02 May 2016

FIRST: Meditation

We were five years into our appointment without a move in sight. Stagnant was the word of the day. I had given all there was to give: there was no

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01 May 2016

Cultivate – Young Adult Cohort 2

Do you want more from your spiritual life? Do you want to connect more deeply, more often, more intentionally with God? Is your soul running on empty more than it’s

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25 Apr 2016

FIRST: Journaling Scripture

My faith life was failing. My Bible reading time had tanked. I needed something to give me a boost in the right direction. In all honesty I was hoping for

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21 Apr 2016

Wired for Service

I had the privilege of watching my grandchildren the other day. While emptying the dishwasher one of my 19-month old granddaughters started taking the silverware out. One by one, she

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18 Apr 2016

FIRST: Journeying

When did this happen? How did I miss the signs? I don’t know; but it doesn’t really matter as it is happening and the signs are now clear. I don’t

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14 Apr 2016

In the Midst

I stepped off the hot bus and quickly surveyed my surroundings in order to orient myself. Which way to go? I quickly saw the cemetery. It was not the well-organized,

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11 Apr 2016

FIRST: Praying the Bible

This may seem like an oxymoron, but when it comes to praying the Bible, I must point out two “firsts.” My first encounter with praying the Bible was while I

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05 Apr 2016

My Journey – Joanna Polarek

  The air is crisp, windy, and the sky threatens to open. I go anyway. “God, open my ears, eyes and heart to you.” I begin to walk…and see a

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04 Apr 2016

FIRST: Solitude

Spending time alone with God at first seemed like a foreign concept to me. In my youth I had always held the idea that we sort of ‘visited’ God in

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31 Mar 2016

One Turn At a Time

It was another sunny winter day, a gift directly from the hand of the generous God. The temperature was 6 degrees at the base and -15 at the top of

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28 Mar 2016

FIRST: Worship

I suppose it all began for me when I read Richard Foster’s classic book ‘The Celebration of Discipline’ where in the final chapter he flips it around and urges ‘the

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22 Mar 2016

Submission

THAT word which evokes negative feelings in many people – submission. To submit is “to give over or yield to the power or authority of another.” It was a week

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