The Wait

This is a repeat blog post, but still one that is relevant to our lives today. I pray that you find some encouragement through this post. Blessings!

It’s the day after Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried. Now the disciples and followers waited. Waited for the day they could prepare Jesus’ body for final burial. Waited for whatever might happen next. They certainly weren’t sure what was going to take place.

If you had been a follower of Jesus, what would you have felt on that Saturday after the crucifixion?












To be honest, these are all valid emotions. But how could it have come to this?

The followers of Jesus believed Jesus to be the Messiah! They believed God had sent Him to fulfill His promises! Why did God let this happen? How could He let this happen?

It was a sad day—how could they possibly know that this was part of God’s plan? How could they possibly know that Jesus would be alive the next day? How could they possibly believe that Jesus would be victorious over death?

Because they had seen it

They saw Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-44). They saw Him bring the Widow’s son at Nain back to life (Luke 7:11-15). They had seen Jesus raise Jairus’s daughter from the dead (Matthew 9:18-19, 23-25; Mark 5:22-24, 38-42; Luke 8:41-42, 49-56). These were undeniable miracles. They knew it was possible.

Because Scripture had told them

The prophecies of the Old Testament gave them the hope that it was possible. Here are a couple of them.

Psalm 16:9-10 says, “Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.” And we can be assured that the believers knew this because Peter used these very verses on the Day of Pentecost while discussing the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 53 gives a description of the suffering Savior. Verse 10-11 says, “Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify any, and he will bear their iniquities.” Paul points to this and other Old Testament Scripture in relation to the resurrection of Jesus when he states “according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:4)

Because Jesus told them

On at least two occasions, Jesus said He would rise from the dead.

Matthew 20:17-19 tells us, “Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, ‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!’”

And also, John 2:19 says, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days.”

These same promises are ours today. There is no reason to feel any of the emotions listed earlier in regard to your spiritual life. We have hope. We have a future. We have the promises of God.

We also know that Jesus was alive on Sunday morning. For that, we can rejoice and be thankful.

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,




I’ve missed this! Missed writing. Missed sharing. Missed you!

So you’re probably wondering what’s been happening in my life to keep me from doing something that has been such a big part of my life. Well, I’m here to share some of the happenings in my world over the past year.

The last time you heard from me, I was enjoying some creative time with God. Creative Bible Journaling is still an important part of who I am. I write three new studies each year for the ladies at Rocky to enjoy. For the past six months we have been working through The Lord is My…Psalm 23. You can expect to read some of my insights on this topic soon.

Rocky also had a fabulous Women’s Retreat in February. 175 women gathered for a weekend to deepen their relationships with Jesus and friends. It was a blast!

I went to Israel! I’m not sure that I can express what this trip meant to m in words, but I’m gonna try. I’ll be sharing some insights on that adventure here as well. All I can say is, if you EVER get the opportunity to visit that special part of the world, DO IT! Forget all the details and cost, just go. It will impact your life.

My husband has had some health issues, but seems to be doing well right now. I’m so thankful for the prayer warriors who have prayed over him (and me) since August. We got hit by a bad hail storm in August. Still waiting for things to “get fixed.” I landed in the hospital with vertigo…still experience it on occasion. I’m thankful for medication and our medical folks. What a blessing they have been to us during this season.

Through all of this, depression hit me hard. It’s been a struggle and journey, but I am beginning to see some improvement. I am so thankful that God has been with me through this difficult time. I honestly don’t know how I would have made it through without Him. Again, you’ll probably hear more about this.

I’m planning two big events for 2020. Fresh Grounded Faith will be coming to Rocky on May 1-2. Jennifer Rothschild, Angie Smith and Shaun Groves will be hitting the stage to share how Jesus is impacting their lives and how He will do the same for anyone who is willing to surrender their life to Jesus. I am looking forward to this upcoming weekend (you can buy your ticket for the event at

In September 2020, our Lead Pastor will be taking another group to Israel. If you’re interested, there will be more information to come. I’ll try to keep you posted here.

Colorado is in a deep freeze right now. It’s cold and snowy and I’m listening to Christmas music. If I could sit here in my warm office and write all day, that would be pretty awesome, but alas, our late start at the office is about to come to an end, so I better finish up here.

Thanks for taking the time to read through my thoughts this morning. I’m praying that I will continue to keep writing. I need it. So for now, my goal is once a week. I don’t want to overcommit or get overwhelmed, so we’ll start slowly.

Y’all are so precious to me. Thank you for hanging out with me!

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,



Me, Myself and God


I have had several hours to myself this morning. It’s been quiet. Lady didn’t even join me for the first hour. So, what did I do? I journaled. Sometimes my creativity is a little off and I just don’t feel like spending time with God this way, but today, it was precious.


Several years ago, a friend showed me the technique of using paper napkins and Modge Podge to create a beautiful, water color effect. As I was getting ready for an upcoming Creative Bible Journaling class, I found some fun napkins and thought I’d share the technique with my ladies.


But then, I saw the red poppy napkins! I smiled from ear-to-ear. Why? Because I love red poppies. Years ago, when I was into making Ukrainian Eggs, I learned that each symbol and color had a unique meaning. And that red poppies represented joy.


You see, joy has deep meaning for me. Yes, Scripture is filled with the word joy. I find great joy in being in God’s Word and deepening my relationship with Jesus. There is joy in serving Jesus. These are all so important in my life…the most important in my life.


But, “joy” has become a family name. My middle name is Joy. My youngest daughter’s name is Joy. And my granddaughter’s first name is Joy. Because of this, my house is filled with the word “joy.” Every time I see the word or see the symbol that represents “joy,” I remember.


