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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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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14 Mar 2016

FIRST: Christian Meditation

“To be full of things is to be empty of God; To be empty of things is to be full of God.” -Meister Eckhart I’ve recently heard it said that

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10 Mar 2016

When God Becomes Small – By Phil Needham

“We wake up one morning, restless about where we are in life, dissatisfied with ourselves. . .” Author Phil Needham in his book, When God Becomes Small, captures the reader’s

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07 Mar 2016

FIRST: The Prayer of Examen

As I entered into the world of spiritual formation I was introduced to a number of different ways to pray. One form of prayer that really resonated with me was

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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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29 Feb 2016

FIRST: Daily Office

A number of years ago, I attended a course in Ignatian spirituality with a friend, not quite knowing what it was all about. There were many terms and rituals that

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