What comes to mind when you think about the Holy Spirit? For some, they picture the Spirit of God as a type of force or power to tap into in order to see God do big things. Personally, for a long time, the Holy Spirit was the most mysterious of the Godhead, since I heard … Continue reading The Spirit is God
I like the ring of this phrase- "made marvelous." Maybe because "marvelous" is not a customary part of my vocabulary, or maybe because marvelous is just a good sounding word, I like it. This morning I read these two words and became curious. What about you? I want to know, what was "made marvelous?" It … Continue reading Made Marvelous
Think about a time you were most satisfied. Something important to you made you feel content or happy. We live for the thing that is important to us, yet this may not be the thing that actually satisfies our soul. We need "soul satisfying." Soul Satisfying The satisfied life is a content life. Content does … Continue reading The Beauty of Surrender: the Satisfied Life
Part 2 in the Satisfied Life- Practically, in our everyday life we often treat God like a distant relative, or He is "up there" somewhere. We go for periods of time without talking to Him, consulting Him or thanking Him. We have more of a contractual relationship; if we do our part, He will reward or … Continue reading Confession, the Gateway to the Satisfied Life
What are you depending on? My conversations with others (and in my own head) of late have included this question. Or, I could say it this way, "What am I counting or relying on day-to-day to bring me satisfaction, fulfillment, rest, or reprieve?" What I depend on begins to control me. This is dependence. As … Continue reading What am I Depending on to be Satisfied?
Of course we want to run. Tears are not convenient. Grief is weighty. Pain is unwelcome. A bandaid helps, but wounds need air and time. Pain reliever brings relief, but the ache returns. And a little of this or that gives a welcome break, that is only temporary. Temporary. His Steps Surely, our griefs He Himself bore, … Continue reading Always Easier to Run from Sorrow and Pain
Consumerism is consuming us. I know what you are thinking. It is the Christmas season. So of course, consumerism plagues us and steals moments that are meant for peace and joy. No, that is not what I am talking about. I confess I am doing my fair share of shopping online right now. We are all … Continue reading The Consumer Life Consuming Me
30.30.30. Day 6 The Passage: Genesis 1:1-2:3 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be … Continue reading 30.30.30. Day 6: Starting with God
Ours is a world fueled by likes, influence, followers, numbers, and appearances. We are consumed with ourselves and making ourselves known, heard and followed. It is easy for me to feel like I never quite measure up, depending on which way I turn. (And my devious device likes to remind me of this.) How am I … Continue reading Is there a Better Way to Measure Success?
I'm always thinking of ways to be more effective. I like to organize a closet in order to make more room. I notice a hole in the way our team operates and I want to improve it. I make a list so I can use my time better. Therefore, from time to time I post … Continue reading Four Steps to Sharing the Gospel in your Circles