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Spiritual Formation

The Discipline of Gratitude

Doesn’t the title of this post seem strange? Is it really necessary to categorize gratitude as a discipline? Shouldn’t gratitude be a natural, heartfelt response toward what we have been blessed with or experienced? In some respects, that is true.  Webster defines gratitude as being in a “state of thanksgiving”.  Often we are placed in …

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Developing Spiritual Resilience – Part 2

In the previous post, we talked about the Apostle Paul and his example of spiritual resilience.  He encourages us to keep our minds and hearts continually on things above and not on earthly things. I would like to continue to expand on Paul’s example by sharing the stories of two other people who experienced freedom and …

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Entering the Retreat House – Part 4

This is the final installment of this series on Entering the Retreat House. So far we have described the various aspects of the Retreat House. We enter the house with our lives and our experiences. The house is built on a foundation of community. We are not alone, we enter in the community of the …

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Entering the Retreat House – Part 3

Frozen pizza or fresh baked? Nothing wrong with a good frozen pizza especially as you walk through the grocery store late at night and you can have pizza in 30 minutes! But no matter how good a frozen pizza might be, there is nothing like a fresh pizza made from qualities ingredients made by expert …

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Protecting Your Marriage During Coronavirus

Recently there was a headline in the Daily Mail which stated: “Divorce rate spikes across China after ‘couples spend too much time together during coronavirus home quarantine’, officials claim”.  Lawyers in the UK predict similar results, stating this can happen during prolonged time together as they have seen during long holidays. Is your spouse driving …

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Walking with God: A Social Distancing Strategy

Social distancing is terminology we have all become familiar with. It is a necessary strategy to take to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Though this can help with Covid-19, it also presents challenges emotionally and spiritually.  We are social creatures.  We were created by our Creator for connection. Thankfully, an activity that is still …

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Hearing God Amidst Fearful Events

We live in stressful and scary times. We are all currently impacted by a worldwide pandemic with lots of uncertainty. With 24 hour-a-day news cycles and social media, we are confronted with constant updates and opinions that keep this potentially deadly virus at the forefront of our minds. In addition, the financial and economic world …

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