Kristi shares how she spent some time looking at her life story working with some spiritual direction maps. It became extremely obvious to her, as she looked at her story throughout the first couple decades of her life that the longings behind many of the activities and accomplishments were fueled by a longing to be seen, to be heard, and to be known.
We all want Jesus to calm our storms in life, but often he waits. The fisherman-disciples panicked when Jesus didn’t calm their storm at sea. Rembrandt masterfully paints the various reactions on the boat in the storm. Let’s look in the Gospel story and Rembrandt’s meditation and painting on it to understand better our personal storms and how we react to them.
We strain and stress. We hurry and worry. We think it’s normal. We say, “It’s hard to be a Christian!” But Jesus says, “Come to me… My yoke is easy.” Easy? Yes, easy! Our Biblical insights and personal examples will help you understand practically what Jesus’ easy yoke is and how you can live, work, and relate with people in that easy yoke.
Together, by interacting with God’s grace, we can be with Jesus and become like him. Disciplines for the spiritual life help us “abide” in Jesus and bear fruit, to connect deeply with him and to become more loving like he is (John 15:1-17). There is a great variety of disciplines for life in Christ that help us to grow in the love, joy and peace of God.
Anxiety sucks the life out of you! We explore this “dis-ease” — it’s symptoms and causes (like hurrying, repression, trying to make things turn out like you want). We seek to understand how we can access his healing and share in a healing prayer experience with Mark 4:35-41, keying in on Jesus’ words to the storm: “Peace! Be still.”
You and the people you care for can learn to give thanks to God — even in painful times. In this message we bring together the Bible and scientific research to teach on the blessing and power of gratitude. We use Psalm 136 to lead an experience of giving thanks and praise to God in community and we facilitate a time of Thanksgiving meditation.
Jesus wants us to have his joy and for our joy to be overflowing! (John 15:11) The Apostle Paul being our prime example rejoices in the Lord, even when he was flogged and jailed in Philippi and then later from a prison when he wrote Philippians, the happiest book on earth! How? Because he wasn’t just in jail he was in the Kingdom of the Heavens with the risen Christ!