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  • Dolly M. Lee

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    We live in a world with many distractions and messages that pull us in many directions. I write to encourage you to slow down and allow your soul to stop and connect with our loving God. I believe when we still our racing minds and bodies in God's presence, we can know God more intimately (see Psalm 46:10).

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Step One. . .zzz

According to James Bryan Smith, step one for training your soul is (drum roll please): Sleep. If you're blinking to see if you read correctly, you're not the only one. I read Smith's book The Good and Beautiful God years ago and I thought: "Really, sleep?!!!" My response revealed how much I failed to understand how God had created me. Smith argues studies show the average person needs about eight hours of sleep to maintain health (p. 33). He sees it as God "designed humanity to spend nearly one-third of our lives sleeping." Wow! The ...

Would you move into this neighborhood? (& 3 Reads)

Because it is Holy Week, I postponed our book club discussion. Instead, I included three links to posts for your Holy Week journey. Would you move into a blighted neighborhood knowing you would die? What if the neighborhood wasn't as nice as the one you came from? And yet, during Holy Week, we remember how God moved into our neighborhood on this spinning blue, green, and white marble. Staggering and unfathomable: God's love for us. We remember how Jesus made it possible for us to be with God now and forever (see 1 Peter 2:24-25). And we remember ...

Would you throw a party for a prodigal?

We tell God: "I wish you were dead!" But God (as Jesus) dies to restore our relationship with God (if we want). Crazy (agape) love. The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) "11 Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute ...

6 Things I learned in March

1. God has as much to teach a parent of a teenager as the teenager of that parent. Eugene Peterson boldly claims adolescence is "God's gift, to the parent in middle-age." (Like some of God's gifts, it may come disguised and requires faith to see and unwrap.) Using the story of Samuel's call by God, Peterson reminds Christian parents "that the most significant reality in adolescent development is a relationship with God." (16) So much wisdom and encouragement in Eugene Peterson's book Like Dew Your Youth: Growing Up with Your Teenager. Photo from Filoli Gardens. 2 ...

3 Benefits Trials Can Reveal (if you’re open)

God doesn't exempt us from suffering but God promises to be with us in our suffering. (Click to Tweet.) And God promises to redeem our suffering, so our tears and pain are not wasted. Fred Quta grew up in Kenya in the 1980s. His mother, a strong Christian, died when he was three years old. Fred recalled his father "follow[ed] Christ with all his ability." Sadly when Fred was in eighth grade, his father died. As a result, Fred now lived on the streets, "rummaging through garbage in search of food." He learned firsthand ...

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