Daily · Devotions · Faith · Gospel · Growth

a new year… a new spiritual discipline…

The pastor challenged us this morning…this first day of the year in worship…to begin a new discipline…to draw closer to God…Already… before the pastor challenged…God had called me… to something new…(maybe not new to you… but new to me…)a spiritual discipline inspired by a chosen devotional for the year…A Charles Spurgeon devotional… an updated edition…Look…… Continue reading a new year… a new spiritual discipline…

Advent · Daily · Lessons · Preparing

lessons… from advent… part 2…

It started yesterday…the explaining of the one big Advent lesson…and continues today…Advent is a state of heart…The songs of Behold the Lamb of God…specifically… A Labor of Love…and the personal practice of daily communion…brought me to this understanding of Advent…The kind we do at Christmas…just four-ish weeks out of the year…preparing for a thing already…… Continue reading lessons… from advent… part 2…

Advent · Daily · Lessons · Preparation

lessons… from advent… part 1…

So… we’re done with Advent… but are we…?!The biggest lesson I learned from Advent this year…?Advent is a state of heart…From the practice of daily communion…and songs from Behold the Lamb of God…I now see advent as… everyday…I’ll try to share with you here…the source of insight…(most likely in two parts…)It began with a song…re-listening… on…… Continue reading lessons… from advent… part 1…

Daily · Love · Seeing · Thanks

the foundation of the ordinary… [republished (and edited) from April 26, 2013…]

What holds up the everyday…? the sunrise… and set… the moon in all its phases… the gradual change of the perpetual seasons… slowly… slowly… ever-changing… each day… the ordinary…?Behind it all… and underneath… is hesed… the Hebrew word translated often as… steadfast love… God’s hesed…His loving kindness… endures… daily… keeps life going… and is often hard to see… easy…… Continue reading the foundation of the ordinary… [republished (and edited) from April 26, 2013…]

Daily · Grace

a prayer… for facing the challenge of the day…

The challenge to stay grounded in grace… moves from one day… to… the… next…A prayer… for the day… and throughout… each day… to help stay grounded…Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heartbe acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.Psalm 19:14 ESVLord… guard my mouth… keep rash…… Continue reading a prayer… for facing the challenge of the day…