New Year · Spiritual Discipline · Spiritual Growth · Word

new year… new word…

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty. Jeremiah 15:16 NIV I’ve practiced this spiritual discipline for several years now… the discipline of asking God for one word as a theme for the year… A word to speak to my…… Continue reading new year… new word…

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…