never will because our God is limitless. But I will keep exploring and discovering all He has to offer me. I won’t give up.

Just as I said I could stay in the interior of the island all day, I would love to sit in Jesus’s presence all day, but I can’t. However, I take His presence with me where ever I go. I take the memory of the interior of the island with me. And because I remember what it is like I want to go again. I can’t wait to get back.

Once you have sat in Jesus’s presence you will want to go back. This is one addiction it is okay to have. Be a lover of His presence. Once you have been overwhelmed by Him you will want more. Once won’t be enough.

This reminds me of a song, I’m a Lover Your Presence. Use this song to soak in His presence. Click here.

We aren’t done yet. We have once last stop to make. Check back next week to see where we go next week.

 

 

To Be Continued… August 29, 2014

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Sorry to disappoint those of you that have been enjoying my Mackinac Island posts. This week I went back to work and have had full day in-services three days in a row. It has pretty much sucked every ounce of creativity out of my brain and my body isn’t adjusting well to getting up at 5:00 a.m. again (I know….the life of a teacher).

Anyway, I don’t have a post ready for today but next week, even though I start school, I will have more time since I’m only part-time and will have more downtime when I get home.

Hope you all enjoy the last official weekend of summer. Have I mentioned you’re the best readers ever? Thanks for your support it means sooooo much to me 🙂

 

How Mackinac Island is like our Spiritual Lives (Part 3) August 22, 2014

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How are you enjoying the island so far? I hope you are as enchanted by it as I am.

Today we are moving away from the downtown area. If you remember downtown, or Main Street, is where everyone starts because that’s where we get dropped off. Whether you ever explore anymore of the island is completely up to you.

Up until about five years ago I never did and then one year Patrick and I decided to take our bikes with us and ride around the island. It is eight an eight mile trek around with many beautiful places to stop on the way.

We started out eager but not sure what to expect.

We just took this picture this summer when we were visiting.

We just took this picture this summer when we were visiting.

One of the first places you come to is Arch Rock. The only problem is that to get to Arch Rock you have to climb a ghastly amount of stairs. We decided to go for it. As we climbed I started to get tired and as other people came down we asked them if it was worth it. They said absolutely. So we pressed on.

Once we reached the top and stood looking at the rock formation that God so uniquely designed, we agreed, it was worth it. As you peek under the arch you can see Lake Huron crashing onto the shore, it was beautiful.

After a few minutes of enjoying the view we headed back down and got back on our bikes. We noticed that many people had stacked rocks from the shore, kind of their way of saying they were there. This year when we took our kids around the island for the first time we stopped and created our own stack. I told the kids it’s like an Ebenezer. If you have sung Come Thou Fount, maybe you wondered what Ebenezer means (besides being a Scrooge). Here is a explanation I found:
Verse two refers to an “Ebenezer” or monument (literally, “rock of help”) being raised to remind the singer of all the ways God has helped him, by keeping him safe in the past, and on his way to heaven. Jesus is characterized as seeking him out and protecting him, presumably from hell, again by the Crucifixion. (I found this information here.)

All along the shore are these stacks of stones but I like to think of them as Ebenezer’s and it reminds me of how God is with us and will continue to be with us.

As we road along some people stopped when we did at various places, some people kept riding, others passed us as we went a slower pace and sometimes we passed others

This is my family's Ebenezer. For the life of us we can not get our son to smile for pics. He really is a happy guy most of the times :)

This is my family’s Ebenezer. For the life of us we can not get our son to smile for pics. He really is a happy guy most of the time 🙂

when we went faster. That’s the thing about Mackinac, you set your own pace.

On our first bike ride something cool happened. When we stated out the waves had been crashing against the shore but as we rounded a curve you couldn’t hear the waves anymore. We got off our bikes and went down to the lake and the water was so calm. Such a change, just going around a bend in the road. Simply by going around the bend the wind changed and the ride was easier and the waves stopped crashing.

We continued around until we ended up back where we started, in downtown. I remember sitting in Marquette Park, happy but exhausted. I turned to my husband and said, “There’s so much more to this island that

Just a pic of us on the beach.

Just a pic of us on the beach.

we haven’t even discovered.”

Getting away from downtown and going around the island opened my eyes to all the island had but I still hadn’t touched it, explored it and I wanted to. I wanted all the island had to offer.

So, let’s take this apart a bit and see how this is like our spiritual lives. Maybe you have already put some things together.

As we move away from out basic Christianity 101 we might feel a bit nervous and excited. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for us but yet we are afraid of what He might have as well. It might take us out of our comfort zones.

As we go along our journeys we may have detours that can discourage us at times, that might wear us our. That is when we need our brothers and sisters who have gone before and we can ask, “Is it worth it?” And they will tell you, “Absolutely.”

This will encourage us in the difficult times to press on, lean on God, not our own understanding.

Sometimes on our journeys we may feel others are progressing in their faith faster, or better, than us. But we are each one our adventure with Jesus. He has the perfect plan of you. Never compare your pace to another. We will all reach the same destination but in God’s time. So when you feel you are lagging behind take heart, soon you may be passing others. Be an encouragement to them.

Along the way raise a few Ebenezers. Praise God that He has brought you this far and He will continue to be with you as you journey on. Be encouraged by other’s Ebenezers as a reminder of how big our God is. He is so big He can be with you and with them.

Sometimes you will ride into the wind and the journey will be difficult but know that just around the bend it is calm. You never know when you might reach that bend, it could be a day, a month, a year away, but the bend it there and the calm will come.

But what do you do when you end up back where you started? Share your joy with those who haven’t ventured from Main Street. Maybe they don’t know what they’re missing. So tell them. Give them pointers and guidance so their journey can be successful.

