Strangelove

Strangelove

I thought He was only concerned with me giving him glory, or me evangelizing everyone I met. I thought He only cared about results and converts and morals and ethics and doing the right thing always. But as I begin to dig deeper, I realize he wants something a lot deeper and heck of a lot simpler, too.

Money is vulnerability

Money is vulnerability

Then I remember that no good story is easy. No good story is free of conflict. No good story has everything go perfectly. Some things are worth the struggle. Worth the uncertainty. Worth the sacrifice.

Banker family update

Banker family update

“Daddy!” Three different little-kid voices. “Pop-off hug!!!” Somewhere along the line I’ve taught my kids to try to literally pop my head off by hugging me as tight as they can. I need to do something about that soon.

Meet the newbies

Meet the newbies

We were swamped with requests. We couldn’t meet all the need.

Then something happened. Vulnerability, courage, and brilliance combined into a catalytic mixture and suddenly...

Dollars and sense

Dollars and sense

Since 2013 Immerse has strategically sought out experts and mentors in fundraising, business management, leadership development, and accounting. We are learning quickly and continue to grow towards making Immerse the best it can be because people are worth it.

From slavery to sonship (part III)

From slavery to sonship (part III)

We were never meant to live lives riddled with discipline. Maybe discipline has a place if it comes from a motivation of love, but, honestly, I've only been taught how to do discipline from fear. We were simply meant to taste the superior and enjoy it! How? In *connection* with God.

From slavery to sonship (part II)

From slavery to sonship (part II)

Do you dread God’s voice? It’s an indicator that you haven’t experienced God’s true nature. In 1 John 4:18 it states, “If we are afraid…this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” Why are we afraid? We fear punishment from God. We might believe the lie that God wants to stamp out our dreams and desires.

From slavery to sonship (part I)

From slavery to sonship (part I)

Have you ever wrestled with what you perceived as a very black-and-white directive from God? A directive you did *not* want to follow through with? If you have, I’d like to offer you an alternative way of connecting with God that, in my experience, produces joy and peace.

Immerse staff update

Immerse staff update

Truth be told, watching God work in people’s lives through Prayer Resolution (PR) and Immerse Community is addictive. I’m so happy to be back. I finally feel “like myself” again. Which is strange considering how much the last 6 months have changed me.

Abba Shepherd

Abba Shepherd

He loves me with a love that defies logic and reason, a love that extends beyond the limits of the universe, a love that is expressed in the tiniest prairie flower and in the great expanse of many oceans. His love for me is unconditional. It knows no limits.

Project Goodness

Project Goodness

I truly believe God is a “Way Maker” when there seems to be no way forward. However, I’m what you might call an “over responsible” oldest child. I had always believed, deep down, that if I didn’t provide for me I couldn’t expect anyone else to. God included.

Dollars and sense

Dollars and sense

In 2017 Immerse had exactly what we needed ($150 more, actually). It was a crazy year of car accidents, twins, people joining, people leaving, change in focus, and life-changing God moments ...

Immerse staff update

Immerse staff update

2017 was a pivotal year for Immerse. We learned a lot about rest, God's redirection, and accounting software ...

Swinging into surrender

Swinging into surrender

Once I’m aware of a hurting piece of my heart, I want it fixed immediately. Otherwise I’m walking around broken and “in process.” No one wants that, right? ...

Banker family update

Banker family update

“I think this could be our new church home.” Nate was hesitant and hopeful as he spoke. Michelle exuberantly replied, “Me too!” A cacophony of “really?!”s and “wow”s followed by the sudden realization that they were moving out of their season of transition and about to settle down into a new church family...

Giving, for the heart

Giving, for the heart

The foundation of my healing journey in giving has been the “tithing sabbatical” that I believe God led me to. Healing my heart by giving it a rest season and protecting it by blocking out guilt-triggering teaching on the matter nurtured the soil of my heart...

Little Baby Jesus

Little Baby Jesus

Mary sets Jesus down in the pool of sunlight and offers him a toy. His hands, hands that will one day give the blind their sight, are chubby and uncoordinated as they grasp for the simple, wooden toy that Joseph made. Jesus gurgles and sticks it in his mouth. His voice, the one that will one day call Lazarus back to life, has yet to complete the simplest of words...

Christy's family update

Christy's family update

One of our two babies is pretty calm, relaxed, and easy. The other one I like to call our more passionate child. She will scream to let you know she needs something and requires more creativity and often time to calm, soothe, or placate.

Slow growth model

Slow growth model

Three-fourths of our donations in 2017 were recurring. That means most of our donations are reliable, predictable, and consistent. This is super great for long-term sustainability and future planning.

Grow as slow as possible

Grow as slow as possible

I’ve been hearing the whispers of God saying ridiculous things like, “Grow as slowly as possible” and “Be as small as possible.” It sounded like crazy talk at first, but I’m starting to fall in love with those ideas.