Cross: The Reality of Persecution

By JeanneTakenaka True Confession: I must have had a huge blonde moment (and, yes, I really am blonde in real life…mixed in with some grays) last week. I had it in my brain that there was one more week until Easter. And . . . I shared a different post than I’d...

Stuck: When We Deal With the Unexpected

By JeanneTakenaka On the day we were supposed to fly home from Rome, the airline had an unexpected emergency. This delayed our flight for over two hours, causing many people to miss connections.  We were stuck. As soon as the airline announced the change, our...

Question: Do You Want . . .

@JeanneTakenaka +Jeanne Takenaka Has God ever asked you a question so clearly that you squirmed with the discomfort of it? A number of years back, I was sitting in church. That morning my rejection issues rose up and called me condemned. Peoples’ words and...

Hope: A Violent Hope

@JeanneTakenaka +Jeanne Takenaka “Hallelujah it is finished . . .  We thank You for the cross.” “A violent hope shook the ground . . .” I was standing with our church family, singing this song some weeks back. We’ve worshiped the Lord many times through this...

Christmas: Making Jesus Known

@JeanneTakenaka +Jeanne Takenaka “I must decrease that He may increase.” ~John 3:30 Isn’t this the whole idea of Christmas? Making Jesus known? The angels worshiped and declared the Savior had been born. The shepherds worshiped and declared Jesus’s birth....

Expectations: When All Is Not Well

@JeanneTakenaka +Jeanne Takenaka “Through it all, through it all, my eyes are on You.” This line comes from one of my most-favorite-est songs, “It is Well,” (click the link to listen) by Kristene DeMarco. But, this line challenges me. Do I really live it? When we...