Growing Still This Advent

I want more from Advent, this season of preparation.  I want the stillness of waiting, of expectation.  I want the peace of resting, of trusting.  I want the wonder of hopeful imagination.  The true gifts that Christmas offers.

Not instead of the celebrations, but in the midst of them.  Because that’s where faith is found… along the way. Join me in Growing Still this Advent. Continue reading Growing Still This Advent

Take the 14 Day Love Challenge

We love to read the description of Love in 1 Corinthians 13.  It’s a beautiful description of God’s love and the love that Paul expects to see reflected in Christian community. But it’s a challenging love to live out.  It requires that we give the best of ourselves and believe the best in others.  It demands that we allow God’s love to flow through us … Continue reading Take the 14 Day Love Challenge

Decluttering the Heart

Our lives get filled with junk and it weighs us down.  Bad habits.  Hurtful words.  Judgmental thoughts.  Toxic beliefs.  Some of it we collect.  Some of it gets dumped in our laps.  Some of it we have pushed so far to the back of the cabinet that we don’t even know it’s there anymore.  But it is taking up space in our lives; physical, emotional or spiritual space that God wants to fill with himself. Continue reading Decluttering the Heart

Fasting from Words with Friends

Like any spiritual discipline, fasting creates room for us to let God in. When the door is shut and we keep God on the outside with our busyness and our preoccupation and our frenetic activity, we don’t realize what we’re missing. But when we stop and open the door, even a crack, even for no longer than it takes to play a simple game on a phone, we catch a glimpse of God’s silhouette in the doorway and allow ourselves to feel how much we long for him to come near; to come inside and sit for a while and speak a word just to us. Continue reading Fasting from Words with Friends

Billy Graham & Spiritual Disciplines

“Unless the soul is fed and exercised daily, it becomes weak and shriveled.  It remains discontented, confused, restless.” – Rev. Billy Graham In an interview for his book, Writing for the Soul: Instruction and Advice from an Extraordinary Writing Life, author Jerry Jenkins asked the Rev. Billy Graham how he maintained spiritual disciplines in his own life. “His eyes lit up,” Jenkins wrote. “There’s no … Continue reading Billy Graham & Spiritual Disciplines