Weekly Reflections

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Stopping Is Hard

I went on a personal silent retreat recently. I set aside a couple of days to step away from the activity of my everyday life, so that I could instead spend all time focused on being with God, like when Jesus would go into lonely places to pray to the Father.

He Often Has to Remind Me

It’s my stomach that always wakes me up. Whenever I’m bothered by something, invariably I end up awakened in the night with my stomach in knots. Over time, I’ve learned that the only remedy is to talk with God about it while I journal.

Don't Panic

Panic is a terrible feeling. It’s a sudden fear that makes us think or act irrationally. It engages our animalistic fight-or-flight response. We panic because we feel we are in immediate danger, and we must act quickly to protect ourselves.

“He Lives” in Our Worship

My ponderings reminded me that we often value worship music in terms of personal preference: what we like and what we don’t like. Many churches have completely different services each week just to meet varying tastes in music.

The Arrogance of “Maturity”

Through this process, I’m also discovering several places in my heart that still need God’s grace and mercy in order to grow in freedom, love and holiness.

Training Lessons for Lent

My training reminds me of Lent. Beginning this Wednesday, the traditional church calendar invites Christians to spend six and a half weeks in spiritual training. It’s a chance to practice virtues that are usually a stretch for us, to prepare our souls for Easter Sunday

Sadness Amidst the Cheer

Sometimes in the midst of all the joyful busyness and holiday traditions, we might stop and remember something that makes us sad.

It’s Just Better with Community

Even now as we are trying to get acclimated, they continue to offer suggestions for services and locations, and are introducing us to other people in the area, which will potentially expand our community

My Thorny Heart

I think it’s easy for those of us who have been Christians a long time to compartmentalize some passages of Scripture as intended for someone else. In this case, it was easy for me to put myself into the category of the good soil, as I have already accepted Christ as my Savior and have walked with Him for many years.

Following God in the Little Things

It was something simple, quiet and personal. Strangely, I noticed that a great temptation arose in me to let it slide, to simply brush this invitation aside as less urgent or necessary compared to the “important” work I am called to do

Peace that Surpasses All Understanding

Yet, as I considered all that needed to happen and be accomplished in such a short period of time, I felt overwhelmed with the thought. But surprisingly that was accompanied by a deep sense that everything was going to be all right.

Why am I Dissatisfied?

Lately, I've been feeling dissatisfied. While there are a lot of good things going on in my life, I can't escape an overall feeling that things just aren't the way that I think that they should be.