Awaken Your Heart

By Marcia Bohlke Shereen asked me to share one or two ways God has awakened my faith in the past few years. Without getting into the details, I will share that in the past few years my heart has known trauma, betrayal, abuse, grief and loss. I tell you that because it is perhaps easy …

Focus 2020

The question we’ve been asking as we plan for this year is, “how do we equip women to live wide awake to the gospel in 2020?” First, lets be clear about what I mean when I use the word gospel. Simply stated, it's "good news," but I'm talking about a particular, amazingly good bit of …

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 …