Summit has set in motion what is to come in my life

Mikaela heard about Summit over a year before stepping on campus in Manitou Springs, CO. As a budding Marketing and Journalism student at Dordt College, Mikaela loves writing and connecting with people.  

“I think really, during my freshman year (in college), I have had more of a secular worldview than I had originally thought. And coming to Summit, I have really learned how the Christian conservative worldview is so true. Even though I claimed to be a Christian conservative, I still believed that if a woman was raped or had something traumatic happen to her then abortion is okay in that circumstance.”
One lecture in particular stood out to Mikaela. During his “Case for Life” lecture, Scott Klusendorf talked about abortion in the case of rape. Klusendorf asked the students two questions:
  • Would you want the death penalty given to the rapist?
  • Would you murder the woman that has conceived the child?
When the students answered “no” to those questions, Klusendorf asked the students, why then, would it be okay to murder the baby, who is the most innocent of all?
This discussion put things into perspective for Mikaela and helped correct her own views on the pro-life position. “I was like WOW, that kind of just struck my heart, and that was what just kinda flipped the switch for me, and my viewpoint really changed.”
Summit Student Conferences exist to help students think through their convictions and answer hard questions. Mikaela’s thoughts and ideas about important cultural topics have been challenged during her time at Summit as she has engaged with like-minded peers in small groups, learned from Christian leaders during lectures and open forums, and explored answers to hard questions about her faith, purpose, and identity. 
“I had struggled with identity all through college, and I thought that Christians just always pushed their faith on others, and I wanted to be someone who believed my own thing and just talked about it at church. But at Summit I have learned that sports, theater, and other things don’t define who I am. Christ in me is my identity. I don’t have everything figured out, but Summit has set in motion what is to come in my life. God is who makes me me, and Jesus Christ and his sacrifice and his wiping away all my sins have made me who I am today, and that’s why I am able to touch the lives of other people and proclaim his name!”
Yearly Planning at the Sather House Tags: Purposeful Planning Planning seeking the Lord

This is the 23rd year we are setting aside a week to pray and seek the Lord about His plans for us and our family.

When I look back I can see some of what that consistency has accomplished. Many things would not have happened if we had not set aside this time each year to connect with the Lord and each other.

It brought tears to my eyes when my son told me he and his bride had a little planning day on their honeymoon! He had asked for a copy of the book - Purposeful Planning - but I didn't realize that was his purpose for wanting it.

Starting Saturday, January 19th we will spend the better part of each day for the next week talking and praying with each other and our two daughters who are still at home. Yes, they are adults, but they really want to have their time to talk and pray with us. Isn't that wonderful!

As usual, we would like to ask you to pray for us during this time. We NEED your prayers. Our enemy doesn't want us to spend this time seeking God's plans for our lives. He wants us to fail, and our family to fail.

"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." I Peter 5:8

Our Scripture for this book is "Where there is no vision the people perish." Proverbs 29:18

This time is when we check our course. Are still walking the way the Lord wants us to? Are we going the way we planned, or have we somehow gotten off on the wrong trail?

I had a lesson on this yesterday when going to meet my friend. Thinking away I suddenly realized I was on the wrong street. I ended up being a half hour late because I wasn't paying attention. I had signs, like not remembering some things along the way I was on. But it took me a while to realize that I was lost.

Please leave me a comment telling me you will be praying for us. It will really encourage us. I'll try to drop some notes next week as well updating you on our progress.

Phyllis Sather






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Category: Holidays
Tags: New Year

Off I go

I know it’s a bit late to be wishing you a happy New Year, but I feel like I’m finally getting started with the new year.

We celebrate Epiphany so our decorations and tree are still up. We have a birthday on January 5th so we just celebrated that last weekend and now I’m ready to head into the new year.

I’ve spent considerable time seeking what my goals for this year should be. I didn’t choose a word, I never have. I don’t know why I just haven’t. But I have set some goals. I actually began working on them in September while we were on vacation.


Each day while we were on vacation I spent some time just sitting quietly before the Lord listening for what He might be saying to be about what I should be doing.

  • My son had just gotten married.
  • I kept getting older.
  • My thoughts kept seeking to know how to use whatever time the Lord gives me.

I didn’t have any big revelations.


Each day a word seemed to stick in my mind.

  • Lose 40 pounds.
  • Write that book I’ve asked you to write.
  • Get your home in order.
  • Read more.
  • Spend more time with real-life friends.
  • Save some energy for Dan at the end of the day.


The Lord didn’t just leave me with a list but gave some specific directions.

  • Lose weight by eating according to hungry and full, one bread per meal, no snacking after dinner. I have a heart condition and the best thing I could do for myself is lose some weight.
  • Get my home in order. He didn’t mean because I’m messy, because, for the most part, I’m not. It is an encouragement for me to downsize. He had been speaking to me about this for some time. We may have to downsize our home soon so I want to be ready. I don’t want my children to have to go through all my “stuff” if He calls me home.
  • Read more.
  • Save energy for Dan. Some days that means falling asleep in my chair at 3 PM for a nap. I try not to do so much in a day that I don’t have anything left for him when he gets home.


Since September I’ve been taking some things out of my life to allow me to focus on the things I think the Lord has asked me to do. It has seemed natural to let go of the things he’s prompted me to stop. Dan has agreed whole-heartedly to the goals above. So off I go!

Has the Lord been speaking to you about goals, your word for the year, or a Scripture verse to focus on this year? Share with us in the comments. If you leave a comment I will pray for you.



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