Vertical Pursuit: Seasons


Seasons with the Lord, oh hooray! It’s amazing to me that the Lord will take me through seasons with Him so quickly (by event or circumstance), and yet also so slowly (by time).

I am so thankful that the good Lord has continually decided to drop me off in a Season of Delight. This Season of Delight is my current residence and if it were up to me (which it hasn’t felt like it is) I’d stay here. Continue reading “Vertical Pursuit: Seasons”

Vertical Pursuit: Rhythms


God once showed me a picture of myself standing in front of a group of people, speaking with passion about the realization of who we are – Christ-in-me, the hope of glory.  My voice built, my conviction growing as I began walking through the crowd pointing to individuals and speaking life-changing truths about who they are.

Loved.  Valued.  Important.  Meant to change the world.  Powerful.  Never forgotten.

As I watched I heard my heart jump in prayer, “Oh, I hope I get to do that someday!”

“You will,” I heard Him respond, “As long as you realize that every one of those things I say about you.” Continue reading “Vertical Pursuit: Rhythms”

Vertical Pursuit: The way He sees it

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Do you ever feel like you are living amongst the chaos of life?

We, as women, wear many hats:  Chef, maid, accountant, mother, career woman, friend, taxi driver, etc.  The list could go on, but I’ll stop there.
I find myself in constant chaos as I attempt to juggle between each hat I wear. When I start to notice the chaos is a bit out of control, I begin to rebalance it and try to get a grip on it. But then life seems to change; something new is added or something else ends.  The kids get a little bigger. My husband loses his job so I ramp up my business to cover him not working. I start a diet. Husband finally gets a job…and before I know it everything I was doing while he wasn’t working…I am still doing.  But with husband going back to work, I now have lost my full time childcare provider (aka: my husband). Everything I was doing in a span of a day now needs to be completed in 2 hours during nap time (if nap time even happens).
So I check myself and try to rebalance yet again.  If I’m not doing well, I will evaluate and then seek the Lord in this.  (If I may be totally honest, this is not something I would pride myself in saying that I’m good at!)
When I was asked to write for the blog and was given my question to answer…
I sat there….thinking…nothing…

Continue reading “Vertical Pursuit: The way He sees it”

Vertical Pursuit: For Our Good


Be free from controversial or pride-filled opinions, for they will only harm your cherished unity. Don’t allow self-promotion to hide in your hearts, but in authentic humility put others first and view others as more important than yourselves. Abandon every display of selfishness. Possess a greater concern for what matters to your friends instead of your own interests.

Philippians 2:3-4, TPT

The natural tendency of my flesh is to see someone’s success (even spiritual success) and envy it. Continue reading “Vertical Pursuit: For Our Good”

Vertical Pursuit: Character


We live in a society of instant gratification. We’re bombarded from the moment we wake up with messages about all that we need to be, to do, to achieve and to acquire. Just look at the headlines on magazines by the supermarket checkout stands: satisfaction with any facet of life is quickly and efficiently yours if you follow 5 easy steps.  Continue reading “Vertical Pursuit: Character”

Vertical Pursuit: Passionate Pursuit


What does passionately pursuing God look like for you?

I think the best way to tell you how I am pursuing Christ right now is to talk about where I have come from.  As with most of you, we are always trying to figure out where our gifting is and then what ministry/calling the Lord has for us.  This was, and has been, my pursuit for so long.  Mike has clearly been called to shepherd and pastor.  I have never seen myself as a “pastor’s wife” and in some ways, even rebelled a bit from the stereotype.  Mike is quite gifted in so many areas and living in the shadow of this has been a growing experience.

I have dived into Women’s Ministry, mom’s groups, been a small group leader, and presently  in Children’s Ministry.  (My heart is always being tugged toward children and their spiritual development.)  Although, to be honest with you, I feel like I have ministered out of either gifting or riding on the coat tails of others-including Mike’s.  In all of this, I have also struggled physically with a chronic autoimmune condition.  I have seen the Holy Spirit work in my life and others around me, but I have not “SEEN” my Savior in the new way He is manifesting himself to both Mike and I at present. Continue reading “Vertical Pursuit: Passionate Pursuit”

Vertical Pursuit: Begin

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VERTICAL PURSUIT IS ABOUT living life in response while

RELENTLESSLY PURSUING GOD and the life He has for us.


“God wants us to live, serve, and process truth in community.  We are all at varying stages of maturity and need people around us to help guide us toward Christlikeness.  Pursuing God with other people will be invaluable as you seek to understand what the Bible is saying and how God wants that truth to play out in your life.” (Vertical Pursuit pg. 8)

Here at the AG blog, we are taking the month of October to dive deeper into our Vertical Pursuit study as a church. We will be hearing from various Grace Chapel women as they reflect on some of the questions and topics from the Vertical Pursuit book.

We would encourage you to:

Gather up your gear:  Your copy of the VP book, a pen or pencil, your Bible, and some time. 

Set your course:  Are you reading this book in community?  By yourself?  With a friend?  In a small group?  Are you committed to reading it and reflecting on the questions provided?

START WITH: YOUR CORE  Who are you?  What is your center?  How do you see your sense of value and worth?  Are you running towards humility in this process? 



We have our climb ahead of us, ladies.  But we can do it.

Together…and with authenticity.

Check in with the Grace Chapel Women’s Community and tell us how you’re doing!

(The Authentic Grace Blog Team and the Women’s Community Team)