Finishing Lent strong by relying on God’s mercy

I want to go from knowing about God to knowing God. I want God to be my No. 1 friend that I turn to anytime, anywhere — all the time. I want to be able to pray to God more confidently and effectively in any situation or circumstance. Holy Spirit, join me each and every…

What opportunities for growth do you have this Lent?

What is God trying to teach me now? A few weeks ago, he blessed us with beautiful new snow. Then, soon after, the thermometer read 40 degrees. That was 60 degrees warmer than just 10 days before. Incredible. Yes, the warmth is nice; however, for cross-country skiing, not so much. The snow is too sticky….

Focusing my spiritual journey in this new year

I tried something new this Advent. I kept a daily log of who I saw the face of Jesus in by their kind words, deeds or actions. I call them my “Advent angels.” I’m thinking that I’ll send my recordings to these wonderful folks who helped my Advent journey be a little more meaningful this year….

Six-hour hike up mountain makes Psalm 23 come alive

God blessed us in so many ways this summer Note: Rita Meyer and her family put 11,000 miles on their diesel pickup truck this summer on a 10-week vacation to and from Alaska. They left Minnesota May 23 and returned Aug. 2. Their home away from home was a fifth-wheel camper accommodating all six of…

Life too busy? Carve out time for your joy

Life is back to a busy-ness that I’m not totally embracing yet Fall brought with it a reality check! Actually, because school started two weeks earlier than usual, the craziness began already in August. Maybe it’s because our summer in Alaska was so different from this that I’m having a hard time engaging. Our new…

Food was simple but delicious — while traveling Alaska

Meals were meant for refueling Note: Rita Meyer and her family put 11,000 miles on their diesel pickup truck this summer on a 10-week vacation to/from Alaska. They left Minnesota May 23 and returned Aug. 2. Their home-away-from-home was a fifth wheel camper accommodating all six of them. When the wheels on the truck stopped…

Journey into the unknown left me wanting more

God is good and faithful and loving and kind wherever I am: in Alaska, Canada or Stearns County Rita Meyer recently returned from a family vacation to Alaska. She, her husband and four children left Minnesota May 23 and returned Aug. 2. Their home-away-from-home was a fifth wheel camper pulled by a diesel pick-up truck,…

Boat trip was a rocking adventure my family won’t soon forget

“We gave it a good try,” the captain of the boat said as he ceased going toward Juneau. I couldn’t believe it! He warned us that if he had to abort the mission — meaning transporting passengers and crew from Skagway and Haines to Juneau — it would be because, in his professional opinion and…

Seeking God’s presence on every mile of life’s journey

Lord, help me to not only journey toward you, but with you Note: Rita Meyer is on vacation with her family in Alaska. They left Minnesota May 23 and plan to return sometime in August. She sent her column via iPad from Denali National Park. I am missing my bike. It is currently stashed under…

North to Alaska: Relying on God as we enter the unknown

Despite the uncertainties, spending this time together as a family is a huge gift Someone stop the merry-go-round. My children are growing up. Too fast. It feels like only yesterday I was changing diapers and spooning baby food into their mouths. Today, they’re asking to drive and, “Can I please borrow $20 for Applebee’s?” We’ve…