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…

How to Respect your Pastor by Tracie Raitz

I was asked to write an article about how to Respect your Pastor from the Pastor’s Wife perspective. I have been mulling this topic over in my mind and trying to decide what to write and how to write it so it doesn’t come across as complaining or finger pointing. I hope what I write…

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…

Sponsor miles for my ‘Walk for Camp’

On May 12th, 2018, I am walking 16.2 miles to raise money to help send teens to summer camp! Why 16.2 miles. Well, our student ministry (One Youth) is hosting a 5k fundraising event that day and it's 13 miles from my front door to the event. Add the events miles and bam...16.2 miles! So,…

Why is Church and God the first to go when life gets tough?

I have heard similar stories a hundred or more times, probably more. 'Yeah, life has been hard, so I just don't have time for Church' 'My life is falling a part and I blame God' 'Church just doesn't fit with my crazy life right now' 'I'm upset at a decision the Pastor made and so…

I’m Sharing something today at Thrive that I’ve never shared before…

I'm excited. I'm a bit nervous. But, really, I'm more excited.  Today is going to be a GREAT day at Thrive.  We start a new series called 'Show Up, Jump In, Do Good'. It's a series about our Spiritual Formation process and how every single person who comes to Thrive can be the mission of…

10 Ways to Really SHOW UP at Thrive Church

The thing I wonder the most sometimes about Church is... Why do people settle for such a tiny piece of the pie?  Think about it for a second. We're all busy. We're all tired. We all have a million things to do. We all, sometimes, make other things more important than involvement with our local…

Why I love Sunday’s at Thrive! Today is no different!

Today is Thrive's 151st Sunday!  WOO HOO!!!!! I celebrate every Sunday because I know how hard it has been to get to this point! I think many folks take it for granted, but I'm just not going to do that! I appreciate every Sunday! Today is no different! Here's why: 1. Because I believe in Thrive's…

Today is my 3 year anniversary with Thrive Church! 3 Lessons I’ve learned about planting and leading a Church…

Woo Hoo!! Today, (or maybe it was yesterday?), is my 3 year work anniversary with Thrive Church! Super Duper! Neato! Gosh, those THREE years went by quick and I can't wait for the next three!  A church planter I'm coaching asked me the other day how long it was from when we first started meeting…

Parents…4 Ways to have an incredible school year with your family

Another school year is starting! It's just crazy how fast the summer flies by! But, here we are and instead of just letting the school year start, I thought about putting together a plan for my family. You see, I want this to be our best school year yet for our 11th, 9th, 7th and…