Entries by sarahp

Slow Down Your Horses

I think I was born with my gears stuck in fast forward. My brain and my feet are always flying from one thing to the next. Consequently, sitting still long enough to listen and learn has always been very difficult. Doing school work was torture! Back then, there was no diagnosis for kids like me […]

Are Your Prayers a One Way Conversation?

Among the most infuriating conditions, we experience as humans is the vast extent to which our minds, stuck on “play,” wander throughout the course of any given day. Even when we seek to escape in our thoughts, we are reminded how difficult it can be to pause and engage with focus. How often, when reading […]

The Beauty in the Pause

Two weekends ago, CedarCreek’s interns (myself included) went on a 24-hour sabbatical, during which we fasted from food, technology, and conversation. Personally, it was fantastic to set aside some of the distractions—the texts, the emails, the to-do list, the guilt of not being busy, the noise—to be still and listen. During last weekend’s service, Dr. […]

Pause: The Noise – Resources

Start the Discussion: Click here for printable message notes. Click here for printable message discussion questions. Click here for printable LIO Bible Study.  Click here for the discussion video and unpack what it means to live out the message principles during the week.

The Choice is Yours…

When I retired in July, I decided I would start cycling again. After all, I loved riding my bike as a child, and when my kids were young, it provided great enjoyment to the entire family when we rode together. I had not ridden in almost 20 years, yet I was able to get on […]

Fruit for the Soul

Several years ago, I went to lunch with two ladies I worked with. Somehow, the subject of religion came up. They believed there are many ways to heaven. I spoke up and told them what I believe — Jesus died on the cross for my sins, and God raised him from the dead on the […]

GPS 10.0

Years ago, I used to have a Rand McNally road atlas. That was the GPS of my early years. That atlas had maps of every state, detailing the major highways and byways available for travel. I used it for directions for a long time as we traveled around the country. But there are some inherent […]

You are Never Alone

Take a deep breath. In and out. And another deep breath. And finally, a third one. Sometimes, we need to make ourselves pause for a moment to gain clarity and reclaim our inner strength. Taking a pause allows us to reconnect with God and to give the Holy Spirit a chance to be our advocate. […]

Selah – Pause and Reflect

This Tuesday, I have a fairly major surgery scheduled. I am actually looking forward to it because the recovery will force me to sit still for a couple of weeks! How bad is that? I’m retired, for Pete’s sake! There is something seriously wrong with this picture…just ask my husband who daily asks me for […]

Pause – Resources

Start the Discussion: Click here for printable message notes. Click here for printable message discussion questions. Click here for printable LIO Bible Study.  Click here for the discussion video and unpack what it means to live out the message principles during the week.