Immerse is para-church ministry and 501(c)(3) non-profit that believes that transformations is actually possible. We know how transformation happens and we're committed to walking people through whatever journey they are on.
Celebrate all the God did in 2018!
Seven years ago, in the spring of 2012, I started to dream up what would one day become Immerse, a parachurch ministry that would cultivate a movement of transformational discipleship in the Twin Cities and beyond. I co-founded Immerse as a simple small group with my friend Amy, and, like most things, it had very small beginnings.
She awoke from this dream feeling like something had shifted. Something was happening in a core part of her being. Her life had changed and she didn’t like it. It wasn’t so much the dream itself, but the more she thought about the words, the more grossed out she felt. “Beware the judgement of God.” More religious brainwashing. More control structures to get her to stay in line and perform her moral circus act for God’s entertainment. This is all the religious oppression I grew up with that I want nothing to do with anymore. That I’ve spent so long trying to dismantle and deconstruct in my mind and heart. Yuck.
This year I find myself being a real grinch about Christmas. Which is a new experience for me. I’m typically the one who has her Christmas shopping done by Nov 30 and has been playing Christmas music since September. But, not this year. This year I’m simply looking forward to Jan 2 when I can put this whole holiday mess behind me. I can’t put my finger on a specific “cause”. Maybe it’s family stuff, or being single at 35, or maybe it just takes too much energy this year. Maybe you can relate? Whether you are hopped up on eggnog and enjoying every sparkling holiday moment or, if you’re not, here are 4 ways to be kind to yourself during the holiday season.
I try to spend at least a few hours a week with my little nephews. There is a certain amount of connectedness that hanging out with them brings. Kids have a way of re-framing things for you. I wish I could experience life with the kind of awe and excitement that children do.
Moving into the new year we would love to be able to offer 100 hours of Prayer Resolution sessions to people who otherwise would not be able to afford it. We are currently running a year-end campaign, inviting people like you to partner with these amazing folk who are looking for help with deep healing and resolution.
Something had changed in her and she had a hard time putting her finger on it. It was like it no longer mattered if she had the right answers. It no longer mattered if she saved the world or converted people. It no longer mattered if she did everything she was supposed to do. There was a deep sense of stability and safety in her relationship with God that didn’t depend on her getting it right. Somewhere deep inside her she knew that God was committed to her even if she wasn’t committed to Him. That He would be faithful to her even if she wasn’t faithful to Him…
…One of the frustrations I’ve had going through all this is that I haven’t ever seen anyone go through these sorts of struggles before. I’ve only heard about them after the fact. It seems like an especially hard struggle to be seen in. But, as a spiritual leader, I’m committed to being seen regardless of what’s going on…