Dear Holy Cross Family,

Dear Holy Cross Family,

What a blessing it is to have returned and be present again with you. I just completed my first two week intensive at Concordia Theological seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for my Master of Deaconess studies. It was a blessing to be on campus to meet the other women...
Knowing God & Being Fully Known By Him

Knowing God & Being Fully Known By Him

I have to confess I find knowing God and being fully known by Him at times hard to grasp. I wonder what Enoch’s life looked like on a daily basis (Gen. 5:23-4, Heb. 11:5). I struggle to understand true intimacy with people, not to mention intimacy with the perfect...
It’s Not What You Know…

It’s Not What You Know…

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” This phrase has taken on new meaning for me in the last few years as our community partnerships have grown and the community center is being used for a wide variety of activities and purposes. As a result, I am finding out...
The Decision to Repent

The Decision to Repent

“…I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.” -Acts 26:20 “There is no worse blindness than not wanting to see.” -Hispanic proverb I don’t know what your experience was growing up, if you...
A Pioneering Spirit

A Pioneering Spirit

Sometimes, statistics can be mind-numbingly negative—think of the U.S. budget deficit. As best as I can tell, the U.S. federal budget deficit for FY 2019 is projected to be $985 billion. (FY 2019 covers October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019.)...
Candles & Jesus

Candles & Jesus

When I was 8 or 9 there was a huge storm in Albuquerque, and my parents expected that we would experience a blackout. My mom pulled out our huge box of candlesticks, and I rounded up every candle holder and jar candle I could find. My dad made sure we had lighters and...
Panic and the Christmas Story

Panic and the Christmas Story

I recently went to a Christmas dinner that was to have a devotion before the meal. When the host asked if I would be one of the readers for the Scripture portion, I casually agreed. Not a big deal, right? It’s most definitely part of the Christmas story. Well, I was...
The Perfect Gift

The Perfect Gift

I’m not much of a gift-giver. I’m more of an “acts of service” kind of gal, but those are hard to wrap and set under a tree so when this time of year rolls around I arm myself with a wish list from each family member and a pot of strong coffee and then Amazon Prime...
The Builder and His Holy Family

The Builder and His Holy Family

What would it require to build a work so great that it spanned 150 years and six generations? There is such a building in Barcelona, a church whose first stone was laid in 1882 and is projected to be completed in 2030, named Basílica de la Família Sagrada (Church of...
Regret

Regret

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10 Baylor University in Texas was constructed thanks to a donation made by a Christian, one whose history is pretty interesting. In old age,...