7 Things I Learned in February

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1. If you’re not afraid of real transformation, I invite you to pray this prayer from The Transforming Center with me. Wonderful Ash Wednesday prayer from the Transforming Center: pic.twitter.com/Bod7ftbtOC — Gravity Leadership (@GravityLeaders) March 1, 2017 2. Grace never leaves us, in fact, the closer we get to Jesus, the more we need his grace. via Scott Perkins. . …

When your faith falters (or how to renew your hope)

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Dear Friend, We exchanged words online and you told me: your faith was faltering after a hard year, full of loss and disappointment. I wished I could hug you in person and pray with and for you. Although distance separates us, we love and believe in the same God. Thank you for trusting me with your real story and emotions. …

How God answered one woman’s prayers (& transformed lives)

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I’m delighted to have Amy Breitmann share how God led Julie Hulstein to start Vi Bella Jewelry. ****** This month, we give thanks and look around for blessings.  We tell stories.  We gather around and remember what family really means.  And we prepare for Christmas, the day that everything started fresh and new when hope was born into the world. …

5 Things I learned in October

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Several days ago I watched the sky darken, trees sway and bend under the wind’s harsh breath, and the rain came down. Glorious! California has been in a drought for several years. And though I prefer the sun’s warmth, I imagine California’s ground (hardened by drought) open its mouth in joy as it swallows much-needed water. The rain falls and …

A Prayer God Answers

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Remembering the families, friends, and victims of 9/11. I recently learned of 9/11 hero Rick Rescorla, who died, saving 2700 people as he led them to evacuate the South Tower after the first tower was hit. _______________ Dear friends, I’m sorry I haven’t written much while I edited 7 Days of Soul Care. What I am learning again and again: …

A Prayer of Love for You – 5

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Welcome to the fifth post in our Love Series; I write as a fellow student. I sat at our kitchen table and read an e-mail newsletter by author/speaker John Eldredge; his words struck deep in my heart. If you also feel burdened by the violence around us, please read his words and pray with us for “the mighty love of …

Love Laments – 4

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“Our only hope is to march ourselves to the throne of God and in loud lament cry out the pain that lives in our souls.” —Ann Weems Photo by Flickr CC User: Nick Kenrick I struggled to find words and prayers in response to recent events. Then I read Ruth Haley Barton and Rev. Prince River’s prayers and their words …

Love pays attention – 3 (& a challenge)

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A blog subscriber’s e-mail responding to the latest post in our Love Series: One Way We Can Receive God’s Love, inspired today’s post. M’s e-mail said: “Please share any responses you get about how people receive God’s love!” I directed her toward readers’ comments to the post. And then something unexpected happened today where I felt God’s love—but first a …

How a nonconformist chooses joy -3

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(I wrote this post to renew my mind because honestly, it has been hard. But I’m feeling more hopeful.)   “Be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:2a “‘Do not conform’ is difficult advice in a generation when crowd pressures have unconsciously conditioned our minds and feet to move to …

A prayer of hope – 7

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Dear friends, I wrote this post in mid-November but travels to be with family, sickness (almost better), writing a paper for a seminary class and my Top 10 list intervened, so here is the final post in our hope series. ***** A week or two ago, fierce winds whipped trees around. Leaves fell like ticker tape. Our wind chime rang …