Encourage and Empower

What does the Learn & Discern summer internship really do?  From my perspective as a supervisor of two communication interns, it provides encouraging empowerment to young adults in their personal, spiritual and career development. How does this happen?  The foundation for growth is a trusted relationship between IOKDS and the intern with a meaningful commitment…

Bloom Where You Are Planted

I love flowers, don’t you?  Come Spring, my favorite activity is planting colorful flowers in my yard.  As summer progresses, the flowers grow, multiply and turn their sweet faces up to God.  Daily I gift my pretties with showers of cool water.  They seem to dance with glee at the refreshing drink.  Summer, this year,…

Pioneering and Peace

Written by Jared Couch Jared is our Learn & Discern Brand Marketing intern. He is going into his senior year of school at Houghton College in western New York, where he is double majoring in Integrated Marketing and Business Administration. As a part of his role this summer, he will be writing a series of…

Birds of a Different Feather

Watching birds outside my window is a favorite pasttime.  Birds of every color and size joyfully engage in the smorgasborg of seed that is provided for them.  They eat the feast harmoniously and come and go at will.  Recently, a new species of birds joined the gathering.  These birds are loud, voracious eaters and are…

Puzzles

In an attempt to stay sane while waiting for the golf courses to open, John has driven himself crazy trying to assemble a 3,000-piece puzzle.  After weeks and weeks of effort, all that remains are the 500 pieces of blue sky.  The golf courses have now opened so the blue sky will remain scattered across…

The Privilege of Mentoring

Looking back, I can now see that I had mentors at pivotal points in my career.  In both cases these were older, more experienced women, well connected in the community.  These were never defined mentor-mentee relationships, rather they were based on a mutual recognition for what we could accomplish together.  Although this was in a…

Beautiful Calls

I finally had the opportunity to get outside to do some yard work.  To clarify, I’ve been staying home as directed; I’m just getting to my yardwork now because this was the first weekend my yard didn’t still have snow piles!  It was a beautiful sunny morning, and as I’m raking the leaves from my…

The Crucible Moment

As this COVID-19 life continues, there is increasing fear arising from worries about possible economic collapse, about the way differing opinions are fracturing communities and about the effects of personal isolation and loneliness. This is a crucible moment.  This is a moment of significant trial brought about by all these elements in our lives.  Crucible…

It’s a New Day!

On April 30, 2020 my term as IOKDS President came to an end.  An ending is always an opportunity to look back and to look forward.  In 2016, I took up my responsibilities promising to be a servant leader.  As such I worked to motivate the Board of Directors and all leaders to fully grasp…

What Are You Growing In Your Garden?

The beginning of May is a special time for my family due to the abundance of birthdays and anniversaries.  It also signals the return to the outdoors and the return of warmer weather with yard work.   I don’t have a green thumb, but my grandfather absolutely loved his beautiful garden where he spent hours nurturing…

ONE HOUR

With all this unscheduled time available right now due to sheltering at home, like many others we have been busy catching up on the long-neglected chores.  David has been busy with outside yard work, and together we have been decluttering inside the house.  Obviously we have devoted more than ONE HOUR to these projects, so…

“Our Anchor”

One of the things I like to do is bowl.  I got hooked on the game of bowling while in high school…probably because I bowled my highest game ever…a 247 (out of a possible 300 game score).  Anyway, since retiring from the USAF, I’ve been bowling on a women’s league called Tuesday Night Strikettes.  Currently,…