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The Strength of Your Foundation

“Let your roots grow down deep into Him, and let your lives be built on Him…Christ, the Head of the body. For He holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it.” Colossians 2:7 & 19 NLT The strength of anything is its foundation. The architect’s design envisions structure, height, and adds sufficient foundation below to support floors above. The deeper the foundation, the higher the building can go. Individual success also, a measure of how far we can advance, derives from the depths of our spiritual character. It is the most essential foundation for character and for vital, strong, and healthy emotions. Sometimes we humans get this issue confused. We believe [ Continue Reading… ]


Seasonal Afffective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder The winter blues can roll in like a heavy fog, silent and overwhelming. “Don’t brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Sometimes the feelings associated with this are actually a low level form of depression”. This condition is called “Seasonal Affective Disorder” or SAD. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. It comes when we lack sunlight. As humans we were [ Continue Reading… ]


The Joy of Advent

JOY: Scripture Reading: “In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came to her and said, ‘Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you.’ But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. Then the angel told her: ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most [ Continue Reading… ]


The Hope of Advent

And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us. Romans 5:5        “Hope does not disappoint us.” Does this feel like a true statement to you? In Proverbs it says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” So often we feel “sick at heart.” In fact, many of us think it is safer to decide to not ever “get your hopes up,” because then you won’t be disappointed. Timothy Keller, in his book Counterfeit Gods,” writes: “We learn that through all of life there runs a grand note of cosmic disappointment. You are never going to lead a wise life until you understand that.” Ugh. Not too [ Continue Reading… ]


Flee the Scene

The other day I was flipping through the channels on T.V., and I came across an old favorite show of mine, “Full House.” I used to love this show. As in, I couldn’t miss an episode. I’m sure you all have had “that show” that you couldn’t miss. Well, it seems that a common theme in each “Full House” episode is that one of the girls gets into trouble, storms off, and then (cue the music) there is a dramatic resolve in the end and you are left feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. But wait a minute. How did those girls get away with rudely storming off and running away in each episode? I remember trying that once (okay [ Continue Reading… ]


Security

I lead a Bible study every Tuesday with a small group of wonderful ladies. We go through life together and have read some great books, gone through Scriptures together, and in general just walk through this thing called life. Weather it is up or down, we try to encourage each other to stay in the Word, and seek God’s perspective. Right now we have the pleasure of going through the book called “So Long Insecurity: You’ve Been a Bad Friend to Us” by Beth Moore. If you haven’t read it, I would highly recommend it. One thing that I was reminded of today as I was going through the first few chapters is how our God is described as our [ Continue Reading… ]


Inappropriate Freedom

It had been a long hot July day for me as the air conditioning in our office was not working. Typically the grocery store was a place where I rushed through the straight aisles like a rat searching for its cheese reward at the end of a maze. But this day was different. The coolness and mellow lighting was soothing to me as I leaned on my cart, hoping it would support my tired self. I turned into another aisle when I saw him. I didn’t know his name but I had seen him in the local grocery store before. He was a young man who looked about 30 and had mental and physical disabilities. He seemed to always be [ Continue Reading… ]


The Pew

In my home I have a real treasure. I have an old 12 foot long pew that I was able to acquire from my church when they switched from “pew” seating to chairs in our sanctuary. According to the church history, my pew is about 98 years old. It is beautiful to me. Distressed in all the right places it represents so many people of different ages who have leaned on its arm rests. The seat is worn on the edge where the crooks of hundreds of knees have pressed over the years. The back is scratched and pocked where both the joyful and the weary have leaned their backs. The pew in my home takes me back to the [ Continue Reading… ]


Fences

Not very long ago, my Grandma and I were chatting about spring and how excited we were for it to come! She asked me if I was going to plant a garden this summer to grow fresh vegetables, and both mine and my husbands response was “no”, because of all the animals we have around our area that like to steal the produce. A good friend of ours was sitting close by and said that one of her neighbors had a garden, but that they had to eventually put up a 12 foot fence around it to keep all of the wildlife out. But you know what? Eventually, a rabbit ended up digging its way underneath of the fenced in [ Continue Reading… ]


Guatemala Trip Report- January/February Trip- 2013

Let me introduce you to one of our van drivers. Her name is Betty. She was our van driver that transported our small team from Guatemala City to Monjas the second week of our two week trip. After picking us up from our hostel near the airport in the city, we started the slow journey out of town due to the heavy traffic, as is the norm in Guatemala City. Not long after our travels began, Betty had to stop for traffic and we noticed she was talking to a gentleman outside of the van by her window. Upon further observation, we noticed that her new friend was a double amputee that was sitting by the roadside begging for anything [ Continue Reading… ]


LifeTouch Ministries & Counseling Center
PO Box 253
2426 E. Pierceton Rd.
Winona Lake, IN 46590

(574) 269-7990

Phone Hours
9-5 Monday-Wednesday
11-5 Thursday
Closed Friday - Sunday

Evening appointments until 7pm on days we are open.