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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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Seeing Life Differently

This blog contains more than 800 posts.  This post was written in on December 30, 2012, at the end of my first year of blogging.  It’s still pertinent. Long ago before I heard of the concept of “spiritual formation,” I discovered Stephen … Continue reading

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The Lord is in our Midst!

‘”The Lord your God is in your midst—a warrior bringing victory.         He will create calm with his love;         he will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17, CEB). I was introduced to one of my favorite prayer songs, God be in my … Continue reading

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Continual Renewal – the Renovare Way to Discipleship (part 7)

This is the final post in a series of seven which are based on the Renovare organization’s “best practices” – six Common Disciplines drawn from the six Traditions of Christianity explored in Richard Foster’s book, Streams of Living Water. (Find earlier … Continue reading

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