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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…

Change · Growth · Hidden · Mystery · Trust · Waiting

waiting thoughts continue…

The verses on waiting over the last few weeks… still stir in my heart… perhaps because I’m doing some waiting…I think of the patient farmer James tells us to be like…waiting patiently for what’s been planted… hidden… in the ground…Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming.See how the farmer waits for the…… Continue reading waiting thoughts continue…

Faith · Growth · Holy Spirit · purpose · Spiritual Discipline · Temptation

sometimes… His way is just counterintuitive…

Teaching fourth graders Bible today… we talked about temptation…and Jesus’s bout with it in the wilderness… right after His baptism…Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wildernessto be tempted by the devil.Matthew 4:1 NIVI asked the question… Who led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted…?Not one… but two said… Satan… The devil…Then I…… Continue reading sometimes… His way is just counterintuitive…

Growth · Preparation · Presence · Refinement · Trust

and it came to pass…

I learned a lesson this weekend…seeking His presence…as things went awry in my little world…No hot water…septic tank issues…a checkbook that wouldn’t balance…None of these issues were resolved over the weekend…In the midst of all… I continued the spiritual discipline of seeking His presence… trying to rest in Him… trying to listen… seeking His peace…Monday…hot…… Continue reading and it came to pass…