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Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. C.S. Lewis

Finding Encouragement Through Fellowship

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Welcome to Cari Bousefield, my guest blogger today at Heartspoken. She reached out to me about guest posting, and after reading some of her writing and sensing the sincerity of her faith, I am honored to have her share some thoughts about the joys and benefits of fellowship in our Christian journey. You can read […]

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Prayers For Peace

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My friend Jean Allen Davis recently shared these two beautiful prayers from an out-of-print pamphlet written by The Rev. Alan Houghton. On this 13th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attack in the United States, the threats to world peace are ever-present and frightening. I call on everyone, whatever your religious affiliation, to lift up the […]

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Lessons From An Annoying Canaanite Woman

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Christ and the Canaanite Woman ~ c. 1784 by Jean-Germain Drouais (The Louvre) Matthew 15: 21-28  Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus […]

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Life Of The Beloved by Henri Nouwen: A Book Review

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BOOK REVIEW: Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World by Henri Nouwen How often do we long for someone to walk beside us, as Jesus did with his disciples on the road to Emmaus, and interpret scripture for us…tell us how to apply it to real everyday lives? We ponder the words from the Bible. […]

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How To Sing The Servant Song

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The holiness of servitude The word servant has long been used in Christian spiritual teaching to describe Christ’s attitude to us and to portray the way Christ taught us to be towards others. Now the word is becoming popular in business circles as we talk about “servant leadership” and “servant mindset.” Holy Scripture is steeped […]

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A Prayer For Our Country On July 4

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From the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, thought to be written originally by George Lyman Locke (1835-1919), a Rhode Island minister. ________________________ For Our Country Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove  ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless […]

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I Am Beloved By God

I am devouring the work of the late Henri Nouwen, theologian and spiritual teacher. His message in this 8-minute video reminds us that when we ask the question “Who am I?” the answer is not, “I am what I do.” Nor is the answer, “I am what others say about me” nor “I am what […]

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“Abide In Me:” Christ’s Hard Command

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“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” John 15:4 Do you struggle with this teaching? I really do, even though I believe these three tiny words—”Abide in me”—say all I really need to know about […]

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A Memorial Day Prayer For Our Military Heroes

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Vietnam Memorial Statue in Washington, DC. Photo by David Spanburg. Prayer for Heroic Service The Book of Common Prayer is a treasure trove of prayers for every occasion. This beautiful Collect can be found in the section labelled “Thanksgivings” (pp. 836-841). Let us pray. O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts […]

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Healing For A Troubled Heart

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“Let not your heart be troubled.” John 14:1 (KJV) Do you struggle with this as much as I do? Is there anything more human than being anxious or troubled? The minute we resolve one troubling issue, another pops up. As soon as we find out our biopsy is benign, our cousin is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s […]

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Life Lessons From The Labyrinth At Serenbe

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I have just returned from a wonderful and empowering business retreat at Serenbe with Dr. Ellen Britt’s Pink Coattails Mastermind group. One of the highlights was our walk in the Serenbe Labyrinth, which we did on the last day of our retreat. It is quite large, so the best way to depict it for you was […]

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Prayer Journal Connects Me To God’s Promise

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I am attending a business retreat outside of Atlanta with 10 fabulous, creative, and generous women who are part of the year-long PinkCoattails mastermind program founded by Dr. Ellen Britt. Our creative director for this retreat is Laura West. The theme for the retreat is “Step Into Your Creative Power,” and each of us is […]

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Easter’s Over—What’s Next For The Christian Pilgrim?

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Do you feel let down after Easter? I still remember the childhood feelings of deflation the day after Christmas. After all that anticipation, waiting, and excitement—after all the presents were unwrapped and played with—the day after Christmas is sort of a let-down. Sometimes I feel that way a bit about Easter. In our Episcopal church, […]

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6 Simple Steps To Building A Relationship With God

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“Good things as well as bad, you know, are caught by a  kind of infection.  If you want to  get warm you must stand near the fire:   if you want to be wet you must get into the water.  If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or  even […]

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Sacred Space Is All Around

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The late afternoon light streaming through our pine woods creates heavenly beams illuminating the exquisite beauty and design of each tree and shrub, each bough and needle, casting long shadows in a foretaste of the evening to come. Even in winter, this time of day never ceases to thrill me with its visual drama and […]

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Can You Separate The Threads Of Life’s Essential Connections?

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download This almost became a Christian blog Until I recently established an editorial schedule of writing about each of the four essential life connections at least twice a month, I found myself gravitating towards writing about my spiritual journey more often than any other topic. Blog gurus suggest the […]

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Book Review: I Am A Church Member

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I Am A Church Member: Discovering The Attitude That Makes The Difference by Thom S. Rainer This is a jewel of a book: small in size but priceless in its simple, powerful message for anyone who cares about the well-being of Christian congregations in the world today and who genuinely wants to be a more effective […]

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Should Christians Forgive AND Forget?

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We’re commanded to forgive those who trespass against us Since the beginning of God’s relationship with mankind, God has spoken through his prophets about forgiveness of our sins. The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. (Daniel 9:9) “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins […]

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Hearing God’s Voice In a Noisy World: 6 Ways God Might Be Speaking To You

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Does God still speak to us? Yes! Scripture,  Christian writings, and personal anecdotes from devout Christians are clear that God has spoken to us throughout history and still speaks. What throws us off sometimes is having preconceived ideas about how God might speak to us and not recognizing it when He speaks in ordinary or […]

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Saints You Should Know

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One of the things I appreciate about our church is the notion that we are all saints of God, imperfect but striving. There is really nothing I’m aware of in the New Testament to indicate there is a special class of saints, even though some are clearly deemed more mature in their spiritual development than […]

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