Category Archives: Faith

Weekly Verse – Reggie’s Sleepout

This weekend I joined other leaders from my Church and 10 high school youth at Reggie’s Sleepout.  It’s an annual event that raises awareness and funds for homeless youth in our area.

The event is named after a young man who died homeless, shortly after aging out of the foster care system.

Participants raise money for Iowa Homeless Youth Centers and sleep out overnight in cardboard homes they build on the field at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.  This is the 12th year for the event and my 7th year attending.

Going into the event this year I was a little nervous because of the weather.  We were set to arrive at 4 pm and the weather forecast called for 99% chance of rain between 7 pm and midnight.  We would have to work fast building our shelter if we had any hope of staying dry.

In previous years we took a laidback approach to our shelter.  This year, with the weather closing in, we all worked with a purpose.  In no time at all, we had our structure up and started to tarp the roof.  Two-thirds of it got covered before we heard an announcement over the loudspeakers.

The field needed to be evacuated because of a thunderstorm warning.  We tossed all our bags into our “home” and headed for some real shelter.  The sky let loose a minute or two before we all got inside.  Everyone was moving quickly and in good spirits but it takes awhile to get hundreds of people through a single doorway.

Once inside we waited.  Some played cards. Some played with a football.  Others danced.  This went on for a few hours.  So did the rain and lightning.

Around 9 pm we got the official word that the event was canceled.  It wasn’t safe to go back out on the field so everyone’s belongings had to stay on the field overnight and could be retrieved in the morning.

On the drive home in a downpour of rain and surrounded by lightning the purpose of the whole event hit me.  I was lucky.  I, along with the rest of my group, was headed home.  To a house… out of the elements.

There are others in our area who aren’t as lucky.  They don’t have a place to go home to.  They have to endure whatever Mother Nature sends their way.  Rain, sleet, snow, cold temps, and more.

With this experience fresh in my mind… I offer up this week’s Bible verse:  Proverbs 19:17 (NIV)

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
    and he will reward them for what they have done.

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Weekly Verse – Family Meals

Busy schedules and a dining room still cluttered from recently painting and redecorating our youngest daughter’s room have prevented our family from eating together, all around the table, for a while.

The good news is we were able to do it twice today! We enjoyed a great time celebrating our Church’s 160th Anniversary and then came home for brunch.

There was a potluck at Church but we opted out.  I love Church potluck’s but they aren’t the safest thing when you have a kid with a peanut/tree nut allergy.

So, after Church, we headed home, did some picking up around the house, and enjoyed brunch and each other’s company while dining on cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, coffee, and juice. 

It reminded me that there’s nothing quite like a good meal around a table with family!

After brunch, we did more picking up and cleaning.  Even though we were all stuffed I know each of us was looking forward to supper… lasagna and garlic bread!  It’s a favorite meal in our house.

It was great… and once again, so was the conversation!

Two wonderful family meals and a joyful celebration at Church led to this week’s Bible verse: 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV).

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

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Weekly Verse – God’s Presence

I know several people dealing with some heavy burdens right now.  I won’t go into specifics here.  Their stories aren’t mine to tell.

What I can do is use my online space to offer up some encouragement and prayers for my friends… and anyone that’s hurting.   For everyone, I share this week’s Bible verse, Psalm 46:1.

My hope is that it is a reminder of God’s presence and a source of comfort for anyone that needs it.

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble (NIV)

God is our refuge and strength [mighty & impenetrable],
A very present and well-proved help in trouble. (AMP)

God is a safe place to hide,
    ready to help when we need him. (MSG)

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble. (NRSV)

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