Order · Spiritual Discipline

another kind of discipline…

When cleaning… laundry… creating order… become a spiritual discipline… they take the place of writing here… Returning home to a disordered house… with groceries to put away… energy went toward restoring what had been displaced… As I cleaned… put away… vacuumed… swept… steamed the floors… with loved ones winding down for the evening… the flesh…… Continue reading another kind of discipline…

Faith · Growth · Spirit · Spiritual Discipline

fan the flame…

Chilly days… cold nights… mean fires in the fireplace… Each morning… waking to what seems cold… dead… still… where fire blazed bright and warm the night before… The wood consumed… gray ashes in their place… But under the gray… hide coals… which need stirring… Using the poker… they are uncovered… revealing a fuel for flame……… Continue reading fan the flame…

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…

Battle · Fasting · Spiritual Discipline

an observation about fasting…

Struggling to enter a day of fasting… led to an observation…On my treadmill… while reading about Christ revealed in Zephaniah…Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel!Rejoice and exult with all your heart,O daughter of Jerusalem!The Lord has taken away the judgments against you;he has cleared away your enemies.The King of Israel, the Lord,…… Continue reading an observation about fasting…

Faith · Growth · Journeying · Spiritual Discipline

it is finished… (almost)…

The week that began full… filled with a panoramic view of my inadequacies… has come to the end… (almost)…I completed… all that needed to be done… but I know… it wasn’t me…Today… on the treadmill… my current read… included an Oswald Chambers quote…We must never put our dreams of success as God’s purpose for us.…… Continue reading it is finished… (almost)…

Spiritual Discipline · Words

Word without division…

Currently… one of my spiritual disciplines… involves preparing… spiritual disciplines for others…50 Scripture passages… for 50 days of meditation… leading up to Easter…The presenting of verse… typed out in the post… text only… no division of words by chapter… verse… or pericope (those extra title divisions smattered throughout most Bibles)…The surprise has been… what a difference……… Continue reading Word without division…