Posts by Jeanie

Think About It Thursday – God In Play

Last night’s service provided us with the opportunity to find rest in the midst of everything. During the last few weeks of the semester, when the work seems never-ending and we seem to be running a mile a minute, we took the time to play. This time we set aside has importance of it’s own.…

Flashback Friday – Sometimes We Need Help

This past Wednesday we had ISU Wesley alum Jeff speak. He spoke about mental health and our everyday encounters with it. First we heard about struggles he had growing up, trying to please and control everyone and everything, but then he reminded us of God’s connection to it all. We were reminded that Jesus was…

Prayer Room Testimony – Mallory

Prayer Room Blog Post- Mallory One of my favorite writings about prayer is this: “Prayer in an intimate conversation with God—real, demanding, loving, and engaged conversation between a real person and the real, living God. This conversation initiates, sustains, and augments a dynamic relationship full of risk and joy. We bring to this relationship the…

Prayer Week 2016 – Emily Lewis

Prayer Room Testimony – Emily Lewis Prayer: a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or object of worship. Let’s be honest, if not all of us, some of us were taught that there was a right and a wrong way to pray. For most of us it was what I…

Think About It Thursday – Letting Go

Last night I took a small stone and passed it back and forth in my hands. Despite the almost insignificance of the stone in my hand, the weight took me by surprise. The stone began to represent my self-doubt, feeling of worth, comparing myself to others, and my shame. It was a heavy stone. There…

Think About It Thursday – Faith Through Doubt

Last night at Merge we finished off “Merge at the Movies” with the movie The Letters. This movie depicts the real life of Mother Teresa and reveals parts of her life no one encountered until after her death. Mother Teresa had been an Albanian Roman Catholic religious sister for six decades and as she visited places…

Think About It Thursday – Who Are You?

Last night in the sermon we talked about the latest entry in the Star Wars franchise: The Force Awakens. I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that our guest preacher, Eric Swanson, decided not to focus on the struggle between light and dark, which is a dominant theme throughout the Star Wars movies. Instead, we…

Think About It Thursday – Happiness

Last night’s sermon looked at the movie Sisters and how to achieve happiness. In the movie two sisters return to their childhood home after hearing that their parents put it on the market to be sold. The sisters are instructed to go through their rooms and pack it all up, little did they know that the entire…

Tuned In – Beautiful Things

With so much going on and so many things on our to-do list it seems like there is no end. There is no time to just sit and breathe. Breathing is secondary to our fast-paced lives. The song “Beautiful Things” by Gungor is what slows me down and reminds me of all that I was created…

Think About It Thursday – Who is in your corner?

During last night’s sermon we talked about the movie Joy and how it related to the biblical story of Naomi (Ruth 1:1-19) and this question of “Who’s in your corner?” People who support you vs. people who are just there. Joy struggled many times throughout her journey towards success, but during these times she had people who…