Why I applied to speak at a TEDx event

On July 1st I did kind of a crazy thing. It's been a bucket list item of mine for a long time. So, I finally went for it. I applied to speak at a... TEDx event.  I know, crazy! But, is it? I love TEDx events. I love the messages from Ted talks. I love…

Irrational Generosity is LIFE CHANGING!

I love irrational generosity.  That phrase doesn't make sense to a lot of people. It's amazing what happens in someone's life when they put God first with their generosity. In my life, I've experienced miracles. I've experienced blessings that I can't even come to grips with as I've taken steps to live irrationally generous. The…

A Historic Day.

What if we viewed every Sunday as a HISTORIC day? Yeah, you read that correctly, every Sunday. Wouldn't that be something!?! I think some Christians do in other parts of the world. Maybe the parts where gathering together as followers of Jesus is frowned upon. Or, maybe in parts of the world where people are…

Such a GREAT morning at GrumLaw Church! Loved being their guest speaker!

I had an absolutely fantastic morning at GrumLaw Church! I was so blown away by my experience! I'm so proud of GrumLaw and it's Pastor, Shea Prisk! Plus, a couple of amazing Thrivers made these incredible signs for GrumLaw and it was awesome to take them and give them to Shea.  GrumLaw launched on Jan…

Happy Birthday to the most influential man in my life…my dad.

Happy Birthday Dad! Simply put...he's my hero. He's spent his entire life sacrificing for others. Put his dreams on hold and put his family first. My dad's faith is amazing. His knowledge of scripture is unreal. His wisdom is off the charts. He loves Jesus with his entire heart. My dad's love for his family is…

16.2 Miles to raise $10,000 for Summer Camp! ONLY GOD! Apply for a Partial Scholarship Today

16.2 Miles! Before I talk about all that, here is the Scholarship Application from my 'Walk for Camp'... CLICK HERE This application is for any teenager to fill out. Yes, mom and dads, let your kids fill it out. Whether they attend Thrive or not. The scholarship just has to be used to attend a…

Tomorrow is GOING to be AMAZING at Thrive!

I can't wait for tomorrow morning at Thrive! That's nothing new. I really love Sunday's at Thrive. But, tomorrow is special!  We have the privilege of giving a check to the Mount Pleasant Middle School for computers for the 6th graders! Plus, we're dedicating children! AND...It's Vision Sunday, so I get to tell some amazing…

A Powerful Moment at today’s Thrive Staff Meeting

I love our Thrive Church staff meetings! I love our team. I'm pretty protective of our staff  culture and so when it comes to these meetings, I don't want them to be a waste of time. That's one of my biggest pet peeves, meetings that don't have a plan. We laugh. We tell stories. We…

I took 29 days off and lived to tell about it!

It's true. I did it. I took 29 days off from my role as Pastor of Thrive Church. I also took 29 days off from social media. I also took 29 days off from constantly replying and checking my messages/emails/voicemails/texts. And guess what? I lived! And, Thrive Church... THRIVED! Let me tell you why I…

The Gift of Sheila = Unbelievable Generosity that rocks your life!

The Raitz family has been so blessed over the years. And, when I say blessed, I don't mean...'oh, we're so happy', kind of blessed.' I mean the kind of blessed where your life, where your family, where your everyday life is so rocked and so moved and so blown away, you just don't know how…