Monthly Archives: January 2019

From My Reading

“Many people in churches today don’t have a sense of community and in order to get a sense of community, church leaders start gathering people up and giving them jobs.  We’ve lost a talent for relationship and showing interest in … Continue reading

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Transformed Lives Transforming the World in 2019 – The Need to be Transformed

“Holy habits deepen into fixed patterns of life. We experience a growing preponderance of right actions flowing from a right heart” (Richard Foster in Streams of Living Water).  This powerful quote from a major figure in the revival of the concept … Continue reading

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Down Time

This post was written almost exactly 5 years ago, when western Michigan was pummeled by a winter snow storm.  The lessons I learned from the “down time” have stuck with me. ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦ I am snowed in … Continue reading

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Transformed Lives Transforming the World in 2019 – Treasures Old and New

“Holy habits deepen into fixed patterns of life. We experience a growing preponderance of right actions flowing from a right heart” (Richard Foster in Streams of Living Water).  This powerful quote from a major figure in the revival of the … Continue reading

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Transformed Lives Transforming the World in 2019 – Obeying God’s Will

The will of God is not a ‘fate’ to which we must submit, but a creative act in our life that produces something absolutely new . . . . . Our cooperation consists not solely in conforming to external laws, … Continue reading

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From My Reading

“When I have no eyes for the small signs of God’s presence – the smile of a baby, the carefree play of children, the words of encouragement and gestures of love offered by friends – I will always remain tempted … Continue reading

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“With a Little Help from my Friends”

My vision of 2019 being a “better” year faded quickly. Within a week my husband was diagnosed with severe COPD and out-of- control-diabetes. As his “nurse” and health manager, I was faced with purchasing, organizing, and tracking more meds, finding … Continue reading

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Transformed Lives Transforming the World in 2019 – Introduction

When I became the first Director of Spiritual Formation for my church, my goal was to teach and motivate people to strive to “be like Jesus.” When a new pastor arrived not long afterwards, the staff set out on a … Continue reading

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