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​Produce the fruit

I made apple crisp today, and it hardly made a dent in the bag of apples my kids picked at a local orchard this weekend. The cider donuts and slushies are long gone, but what to do with all of the apples? As a kid I remember climbing what seemed to be very tall trees, and sitting up there chomping away on sweet, juicy apples — I’m sure we brought mountains of them home, and mom probably canned…

​Conflict/Peace

Those who know me (even just a little) can probably guess that I am not a fan of conflict. I like to look on the bright side of things, see the good in people and situations, and help others do the same. I’m actually surprised to find myself writing about it, as conflict is something I intentionally avoid whenever possible.

And yet conflict is a part of life. We have the ability to escalate…

​Why do you doubt?

I was always a really confident kid. I look back at pictures of my childhood and ask my mom why she dressed me that way and pulled my hair into a fountain on top of my head, but at the time it didn’t bother me in the slightest. I fell in love with music early on, and decided when I was in 3rd grade that I would study music in college and be a music teacher. I followed my dream,…

Let Our Hearts Be Good Soil

I am not a gardener. I have memories of my parents’ beautiful vegetable garden, eating snow peas off the vine and dripping in strawberry juice, and my brother’s height being compared to huge zucchinis. I thoroughly enjoy others’ landscaping and flowers, but if a plant needs much tending, you probably won’t find it in my yard — I am excited to just be able to grow grass.

This…

​Let your light shine

My youngest turns 6 this week, and I made a little photo album of her dance pictures in the last 3 years. It’s so fun to flip the pages and watch her grow in confidence and grace! Many of you know that I’m a nut about pictures: I’m not one of those parents who says “it goes by so fast!” as I have pictures of so many sweet moments to prove exactly how long it’s been.

My oldest…

​You’re Not Alone

My cousin Nate is on his way from North Carolina to Alaska…driving his motorcycle. He stopped at our house tonight, and showed me all of his gadgets so that he can ride alone, but still feel safe and connected. He figured with the list of friends and family “following” him, if he gets in trouble surely someone will know a way he can get help, no matter where he needs it. Every evening…

​Holy Week – not just for grown ups

We have something at Salem that is fairly unique in a church setting. In case you haven’t noticed, kids are not only involved in Sunday school and youth group, but they are an integral part of our worship services. On any given Sunday, kids are greeting, ushering, running screens, helping in the nursery and leading worship. Holy Week was a good example: kids of all ages paraded into the…

​Lent – get into yourself!

I grew up going to church every Sunday with my family. My dad was in the Army, so as we moved every few years we usually attended the Protestant service on the military post. We called ourselves EpiscoMethoBapTerian, as every year we’d have a pastor from a different denomination – so I feel pretty comfortable in most church services.

As I began to study how to be a choir director…

​Salem – from Saturday evenings to Sunday mornings

Many of you know that I began at Salem as the Saturday evening worship pianist and song leader in 2004. My daughter Casey was only 9 months old, and had spent her first 4 months in the NICU after being born at 25 weeks, weighing less than 2 pounds. I was thrilled to join that intimate, tight-knit congregation, and found joy and friendship on Saturday evenings at Salem for 4 ½ years.

I…

​Talents Shared!

This Sunday will be the last time Tyler Garrison plays guitar in our band. He is pursuing his dream of traveling abroad, and heading to Prague next week to become certified to teach English as a second language. I am so happy for him, and feel incredibly blessed to have worked with him for 3 years at Salem.

Did you know that Salem…

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