How does a 24 hour retreat sound, away with friends and away from distractions and daily responsiblitles? Sounds good to me! But also, add to this space spiritual refreshment, going deeper as friends and exploring spiritual disciplines. If this is something you would like to consider you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about … Continue reading Retreats
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?
Easter week, Psalm 41: The anger could not be avoided. It was open for all to see and hear, as tables were turned and irate voices followed. “Impossible. Embarrassing. Unlikely. What right does he have?” were the thoughts of the crowd. Others thought, “It is about time. Finally. Serves them right! Who would have the … Continue reading Unraveling sin, one thread at a time
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
Making a decision can often feel weighty, kind of like the scene towards the end of the movie, The Last Crusade, when Indian Jones must decide which cup is Christ’s cup. The knight says, “Choose wisely.” For one choice leads to life and the other, to destruction. How do you choose? Decision-making can be agonizing! … Continue reading Decisions, Decisions: How to decide?
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 30 The Passage: Revelation 4:1-11 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” 2 … Continue reading 30.30.30. Day 30: Our Worship
30.30.30. Day 29 The Passage: Isaiah 12 Then you will say on that day, “I will give thanks to You, O Lord; For although You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, And You comfort me. 2 “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord … Continue reading 30.30.30. Day 29: Our Thankfulness