Growing together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Sunday, May 24, 2015

desperate need...

desperate need

"Listen to my cry,
for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
for they are too strong for me.
Set me free from my prison,
that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
because of your goodness to me."
- Psalm 142: 6,7 NIV

Saturday, May 23, 2015

vision of the Spirit...

vision of the Spirit

God's presence, His spirit, is present
in everything He has created.
In order to see, really see,
we must exercise and develop that
Spirit that God has breathed into each of us.
It is only then that we begin to see
the Spirit, His presence,
in all of His creation.
Within everything, I believe
there is a higher meaning...
things to learn about God Himself.
By allowing His spirit to guide and direct us
we can find His Spirit and be made aware
of parables hidden within all of His creation.


"The person without the Spirit
does not accept the things
that come from the Spirit of God
but considers them foolishness,
and cannot understand them
because they are discerned
only through the Spirit."

- 1 Corinthians 2:14 NIV 

Friday, May 22, 2015

sorrow and joy...


sorrow and joy

"Sorrow prepares you for joy.
It violently sweeps everything
out of your house,
so that new joy can find space to enter.
It shakes the yellow leaves
from the bough of your heart,
so that fresh, green leaves
can grow in their place.
It pulls up the rotten roots,
so that new roots hidden beneath
have room to grow.
Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart,
far better things will take their place."

- Rumi

Thursday, May 21, 2015

smiles...

smiles

"What sunshine is to flowers,
smiles are to humanity.
These are but trifles, to be sure;
but scattered along life's pathway,
the good they do is inconceivable."

- Joseph Addison

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

creativity...


creativity

"When the Bible declares that we are made
in the 'image and likeness' of the Creator,
it is affirming that creativity is at our core
just as it lies at the core
of the Creator of all things."

- Matthew Fox

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

prayer...

prayer

"You pray in your distress and in your need;
would that you might pray also
in the fullness of your joy
and in your days of abundance."

- Kahlil Gibran
(“The Prophet”)

Monday, May 18, 2015

support and encouragement...

support and encouragement
(photo by Erin Doyle)

"Build me up and I with you.
For we are more one than two."

- Deborah Day


"I want to be around people that do things.
I don’t want to be around people anymore
that judge or talk about what people do.
I want to be around people that dream
and support and do things."

- Amy Poehler

Sunday, May 17, 2015

inner solitude...

inner solitude

"Spirituality is not to be learned
by flight from the world,
or by running away from things,
or by turning solitary
and going apart from the world.
Rather, we must learn an inner solitude
wherever or with whomsoever we may be.
We must learn to penetrate things
and find God there."

- Meister Eckhart

Saturday, May 16, 2015

praise and service...


"The highest form of worship
is the worship of unselfish Christian service.
The greatest form of praise
is the sound of consecrated feet
seeking out the lost and helpless."
- Billy Graham

Friday, May 15, 2015

answer...

answer

"I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer.
You are yourself the answer.
Before your face questions die away.
What other answer would suffice?" 

- C.S. Lewis

Thursday, May 14, 2015

another standard...

another standard

"Has it ever occurred to you
that one hundred pianos
all tuned to the same fork
are automatically tuned to each other?
They are of one accord by being tuned,
not to each other, but to another standard
to which each one must individually bow.
So one hundred worshipers met together,
each one looking away to Christ,
are in heart nearer to each other
than they could possibly be,
were they to become 'unity' conscious
and turn their eyes away from God
to strive for closer fellowship."

- A.W. Tozer