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Pay It Forward

Viewing Time:  2 minutes “Your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need.”   2 Corinthians 8:14… Read More

Grace Place Wellness Retreat for Christian Friends of New Americans

Forty new Americans from all four corners of the earth were gifted by a one day retreat from Grace Place Wellness, underwritten by the Office of National Mission.  This program was offered through Christian Friends of New Americans, a ministry which welcomes, settles, and sustains new people from around the world who are making their new home in St. Louis. The Grace Place Wellness team, consisting of Dr. John Eckrich, Rev. Dr. Darrell Zimmerman, and Eustolio Gomez, took the new Americans through whole health skills and strategies based on Biblical principles, as well as providing breakfast refreshments.  Some of the programming was offered with the use of translators especially for the Nepalese community being established in St. Louis. Rev. Dr. Zimmerman, Program Director at Grace Place Wellness, shared with the group ideas for daily devotions and Bible study, telling them his own experiences, particularly for both couples and personal daily walks in the Word with Jesus. Read More

A Prayer for Intellectual Wellness

Praying time: less than three minutes. God speaks.  He always speaks through His Word.  He often speaks through the wisdom He has given those around us.  Today we pray for a healthy attitude towards what we might learn from others. Dear Father in heaven, it's the great joy of this holy and blessed season to remember that the Word promised by the prophets of old became flesh to dwell among us.  How glad I am that You have spoken to us now in Your Son! You created me to know You, but I could never have known You unless you had spoken to me.  It is a constant source of wonder to me that I can understand the mysteries of the kingdom by the faith You have given me.  Instill in me, Lord, an unending curiosity to know You more, an eagerness and a desire to turn to the scriptures and to hear You speak the words of life I desire so greatly. Read More

Caves and Stables

Caves and Stables Written by:  Dcs. Heidi Goehmann Reading Time:  Less than 2 minutes And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and place him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.                Luke 2:7 At our house every… Read More

CONFEDEX Conference, Daytona Beach, Florida

On December 6, 2015, Melissa Hower, Mission Advancement Officer for Grace Place Wellness explains how we can better support churches and schools as they serve this generation and generations to come.  … Read More

A Prayer for Relational Wellbeing

Praying time: less than three minutes By the mystery of His grace, God has called us into a living and vibrant relationship with Him that will never end.  May this prayer be a blessing to you as you walk by faith with our dear Lord and live in love with those near and dear to you!  dz O most holy and loving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to You belongs all glory and praise.  In the wonder of Your act of creation, You have made me in Your own image, given me person-hood after the manner of Your own, and called me into relationship with You and with others. Read More

O Christmas Card!

Written by:  Dcs. Heidi Goehmann Reading Time:  Less than 2 minutes But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart     Luke 2:19 I love Christmas cards.  I love receiving them, I love giving them.  I like gold foil and nativity scenes and family photos.  I… Read More

Seminary offers workshop for Wives of Pastors

“Embracing Life as a Pastor’s Wife” with Dcs. Heidi Goehmann will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, December 5, in Sieck Hall 201 at Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis.  This event is free and open to all women connected to Concordia Seminary.  The online, live stream… Read More

A Prayer for Spiritual Wellbeing

Praying time: less than three minutes We truly are such beggars, aren't we?  What a generous, loving Father in heaven we have, who would never give us a snake when we ask for a fish!  I pray for you every day, and I hope you will make this prayer your own. dz Great are You, Lord, and greatly to be praised!  You alone are good, dear Father, and everything you make is good; very good.  The whole of creation reflects the goodness of Your character.  The heavens and the seas, the earth and the sky and all that dwell in them testify to Your beauty and perfection. Read More


Written by:  Dcs. Heidi Goehmann Reading Time:  2 minutes I have a little secret.  I love winter.  While people all around me are grumbling about the cold and the snow and the winds, I smile and nod, but deep down I know the truth – what would life be like… Read More

Tears of Praise

Written by:  Dcs. Heidi Goehmann God is worthy of praise, worthy of thanksgiving.  This is the time of year we are reminded daily that there is so much to praise Him for, and whether you are in a joyous season or in a dark valley, there is room to praise Him. Know that it may not look and feel like the same praise.  In fact, it may not "feel" like anything at all.  It may be forced and rote.  It may be exuberant and uninhibited, but that's the beauty of God's promises...He doesn't slap legalistic expectations on us.  He leaves it open to relationship and growth and He sees just as much worth in the praise that falls as tears from our eyes, as He does the praise of song on our lips. Maybe you are in the joy place.  You'll have no problem finding Bible verses about praising the Lord.  He is so worthy!  The Word is filled with trumpets, and dancing, and the rocks crying out.  Psalm 98 speaks perfect Truth: Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things!  His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.  The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.  He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel.  All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.  Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!  Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody!  With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!  Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it!  Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.  He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity. Read More

A Prayer for Baptismal Wellbeing

Praying time: less than three minutes. Baptismal renewal is a privilege for us moment by moment throughout the course of every day.  I pray for you every day.  I hope this prayer might be your own! Holy, blessed, eternal God, You shine with the light of glory.  The flaming seraphs who are always before Your throne  fade and diminish in comparison to You, their Creator.  My brothers Peter, James and John glimpsed a reflection of Your glory in the face of my Savior, Jesus, and they fell face down, terrified.  Holy, Holy, Holy is Your name, O Lord. Read More