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October Blog Series

Join us, beginning next Monday, October 3, as we launch our series for October, The PK Perspective. The series will feature bloggers who were raised in ministers' homes...and lived to tell about it! They'll share their personal experiences--both good and bad--as well as insight 'from the inside'. They'll answer questions such as: What were the benefits of being raised in the ministry? What were the downsides of the PK life? What strategies did my parents use to raise me in a way that didn't leave me hating God, the ministry, and God's people? Now that I'm in the ministry and raising my own children, how can I raise 21st century PKs who will love God and His work? You won't want to miss this

Foxholes in the Minefields of Worry

I’m sitting at home in an off brand La-Z-Boy, doing anything but lazying. My mind is a minefield of worry. I am a campus missionary. My husband and I pastor the Chi Alpha Ministry at Oklahoma State University. I have also been working on my graduate degree in Biochemistry these past few years. I am no stranger to the common struggles of a college student. I am frequently juggling many responsibilities as a wife, a mother, a missionary, and a student. So you can imagine the things that go through my mind on any given day. Bills that will soon be due, my son’s learning of his multiplication tables, recent unrest at work, all my hopes and dreams for the future…and the thin balance they all hang

Pick Up Your Mat

Ever want God to wake new things inside of you? New boldness, new vision — to just stir something more inside of your heart? And give you the capability to just go all in for what’s stirring? I was asking God to do that for me a couple of Sundays ago during worship. Nothing earth shattering, just asking Him to expand my heart for Him and do more in me. However, when He does do more--like I asked--that usually brings back the struggle of feeling inadequate to follow through with the newness and the tendency to shrink back from the challenge. That makes me so frustrated with myself. So, as I was contemplating these things while talking to God about it the next day, Monday morning, I opened my

Spirit, Lead Me

Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders Let me walk upon the waters Wherever You would call me Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Savior Oceans by Hillsong United When this song was released in 2013, it became my anthem. It wasn’t a song that I wanted to sing just to sing because it sounded good, but I wanted to actually mean it. The more I sang it, the more I really meant it. It became my heart’s cry, not knowing that I would actually have to walk it out just a few months later. In July of that same year, my husband, Mel, and I began walking through a painful situation with our church where we were serving that wa

REGISTRATION OPENS TODAY!

Registration for our November retreat opens TODAY at 9am! The online registration form will be accessible here via our site. Space is limited! Once the available guest spots are filled, a waiting list will begin for our upcoming 2017 retreat, dates TBA. If your registration is accepted for this year's retreat, an invoice will be mailed to you for your $100 deposit. The balance of $125 is due on or before October 14. The reduced rate of $225 (half price!) makes this accessible to all guests and the retreat is most assuredly worth your investment of time and money. Still not sure if YOU should attend a Sanctuary Retreat? Read more from previous guests here. We hope to see YOU at a Sanctuary Re

Friendship? In Ministry?

I LOVE TO SHOP. I get anointed to shop…I always enjoy finding a bargain. In certain stores you will find a section of merchandise available at greatly reduced prices. The tip-off is a particular tag you will see on all the items in that area. Each tag carries the same words: as is. This is a nice way of saying: These are damaged goods. These items might be slightly irregular. The store is issuing you fair warning: This is the section of “Something’s Gone Wrong” You are going to find a flaw! There’s a stain that won’t come out Broken zipper A missing button There is a problem somewhere with these items These items are not normal! We are not going to tell you where the flaw is. You’ll have t

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