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The Super Natural Life – prayers for strength, words of wisdom, daily bible reading

The Super Natural Life – prayers for strength, words of wisdom, daily bible reading

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Impossibly Possible

posted by Jill

Click to listen to our conversation about impossibly possible possibilities!      

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Kiss me Once Again

posted by Jill

Kissing seems is a theme in my Bible reading these days. (Mark and I follow the Moravian daily texts, reading through the Bible every two years, and we just finished Absalom’s rebellion.) It’s got me thinking… Kissing has long been […]

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One Day at a Time

posted by Jill

“One Day At A Time,” my mug tells me, steaming with licorice tea. My daughter, Emily gave me that mug shortly after my dad took his leave. Dad died four weeks ago, a mere 91 years old. Letting go of […]

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What Was I Thinking?!

posted by Jill

When our son was four years old, he declared one of the most profound and true things I’ve ever heard. He was sitting in the back seat of the car (It’s so embedded in my mind that I can even […]

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Giving Thanks in the Mess.

posted by Jill

Messes are bothersome. Especially when they are someone else’s messes that spill over. Literal messes are one thing, but what of other people’s emotional muck that transforms our own lives in negative ways? I get angry when this stuff happens. […]

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I See You God: Blinded by the Light

posted by Jill

My friend Diana gave me a journal that she named, “I see you God.” It is a specific place to record moments when God seems to pull back the curtain of Heaven and address my world in ways that only […]

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Go To The Dump, Old Maid

posted by Jill

Last weekend we spent a few days at our neighbor’s cabin in Wisconsin. We fished, played games, and watched a couple old movies like “Back To the Future” with Michael J. Fox. As I was cooking in the rustic kitchen […]

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A Prayer of Thomas a’ Kempis

posted by Jill

Today marks the anniversary (in the year 1471) of the death of the great Dutch mystic Thomas a’ Kempis. Kempis was the author of the Christian devotional classic Imitation of the Christ. Here’s a prayer credited to Thomas. I offer […]

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Long Live Mayberry

posted by Jill

Ask our family just about any question pertaining to the Andy Griffith show, and I’ll be embarrassed to admit how much we know. Our Andy Griffith Trivia Game is played with alacrity. We simply know way too much. We own […]

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A Prayer for a New Graduate

posted by Jill

Today is like any other. The sun rises. The winds blow. Rain falls. Rain does not fall. People are born. They laugh. They cry. They dance. They die. Today “chronos” time is as it has been since You gave it […]

Praying With Jesus. Lent: Days 36-40

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Matthew 6:9-13 “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one” Some things to think about: The world is can be a scary and dangerous place.  The Bible is clear about this: there are beings about intent […]

Praying With Jesus. Lent: Days 29-35

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Matthew 6:9-13 “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” Some things to think about: Here’s a startling even troubling truth: our relationship with God is conditioned on our relationship with other people.  We are invited […]

Hearing God Speak v

posted by Jill

Does it ever seem as if God speaks in riddles? Do you ever wonder why he doesn’t just come out and write words across the sky for us? In Nine Ways God Always Speaks, we wonder too, and we speculate […]

Hearing God Speak iv

posted by Jill

Are ways we can increase our likelihood of hearing God speak? In Nine Ways God Always Speaks, I [Mark] offer the following: What’s the difference between those who hear him and those who don’t? It’s as simple as how they […]

Hearing God Speak iii

posted by Jill

In Nine Ways God Always Speaks, the book I [Mark] co-wrote with Jennifer Schuchmann, we relay a fascinating story from writer, Cecil Murphey. My brother was maybe five feet two and weighed around one hundred pounds. He was a career […]

Hearing God Speak ii

posted by Jill

Here’s the introductory paragraphs to Nine Ways God Always Speaks, my [Mark’s] second book, co-written with Jennifer Schuchmann. Yes, we talk to God in prayer. Does God talk back? Some things are too good to be true: living to be […]

Hearing God Speak i

posted by Jill

Prayer is just half of the equation. A relationship with God, a “friendship” as I’ve been defining it, requires communication. And communication must be two-sided. We talk with God in prayer. God hears. We believe that, or at least hope. […]

Friendship with God: Psalm 143:10-12

posted by Jill

David is God’s friend. God is David’s friend. This intimate Psalm written three thousand of years ago outlines for us what we can expect from God in this relationship. Prayer is based on the certain facts we know about God. […]

Praying With Jesus. Lent: Days 22-28

posted by Jill

Matthew 6:9-13 “Give us this day our daily bread” Some things to think about: Fresh bread.  Boy there’s nothing better than bread right out of the oven.  Here Jesus is inviting us to bring our specific, pressing needs before God […]

Friendship with God: Psalm 143:5-7

posted by Jill

David’s friendship with God was based on what he knew about God from God’s past actions. David can lay everything on the line because he knows God’s character is dependable. I remember the days of old.
       I ponder all your […]

Friendship with God: Psalm 143:8-9

posted by Jill

David is banking on his friendship with God for everything. Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
       for I am trusting you.
    Show me where to walk,
       for I give myself to you.
  9 Rescue me from my […]

