What is worship?

To worship is to "show reverence and adoration."  Oftentimes we hear the word worship, and we automatically think of music.  Though music is a power tool to worship the Lord, it's important to remember that we are able to praise the Lord through anything we do whether that's exploring His creation, studying, photography, painting, calligraphy, dance, or spending time in the Word.


There's usually beauty in the mess, you just have to search around in the chaos. 

I tried to make art with espresso, it didn't turn out. It was "too much" of a mess... then I was reminded, nothing is "too much", "too far gone", or "too ruined" to salvage.

My life: There's chaos. Loads of confusion. And... massive messes that I've made. My God has pursued me in my mess, loves me too much to leave me there, and is continuing to work...continuing to salvage my sinful heart and restore it to where it should be, with Him. He has taken the mess, the chaos, the hurt, the confusion... and instead has used it all for His glory. He has so powerfully used what I would call a mess for good.

by Cassie Schumann


"That Yahweh means “I Am” tells us several important things about God’s identity. First, it shows that the Lord’s character is unchangeable. We can say of ourselves, “I was x last year, but now I am y, and next week I could be z,” but not our Creator. Yesterday He says, “I Am,” today He says, “I Am,” and tomorrow He says, “I Am.” He cannot learn any new information or become more holy. None of God’s perfections can be subtracted or added to. He can never be anything other than what He is today." 

-Ligonier Ministries

by Erin Schmeichel


I like to chase the sun. I find great joy when you watch as the very last piece of the sun falls beyond sight. Every time I chase the sun with my best friend we always end up at almost the same spot on lake Michigan. Staring at God's beauty, especially sunsets, gives me such peace. If God the creator could make a sunset so gorgeous, I can't even fathom how beautiful he sees us.

by Tamra Schneider

"For he draws up the drops of water; they still distill his mist in rain, which the skies pour down and drop on mankind abundantly."

-Job 36: 27-28

by Paige Payne

 by Paige Payne

by Paige Payne


I did this same dang design four times. Why? The first time, the lines were super crooked (I chose to wing-it rather than use a straight edge). The second time, the letters were too big and close together; it didn’t look how I wanted it to. The third time, I smudged the ink before it was dry (U G H, amirte?) A friend of mine looked at all three of the designs and asked if she could keep one. I was surprised,  and wondered why anyone would want the less perfect of the four I made. She told me, “Emily, I love it even if part of it isn’t perfect; I like the mess.” She then took one of my mess ups and added beautifully bright paint—she added her own unique creativity to it and turned it into a collaborative work. 


To me, the first three “screw ups” were unfinished and lacking perfection. To my friend T-Money, they were beautiful, unique, and inspiring. As I was creating the fourth image I realized that this creative experience mirrors that of my own walk with Christ. I sometimes aspire to be the perfect Christian; the “woman of God” that everyone looks up to and admires; the perfect piece of “Pinterest worthy” art that everyone looks at and says “dang. This girl has it all together.” What I’ve come to realize is that my walk with God comes in stages, much like my attempt at this piece of art. I sometimes have my own perfect vision for what my own life will look like. I try a few times to make it happen and get frustrated when I don’t quite turn out just right. That’s when God steps in and says, “Emily, I love YOU even if part of you isn’t perfect; I like your mess.” He steps in, and adds his own beauty. His amazing grace. His righteousness. In him, I am a new creation. Perfect in every way.

by Emily Dasher


"In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

- Proverbs 3:6

by Megan Weilandt

 by Paige Payne

by Paige Payne

"Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overthrow with faithfulness."

-Colossians 2:7

by Paige Payne


I love looking at the intricate veins on leaves.  The God who made magnificent stars also intricately mapped out leaves.


"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and He will make your paths straight."

-Proverbs 3:5-6

by Paige Payne


Our vision is finite. We see those around us in black and white; we focus on the unimportant; and we can only see the general picture. 

But God’s eyes dive deeper. He sees every small, imperceptible detail of who we are. He sees our blemishes alongside our beauty. He sees every shade and hue of our personality. He sees you, and He knows you completely. 

Psalm 139

by Pal and Bubs


Whenever you go to Garvin, the first instinct is to go to the edge and take a panorama of Winona. That view makes you feel small, unseen and a little invisible, which isn’t always a bad thing. What do you do though if you already feel small, unseen, and invisible? This week I felt just that. I was being pulled in 110 different directions, and I was pouring my heart out on a daily basis. I felt empty and didn’t know what to think of the vastness of the town of Winona. I sat down and took a breath. I snapped this photo. Though almost everyone knows this is Garvin Heights just by looking at the picture, nobody knows that in this moment when I couldn’t handle being small, unseen, and invisible, I felt at peace. Guys we have a God who sees us, knows us, and calls us each important. I didn’t need to see the whole town I just needed to see my God. He was there! As the Sky was darkening and a storm approached, I cried knowing that I was enough for the one true king.

by Tamra Schneider


I had a very off day and a few girls invited me to go up to Garvin with them. At first I said no because I didn’t want intrude but I got this full body feeling of all thoughts of inadequacy or being a burden disappearing and an immense joy washing over me. So I went. We got there just in time to see the last sliver of the sun staying above the bluffs. We laughed and had no worries as the sunset we all knew we were just in good community.

by Tamra Schneider

 by Paige Payne

by Paige Payne


"For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."

-1 Corinthians 3:11

by Paige Payne

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I am completely in awe of the Lord.  I have no words adequate enough to describe how good He is.  This sermon absolutely wrecks me (link).

"By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth."

-Psalm 33:6


I was busy, and I was driving to VG. I knew I was going to be early, but if I turned back I would be late. I hadn't eaten dinner, I had a screaming child in the backseat, and my phone had so many notifications coming in. I was overwhelmed and about to start sobbing. I looked to my left before clearing an intersection and the beauty of the cross hit me like a ton of bricks. I just HAD to turn around. I turned around and I stopped at this little church and captured this gem. I was still overwhelmed, but now it was with God. My cup in that moment was filled to overflowing with the LOVE and GRACE of God.

by Tamra Schneider