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True love is the burden that will carry us back home

posted by cmartin

I wanted to share one of my favorite songs, which has been very powerful in my life.  Ulysses by Josh Garrels.  For the times when we feel lost, overwhelmed, or just unsure of our next move, we always know the […]

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City on a hilltop

posted by cmartin

Be confident in who who were made to be and don’t hide the light you’ve been given!  “You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp […]

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Are you an introvert?

posted by cmartin

  How do you process?  This is the biggest difference between introverts and extroverts.  Do you process things internally or verbally?  Yes, we all do a little of both but most people usually lean to one of the two sides. […]

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Living by the Spirit

posted by cmartin

“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters.  But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature.  Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” – Galatians 5:13 (NLT) I love the […]

Seeking Freedom

posted by cmartin

If I asked you if you’d rather be free or bound up, what would you say?  If you had the choice to be completely yourself, free from persecution in any way OR tied down and burdened under a law, what […]

I don’t want religion, I want you, God.

posted by cmartin

God, How can I be more like you?  I don’t want to try so hard to be Christian.  I just want you to transform me.  I want to give without expecting anything in return.  I want to forgive without a […]

Love in its truest, purest form

posted by cmartin

A few thoughts on love and what it was truly made to be.  From the article, The Greatest Love of All. “The strongest thematic message in the Bible, which contains the Word of God, is God’s love. Everything revolves around […]

Walking through the Desert

posted by cmartin

“Do we stay Christians because of the feeling of fellowship we have with the Lord or is it because we trust in Jesus?” I read an article this morning that related to what many of my friends are going through […]

If you could do anything

posted by cmartin

If you could do anything  What would it be?  We were all asked this question in Kindergarden.  I know my answer has changed since then, as many of ours has.  I can recall my little brother saying that he wanted […]

We are first His

posted by cmartin

Obviously we are at the peak of the political season.  I had promised myself I wouldn’t get involved via Facebook but a few nights ago I felt compelled to say something.  Just a disclaimer:  I have no intention of starting […]

Chasing Mavericks

posted by cmartin

I saw this new surfing movie last night and it really put some things into perspective for me.  The main character, Jay just has such a giving heart.  Reflecting on this movie, there were 4 points that were re-emphasized for […]

The fruit of a Spirit filled with God

posted by cmartin

I was reading a blog recently and I really liked “The Message” version’s summary here.  This is an interpretation of part of Galations 5:16-26: “My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed […]

A battle on Easter

posted by cmartin

First off, Happy Easter everyone!  This is the day that we remember our Lord who saved us.  The day that Jesus was resurrected.  The day that He saved us all. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord […]

We can’t choose

posted by cmartin

Have you ever heard the expression “you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family”?  Sometimes the hardest people to love in life are our own family members.  It takes a great deal of patience, understanding and forgiveness […]

What are we here for?

posted by cmartin

Sometimes I wonder what we think we are really here for.  If it is not to give others the care and love that they deserve, what else is there?  We are to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. […]

Peace in the water

posted by cmartin

This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to visit one of my favorite places.  God blessed me with a little bit of surf, awesome friends and amazing weather for November!  It was like a mini-vacation.  God promised to transform us […]

Finding God’s Will – maybe different than I thought?

posted by cmartin

Graduating college and now being in a place where I am “free” and have billions of possible directions to go in has been teaching me a lot of things. First off, I went through a period of obsessing over what […]

Carving the Way

posted by cmartin

“So, I skate. And do you know what matters when I skate? Not dying or getting severly hurt. If that doesnt focus your mental energy, I dont know what will. And for those with lots of mental energy (brains that […]

Playing it Out

posted by cmartin

“One of the wisest pieces of advice I have ever been given was by one of my piano teachers. She said “Anytime you have any strong emotion to deal with, just go play it out on the piano.” I had […]