I remember my daughter and granddaughter. I remember all the things that bring me joy. But most of all, I remember where my joy comes from. Jesus.


The Scripture I journaled this morning is Psalm 16:11. It says, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (NIV) What joy I find in these beautiful words!


I pray that you will have a little time to spend with the Lord today. Find your special way to spend time with Him. Then pay attention to the joy that He brings to your life.


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,





NICU Awareness Month


Good morning friends,


September has become a very important month for me. It is NICU Awareness Month! Perhaps you don’t know my story, so today I thought I’d share a little about why this is so important to me.


In August 1982, I gave birth to my first child. A son. I anxiously awaited the birth of this child. I didn’t know if I was having a boy or a girl, but I knew this babe would be loved and cared for to the best of my ability. Finally the morning arrived and I was heading to the hospital to welcome this child into the world.


It went fast. At 12:30 pm Philip Daniel Fairchild arrived on the scene. While I was being cared for, they whisked Philip off. I didn’t know why at first, but finally they told me that he was in serious condition. The small hospital where he was delivered couldn’t care for him, so they quickly transported him to the NICU at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio.


I was in shock at this point. Philip was moved so quickly that I didn’t even have an opportunity to hold him. Once they had him in the NICU they knew what was wrong. Philip had been born with meningitis. My doctor visited me and told me the news. He also said that they didn’t expect Philip to survive the night, so he released me to go be with my son. I left the hospital at 6:30 pm. What a day that was!


Being in the NICU was so overwhelming. There were multiple isolettes scattered throughout a large room. There were bright lights and beeps from monitors. Nurses were working diligently with all the babies and when I finally saw Philip I was overcome by it all. The picture of my beautiful baby boy in this situation was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever experienced. And probably the worst thing was that I couldn’t hold him. I could touch him, but that was all.


I know I heard lots of details and statistics, but all I really remember is that they didn’t give us much hope.


Unfortunately, I got very sick almost immediately. A high fever kept me from spending any time with Philip for several days. I really don’t know the first day I was able to hold him…he was a few days old. But what I do remember is how wonderful it felt to have him in my arms.


By this point the antibiotics were doing their job and his body was healing from the infection that had taken up residence in his body. They could assure his survival, but still the statistics were not very promising. After two weeks in the NICU, I walked out of the hospital with Philip in my arms. That was a day to remember.


So how did I survive this difficult situation?


Prayer. A lot of prayer. Not only was I praying, but there were friends and family members praying for Philip from the moment they moved him to the NICU.


I leaned in to God. God provided the strength and courage to wake up each day and fight the battle that I faced each day.


And I’ll never forget the way my family and my friends surrounded me with love and support. I couldn’t have made it without them.


What is my encouragement for you if you’re facing a similar situation? Do the same things I did. Lean in to those who love you most. Remember, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18 – NIV) And “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12 – NIV) There is no reason to do life alone. Circle up with those who desire to help you through these most difficult situations.


I would also encourage you to find wonderful organizations like Little Lambs of Hope ( who have some encouragement for you. I am so blessed to be part of Little Lambs of Hope and know that it is our desire to come along side anyone who is in need. As a quick plug, if you have a desire to help us help others, your financial gift to Little Lambs of Hope would be a special blessing. Would you be willing to help?


36 years later, I see my first-born child as a loving husband and father. Philip is walking with the Lord in a daily relationship with Him. I am so proud of the man he has become. I can’t say it’s been smooth sailing, but I know on this side of it, that God has been with me through it all. As I’ve learned to lean and depend upon Him more and more, I know that His grace and peace covers me sufficiently (2 Corinthians 12:9). I pray the same for you.


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,




PS – I recently read a wonderful book by Kelly Balarie called “Battle Ready.” What an amazing read! If you are in need of finding a way to be battle ready, this is a read for you. 



The Journey Together Summit & Fresh Grounded Faith


Hello Friends!


I can hardly believe that September 1 is upon us. Well, I shouldn’t really be surprised…Pumpkin Spice Latte’s have arrived! This is my favorite time of the year. The leaves changing color. Cooler temps at night. Pulling out those beloved sweaters. Drinking a mug of hot tea (okay I do that all year long). And switching all my summer decor to autumn colors. Yes, this is a beautiful time.


September also brings routine to my life (and to most people). Bible studies will begin. Connections will be made. The lazy days of summer are gone and the joy-filled life of fall stirs an excitement within my soul.


There are two things I’d like to share with you today.


First, I am thrilled to be joining Kelly Balarie, and 34+ fabulous published authors and ministry leaders for The Journey Summit.  During these 40+ interviews, you’ll discover how to stand firm and full of faith when the hardest times of life hit. This event centers around becoming battle ready. It goes live September 11-14. Sign up today by clicking here to access over 40+ video interviews for free. Can’t attend in September? You can still access all the videos post-event with the All Access Pass. #JourneyTogetherSummit #FearFighting


Secondly, our Women’s Ministry at Rocky would love for you to join us at the Fresh Grounded Faith Women’s Event in Fort Collins, Colorado on October 12 and 13. Jennifer Rothschild, Karen Kingsbury and Michael O’Brien will lead us as we laugh, learn and worship together. If you’re only going to one event this fall, you should make it this one! You can purchase your ticket by going here.


I would also mention that it’s not too late to get involved in a Bible study. Anywhere. Wherever you are. Get connected with a group of like-minded ladies who love Jesus, who can encourage you through God’s Word and help you deepen your relationship with Jesus. If you live near me, let me know how I can help you get connected. Don’t allow another season to pass you by. I can guarantee that you will be blessed.


Until next time…


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,



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