Awaken to His Coming

This is a great time of year to talk about AWAKENING! We’re celebrating the greatest wake-up call in the history of everything. Here's how it's described in Matthew 4 as quoted from Isaiah's prophesy: “The people who were sitting (living) in [spiritual] darkness have seen a great Light,And for those who were sitting (living) in the land and shadow of [spiritual and …

Lessons in Gratitude

By Carey Helmink Well friends, the holidays are fast approaching once again. I don’t know why I am always shocked when this time of the year occurs again. We KNOW it’s coming – every year – but the older I get, the faster it comes it would seem. 😊 Of course, the subject of gratitude …

Awake My Soul

If you’ve known me very long, you might know I like to prepare for things well in advance. But I have confession to make: I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants most every week this semester. It makes me very uncomfortable, especially since I’ve been planning to build on our theme each week …

Soul Awakening

Depending in the version you read, the word SOUL is used over 280 times in scripture. The most common word for soul, nephesh, in Old Testament Greek means "the inner being of a person, the seat of appetites, emotions and passions." Notice how it's used in these passages: Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require …

Freely and Lightly

I don't know about you, but much in life seems weighty these days-- the overwhelm of media, an undercurrent of deceit, growing discontent--like a pack rat has taken up residence in our souls. But this is not new. Jesus spoke clearly and kindly about this in Matthew 11:28-30: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out …

Breathing Prayer

Last week, when Maranda and I chatted about how becoming more in tune with ourselves physically led us to become more aware spiritually, I was reminded of breath prayer. Simple. Refocusing. A pause between activities. In her book, Sacred Rhythms, Ruth Haley Barton says “Breath prayer is to the spiritual life what oxygen and the …

Awaken your SELF

In keeping with our theme --AWAKEN--I’ve asked Maranda Hoefs to join me today to chat about what it means to live wide awake to the things of God, both spiritually and physically. (Shereen) Perhaps we should identify what we mean by the things of God--what can you identify as Godly? (Maranda) – The first thing …

This I Know

By Carey Helmink This past Saturday I experienced the joy of spending the day dress shopping with my daughter. Not just any dress, mind you, but THE DRESS. We were just getting started with our first appointment when I got a text from my dear friend Patti, saying that her son-in-law had just passed away. …

Prayer

Dallas Willard says, “Prayer is talking with God about matters of mutual concern.”  Simple. Basic. But how do we go about doing prayer? Prayer begins with ATTITUDE. No matter how many times or ways you pray, if your attitude is not to acknowledge that God is God, prayer is useless. Prayer's one goal is CONVERSATION …