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April 21, 2019

Hope and doubt

Which comes first: belief or doubt? So often, they seem to coexist in a fluctuating balance. I believe the things spoken through the Bible, I believe I was created for a purpose, at the same time; I doubt my abilities, my obedience, my value. But something I know is: my doubt does not change the things that are true. How I relate to the truth, does not change it. Even when we are blind to the truth, it is still there, beckoning us.

In Mark 16 we see how those closest to Jesus, reacted in perfectly human ways to his resurrection.

16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might...

April 6, 2019

I have a friend who knows what being a servant means. In her life, it typically means doing the tasks no one else wants to do: taking out trash, picking up after others, cleaning bathrooms and extra hours of work.

Things are more often expected instead of appreciated from a servant. A servant must have an attitude of respect, not entitlement

A servant must serve, even when they don’t want to, they are meeting needs of others, rather than having their needs met.

This is the type of position I imagine when I read Matthew 23:11

“The greatest among you must be a servant.”

The position of a servant is not a fun, easy or glamorous one, but it is what we are called...

April 2, 2019

     On one visit to Taum Sauk Falls, I was ahead of the pack, trying to be the first one to the falls. I remember hearing the rushing water, before I could see it. I remember the feeling of victory, as I broke through the trees and was first to stand atop jagged rocks and rushing falls. For the next few moments, the water drowned out all other sound, the trees blocked out all other sights and it was just me, the falls and my Creator.  I relish moments like these: undistracted meditation with God, in nature. I feel: at peace, focused, thankful and inspired!

I always feel close to God in nature. In the natural splendor and beauty that only G...

March 21, 2019

In December 2004, I finished college a semester earlier than expected and breathed a huge sigh of relief. In those last couple of years, I was a commuter student, driving 60 minutes to school each day, a youth pastor’s wife, driving 60 minutes (the other direction), to church twice a week and a newlywed, trying to figure out what it meant to be a wife. There was a lot going on.

My last semester of college I took 21 credit hours to finish a semester early. Being able to get started in the “real world”, seemed like a great idea.

The stress and stretch of that semester is what I most remember. Long hours of studying and driving, as well as physical symptoms o...

March 14, 2019

One of my favorite places to be still is sitting beside the beautiful flowing water of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park . From the smooth gray rocks, I can feel my heart draw near to God and him to me.  As I sit there quietly, I realize that in that still moment, God had provided all of this natural beauty for me to enjoy and I’m just a small part of his plan. 

In the book of Psalms, God is speaking when he says, “Be still, and know that I am God!  I will be honored by every nation.I will be honored throughout the world.”

Stillness is a hard thing for me, I find value in doing and accomplishing things. Sometimes I find my value in the doing, ra...

March 8, 2019

Jon and I were married in May 2002. Before we knew it, August had come which meant I would be returning to school, we would be moving and Jon would need a job. We had a plan, but nothing seemed to be falling in line. I turned to the verses found in Matthew 7:7-8 consistently, praying that my plan would ‘work out’. Finally I had to surrender that God had a plan that was different than mine.

When every door seemed to close, all I could do was keep seeking, keep knocking that God would open the door he had made for us. One at a time, the next step became visible, then the next, until we were settled with a home, a job and back to school!

Mathew 7:7-8  “Keep o...

October 19, 2016

In August we began a new routine as a church. We started meeting in our renovated facility and holding services there, rather than in our homes. The launch was a great night! We were grateful to celebrate with old friends and new neighbors! We are still in a time of transition; planning and gauging how to best use our building to be in the community in intentional and meaningful ways. Just this weekend we had a Neighborhood Barbecue and met more neighbors. We had ten neighborhood kids playing with us and checking out our building. When two teenage boys say “this place is legit” and “this place is awesome” you know you’re headed in the right direction! We...

May 11, 2016

 Around the Simmonds’ home we are rejoicing for the Spring and Summer seasons!! We are excited for nice weather, playing outside in the sunshine and enjoying the rhythm of summer break. This year was the first year of MAP Testing for Abi. She did awesome and her school did a great job of rewarding and motivating the students!

 

From February to April I worked for a CPA firm in St. Louis helping get out returns during tax season. This was a great opportunity and I hope to have a chance to return, once the kids start school in August. As a result, Clay got to experience Preschool. It was a good practice for him to get in the routine of leaving the house agai...

January 11, 2016

 

Human trafficking is happening all around us, everyday.

A massive and essentially immeasurable number of today’s population is held in a daily captivity of horror, violence, and manipulation. Girls and boys are lured by lies, and bound by violence and threats.

 

The websites of the United States Attorney and news outlets yields a list of people from a variety of Missouri cities charged with child pornography, exploitation of children, and sex with minors.

 

In one such case last year, a 13-year-old girl met a 56-year-old man through a social networking site; he picked her up at her home in Montrose and took her to live with him in New Mexico, where she would...

December 15, 2015

 

Last Saturday marked another milestone at The Table: we celebrated our second Christmas together! This year we had even more families join us for the celebration! We have now begun remodeling the facility in St. Peters and are very excited for how God will use that building!! This time last year we were preparing to begin meeting on a regular basis as a church, dreaming about what that would look like. Now, one year later – we are looking back in amazement at what God has done in these twelve months and feel immensely blessed and thankful for the people He has surrounded us with.  God has answered so many of our prayers and continues to prove himself fa...

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