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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Live Motivated by Joy

Live Motivated by Joy

On the second day of 2017, I invited you to experience joy. Coupled with that invitation came the challenge to seek God for a spiritual focus you should intentionally pursue this year. Several times in this short year, I’ve already strongly encouraged you to develop a daily discipline of spending time in the Word with a plan for study. But my prayer is that none of you will take that course of action because of guilt. Jesus didn’t call us to a guilt-ridden life, but invites us to daily joy!

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It’s Not Too Late to Start Growing!

It’s Not Too Late to Start Growing!

We’re officially past the first week into the year and it may’ve been a bit of a rough start. Maybe there’s been no time to even think about scoping out a Bible reading plan. You may have Christmas decorations still staring you in the face (I remember one year when mine were still hanging around in February, yes, sigh, little ones and a full life kept putting that on the back burner!). Breathe in deeply and take a moment to receive God’s grace. He knows all that’s on your plate and He absolutely remembers your limitations. But I want to encourage you, if you’ve started off the year a little off kilter, and haven’t even thought of a reading plan or a spiritual focus for the year, don’t give up already. It’s never too late to start!

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How Will You be Seeking God in 2017?

How Will You be Seeking God in 2017?

This week I’m inviting you to join me in seeking God. Tuesday, I encouraged you to begin asking God what area of needed spiritual growth that He would have for your focus in 2017. No matter what you study this year, I pray that it leads to a new level of spiritual maturity: Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and...

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