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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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