Inspiration

#homealoneinawheelchair

January 12, 2020
in a wheelchair

Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.’ Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:13, 14 NRSV I can understand why Martin Luther, …

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Peace Leads to Joy

December 25, 2019
Tiny Tiny

Meditations for Advent: 4. Moving Toward Joy On this fourth Sunday of Advent, as people around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus, our destination—JOY!—is in view. We can see the top of the mountain we have climbed. Looking back, we can see how far we’ve come. At least I hope you have moved toward joy these past weeks. That has been my goal—to share …

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Maturity Brings Wisdom

December 22, 2019
Philippians 3:13-14

 Meditations for Advent: 3. Moving Toward Joy The third stage of our journey toward joy is more difficult than what has gone before. Last week we focused on practical things we can do to strengthen our relationships. In Philippians 3, the Apostle Paul calls on us to examine ourselves, to use our discouragement and grief to mature and grow with purpose and joy—to move forward …

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Unity Strengthens Relationships

December 15, 2019
Philippians 2:3, 4

Meditations for Advent: 2. Moving Toward Joy On this second Sunday of Advent, we turn to Philippians 2 for directions for the next stage of our journey toward the joy the angels sang about. Last week, at the beginning of our journey, the Apostle Paul’s letter of joy and encouragement led us from grace to gratitude, then discernment and courage and—with realistic expectations—on to joy …

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Love Overcomes Fear

December 8, 2019
Philippians 1:27, 28

Meditations for Advent: 1. Moving Toward Joy Are you ready to celebrate Christmas? or is something missing this season? This has been a hard year on many fronts. Many have suffered grievous losses. Hope and peace and joy may seem very far away. That’s how I felt after Lev died. The very thought of the Holidays terrified me. To prepare my heart, I turned to …

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When Bad Things Happen to Good People

September 26, 2019
daybreak

Today I pray the Serenity Prayer for friends whom I hold close to my heart: May God grant you the wisdom to understand and evaluate all the doctors say, to ask the questions that need to be asked and to make the decisions that need to be made. May God grant you the courage to go forward with your usual optimism and faith, even if …

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For Easter Joy, Thank You, God

April 21, 2019
Easter joy--a prayer

For surrounding me with your grace; for granting me the years with Lev; for hearing my prayers for discernment; for equipping me with courage to face the future; for leading me to contentment and purpose; for lifting my eyes from myself to reclaim joy; for protecting and unifying my family. for love that overcomes fear, thank you, God. For teaching me to encourage and nurture …

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Day 28. On Your Journey to Easter Joy, Be Generous

April 20, 2019

The Philippians, in spite of their poverty, had sent gifts to Paul in prison that satisfied his needs. He wrote to thank them for their generosity and assured them:  …my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NRSV Retreat to your quiet place and prepare your heart and mind to allow Scripture to …

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Day 27. On Your Journey to Easter Joy, Enjoy an Abundant Life

April 19, 2019

[Paul wrote] I have been paid in full and have more than enough. Philippians 4:18a NRSV Retreat to your quiet place and prepare your heart and mind to allow Scripture to speak to you as you continue on your journey to joy today. Start with Scripture. Today, read Philippians 4:14–18a from your favorite translation of the Bible or from the epigraph printed at the top …

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Day 26. On Your Journey to Easter Joy, Accept

April 18, 2019

…I have learned to be content with whatever I have…I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11b, 13 NRSV Retreat to your quiet place and prepare your heart and mind to allow Scripture to speak to you as you continue on your journey to joy today. Start with Scripture. Today, read Philippians 4:10–13, a sentence at a time, from your favorite …

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