I've heard a few stories of loss this week. No deaths or anything that would make the church bulletin prayer list, really -- just more of your everyday, behind-the-scenes, run-of-the-mill kinds of loss. Loss of a promised financial inheritance. Loss of psychological bearings in a new season of … [Read More...]
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This may come as a surprise to you (I know it definitely has to me!), but the longer I walk down the path toward God, the more drawn I am to already-written prayers. I find such ease in just reading, such comfort in finding my own feelings and thoughts already amply expressed, such unity in knowing … [Read More...]
...if you let God have influence over what it is that you want. I don't think I'm alone in my insatiable desire for more. I think all of us have some discontentment, idealism, or longing -- whatever you want to call it. We just have it for different things. Some of us can't get enough money to buy … [Read More...]
Yes, I need pastoring. But it's not what you think. First, let me say that I think overall we've done a grave disservice to the title and meaning of "pastor." Because when I say "pastor," don't you automatically only think of people who work at church buildings and deliver sermons on Sunday … [Read More...]
I have developed a bit of a habit of beginning my work day with just a few minutes of quiet. The more difficult my work, the more consistent I seem to be. Hm. Anyway, the few minutes of quiet are usually composed of something like read-praying, or pray-reading. (I'm not sure which.) I find myself … [Read More...]
Wrestle, exercise, and go to practice every day to experience more and more what it means to let God restore every aspect of your being. Don't ever get smug or over-confident toward God; just let God keep energizing you to focus on living congruently (with your motivations and actions in increasing … [Read More...]