Michele Mayer

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Tuning Out the Inner Voice of Fear

This blog by Shelly Mayer was originally published to Every Square Inch on Sept. 4, 2017, and subsequently deleted during a server upgrade. This fall, I’m going back to school. Again. Several years ago, I began taking online courses through CCEF, a Christian counseling organization, as a way to better equip myself to help the

A Time for Tearing Down

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11a (ESV) For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a

‘GriefShare’ Begins Aug. 30th at The Crossing

Loss is a universal experience, yet one that often causes a great deal of pain and confusion. Broken relationships, dreams unrealized, hopes dashed…all of these life events produce a loss that, if not dealt with fully and grieved appropriately, can be devastating for an individual’s recovery. One of the deepest losses we experience this side of

Who’s Fighting for You?

July 3, 2017. It’s a beautiful, sunny day in mid-Missouri, but I woke up today feeling sad and heavy-hearted, a frequent occurrence of late. After a long season of peace, I have found myself being led back down into a darker valley in recent months, a season of more trying times. If you haven’t yet

Responding to Conflict with One Eye on Jesus

If you’ve never been in conflict with someone, I would venture to say you either A) live alone in a cave, or B) are seriously self-deceived. Whenever two sinful people interact with each other, it’s inevitable that at some point there’s going to be conflict. For that reason, relationships can be hard. Even as Christians,

My Prayer for the Last Six Months: ‘One Dry Day’

And God said, “No.” This past Saturday, April 29, marked my second year of coordinating – along with an amazing team of volunteers – ForColumbia, a community-wide day of serving among what has grown to include 48 churches partnering to love and serve our city. For months, I’ve been praying for this day. I’ve been

Follow-Through: Easy to Say, Hard to Do

It’s Holy Week once more, and in the run-up to Good Friday these past several years I have found I am annually amazed at the fact that Jesus walked into Jerusalem on Sunday, hailed as a king, and only a few short days later was shouted down as a criminal, a man for whom the