Praying for patience- Learning to wait...and trusting in timing

It was probably in 1982 that I had the opportunity to go to a James Taylor (JT) concert. This song sung above by India Arie seemed to stop in time as the line "The secret to life is enjoying the passage of time" was crooned by James Taylor. I knew there was a message for me in that lyric. Time stopped. Rushed, scattered, distracted... there were many adjectives that could describe my regular modus operandi at that time. Patience was definitely not a strong suit. When we chose words for a fruit of the Spirit preaching series this year- the word I got was patience. It has been a work in progress and will be a lifelong journey. This weekend we will hear of how Jesus was asleep on a cushion

Resting in peace or "sleeping like a baby"

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. --Jesus to his disciples after the resurrection when they were locked behind doors closed for fear. John 14:27 Oh to not let me heart be troubled...Oh to sleep as peacefully as a baby at rest...Oh to not be afraid of what was, what is or what is to come- a troubled heart, lack of sleep and fear all get in the way of peace. Sleeping and rest are not my strong suits. My beloved Dan would tell you that is an understatement. Yet over these years of many sleepless nights, challenges falling asleep or staying asleep there are the times I have

Surprised by Joy

It often really is the little things. Billboards, church signs, bumper stickers, babies laughing at ripped paper on videos, all these little things can bring a smile. Joy and laughter can be infectious. (Random note did you know smiling opens up your sinuses? Try it right now & see if it helps you breathe a little more freely). Okay back to joy... This weekend June 9 & 10, 2018, we will focus on Joy as the fruit of the Spirit. Gratitude and joy are partners. We won't get it perfectly- ever- so how about we encourage one another to let go of that illusion? There is strength in numbers and together we are cultivating a culture of joy and gratitude even in the midst of the difficulties, hard

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