Entries by Renee

Learn to hear God speak

Audio version available on Soundcloud. When I call out instructions to my kids before I’ve said their names or properly gotten their attention, there is about a 75% chance what I’m saying won’t be received by them. Instead, if I call their name, grab their attention, then speak, I’ve engaged them, and they are ready […]

How To Stop Facebook From Deciding What You Want To See – My Facebook Breakup

When you get on Facebook, how do feel after you leave? Do you feel uplifted? Inspired? Encouraged? Happy? Satisfied? Many of us express feeling anxious, stressed, jealous, discontent, or frustrated after our social media time. Studies are revealing the level of addiction to social media is pretty startling. We reach for our phones hundreds of […]

How you can truly rest

“At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.” Mark 15:33 It was gruesome, bloody, unfair. He was rejected by His own. His silence speaks. His eyes find mine. Right now. In this moment. He wasn’t who they expected. It wasn’t how they imagined a Messiah. He didn’t fit their narrative. […]

How to not miss seeing God

The religious leaders who spent a lifetime studying God didn’t recognize Him when He stood right in front of their faces before Christ would die for our sins. The people who worshiped Him as God, didn’t recognize Him as their eternal King and the Son of God when they shouted “Hosanna!” It’s easy to view […]

Will You Be a Part of the Illuminate Community?

I attended a conference where we each received a light. The lights dimmed into dark. One light from the stage glowed. Then each attendee’s light began to glow together. The stadium radiated light. The light overcame the dark. As believers when we put our lights together, the forces of darkness fall. I’m inviting you to […]

It’s Time To Take Back Ground – Are You With Me?

“What if what we need….is to go back to remembering who God is?” The weight of that question laid over us like the blankets cocooning us against the howling Lake Michigan wind. Huddled like teens away at camp, the questions from deep within bounced back and forth between us. With tenderness we held the holiness […]