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Chapter 25 - Voicing

By Lisa Are Wulf ~

Spiritual Journey ~

Here's another chapter from "On a Quest for Christ: Tracing the Footsteps of Your Spiritual Journey." Hope it speaks to you!

“I am the voice of one calling in the desert,

‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”
John 1:23 (NIV)

Spiritual Journey Chapter 25 Voicing“Here’s the microphone. Tell us what you think!”

For the average person, speaking in public is so distasteful, it ranks right up there with paying taxes and dying. Yet for many of us, even expressing ourselves in private is a challenge. Do we have anything important to say? Will anyone care?

For some, speaking our minds comes naturally. We know what to say and how to say it. For others, it’s not quite so simple. We may be reluctant to talk because of past experience. Or maybe we don’t know what to say and believe our voice is of no consequence. Either way, something is lost in the silence.

My Story

As a child, I struggled with having a voice. Personal expression was not only discouraged, but also sometimes punishable. I came to believe I didn’t have anything worthwhile to say. Even in politics, it was difficult to speak up. Others voiced their thoughts easily, but even sharing a simple opinion without my written notes seemed impossible.
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What Don't You See?

By Lisa Are Wulf ~

God Questions - What Don't You SeeGod Questions ~

Are you a perceptive person? Are you fairly aware of what’s going on around you? Do you notice the details of your surroundings? I think we all pride ourselves on knowing and understanding our little piece of the world. But perhaps some things are hidden from our sight.

A friend recently mentioned that as a child she often visited the south and remembered the water fountains that were set aside for “colored folk.” She just looked right past them, never stopping to consider what they signified to both blacks and whites. The fountains just “were.” There was nothing to do and nothing more to see.

Remember all those stories about Jesus healing the blind and helping them see clearly? We’re actually no different. With him as our guide, we can start to see clearly what was shrouded before. Placing our trust in him, we can find the courage to bring to light what has been hidden and restore what has been broken.

What aren’t you seeing?


Tags: God Questions, Christian Discipleship, Spiritual Awakening, Devotions Online, Christian Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Awareness

Unshackled!

By Lisa Are Wulf ~

Finding Inner Peace - UnshackledFinding Inner Peace ~

Do you ever feel stuck? Is there an issue in your life that you just can’t seem to resolve? No matter what you do, it’s still there. Maybe it’s lucking under the surface, waiting to bubble up. Or perhaps it’s in a little corner of your mind every day. Either way, you’re shackled.

There are various kinds of imaginary shackles. Handcuffs may be binding you. Or your feet could be chained to a heavy ball. The worst kind of shackle is an iron piece around your neck with chains restricting your arms and legs. Whatever the type, it’s time to get free!

Picture this – Jesus comes to you with the key to your shackles. After unlocking your chains, they fall to the ground. Suddenly the restriction is gone - you can move again! As he picks them up, he suggests that you might want to transform these chains into something beautiful. What would you say?   

Perhaps a problem is holding you in shackles. How can you be free?


Tags: Finding Inner Peace Trusting God Christian Devotionals Gods Peace The Quiet Place Spiritual Path

A Little Lenten Fast

By Lisa Are Wulf ~

Christian Spiritual Growth - A Little Lenten FastChristian Spiritual Growth ~

Since the season of Lent is upon us, I thought this article might be helpful for anyone who is interested in fasting. It's by my husband, Calvin, and is from his website, Living for God. Hope you find it helpful!

Fasting expresses our hunger for God.  “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” (Isaiah 55:2)  Jesus, who is the bread of life, invites us to find all satisfaction in him alone.  Fasting is giving up food in exchange for spiritual nourishment.

The Hebrew word for fasting literally means to keep the mouth shut.  In ancient Israel , fasting was a deliberate abstinence from all food for a spiritual purpose.   The Law of Moses required only one national fast – the Day of Atonement.  By the time Jesus was born, a pious Jew would fast on Monday and Thursday.  The Gospel of Luke introduces us to Anna the Prophetess who “never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.”  (Luke 2:37)

Continued on the Living for God website


Tags: Christian Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Disciplines, Living for God, Christian Discipleship, Spiritual Formation, Christian Devotionals

Low Point

By Lisa Are Wulf ~

Spiritual Living - Low PointSpiritual Living ~

It’s easy to love family and friends when their lives are going great. Everything is cruising along, no problems in sight, and the horizon is sunny. So your job is pretty stress-free. Just walk with them, give a little encouragement, and celebrate their victories.

But what if there aren’t any victories? Suppose your friend is struggling, stuck, and can’t get it together? You might still love her, but maybe you might keep a little distance.

Suppose your family member’s struggles included you. Say you gave something precious into her keeping, maybe a lot of money. But she lost it and was devastated. Would you still love her or would you be angry and cut her off?

