Spiritual Growth Step 7

Spiritual Growth Step 7

This discipline wasn’t something I was practicing much when my pastor handed me that three-ring binder. (I was only fourteen, remember, and no one had told me yet about all the incredible authors there are out there!)

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The Vital Role of Worship & Prayer

The Vital Role of Worship & Prayer

While I’m running around Europe with my mom, I’m loading you down with info on spiritual growth . . . it all started when my mom handed me my “Spiritual Growth” journal from when I was a teen (see Tuesday’s post). When my pastor gave it to me, it started me on a journey that keeps getting better each day!

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More Steps for Growth

More Steps for Growth

It had been a few decades, at least three, since I’d seen it. When my mom placed the small binder in my hands, I didn’t even recognize it at first. How could I have forgotten about something that was so significant? This little black binder, filled with: colorful pages, handwritten notes, Scriptures, praises, worship, instruction, yearnings and dreams, and had started me on a journey of growth that has been rich.

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7 Steps for Spiritual Growth

7 Steps for Spiritual Growth

When she put the stubby three-ring binder in my hands, I didn’t recognize it at first. I was at my mom’s house helping her look through her closets and pick out clothes for our big trip (see this post). She handed me the small black binder and said she’d come across it some time ago and kept forgetting to mention it, thought I might want it. At first I didn’t even recognize it, but as soon as I started turning pages, the rush of memory brought everything back.

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What is Your Most Urgent Need?

What is Your Most Urgent Need?

Today, I want to share with you a message that I gave to a group of pastors’ wives several years ago, but it is a message that applies to all of us. It’s really a prep for this week’s series on Spiritual Growth, so if you have twenty minutes, you might find it helpful.

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Dreaming of the Louvre

Dreaming of the Louvre

“When you grow up, we’ll visit the Louvre in Paris and see the most beautiful paintings in the world!” Growing up, I heard my mom’s dream many times, she talked of taking me to Europe since I was a little girl, but something always seemed to push those dreams to the back burner. My dad was the adventurer in the family, taking us on cross-country trips to see the Grand Canyon, Mount St. Helens (before and after its eruption), Niagara Falls, and sights along historic Route 66. He loved the west and all things historical about our country. And even though my mom enjoyed these family vacations, she always longed to see Europe.

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Was the Cross Necessary?

Was the Cross Necessary?

Two weary-hearted friends trudged slowly home. Days before they were anticipating the Passover festival and wondering what they would witness as they followed the steps of the young rabbi. Would His friend Lazarus of Bethany attend the festivities, the one He brought back to life from the dead? Would there be more healings? More disturbances to the settled religious system?

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Are You Waiting?

Are You Waiting?

My precious friend, Leanne, welcomed her sixth little one into the world the third day into spring and she is a precious Joy (surprise, Leanne!). I have a few more friends that have been waiting this spring; waiting for an “expected one.” On this date, four years ago, our long wait for little Esther was complete . . . and our lives have never been the same! Now, we are waiting for our newest, who isn’t due until the fall. We know the baby is coming, and the arrival is growing closer with each passing day. But for a mom, the wait can seem longer than the allotted days on the calendar.

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Delighting in the Small and Ordinary

Delighting in the Small and Ordinary

The gravel crunching beneath my feet makes a rhythmic beat. This path has changed a lot since we first started walking it. I’ve grown to love this path, with a sweet familiarity, like what you feel for a favorite dog-eared classic that you just have to keep returning to, even though you’ve read it dozens of times. This worn trail has worn a deep place in my heart.

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Ready to Visit the Swiss Alps?

Ready to Visit the Swiss Alps?

We’ve been enjoying several posts from my niece, Katie, who has been writing (on her personal blog) about her semester studying art in Liverpool. She’s spending time traveling during her Spring Break and her sister, Courtney, and a friend, Jeanne, have joined her. They are hiking through the Swiss Alps this week and sending us incredible pictures. I think you’ll enjoy hearing how she’s processing the experience. Here’s Katie ~

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How Do You Explain the Horror of the Cross?

How Do You Explain the Horror of the Cross?

“What are these, Mimi?” My little three-year-old granddaughter was fingering the sharp points of wicked looking thorns. These thorns reminded me of Jesus’ crown of thorns, and I felt like they could be used as a symbolic picture of his suffering. While I was out hiking with a friend, we came across a thorn tree that had shed several limbs. Piled around the base of this stubby tree were long, thin limbs covered in sharp thorns ranging from one to five inches in length. We gathered up all that we could carry because the thorn limbs gave me an idea for a project. I cut up the limbs into small sections and attached to each a small parchment piece with these words:

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The Tsunami that God is Sending to Latin America!

The Tsunami that God is Sending to Latin America!

The washing machine hums as I keep filling it and soon the smells of the streets of Querétaro, Mexico, will be replaced with Gain (original scent). The smell of this country is washing away, but the love for the women I met at Mujera Verdadera ’17 is planted deep in my heart. And I’m trusting that the work God did there will remain, grow, and flourish! There are few experiences that come close to reaching heavenly proportions, but praising God together with thousands of women from Latin America—several languages in one voice, transports me into that unseen realm. More than 4,500 women from cities all across Mexico, and 22 countries, came together in one place, to sit under God’s Word and worship Him in song. Many of these women had never clearly heard the gospel or attended any type of evangelical event like this, but the believers were belting out praise loud and clear. How Did it All Start?

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Are You Experiencing the Abundant Life?

Are You Experiencing the Abundant Life?

The abundant life that Jesus promised seems far from reality some days. In contrast to the thief’s destructive ways, an abundant life is filled with hope and promise—two things that were in short supply for me in my mid-twenties. Instead of experiencing abundant peace and joy, what I most often found myself doing in those days, was boiling over in anger. Thankfully, God has a rescue plan!

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Living in the Love Relationship

Living in the Love Relationship

Do you have a personal relationship with God? That one question can bring a strong reaction no matter where a person is spiritually. If you are a regular here on the blog and part of this little cyber community, you probably do have a relationship with Christ. I pray you know Him and are growing up “in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ” (Eph. 4:15).

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I Thought I Knew the Gospel

I Thought I Knew the Gospel

(Guest Post by Molly Hilbert) “It’s one thing to graduate from college ready to change the world. It’s another to be resolute in praying that God would change you” (Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in Our Holiness). As a senior in high school, I was excited to fill out my application to Moody Bible Institute. I don’t remember the exact words that I had written on my application, but I do remember this: “I want to go through Moody Bible Institute’s Applied Linguistics program so that I can be trained and equipped to become a full time Bible translator among a tribe that has yet to know of Jesus.”

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