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Healthy Living Tips by Stephayne Gibson 1. Bring your anxieties to the Lord (not to food). Phil. 4:6-7 2. Physical exercise can positively relate to spiritual exercise. 1 Cor. 9:24-27 3. Physical exercise is good for us.  Spiritual exercise is especially good for us. Exercise daily in God- no spiritual flabbiness please. Workouts in the gym are useful,…

Sacred Ordinary – Dec. 25

Merry Christmas! Today is the last day of the Advent season. As I contemplated and prayed through how to close these Advent devotionals, I thought perhaps introducing an ancient type of prayer would be appropriate and applicable. At the most basic level, all of the Advent devotionals have dealt with turning ordinary things into sacred…

Sacred Ordinary – Dec. 24

SPIRITUAL TOURISM   Many people get caught up in excitement, passion and risk when they look for a worship experience. In many ways, they worship the worship experience itself rather than God. Eugene Peterson calls this quest for spiritual intensity a consumer-driven “market for religious experience in our world. There is little enthusiasm for the…

Sacred Ordinary – Dec. 23

UNDIVIDED ATTENTION: Today give the gift of your undivided attention to people you speak with.  Actually turn your body to face them and make full eye contact. Repeat all day. The gift of “holding space” for another person is tremendous. Who knows? Perhaps the Lord has something to say to you through your interactions with…

Sacred Ordinary – Dec. 22

HONESTY ABOUT HURT & PAIN: I have found most of us try to compare the hard things we go through to what others have endured and to downplay our suffering in relation to theirs.  “I can’t possibly complain when he has endured that much while I’ve only endured this much.” “Who am I to complain…?” We live in a…

Sacred Ordinary – Dec. 21

FIND YOUR GETHSEMANE The garden of Gethsemane holds a sacred place in faith history. It is where Jesus prayed just before he was arrested. Sometimes its not mentioned much except during the Passion Week leading to Jesus’ crucifixion, but it had a large and formative role in Jesus’ life even prior to that. Scripture mentions…

Sacred Ordinary – Dec. 20

SEEK ADVICE Scripture should always be our first step in finding wisdom, and the book of Proverbs is considered the book of wisdom. However, mentoring and discipleship are biblical concepts. Are you willing to be mentored or discipled by someone older and wiser than you? If you are older, are you mentoring or discipling anyone…

Sacred Ordinary – Dec. 19

ENTERING PAIN:  No one escapes troubles, struggles and pain along the earthly journey. As Christ transforms us daily to be more like Him, sometimes He allows delight and sometimes He allows pain to do the transformational work in us. Often its being present and vulnerable with the painful challenges in our lives that creates the…