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faith, prayer, spirituality

Good Habits and the Good Shepherd.

By skarafanda | Oct 26, 2020

Time to re-habitize… This post is written by one of my church’s Bible Study leaders, Fred Panhorst (family pictured above from the time period mentioned in the post). His words remind us about the importance of habits and prioritizing what matters most. Matthew 18:12-14 (NIV) “ 12. What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the…

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Faith, prayer, storytelling

Faith and Storytelling.

By skarafanda | Oct 23, 2020

Once Upon a Time… One of the beautiful things about childhood is the stories. I loved reading stories to my kids when they were little. Occasionally they would humor me and let me make one up. Basically all of those stories went like this: Once upon a time life was like this. Then something happened. And the main character met someone and/or did something and was transformed. Then there was a new…

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prayer, faith, love

It’s Easy to Love the Dog

By skarafanda | Oct 20, 2020

The Greatest of These is Love What is it about our pets that make them so easy to love? My dog smells like a dog. She sheds horribly. She still jumps on guests and barks at deer. But I love her without her ever saying it back. I’ve had cats before too. They ignore me. They scratch and claw me. Or the furniture. Or each other. They hiss. They don’t smell great.…

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Faith, prayer, Holy Mischief

Faith and Innovation

By skarafanda | Oct 15, 2020

A Part of My Faith Story: I’ve been blogging for 14 years. It’s helped me shape my voice. Shape my theology. Shape and navigate the ever changing contexts of ministry. I started writing in 2006, when I was part of a new church launch. Innovation was one of our core values and I was excited to do something new! But this week, due to the wonderful work of Sarah Snape, I migrated…

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The Elixir of Life

By skarafanda | Oct 13, 2020

I have become one of those people that needs coffee so that I can make the coffee. It’s a hard habit to break but an easy one to get into. I haven’t always been a coffee drinker. In fact although I’ve loved coffee since the 3rd grade when dad let me have a sip, I didn’t drink coffee regularly until 2010. It was shortly after I had some health problems. I had…

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Showing up

By skarafanda | Oct 1, 2020

Just Show Up.   I’m currently in a writing workshop where we are challenged to write every day.  I’ve been showing up for 48 days. I’ve shipped a short blog post everyday for 48 days. Some were publish-worthy. Others not. Normally I wouldn’t celebrate. Normally I’d only write one per week. Normally it would take me much longer to create something.   But today I look and see that I’ve written 16,000 words.…

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