07 May 2019

Cultivate Continues

CULTIVATE, a Spiritual Life Development (SLD) course of the Eastern Territory, is entering its 6th cohort. The desire and need for going deeper with God are evident as this spiritual

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12 Mar 2019

40 Days of Decrease by Alicia Britt Chole – A Book Review

What if God called you to practice an uncommon and uncomfortable abandon to the world’s illusions, and instead embrace the Kingdom’s realities by journeying through a 40- day fasting experience? “40

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20 Feb 2019

Cultivate Cohort 6

The CULTIVATE application deadline has been extended to February 25th.  Send in your applications today! CULTIVATE, the online spiritual formation course, will launch its 6th Cohort in March.  The Spiritual Life

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05 Nov 2018

A Nativity Advent

A focal point for many of this year’s Christmas decorations will be the Nativity scene. There are so many varieties of it available for display. Somehow, we’ll find the one

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01 Nov 2017

Be the gift

There is something sweet, thoughtful, and treasured about receiving a Christmas gift. In addition to its beautiful wrapping and presentation is the idea that I’m receiving something special—from a special

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27 Jul 2017

Summer Reading List Post 5: At Home in the World

At Home in the World  by Tsh Oxenreider Review by: Joanna Polarek The saying “Not all those who wander are lost”[1] comes to mind when I reflect back on this

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29 Jun 2017

Challenge by Choice

I envisioned our recent SLD Department Retreat day as “an adventure waiting to happen.” As with prior departmental retreat days, we tend to bond in nature or in some form

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06 Mar 2017

Book Review – Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller

Author Shelly Miller was recently introduced to me through reading a favorite blog. Her experience with Sabbath intrigued me to find out more. Here at Spiritual Life Development, we have been

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01 Nov 2016

The Jesse Tree

A Christmas tradition to share with your family. This year, I’ll start a new tradition with my family—The Jesse Tree. It’s the story of Jesus’ family tree, beginning in the

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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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11 Jan 2016

First: Fasting

The idea of fasting as a Spiritual Discipline intimidated me. First of all, I didn’t know what spiritual fasting really meant and I didn’t know what I was expecting from

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20 Nov 2015

Look for the Helpers

There’s a lot going on in the world today. It’s always been that way, but my eyes are opened more to it now than they have been before. As a

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