Visio Divina: Praying with the Eyes of Your Heart by Linda Madeksho

Join us for our next day retreat! We will practice both visual and written art forms as a way to connect to God in prayer. Visio Divina is translated as “divine seeing.” It is related to the prayer form Lectio Divina (divine reading), but instead of Scripture alone, the form we will practice utilizes both scripture and visual elements to help set your mind on prayer. It allows God to speak to your heart through image.

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Examination of the Heart by Natalie Gibb

Rainy days always make for good days to spend in the presence of God. Soft clothes, coffee, candles, snuggly blankets and the quiet just seem to usher in His presence more easily. Maybe it’s because the hustle and bustle of the usual day to day activities in my life are easier to put on hold on rainy days, or maybe the quiet rainfall softens and slows my heart. Whatever the reason, I found myself sitting in my office this morning begging God to come and abide with me. I listened to the rise and fall of my own breath in rhythm with the rain and the gentle breeze. A peace began to settle over my heart, mind and soul that deepened with every breath I took. I found myself settling in and cocooning myself within a feeling of pure love, grace, and mercy. He was here, Emmanuel, God with me. I knew I was safe and secure in the palm of His hand and that there was nothing I couldn’t reveal to Him that He didn’t already know.

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Trust Jesus! by Kelly Burnett

In 2017, Natalie and I started out on the ride of our life with God.  We had NO idea where God would take SOULWELL Ministries, or what we were doing.  What we did know is that God was calling us to step out in faith and we were determined to TRUST JESUS no matter what the cost.  God has led us every step of the way. Daily He shows us what we need to know before we even know we need to know it. It’s amazing to see how He uses every part of our skill sets that we have developed over the course of our lifetime and perfectly blends our hearts and personalities as we give our all to serve Him.  And when He doesn’t show us how to do something or we feel stuck, He connects us to someone who not only knows what we need to know, they are eager to help. Truly, Jesus has been showing off for us over and over again.

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Silent Saturday (An Easter Reflection) by Natalie Gibb

Her eyelids crusted with dried tears slowly flutter open. She stretches and squints in the bright morning light and as she takes her first deep breath of the day, the reality of yesterday settles into her heart and mind like a boulder sitting on her chest. Her beloved son is gone! He is laying cold and alone in a tomb. She can't comfort him or see him anymore. She will never hear his voice again or have him near. His beautiful spirit will never occupy the same space as hers. The hole in her heart aches with longing. She can barely breathe as she gasps for air and realizations of him being gone fly like arrows towards her hitting their mark every time. With every arrow the reality of his death becomes more confirmed in her spirit and yet there is a piece of it that struggles to protect itself from the truth. 

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Identity through His Eyes by Natalie Gibb

My husband died in 2011.  It was such a dark time in my life.  I sit and think back on those days and I honestly don’t even recognize the person that I was back then.  I had become a product of my environment. I had allowed the world around me to invade my thoughts, and it had manifested itself into taking me from who I was created to be, to a person that was full of lies, manipulation, hatred, grudges, and darkness.  I have a biography of sorts that I wrote at the urging of my counselor in the later part of 2011. I read it now and I don’t even recognize my own words. I am not the person that I was then...by the grace of God alone.

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Breathe by Natalie Gibb

When God breathed His very breath into us we changed.  We became. He shaped us and formed us from the ground and then He breathed life into us.  From the very beginning, His breath transformed what was nothing and formless to living, breathing creatures.  As we look around we can see Him creating and transforming nature. He transforms the seasons around us and within us.  We watch and trust that oxygen changes to carbon dioxide and breathes life into trees and flowers. Our breath gives life to creation itself.  The Word says:

To this day we are aware of the universal agony and groaning of creation as if it were in the contractions of labor for childbirth. And it’s not just creation. We who have already experienced the first fruits of the Spirit also inwardly groan as we passionately long to experience our full status as God’s sons and daughters—including our physical bodies being transformed.  For this is the hope of our salvation. Romans 8:22-24 TPT

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Foundations by Natalie Gibb

There are times in all of our lives when we have no idea what God is doing.  He takes us to hard times and hard circumstances, and we look around and think, “Where are you, Lord?” 

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