I Walk in faith, with hope

I Walk in faith, with hope

Do you ever feel like you are walking from the known into the unknown? It's so tough - but every journey has moments of light, and of dark. We have moments of rest and moments of wrestling. How might you be able to walk by faith with hope in the midst of the circumstances of your current life?

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I am not in control

I am not in control
  • Do I desire to grant everyone’s wishes?
  • Do I believe that “if something is going to be done right I will have to do it myself?”
  • Do I expect myself to always have the answers to questions (about God, life, work, etc.)?

If you said yes to any of the above, consider taking 5 minutes to read and reflect on how you might let God be God this day.

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Pilgrim vs tourist

An excerpt from unhurryUp! into Easter: A Lenten Pilgrimage by Paula Gamble-Grant

"Throughout the centuries, people have taken pilgrimages. Though they do so for various reasons, a deep inner compelling – a longing – for something bigger than themselves, drives them to take a step out of their normal routine and setting, to attain the nebulous “more” which beckons their souls. Historically, a pilgrimage has often been a very deliberate journey toward a venerated spiritual site. The point is not so much to arrive at the destination, as it is to be mindful of what the moments along the way reveal to you about God, yourself and your life's purposes. Though a destination is in mind, it matters not if you make it. The purpose of such a journey is more about discovering, recovering and deepening the things of which hold great value in life. This happens as a pilgrim surrenders to what each day will bring.

Most tourists, on the other hand, will actually calculate every stop of the trip. Whole industries exist to help them map out the best routes, the best places to stay, to eat, to kiss and to find the cheapest ways of seeing it all etc. A tourist's goals are to see the important places, perhaps join a tour to learn some interesting new tidbits, and to chronicle the trip with photos. Lots and lots of photos. Some tourists actually miss experiencing the trip by trying to capture it for a great memory.

When being a tourist, quite often the joy comes in accomplishing the agenda - seeing all the sites and saying, “Been there, done that.” Unfortunately, with such a mindset, any deviations from the plan (due to weather, illness, lost luggage, bad directions, or a hotel that doesn't look nearly as good as the pictures in the brochure, etc) are cause for great disappointment – perhaps even declaring the trip a “failure.” Sometimes this attitude of accomplishment leads to an aggressiveness and pushiness – probably the distinguishing factor between a tourist and a pilgrim.

A pilgrim, on the other hand, has no agenda but openness. Though they walk, with intentionality, toward a destination, they do not necessarily know what the day will bring. They merely believe that whatever is given (bad weather, lost luggage, stubbed toes, a glorious sunset, meeting intriguing strangers) is worth receiving. Theirs is a journey of discovery, of trust, of opening up to something new, something more – not just externally, but within. A pilgrimage promotes a willingness to live with mystery in movement toward a destination – a willingness to believe that any re-routing is actually by a providential design. What will happen in the heart cannot be mapped, but a pilgrim trusts that what is given is exactly what is needful."

NOTICE TODAY - as you read the description about a pilgrim - do any words or phrases evoke a longing in you? Sit with that longing for a moment today and ask the Lord to grant you the grace to lean into that longing in practical ways in your ordinary life. (E.g Lord, grant me the grace to open to the new OR Lord, grant me the grace to trust your re-routing today.)

 

Gut-Wrenching Whatevers

Gut-Wrenching Whatevers

For the second time in a year, good friends have had to say an unexpected goodbye to a son. It is something a parent should never have to do - both Bryan and Otis were beautiful and well loved sons - full of life, hope, promise. What do you do when the "whatevers" are gut-wrenching and devastating and pull everything you've ever known out from under your feet? Take a listen to this 5ish minute audio and consider the different ways we're tempted to respond...and please join in praying for the Dolson and Case families!

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Cherishing Christ Above All Things

Cherishing Christ Above All Things

Do you strive to be more godly (or more patient, or good, or loving, obedient and humble)? Saint Benedict offers a wonderful invitation for us...to see that the things we long for will naturally flow from our lives when we cherish Christ. Take a listen to this 5ish minute audio as Paula invites us to consider what that might look like in our lives today.

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He Holds All Things Together

He Holds All Things Together

Christmas time can bring out the family drama! You're not alone...Jesus' whole birth narrative is full of drama! In the midst of this scandalous story, I love that God is the One who holds all that crazy together. Take a listen to this 4ish minute audio and take encouragement that God is holding your story together too!

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Something Hardly Noticeable

Something Hardly Noticeable

We are easily tempted to be distracted during this season - by the loud, and powerful and spectacle. And yet, one message of Advent is how we might prepare room in our hearts of the ways God might appear to us as something hardly noticeable. Take a listen to this 4ish minute Wednesday Wonderment reading and reFlection by Paula Gamble-Grant...to what might God be inviting you to notice?

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Being rooted and grounded in love

Being rooted and grounded in love

Paul prays for the Ephesians in Chapter 3, that they would be rooted and grounded in God's love. What might that look like in the midst of your upcoming "busy" holiday season? Take a listen to this 4ish minute audio to learn a practice that can help you stay grounded in God's love as you walk through your week.

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