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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21 Mar 2016

FIRST: Journaling Scripture

On a slow quiet Saturday, my husband had graciously prepared and brought me breakfast in bed. He opened the curtains, which allowed me to take in God’s nature. After I

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03 Mar 2016

MONEY

Money. It’s mine. It’s personal. It’s private. It’s none of your concern. I earn it. I spend it. I save it. I share it. It’s mine and it’s none of

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15 Feb 2016

FIRST: Discursive Meditation

When you say meditation, I think of either someone sitting on the ground cross-legged, fingers pinched, ohm-ing or maybe someone is in a life group trying to find their “power

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11 Feb 2016

Out of the Ordinary

I came across this familiar phrase in my reading the other day…..out of the ordinary. My mind immediately went to the typical meanings like “exceptional, extraordinary and remarkable”. For some

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08 Feb 2016

FIRST: The Discipline of Study

In acknowledging of the undeniable importance of the prayerful life as the foundational element of Christian life, I would like to heed a German theologian Karl Barth’s advice which emphasizes

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04 Feb 2016

General William Booth’s SIX RESOLUTIONS

General William Booth’s SIX RESOLUTIONS  *On December 6, 1849, at age 20, William Booth, the cofounder of The Salvation Army, wrote a set of resolutions which he maintained throughout his

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01 Feb 2016

FIRST: Lectio Divina

“Close your eyes, relax, be mindful of your breathing, listen as I read…” Yikes, what is this all about? Should I open my eyes and run? Should I sit here

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28 Jan 2016

The Benefit of Wonder

“Our culture is awe-deprived,” says Paul Piff, Ph.D. “We spend more time looking down at our phones than up at the sky.”(Ways to Get More Awe in Your Life, Good

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25 Jan 2016

FIRST: Solitude and Silence

Let me be blunt…..my first experience with the spiritual discipline of solitude and silence was uncomfortably eye opening for me. I was attending a spiritual retreat that incorporated the experience

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