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Stop and Listen

When was the last time you saw a burning bush speak to you? Well, maybe not that dramatic. When was the last time you spent some quiet time in prayer, listening?

The scriptures give us many miraculous ways that God has come and called God’s people. While those Biblical signs of God’s call are amazing, maybe the ways God calls us these days are even more amazing. Maybe it’s not a…

Hearts on Fire

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10)

Lent is HEART work. A 40-day time of honest vulnerability when we are called once again to bare our broken hearts before God, trusting in God’s healing and renewing…

Come to the Well

I adore stories of Jesus going out of his way to engage with those who are shunned by others, like lepers, Zacchaeus, the woman at the well, the thief on the cross. He knew everything about them, yet still sought them out to heal, forgive, and bring them new life. It was these people as much as his devoted disciples who spread the good news of God’s love to their communities.

This Sunday…

God Moments During Lent

Take some time this week to think about the season of Lent. For some people it can feel dark and sad, and yet we should remember that our faith in God and His love for each of us is so important during this time.

Pay attention to God’s presence in your life. This will look a little different to each of us. We may notice it when we are at peace or when we are happy. We feel the love in…

Starting the Journey

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, which marked the start of Lent. We began our journey toward Easter. Ash was placed on our foreheads as a sign of remembrance, showing others our belief in Christ. It usually is in the shape of a cross, reminding us of our sin and that Jesus died on the cross for us.

According to the

Give Thanks

Every evening I reflect on the day and give thanks. I do this in the morning, as well. Giving thanks about what my day will entail, for whom I will be seeing, traffic, places I visit, etc. Though I have not started my day outside of my house, I am already giving thanks for the good day I will have.

This sets up my day to be blessed with all that I am thankful for. From the people I meet…

What Is God up To?

One day a pilot returned his plane to the mechanic’s shop with the complaint, “Unfamiliar noise.” Remarkably, the plane was back in service the very next day. The pilot, eager to find out what caused the problem, checked the logbook to see what the mechanic had discovered. The entry noted, “Ran engine continuously for four hours. Noise is now familiar.”

The story raises…

Called to Season and Shine

This Sunday in Matthew, Jesus is telling us to be salt and light to the world. We have lots of great examples of being the light: Jesus is the Light of the world; the Light shines in the darkness; “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!” But, let’s face it, salt is tricky. Salt can be exactly what you need, but can completely overpower if there’s just a little too much. If…

Life Transitions

I find it hard to believe that 2023 is upon us. We all experience that feeling of time moving more quickly as we age. Do you ever stop and think about how much you have changed over the years? We all change physically, but we also change mentally, as well. This is all in God’s plan for us. What was very important or interesting when we were teenagers may not hold as much interest now. We look…

Giving It All Up

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, (Jesus) saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea — for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the…

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