Christian reflections

Come, Ye Thankful People * 10 Minute Devotional

The value of simplicity and gratitude in an age of overcommitment and abundance.

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Christian reflections

Building is Hard * 10 Minute Devotional

My younger son is at the peak of the developmental phase of toddlerhood that looks like this: Take all the folded laundry out of the basket. Unspool all the toilet paper off of the roll. Dump out all of mom’s makeup and then shake/pour/smear out each individual product. Pour the Legos out onto the floor.…… Continue reading Building is Hard * 10 Minute Devotional

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Helpless Christianity * 10 Minute Devotional

We’re preaching through Romans at our church right now, and I’ll admit that it’s a challenge. I’m more a John sort of girl. I like an image to hang my hat on, a story to dive into. Romans is short on story and long on multisyllabic words. Unpacking Paul is like opening up a set…… Continue reading Helpless Christianity * 10 Minute Devotional

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Justifiable Anger * 10 Minute Devotional

Today’s 10 Minute Devotional comes to us from Stephanie Belcher, host of Two Peas in a Podcast. There my friends stood; one yelling in support of one candidate, and the other screaming in support of the opposing candidate. As their opinions echoed in the room, a civilized discussion quickly became personal. Insults were thrown, attacks were…… Continue reading Justifiable Anger * 10 Minute Devotional

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What to Do When There’s Not Much You Can Do * 10 Minute Devotional

When I lead the prayers of the people in church these days, they are long. There is a lot to mention. This week there will be more still. Some of the recent tragedies are halfway across the world. Others are a short drive away. Some make headlines. Others are privately mourned. Some involve hundreds. Others…… Continue reading What to Do When There’s Not Much You Can Do * 10 Minute Devotional

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Turn Down the Noise * 10 Minute Devotional

At a zoo tour years ago, I stood outside an okapi’s enclosure with a zookeeper who told me this story: Okapis are sensitive creatures. They are shy and gentle animals, and they struggle particularly in situations where they are repeatedly exposed to loud noises. The Sydney zoo is fairly close to the Sydney Opera House.…… Continue reading Turn Down the Noise * 10 Minute Devotional