Friendship with God

posted by Jill

God invites honesty from his friends. We can be – must be – transparent. And God not only tolerates us shooting straight, he honors it. When we know where we stand with him – as intimate friends – we can […]

Friendship with God: Psalm 143:1

posted by Jill

Prayer is based on an assumption; prayer assumptions are steps of faith. We believe God hears and is able and willing to respond to what we say. Prayer in its purest form assumes a relationship, and in its best form, […]

A Prayer of Augustine: A Personal Appeal

posted by Jill

Here’s another simple and simply beautiful prayer from St. Augustine. In his role as Bishop (pastor) for the church in Hippo, North Africa, Augustine became a great defender of right doctrine and right practice of true faith. But all of […]

A Prayer of Thomas a’ Kempis

posted by Jill

The great Dutch mystic Thomas a’ Kempis was the author of the Christian devotional classic Imitation of the Christ. In this prayer credited to Thomas we see the beauty of grace. “Forgiving as we have been forgiven.” If we can […]

A Prayer of Augustine: “You are My Health”

posted by Jill

St. Augustine didn’t trust his physical body. Prior to his conversion to Christianity Augustine had lived to please and indulge his own appetites. For the rest of his life on earth he considered his “flesh” as the enemy of his […]

A Prayer of Augustine: “You are My Health”

posted by Jill

St. Augustine didn’t trust his physical body. Prior to his conversion to Christianity Augustine had lived to please and indulge his own appetites. For the rest of his life on earth he considered his “flesh” as the enemy of his […]

A Prayer of Augustine: “Our Hearts are Restless”

posted by Jill

In his spiritual autobiography, Confessions Augustine tells the story of his wandering, painful quest to find true peace. He searched in philosophy and religion, in self indulgence and in self effacement. He found peace finally only when God found him. […]

Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit

posted by Jill

Augustine was Bishop of Hippo in North Africa in the 4th-5th century. Except for the writers of the New Testament, no one has had more influence than Augustine in establishing Christian belief and practice. This prayer to the Holy Spirit […]

Praying With Jesus. Lent: Days 15-21

posted by Jill

Matthew 6:9-13 “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” Some things to think about: Of course God’s will is done in heaven.  But on earth?  Was 9-11 “God’s will?”  Is child molestation or […]

Praying With Jesus: Lent Days 8-14

posted by Jill

Matthew 6:9-13 “Hallowed be thy name” Some things to think about: Praise. Call him Holy. Speak the name of the Lord. What an invitation! Here prayer is to be praise… with a specific identity attached: God’s. Your name is the […]

Praying With the Saints: John Wesley

posted by Jill

John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer John Wesley, along with his brother Charles founded the Methodist Movement in England in the 18th century. Wesley preached open-air sermons and followed up by encouraging his converts to join small groups for prayer, study and […]

Praying With Jesus. Lent: Days 1-7

posted by Jill

Matthew 6:9-13 “Our Father who art in Heaven…” Let’s start this Ash Wednesday on a prayer journey. We call it “the Lord’s prayer.”  But actually, it is our prayer, taught to us by Jesus.  It is a beautiful template to […]

Fat Tuesday Clean Up

posted by Jill

Fat Tuesday is now swept up in the trash bins of the French Quarter. Ash Wednesday and Lent has arrived. Many followers of Jesus set aside these next 40 days leading to Holy Week as a focused time for fasting […]

“Heaven’s Party: Eat, Drink and be Merry… Forever.”  

posted by Jill

For many, Mardi Gras – “Fat Tuesday” – is an excuse for raucous indulgence, a “religious” excuse for that matter to eat and carouse and throw off restraint. Some of the tradition of this “celebration” goes back to the Christian […]

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Good Morning, Jesus
I rise this morning, tired and weary, to another day of battle. Before I face it, I sleepily enter into the folds of Your garment. You stand with arms open to me. I shuffle forward and feel Your warmth surround me. In this secret, sweet place there is no fear there is no want th

posted 6:20:28pm Nov. 19, 2013 | read full post »

How do I fight and win my battles?
Two particular stories in Scripture came to mind this morning as I was contemplating this question. One is from 2 Kings 18 and 19. King Sennacherib of Assyria was threatening King Hezekiah and the city of Jerusalem. His menacing words contained lies and misinformation mingled with bits of truth.

posted 2:42:25am Sep. 25, 2013 | read full post »

A Posthumous Lesson from Dad
A few weeks ago I found some goblets at my favorite antique store, “The Crooked Willow” just outside the little town where we work, Osakis, Minnesota. One of them was undoubtedly my Dad’s glasscutting work. I knew this would happen one day; and I often looked at antique stores to find crystal

posted 6:25:20pm Sep. 20, 2013 | read full post »

Rest and the Rest will Follow
Click here to listen in on our conversation "Rest and the rest will follow!" 

posted 12:49:52pm Mar. 23, 2013 | read full post »

Jesus Flunks PR 101
Click here to listen in on our conversation "Jesus Flunks PR 101." He's anything but politically correct!

posted 12:48:30pm Mar. 22, 2013 | read full post »

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