Spiritual Growth

What I’m Learning From Lent

I don’t know what your experience with Lent is like but Lent does not come easily to me. I was raised in a tradition where Lent was something those other people did. It was brushed aside as unnecessary. As a child, Lent was for kids who couldn’t eat chocolate or had to swear off TV for 40 days! I was glad to be well free of it. But as an adult...

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How To Pray With Gratitude

I don’t know about you, but when I’m asking God for things, I get really specific. I get into the details and tell God what is happening in my life. I articulate how I need His help and sometimes overstep and offer Him options for what that help could look like. And yet when I’m thanking God, I often speak in generalities. God, thank you...

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Waiting: A Passionate Pause

At age 12 years and 11 months our middle son, Clark, made his request. “Mom, I will be 13 soon and I’d really like a hamster for my birthday.” Then he waited silently, eyebrows peaked, brown eyes begging. “They’re so cute, Mom.” As the voice in my head screamed, “There will be no rodents living in my house!” I heard myself gently...

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Recognizing The Voice of God

When the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives He speaks to us. But does that mean that every thought that runs through our heads is from God? Sometimes God asks us to do some pretty unusual things and we are to obey, but other times we may be hearing the voice of God’s enemy who wants to lead us away from God’s path. How do you know when a prompting...

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God Answers

"Call to me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV) As a Breakthrough Prayer team for our children's high school, we were privileged to have a little room inside the school where we could meet for prayer. We actually laid hands on our door and prayed, "God please bring the most...

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Holy Week Bible Reading Guide

Easter is not a day - it is a season. This year begin your Easter preparation with Holy Week because without the crucifixion, there would have been no resurrection.  Had Christ not hung on the cross, taken on our sins, and then spent three days defeating Satan’s power, His rising again would not have been so meaningful. Starting on Sunday,...

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Noblesse Oblige

The other day, I watched one of favorite old movies, the original 1944 version of The Canterville Ghost. It takes place in England during World War II and stars Charles Laughton, Robert Young, and a very young Margaret O’Brien.  Margaret was so endearing and spoke so beautifully as a child. In the film, the phrase “noblesse oblige” arises...

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The Winter of My...

What does winter say to your heart? “I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”  ~Andrew Wyeth Winter is when... *bare branches stand out as scary stickmen. * blustery winds whip the last of...

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