Growing in Faith

Start the day out right

In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35) Henri Nouwen said, “It makes no sense to preach the Gospel, when I have allowed no time for my own conversation.” I have read time and time again about the importance of eating breakfast. Many of us seem satisfied…



It was great! The ultimate shortcut when I was a student took me and my two girl friends right past a bakery on the way to class. We’d stop for our favorite muffins or chocolate-iced long johns, then leisurely finish the walk to our junior high school. Yummy, fun, and we were oh-so-cool in our bell bottom jeans. Until. . .one day when…


Storm be still!

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on…


The day Jesus came to dinner

We all enjoy watching the guy on TV spin all the plates on top of wooden sticks as he runs back and forth to try to keep them spinning all at the same time. It’s great fun to watch someone else do it, but too often, we feel this way in real life. And oftentimes, life can come crashing down. There are just too many plates and not enough of us…


Can’t someone else do that, God?

One of my pet peeves is those rogue shopping carts just end up hanging out in the wild open parking lots. It’s not like they just take off with a mind of their own you know on some escape route that leads them to freedom. No….someone left them there, with no thought of walking them to their proper return stalls. Does this bother…


Prayer in a word: intimacy

Here’s a typical scenario. The morning alarm goes off—for the third time. You know that you can’t hit the snooze alarm again. You are already late. Something in your morning routine will have to go. Although you know you shouldn’t, you decide that you just don’t have time for your morning devotion of prayer and Bible…


Seeing the beauty in nothing

I have to admit that I am not that perfect, crafty Mom, who’s kids make works of art for the grandparents every holiday or just for some weekend fun.  My home will never appear in a decorating magazine, unless it’s showing what NOT to do. So, recently when I walked into one of these paint-it-yourself pottery places,…



Got pain? Get over it!

2 years ago, the front tire of my bike, met the space between a railroad track and the road. A half second later, my hands met the pavement. I broke both of them… in a few different places. That moment of physical pain provided lessons (always cross the tracks at a 90 degree angle… and unclip from my pedals). And it left scars that will…


Matt Lauer and the big picture

If you’ve ever felt misunderstood, then you may sympathize with television’s “Today” show host Matt Lauer. When Matt’s co-host, Ann Curry, was fired last year, he was blamed for forcing her out.  He says that isn’t true.  Many don’t believe him. In a recent interview, Matt was asked if dealing with all of this controversy…


Do you have a discontented heart?

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. ~Helen Keller It is through the loss of what we have falsely hidden our comforts in, that we find true contentment for our hearts. In that loss we loose everything, and in that we find Christ; and a decision to make. Do…


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