Becky Dietz: Blog Posts

Unexpected provision – passing it on

By |2020-01-16T17:37:29-05:00January 16, 2020|Becky Dietz: Blog Posts|

Squirrels have been called "varmints" at our house for as long as I can remember - or at least they were until a few weeks ago. My perspective changed the day I opened a Christmas card and some unknown "varmint" became part of a "mercies new every morning" story.

Many, many years ago -  maybe as much as 50 years ago - some squirrels unexpectedly buried some walnuts out in a pasture in south central Kansas and, even more unexpectedly, forgot to go back later to [...]

Waiting for Transformation

By |2020-01-09T15:59:41-05:00January 8, 2020|Becky Dietz: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

Wait for it … Wait for it … It's coming. It's right around the corner….

We've all known the joy of anticipating something we knew was a sure thing. That's the joyful anticipation formational teachers have when they lovingly prepare a classroom to create an environment where children meet with God.

Adults can cultivate ways for children to be with God in deepening friendship, keeping the focus on God and leaving the results to the Holy Spirit (Galatians 3:3). Formational teachers are confident that as God transforms [...]

What’s next? Walk on

By |2020-01-06T13:44:53-05:00January 6, 2020|Becky Dietz: Blog Posts|

We have entered a new year and we have no clue what's next.

We make plans, have calendar meetings, set up budgets, compare notes with co-workers, get input from family members … but what's next?  We might as well admit it - no clue.

I thought about that while we took a New Year's Day hike in the Georgia mountains. We knew the general direction and the terrain was pretty familiar to us. But we did encounter some surprises along the way.

So we walked on and acknowledged [...]

Still Seek Him – in Stillness

By |2019-12-13T16:31:53-05:00December 13, 2019|Becky Dietz: Blog Posts, Becky Dietz: Newsletters|

 

The Christmas story in Scripture tells us that the wise men came from the east and went west to follow the star. They didn’t go farther east, they went west. They didn't follow their friends south. They went west to Bethlehem.

They were determined to follow the star in order to find the star maker.

They sought Jesus intentionally, persistently, urgently, diligently, continually -with anticipation - until he was found.

This is true "seeking!" That is how the Father Heavenly [...]

Reflect to Invest

By |2019-12-03T15:32:35-05:00November 25, 2019|Becky Dietz: Blog Posts|

Who was the first person who ever talked to you about Jesus? Can you recall who first intentionally invested in your spiritual growth? Do you remember who nurtured your friendship with God? Reflecting on the people God placed in your life when your relationship with him was first forming may motivate you to invest in someone else. We want children to encounter God early in life since childhood is the most advantageous time to shape a person’s [...]

Spiritual Formation of Children

By |2019-12-03T15:36:23-05:00November 10, 2019|Becky Dietz: Blog Posts|

The best seat in the house. That’s what God has given us, and we are filled with gratitude.

All of us who are investing in the spiritual formation of children have an unobstructed view of God at work. We get to watch God put foundational building blocks in place so that children have an entire lifetime of enjoying the friendship of their creator. We get an up-close view of the Holy Spirit as he [...]

Optimism or Realism? Both?

By |2019-06-25T15:51:03-05:00June 25, 2019|Becky Dietz: Blog Posts, Uncategorized|

 

In recent weeks we have had a big dose of reality. And it has been hard. Very hard.

We had some very good things and some very good people and then - we didn't. Reality changed and deep loss was the new reality.

I'm learning that reality can be harder than ever when I live with the optimistic expectation that "Happily Ever After" will be the norm in this world. Reality is always harder if we are living [...]

Oh, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus – KidZ in Uganda

By |2019-04-23T18:37:38-05:00April 23, 2019|Becky Dietz: Blog Posts, Uncategorized|

I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go … I myself will go down with you …     
and I will also bring you up again. Genesis 46:3,4  

Usually my work is done in front of my computer - writing, making cultural adjustments, rewriting, consulting, formatting, rewriting, rewriting. BUT – going to Africa meant that I could see all those typed words come to life.

As I [...]

Half way around the world – and back again

By |2019-01-15T11:57:28-05:00January 22, 2019|Becky Dietz: Blog Posts|

Having said all of that about prayer in my previous post, this may be a safe place for a confession: I feel like I am way out of my comfort zone and totally beyond my capacity. UNLESS … (This is a vital defining point.) Unless I am surrounded by the fervent prayers of faithful friends. Unless God finishes the work that He has begun.