Hiking Upwards

posted by cmartin

“When I am hiking I feel very much at peace.  I can get away from the busyness of life and enjoy the beauty around me.  Sometimes I just sit and watch nature at work.  It also makes me think deeper […]

Solace

posted by cmartin

“When I am at the bay during a clear night, I feel at peace. The lapping waves and clear sky meet with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel going all the way to the eastern shore makes a picture that I […]

On Route to Freedom

posted by cmartin

  Even something as simple as driving can be a good time spent with God.  I love driving, I think it is relaxing and you get so much time to think and pray.  And prayer can be done anytime, anywhere! […]

Hearing God’s Voice

posted by cmartin

Sometimes really hearing God can be a hard thing to do.  We can go through life everyday thinking that we are listening, but are we really?  Are we really letting God work in us or are we making the decisions […]

My Perfect Getaway

posted by cmartin

“Climbing is basically my biggest stress relief. Lately I’ve had to spend more time studying and so to maintain my sanity I go in to the wall and climb for an hour or so. It really helps me to clear […]

The Stage is My Sanctuary

posted by cmartin

“Dance is more than moving to the beat of the music. It’s losing yourself in the rhythm, expressing true emotions in your heart, and for me, dance is my spiritual place. An empty stage can become my sanctuary of giving […]

On the Wind

posted by cmartin

“Sailing is the one place where I feel most spiritual. The benefit of sailing is that it is not just in one place, but in many. You can be out on the water with nothing in sight or you can […]

The Beauty and Power of the Ocean – My Spiritual Place

posted by cmartin

The ocean is where I feel empowered and renewed by God the most.  I am drawn to it, in the same way that I am drawn to God.  Times when I need answers or feel too overwhelmed, I go sit […]

God’s presence through thanksgiving

posted by cmartin

In the culture that we live in, we often get what we want.  And when we get it, we want more.  It seems that we are more depressed overall than the people who have very little. Hmm..  I often find […]

Understanding God More in His Presence

posted by cmartin

Emily uses art to glorify God and she feels His presence most when working in the ceramics studio.  “Just like God made us out of clay, I make my own creations out of clay. I connect with God in the […]

Coat Hangers

posted by cmartin

I went to Kohl’s today.  If you have ever been in one of these department stores you will immediately notice the music.  This is not because it is good, but because it is loud!  As, I walked around and had […]

Wild At Heart

posted by cmartin

Recently I have been working on a photography project exploring spiritual places.  My questions for people are, “where is it that you feel most strongly connected with God or how is it that God uses your gifts to His glory?” […]

Passage of Light

posted by cmartin

I call this, a “Painting of God” I recently took a trip to Costa Rica, to get away and try and make sense of the life I was living.  God really spoke to me while I was there, and he […]

Previous Posts

True love is the burden that will carry us back home
I wanted to share one of my favorite songs, which has been very powerful in my life.  Ulysses by Josh Garrels.  For the times when we feel lost, overwhelmed, or just unsure of our next move, we always know the sun will rise in the morning and ...

posted 12:01:13am Mar. 21, 2014 | read full post »

City on a hilltop
Be confident in who who were made to be and don't hide the light you've been given!  "You are the light of the world - like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket.  Instead, a lamp is ...

posted 10:20:09am Mar. 13, 2014 | read full post »

Are you an introvert?
  How do you process?  This is the biggest difference between introverts and extroverts.  Do you process things internally or verbally?  Yes, we all do a little of both but most people usually lean to one of the two sides. I know ...

posted 11:36:16am May. 05, 2013 | read full post »

Living by the Spirit
"For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters.  But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature.  Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love." - Galatians 5:13 (NLT) I love the book of Galatians. ...

posted 1:45:57pm Feb. 07, 2013 | read full post »

Seeking Freedom
If I asked you if you'd rather be free or bound up, what would you say?  If you had the choice to be completely yourself, free from persecution in any way OR tied down and burdened under a law, what would be your answer?  This seems pretty ...

posted 11:04:30am Feb. 05, 2013 | read full post »

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