Then you need to realize you have only gone around the island. There’s a whole interior yet to be discovered, you need to go deeper to fully appreciate this great island. Are you ready to go deeper? There are many hills, but there is much beauty.

See you next week.

Have you raised any Ebenezers lately? Have you had times when want to give up and someone has come along and given you hope? We would love hear about it 🙂

 

How Mackinac Island is like our Spiritual Lives (Part 2) August 15, 2014

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mackinac-island-visitorsLast week we visited Mackinaw City and saw Mackinac Island in the distance. If you missed that post you can read it here.

Today we are taking the ferry over to the island. As you wait in line to board everyone is happy and excited. Their excitement rubs off and you feel it too. The breeze from the lake whispers across your face, the sun’s warmth caresses you. It’s going to be a great day.

Once you board the ferry you can sit on top in the open air (if it’s not freezing, although some people sit up there no matter what) or you can sit inside. I like to sit by the window so I can get a good view of the island as we approach.

Soon we are moving along, it’s a short ride, about twenty minutes. As we ride the island becomes more clear. The beautiful cottages dot the landscape and the anticipation grows. You see the Grand Hotel, you’ve heard so much about it. The Fort spreads across the green grass.

Once we dock and get off the ferry we enter the downtown area of the island (see picture above). This is the busiest part of the island. Everyone spends time here. The street is lined with bikes (no motorized vehicles allowed on the island), shops and restaurants. The clomp of horses hooves fill your ears and pleasant and unpleasant smells fill our nostrils 🙂

I spent all of my childhood in this part of the island whenever we visited. I really thought that was all there was to the place. Even when my husband I visited the first few times together we only ventured a little ways away from the downtown area.

Like I said, this where everyone spends the majority of their time and maybe there are even people like me who never moved away from this busy area.

This is like everyone who comes to know Jesus. We are start here, this is the more populated place in our faith journey, the beginning, the place we land. We may venture a little ways from the norm but it can become uncomfortable getting away from everyone else and soon we may turn back around.

This is the place where we are served and eat and shop. Looking for things that will please us, we can take what we want and leave the rest.

When we’re hungry we can find food. When we’re not we can just hang out. We can eat and eat and eat, take and take and take. But if we stay here long we will get fat. We need to exercise our faith and go to the places where we have to rely on God to sustain us. Where we can give back. Where we can truly enjoy His creation.

The other danger of staying in this highly populated area of our faith, so close to the mainland, is that you can still see the ferries. When the storms of life come or the pressures of the world start to burn, we can be easily persuaded to jump back on the ferry and go back to where we came from.

If we travel away from the beginning stages of our faith and the storms come (and they will) we have no choice but to stick it out and find shelter in The Almighty because the ferries aren’t anywhere in sight, we can’t even catch a glimpse of the mainland.

Staying in this populated area of our faith might feel safe but we will never be satisfied and we will miss all that Jesus has for us. There’s so much more to this fabulous island and the same is true of our faith, of loving Jesus. There’s more, but it takes effort, you might have to pay a cost for it, but it will be worth it.

Next week will explore more of the island. See you there.

Where are you? Are you hanging out with everyone else? Do you still feel like you are in the beginning of your faith or have ventured away from those beginning stages to pursue all that Jesus has for you?

 

How Mackinac Island is Like our Spiritual Lives (Part 1) August 8, 2014

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This is Mackinac Island from the shore of Mackinaw City. It's pretty hard to make anything out but the white lines are the Grand Hotel and the Fort.

This is Mackinac Island from the shore of Mackinaw City. It’s pretty hard to make anything out but the white lines are the Grand Hotel and the Fort.

This is a series of articles or devotions I’ve wanted to write for a few years. I don’t know why I kept putting it off but I am writing them now. Over the next few weeks I will share how I believe Mackinac Island, Michigan is like our spiritual lives. Hope you enjoy it.

Mackinac Island, Michigan is my all time favorite place in the world. My husband and I go every year. I went as a child several times as well but it wasn’t until I explored the island with my husband that I discovered this unique place has much more to offer then meets the eye.

This week I will talk about seeing the island from a distance.

If you visit Mackinaw City you can see the island from the shore. The Grand Hotel  and the Fort are prominent white figures that are easily spotted.

Standing on the shore of the city one might look upon the island and wish to visit that seemingly isolated spot. Maybe the onlooker has heard about the island, its beauty, serenity and longed to visit but just haven’t made the trek or time to do it. They see other people boarding the ferry and heading over. Everyone is smiling and looks so excited to go.

This is the visitor at our church. What do they see when they see you, someone who calls themselves a believer? Do they see someone who is excited to be at church or do they see grumpy faces, hear grumbles about the pastor or the music? Are you making Christianity look appealing? Are they longing for what you have?

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This is the Grand Hotel. I never grow tired of looking at it as we cross Lake Huron and head to the island.

Someone who doesn’t know the Lord should be seeing something in us that they want, just like the onlooker wants to visit Mackinac Island. If people didn’t look excited to go, if they didn’t hear great things about this place, they wouldn’t want to visit.

Are we saying great things about Jesus? Or are we just like everyone else in the world? Looking out for ourselves, complaining about everything that doesn’t go our way?

Definitely some things we need to think about, I know I do. Even when we are just getting groceries, are we sharing a smile or so focused on our list we don’t look up to see the hurting around us? Yikes, I do this.

Next week we’ll make the trip to Mackinac Island, hope you’ll join me.

What drew you to Jesus? Did you see something in someone else that made you seek Him out? Was there a church that embraced you? We’d love to hear your stories, share in the comments.