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Author Archive: Nancy Schmitt

Teach Us To Pray

Teach Us To Pray

“Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray’…” –Luke 11:1 The disciples of Jesus asked him to teach them to pray. Their question came not after Jesus had given a lecture or sermon on prayer, but after the disciples […]

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  August 19, 2019   No comments
Refashion

Refashion

“So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.” –Jeremiah 18:3-4 Recently, I came across some jewelry I had not worn in a […]

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  August 12, 2019   No comments
Putting the Amazing back in Grace

Putting the Amazing back in Grace

“The Lord has promised good to me, God’s word my hope secures; God will my shield and portion be, as long as life endures.” –“Amazing Grace” (UMH #378 vs. 4) Author Ann Weems has a collection of poems entitled “Putting the Amazing Back in Grace” that reflect on the church of her childhood and youth, […]

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  August 5, 2019   No comments
Fear Less

Fear Less

“Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” –Isaiah 41:10 In some of my devotional reading last week, these words were shared, “Our world appears to thrive and profit […]

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  July 29, 2019   No comments
From a Distance

From a Distance

“O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens…When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for […]

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  July 22, 2019   No comments
Hope Holds Strong

Hope Holds Strong

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” –Galatians 6:2 This past Wednesday, several hundred people in the Sun Prairie community gathered downtown at the fire station to remember and reflect on the events that happened one year ago on July 10, 2018. There were many emotions as […]

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  July 15, 2019   No comments
This is My Song

This is My Song

“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” –Matthew 25:40b We began worship yesterday by singing the first verse of one of my favorite hymns in our United Methodist hymnal titled, ‘This Is My Song.’ The […]

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  July 8, 2019   No comments
Trust

Trust

“Trust in God at all times, O people; pour out your heart before God; God is a refuge for us.” –Psalm 62:8 On a visit I made last week, the person pointed out the wreath that was hanging on the service door leading into the garage. Imbedded in the top of the wreath was a […]

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  July 1, 2019   No comments
Penguin Power

Penguin Power

“Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.” –1 Thessalonians 5:11 “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” –John 13:34-35 I had the blessing of attending the opening night performance of The Wizard […]

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  June 24, 2019   No comments
Cruise Control

Cruise Control

“Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” –1 Corinthians 16:13-14 In traveling by car to our Annual Conference in Green Bay this past week, once I got on the highway and got up to the speed limit, I set my car on […]

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  June 18, 2019   No comments