I am so blessed! I have a God who loves and adores me. He is with me at all times through his Spirit. I have a wonderful, loving, and supportive husband. I have two amazing, funny, and spirited daughters whom I adore. I have friends who are open, honest, truthful, wise, and fun. I consider […]
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When we pause, we have an opportunity to hear his voice. Today we are going to look at how God speaks to us through scripture memorization. As children, most of us played at some point “follow the leader.” Being a follower was all right, but let’s be honest, being a leader was the most fun—you […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]