Connie Gochenaur

“Follow Me” Was Coined Long Before Twitter

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.  Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks, or the church … Continue reading

September 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Children Feeding Children – A Short Story

It was an early Saturday morning in September, and Aubrey, Gage, and Levi were eager to get inside the building. Each of them carried a small plastic baggie filled with … Continue reading

August 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Marriage Is About Pulling the Weeds in Your Own Garden

I read an article last night about yet another prominent Christian woman ending her marriage after 25 years. This woman has a world renown ministry.  She writes books and speaks … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Chase Fear Away By Remembering God’s Faithfulness

Always about this time every year, I begin to get nervous about our upcoming  FMSC MobilePack.  It’s kind of like planning a wedding — so many details!  And if everyone … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Moving Past How Are You, I’m Fine.

I’ve been meeting with a group of women from my church over the past several months as part of a Women’s Leadership Team.  What does the woman of 2016 want? … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Community Team Walks and Prays For Starving Children – Meals From Michiana

We are now in the early stages of planning our 7th local Feed My Starving Children MobilePack, Meals From Michiana.  I became the coordinator for this event in our Northern … Continue reading

April 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Like Any Good Exercise, Practice Makes Perfect: Write 31 Days

Day 31 of 31 Days of JOY.   Am I going to Grumble?  Or Trust? When I go back and count, I only posted 13 days out of the 31!  … Continue reading

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Best Gifts Don’t Come With a Barcode: Write 31 Days

I watch my grandchildren 2 days a week while their Mama works.  I love knowing her sweet babies in such an intimate way, and I enjoy keeping them.  By allowing me to care for her kiddos, … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

She Will Write And She Will Find Her Voice: Write 31 Days

Write 31 Days (well 26 Days, maybe). “You cannot do this.  You have nothing to say.”  Those are the words she heard over and over again in her head.  They … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Write 31 Days: Should I Write or Clean My House?

Write 31 Days. I’m going to take a hiatus tonight from my theme of 31 Days of JOY.   And as I am heading into a busy weekend, and may not … Continue reading

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Write 31 Days: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Write 31 Days. I’ve been writing recently about grumbling, and the idea that trust and grumbling are opposites. We can’t trust God and then grumble about what He has laid before us, … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Write 31 Days: Comparisons Always Change Our Focus

Write 31 Days.  Am I trusting God?  Or does my complaining and grumbling show my unbelief? My next stop during this month of no grumbling took me to the book of Numbers … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Write 31 Days: Breathe, Relax, And Let God Be God

31 days of JOY A friend of mine is struggling as  one of her adult children is going through something right now that is breaking her heart.  We sat over a cup of … Continue reading

October 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Write 31 Days: Walk Confidently Away From Your Egypt

31 Days of JOY — that is my challenge.  Grumble or Trust? When I began this challenge, it wasn’t my intention to go through the Bible, looking for every mention of grumble, … Continue reading

October 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Write 31 Days: Did God Bring Us Here to Die?

31 days of JOY — Grumble or Trust? The Hebrew’s exodus out of Egypt is a very well-known Bible story.  It makes for a great cast of characters in children’s … Continue reading

October 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Write 31 Days: Two Choices: Grumble or Trust

I grumble. I don’t want to be a grumbler. But I am. Evidently. As a woman who looks for Divine intervention in her life, I read my Bible, study my Bible … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Packing “Manna” locally to Save Children Around the World

Did you know over two million children die every single year from starvation?  2,000,000!   That’s a really big number.  I’m not even sure I can “see” that number, can you?  … Continue reading

August 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Soaring, Part 2 of Finding My Joy

If you’re just joining me, I hope you take the time to read the previous post where I expressed my struggle to find joy in my Christian walk.    I think … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

“Being a Christian Is Work” Part 1 of Finding My Joy

Hey there!  Do you ever just feel kind of bogged down in the nitty-gritty of life?  Just trying to make it through the day?  Even as you’re checking things off … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

Radiant Like Moses

“Connie, what have you been up to?  Your face is radiant like Moses!” That is how my Pastor greeted me on Sunday morning — after Speak Up Conference.  I thought it was … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 5 Comments

Eden Needs Gethsemane

As I look out over my backyard on this dreary, rainy spring day, I see several gardens that need attention.  I wish it was 20 degrees warmer and sunny today.  This … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Chasing the Illusion of Peace

My little 11 month old grandson is a beautiful baby, no bias on my part (smile).  He is a mild-mannered, easy-going child.  The kind of baby you can love on, … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

I’m Up for the Chaos — Bring on the Grandkids Again!

Not only are the windows overlooking my backyard covered with fingerprints, there are numerous nose prints here and there on the glass as well …which makes me smile.  Grass clippings … Continue reading

October 14, 2013 · 5 Comments

It Gets Muddy Before We Bloom

A little seed, in a packet, content to be with other seeds.  It is a comfortable, safe and happy place.  Once plucked by the farmer, it is planted in a … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 6 Comments

Do I Need More Blessings?

 — dedicated in memory of my dear friend, Susi, who found her joy, and taught me to see my blessings. My farmer husband is testing the waters today.  Are the … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

Some Respect For My Farmer Please

Lately I’ve watched a few people … those who maybe haven’t seen my husband since he changed careers.  They aren’t good at disguising their surprise at the change.  There is … Continue reading

May 31, 2013 · 2 Comments

I Can Sleep…God is Keeping Watch

Does every empty-nest mother have this hollow feeling as she crawls into bed each night?  Does she mentally think of each daughter or son?  Names them one by one as … Continue reading

October 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Someday… What Will My Words Reveal?

Philippians 4:8  “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”   Philippians … Continue reading

January 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Am I a Mom or What?

A new chapter has begun.  Not sure how I feel about it yet.  Well, that’s not true. Yes,  I do.  My feelings are raw — like a fresh wound.   … Continue reading

September 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Hebrews 10:35-36

Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have a need of perseverance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. You will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.