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3 September, 2016 03:38   Leave a comment

Can you imagine it?

Julie Gvillo

Posted September 3, 2016 by juliegvillo in Uncategorized

Wilderness   Leave a comment

The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for forty years, according to Scripture. Forty years. That is a long. Dang. Time! Imagine how they must have felt when their paths seemed to cross over one another … When they appeared to be going in circles. The wilderness is a desolate place. It is a confusing and wearisome place. In the wilderness, it is easy to get disoriented even when you are seriously trying to stay on course. Thankfully, God walks with us every trying step just as God walked with the Hebrew people every minute of those forty long years. This is our comfort and strength. 

Posted August 9, 2016 by juliegvillo in Uncategorized

Called   Leave a comment

Ask any pastor to tell their call story, and then sit back and relax. Usually, it’s a tale with twists and turns … A story that winds around more times than a slinky with an answer that is just as slow. As you reflect on your own call story — where and when you have heard God calling you to serve — what stands out to you? How have you been surprised? Where has your faith increased? What new venture is God calling you to today? 

Posted July 10, 2016 by juliegvillo in Uncategorized

Crazy Huggins   Leave a comment

Ever have one of those days when your feelings are all over the map? When your thoughts are bouncing all around? When you aren’t sure which end is up? I think the Crazy Huggins tangle is perfect for those days. There is nothing like a little time with God to sort through the crazy in your life. When it’s all said and done, the feelings and the thoughts may all still be there, but so is God, who is perfectly willing to wade through the messiness of our lives and listen while we talk — or tangle — it out. Grab a pen and a tile and tangle your crazy out. God is listening. 

Posted July 9, 2016 by juliegvillo in Uncategorized

Stop and Smell the Roses   Leave a comment

Mac Davis sang, “You’re gonna find the way to Heaven is a rough and rocky road if you don’t stop and smell the roses along the way …”
We’ve just returned from a short vacation with our oldest son, our daughter-in-law, our grandchildren, and some of our daughter-in-law’s family. It was purely a get-away: theme park, camping, and chilling out. Sabbath time is hard to find sometimes and yet necessary for the soul. God understands the significance of Sabbath, commanding that we observe Sabbath. Sometimes we find Sabbath time in a day off, sometimes on vacation, sometimes in fifteen minutes of tangling. Here’s to stopping to smell the roses …

Posted July 8, 2016 by juliegvillo in Uncategorized

26 May, 2016 08:26   Leave a comment

Posted May 26, 2016 by juliegvillo in Uncategorized

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On this date in 1922, Christian K Nelson patented the Eskimo Pie.  Celebrate by having Eskimo Pies for fellowship after worship today.  Invite the people at the grocery store from whom you buy the pies to join you for worship next Sunday.

A year ago, I started this daily posting of invitations in response to a sermon I preached that asked “What good can come out of ______?” and responded with “Come and see.”  It was never my expectation that anyone would do every one of these, but it was my hope that each person reading it would do some of them.  I pray that this has offered some new possibilities as you have considered who God might be calling you to invite to worship.  Today ends this year-long endeavor, but I hope with all that is in me that the inviting continues.  Often, all it takes for someone who is longing for community to be willing to step into the unknown is a genuine invitation.  May you be blessed ….  #comeandsee

Posted January 24, 2016 by juliegvillo in Uncategorized