If we said we had a personal relationship with another person, we’d all assume, at the very least, some degree of regular, back-and-forth conversation. So how does a “personal relationship with God” work? We talk to God through prayer, but how does God talk back to us?
A conversation about intentional living with Ryan Dilworth.
To be spiritually healthy is to be thriving in your desire to pursue Jesus and walking in the strength of the Holy Spirit. But spiritual health is tricky. We might be so obsessed with looking good outwardly that we fail to pay attention to what’s going on inside us.
Seems like there’s plenty to be upset about in our world. We can even get personally offended by the actions and comments of others around us. Here’s a radical, relational idea: What if you can become unoffendable?
Finding the will of God is both a mystery and an adventure. Certainly, we would be short-sighted if we didn’t curiously and diligently pursue the path God wants us to walk.
Why would I participate in an activity that had “grueling” in the description? Why do I think that this was a good idea at all? I feel like our hiking adventure is like the adventure I am on with Jesus. He knows what I can handle. He knows this journey will test my strength, stretch me in ways that I did not know possible, but He also knows I can do it.
This month our Elementary friends continue our journey to finding our confidence in Jesus. We will start with an incredible example found in Daniel 3. Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego had their faith put to the test when they chose to obey God rather than bow down to...
Moving home with your parents is a humbling decision, but we were so uncharacteristically at peace with this new path that we knew God was behind us. He continually showed us another way to live — we could finally slow down enough in life to see Him move, instead of uncontrollably swirling around in a tornado of bottles and babies.
As our bodies, minds and spirits continue to recover from the incredible stress of a prolonged, world-wide pandemic, it’s important to be intentional about resting and recharging our batteries. But just as our household appliances require different types of batteries, rejuvenation is not a one-size-fits all approach. We respond to stress differently, depending on the unique way that we are wired. And the de-stressing technique that will work best may depend on our personality.
When Sandy McCann, the Guatemala Country Coordinator at LifePoint, visited Down Guatemala on a mission trip in 2018 she remembers hearing about a boy named Jonathan from Quetzaltenango (also known as Xela) who traveled 4-5 hours by bus each way to receive therapy. The people of Xela are mostly indigenous, coming from low-income homes and speaking the native Mayan language. Shouldering the financial hardship of the commute to provide Jonathan with care spoke to the love and commitment his parents had for him. In situations like Jonathan’s, Alfredo and Irene saw the need for another center that could serve the families farther from Guatemala City. They prayed that God would provide.