About Michele Edgel

I am married to Jim my true soulmate. and am enjoying our walk through this life in Christ together.

New Month – No Theme

Wow, it is hard to believe that it is already November. This month, the writers will delve into any topic they desire with no theme.

As we are nearing the end of the year, it is hard to believe that our lives have son significantly changed since March.

What changes have you gone through, what new or relived ideals are now a part of your life?

I realized that my life focus was totally skewed from where it needed to be.

What are your thoughts? Let me know, I am interested.

God Loves You And So Do I


New Month – No Theme

Okay, all our amazing followers, a new month is here and this is a month with no theme. Anything goes.

We would love to hear what ideas you, our readers, have for topics to write about. Are there things you have questions about? Are there questions about your walk? Lutheran doctrine? Us Personally? Anything?

Our goal has always been to be interactive with you, we want to know what you are thinking, we want your opinion.

We appreciate each and every one of you that support this ministry.

God loves you and so do I

New Month – No Theme

Wow. It is hard to believe that July is already here. This year has been a pretty topsy turvy one, hasn’t it? As we go through what seems to be an insurmountable task ahead – the renegotiation of what our normal is – keep in mind the one constant – the one thing we can count on to be never changing, always there – GOD.

Who knows what this month will bring? But God is here by our side to help us along the way.

God Loves You And So Do I


New Month – June 2020 Clearer Vision Because of the Coronavirus

A couple of weeks ago, I met with some of my sisters at a reunion group meeting (Reunion groups are meetings of people who have attended a Via de Cristo weekend) some were talking about the restrictions with the Coronavirus and the negative impact it has had. I feel the opposite. Let me explain.

I feel that the institutional church has become so inverted that God is using this to tell us that church IS NOT about a building and that we are to get our butts into the world and do what he told us to. Make disciples of ALL nations. Can not really do that sitting in a pew.

I also feel that God is telling me that my gifts are for the use of building HIS kingdom not someone else’s. I have devoted so much time to the church I attend that I have actually allowed MY family and home to suffer.

Going forth I have put things in the perspective that God wants:

  1. God
  2. Family
  3. Church

I challenge you all to use this time for clarity and a clearer vision – I mean it is 2020 so check what your vision is geared towards.

God Loves You And So Do I





New Month – No Theme

The month of March is here and the ladies of the blog will not have a theme this month.

I do want you to take the time during the Lenten season to REALLY think about what this season is about.

Sacrifice, Repentance, Salvation, Love, Grace.

What words do you think about during Lent? Comment below, I would love to hear.


Small Groups Made Easy – A Book Review

Ryan Lokkesmoe is a well-known author of several books on small groups, as well as, small group curriculums. The book is divided into 2 parts. The first part addresses the practical applications of small groups. He covers logistics, planning, leaders, childcare, and location, as well as many more.

He gives practical, simple principles to follow to make sure the group is instituted, planned and lead well so that it can succeed in the first part. I found the principles to be easy and effective if a bit simple.

The second part is based on 12 basic Christian studies which I enjoyed more than the first part. I felt that the studies were well thought out and provided ample questions to engage all participants. He backs up his study material with ample scripture references and ends each study with the most important thing – Prayer.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I felt it was well-written and gave sound advice but could have given a little more detail in the implementation part.

I have received a free copy of this book in return for an honest and fair review – Disclaimer pursuant to FTC 16 CFR Part 255

Confronting Christianity – A Book Review

Rebecca McLaughlin has written a book that tackles 12 hard-hitting questions that most Christians should be able to answer but shy away from, whether from an inability to answer or afraid of the answer, remains to be seen.

The chapters are divided into topics such as slavery, the denigration of women, homosexuality, and God allowing suffering are just a few.  Each chapter gives detailed Biblical reference to the position stated and additional references from noted theologians.

The book is so detailed in the response to the questions that I would argue it is more than a one time read. It is an armchair reference manual to be studied regularly and absorbed. I feel more comfortable in explaining several of the questions asked but will take more time to read and digest them all. I applaud the author for this undertaking and feel that she has done a tremendous job of equipping Christians to answer those hard-hitting questions.

I give this book a stellar 5 stars. This review is based on the thorough, detailed explanation and thought that went into the compilation.

You may purchase this book at the link below:


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Friendship Promises – Book Review

Founded in 2009, (in)Courage is a community that supports thousands of women daily. This book in their library is meant to be given as a gift.

The presentation is very feminine. The pink cloth exterior lettered in the gold script makes for a beautiful presentation. It is very elegant and makes a thoughtful gift for any friend that is also meaningful.

The book showcases reflections, biblical scripture, and has amazing graphics. The book’s premise is that it is a promise between the gifter and giftee to promote encouragement, authenticity, a promise to be present for each other and to be rooted in Christ.

I give this book 4 stars

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Leading Small Groups – A Book Review

Chris Surrate has authored a book that navigates the small group implementation thoroughly.

The book is divided into 4 sections with each section covering separate points in the small group ministry life. There are chapters on starting, facilitating, logistics, and many more.

Section 1 delves into the first step of small group implementation – Gathering, In this section, which is divided into 4 chapters, the author goes over the initial items to consider such as, leadership qualities, purpose of the group, logistics, and group characteristics.

Section 2 takes us into the second step – Launching. In 2 chapters he reviews recruiting, advertising, covenants, and the characteristics of a good, Biblical group.

Section 3 deals with the actual leading of the group – Leading/Facilitation. Since this a critical part of the success of the small group, the author has devoted 6 chapters to this subject. He explains the importance of preparedness, hospitality, genuine authenticity, service, and how to develop a study that is Biblical.

Section 4 goes in-depth into the process of multiplying your small group – Multiplying Your Small Group. The small group should not be looking to add but to develop leaders that can branch-off and start their own small groups. There is also information about training new leaders/facilitators.

Having just experienced our church’s implementation of a Small Group Ministry, I can honestly say that this book earns 5 stars. This is a well written and researched book that can be used in conjunction with many resources to start a successful small group ministry at your church.

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Open Door Living- Book Review

A book on Christian hospitality that is well-written and would make a great gift. The cover is designed beautifully, includes a ribbon marker and an inscription page.

There are entertaining ideas, craft ideas, menus and decorating ideas

All of which can be used to transform your home into an entertaining mecca

The book includes a lot of low cost ideas, guest ideas and conversation starter.


It is s good book for those that entertain and I would give it 4 stars

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