23 May 2016

FIRST: Intercessory Prayer

“Can you pray for me?” I’ve always taken this request seriously. I’ve never thrown out the words “I’ll pray for that” or “I’ll be praying for you” without taking them

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16 May 2016

FIRST: Journaling as a Spiritual Discipline

For many years, I had some boxes stored in my parent’s attic. Having lived out of the country for many years, I had kind of forgotten about them. On a

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09 May 2016

FIRST: Sabbath Keeping

I recall some of the first tries at changing my Friday day off to a Friday Sabbath. A Sabbath is more holy than a day off, right? Prepping for that

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05 May 2016

Out of Focus

It is amazing what you can get used to. As I type this on my computer I am staring at the screen of an old monitor that is out of

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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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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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