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Posts by Samantha Goodger

Posts by Samantha Goodger

Course Correction

Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. (Psalm 119:35) Not-So-Slight Detour Recently, on a trip to visit family, we took an unexpected detour. In the interest of saving cellular data, I turned off Google Maps part-way into the trip because I thought I knew where we were going. Unfortunately, we missed an exit and continued north when we should have turned east. Imagine my horror when I pulled out my phone to check our progress…

Rest in the Resurrection

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10) Too Busy to Breathe Let’s be real: it’s crazy busy here at Victory of the Lamb. Holy Week and Easter just happened. We’re installing a new pastor next week. Engage & Encourage and Confirmation are the weekend after that, and Mother’s Day is in three weeks. My head is about to explode. I’ve been so busy…

Guilt: Friend and Foe

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. – Psalm 103:11-12 A Day Off Typically, I am home with my preschooler on Mondays. However, when I found out that a visitation I needed to attend fell smack-dab in the middle of nap time on a recent Monday, I decided to ask my…

Victory News – February 8, 2019

MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT Dear Friends, Did anyone watch the Super Bowl last week? I watched the first half of it. But, like a lot of Americans, I was underwhelmed. The commercials weren’t that funny. The half-time show wasn’t entertaining. Honestly, the game itself lacked action and drama. This phenomenon is quite common, isn’t it? We often build events and situations up in our heads, only to be let down by reality. There’s only one place we can be sure won’t…

Victory News – February 1, 2019

MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT Dear Friends, What a week, huh? A huge snow storm, followed by an arctic blast of cold, sent nearly the whole state of Wisconsin into a state of shutdown. School and business closures significantly altered or eliminated many people’s daily routines. While this disruption was a wide-spread phenomenon affecting millions of people, alterations to routines happen at an individual level all the time. It is easy to fall into the trap of believing that God doesn’t care…

Attitude Adjustment

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17) Post-Christmas Funk December 26th. You might recognize the date as the day after Christmas. And let me tell you… I was in a mood. Looking around my house at the post-Christmas chaos, I knew I really should get to work at straightening things up.  I thought back to all the garbage I had eaten over the last week…

You’re Not Alone

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25) Necessity is the Mother of Invention Typically, when I post on my personal Facebook page, my posts are either shares from other pages or something related to my family. I’m fairly honest about my family life (without…

Build a Habit

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in…

Parenting with the Right Tools

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6) Recently, our neighbor’s century-old barn burned to the ground. My husband and I were startled out of bed when our neighbor rang the doorbell.  We both ran outside to investigate the situation and found the barn engulfed in flames. The fire department had yet to arrive and, in a moment of adrenaline and panic, I grabbed the garden…

Through the Fog

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Head In the Clouds…

Hope Despite Change

Psalm 71: 14,18 As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more… Even when I am old and gray, Do not forsake me, my God, Till I declare your power to the next generation, Your mighty acts to all who are to come. A Visit Home Over Labor Day weekend, I went back to my hometown to spend time with my parents and siblings.  Knowing that I’d eat a lot of junk, I decided…