Posts in faith
Finding Peace Through Surrender to God

“Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour” (John 12:27, NASB).

We need direction.  Day by day, hour-by-hour, for us to live our best lives according to the unique purpose that God has called us to, we need the word of the Lord guiding us.  Surrender is what brings the peace that surpasses all understanding (Phil 4:7)…no matter our circumstances.

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Mini-Retreats: 3 Different Types (and why we need them)

We all need to retreat every once in awhile.  A change of pace from the ordinary refreshes the body, mind, and spirit.  Different types of retreats serve different purposes, but I believe there are three primary types of retreats that all people need: solo, community, and Sabbath.  These retreats don’t need to involve large quantities of time or travel.  You can create mini-retreats, at home.  All you need is a plan and a few minutes set aside for this purpose.

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30 Ways to Be Renewed: Body, Spirit & Mind

The ideas wouldn't flow.  I felt like I was stuck in mud.  It seemed like I had depleted every ounce of creativity and strength I had in me. As a busy mom and as a writer, I knew I needed replenishment.  Spiritually, I realized I was little dry, as well.  I wasn't satisfied with the stale routine I had going.  I had been checking off the "to dos" of Bible reading and prayer out of duty, rather than a deep thirst for more of God. 

I knew God's promises.  I've experienced his truths. I just needed to act upon them. 

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7 Thoughts on Wonder from G.K. Chesterton

Wonder is a word that is synonymous with other words such as surprised, awe-filled and inexplicable.  It's a beautiful thing to keep your sense of wonder at the world around you.  I'm sure that's one of the many reasons I'm so drawn to G.K. Chesterton's writings.  He was a man that was filled with wonder.  The Ethics of Elfland, a chapter within his book, Orthodoxy, is a prime example.  I've pulled out some of my favorite quotes on wonder from this chapter of G.K. Chesterton's book, to give you a taste.  

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What You Need to Know if You Have a Broken Identity

Have you ever felt forgotten and abandoned?

There is a whole society of people that stands with you, bearing the weight of loneliness and shame, fear and isolation.

It’s AD 60 and Paul is sitting in the corner of a Roman prison, writing the book of Ephesians to the new community of Christians in Ephesus. The book of Ephesians is about our identity in Christ – our adoption, redemption and hope.

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Dear Friend Who No Longer Attends Church

Hey, Sweet Friend...

I’m writing to let you know that we’ve missed YOU in our fellowship!

We really have! No, we haven’t called or checked on you like we should have. I’m really sorry for this.

We’ve not been as sensitive as we should have been. We’ve dropped the ball in our follow through. We’ve failed you in our outreach.

But, I’m reaching out to you now – today. I really hope it’s not too late.

I want to invite you to come back to church.

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