Perhaps the real test of the Christian life is to love someone at their lowest. It’s a challenge to believe in a person who has struggled and failed. But your acceptance and encouragement, however difficult, may just bring someone back from the lowest point in their life.

Could you do it?


Tags: Christian Devotionals, Spiritual Living, Christian Living, Christian Lifestyle, Christian Community, Spiritual Struggles

One Last Thing

By Lisa Are Wulf ~

Spiritual Journey - One Last ThingSpiritual Journey ~

His face lights up when he sees his granddaughter.

"Hi Grandpa. I'm writing a paper at college on retired people and how they lived their lives."

"Well, I'll tell you about mine. I've spent my life striving. I wanted success. But as I reached every milestone, there was always something missing. I guess I've always been waiting for the one last thing that will finally make me happy."

We're always looking for the next place over the rainbow. Perhaps it's a bigger house. Perhaps it's a job promotion. Perhaps it's a new relationship. The peak experience is just around the corner. But in the meantime, we're swimming in a sea of discontent.

Our focus is on the next level no matter where we are. We're just never as far along in life as we think we should be. We need that one last thing in order to be happy. But what if it never comes?

Continued on the One Woman Sanctuary Website


Tags: Spiritual Journey, Finding Inner Peace, Gods Peace, Spiritual Path, Christian Community, Christian Living

Chapter 24 - Serving

By Lisa Are Wulf ~

Christian Spiritual Growth ~

Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do,
as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Remember that the Lord will give you
an inheritance as your reward,
and the Master you are serving is Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT)

Christian Spiritual Growth - Chapter 24 - Serving“What’s in it for me?”

That’s the time-honored slogan of the American consumer. Sometimes we’re so busy looking out for ourselves, we walk right past opportunities to serve. In our quest to get, we forget to give. Even at church, we’re often more concerned about being fed spiritually than helping others.

Perhaps we hesitate because generosity has a cost. Maybe we’re not sure we can bear the sacrifice of service. Yet when we stop and think about Christ, our inconvenience and concern for ourselves seem suddenly trivial. Does a “taker” mentality really fit with the one who gave the ultimate gift?

My Story

My husband was edgy. He had been out of sorts all day on our get-away. As we walked along the secluded path, he blurted out, “I think God is calling us to serve him full-time. But how could we afford it?” I thought for a minute and assured him, “There’s a way.”
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Open a Window

By Lisa Are Wulf ~

Spiritual Help - Open a WindowSpiritual Help ~

Ever feel stuck? Maybe things aren’t going quite right today. Or perhaps the world feels like chaos and your life is a mess! OK – it’s probably not that bad. But either way, finding a path out of your troubles is a challenge.

Sounds like a new perspective might help. When students needed a fresh outlook in the film "Dead Poets Society," they were encouraged to stand on top of their desks to see things differently. Actually, this really works. I’ve done it myself! But that might be a little too dramatic for you. So here’s another idea.

Just open a window. Watch the sun shine through as a gentle breeze parts the curtains and caresses your face. Could this be the Holy Spirit?  Stay very still. Listen as God whispers new ideas and solutions. As you gaze through the window, your perspective changes. Instead of a small stuffy room, a landscape full of possibilities emerges just for you!

Do you need a fresh outlook?


Tags: Spiritual Help, Spiritual Path, The Quiet Place, Christian Devotionals, Gods Peace, God Questions

Your Lenten Resources

By Lisa Are Wulf ~

Living for God ~

Looking for Lenten studies for yourself or your group? Check these out!

On a Quest for Christ:
Tracing the Footsteps of Your Spiritual Journey


On a Quest for ChristThis 30-day devotional traces your spiritual steps from the first whispers of faith to resting in God's arms. Gentle questions guide the telling of your story as comforting scripture and prayers enrich your reflections. The "Christ Quest Time Map" helps you see the path ahead as you look back on your journey.

This insightful devotional will help you:
•    Find Christ at critical points in your life
•    Increase your spiritual self-awareness
•    Experience healing and hope

Available in paperback and Kindle version HERE.

Lent, Fasting and Charity

Lent Fasting and CharityThis enlightening study tells how the apostles and other early Christians prepared themselves for Easter, the holiest of celebrations, and offers ideas that you can practice today. You're invited to learn from them and choose a Lenten observance that has meaning for you in your unique spiritual journey.

You'll discover:
•    How the apostles prepared for the Easter celebration
•    The development of Lent in the early church
•    Our Jewish heritage of prayer, fasting and charity
•    Practical ways you can observe Lent

Available in PDF download HERE.

Other individual and small group PDF studies on the spiritual disciplines are available HERE.

Tags: Living for God, Christian Discipleship, Christian Devotions, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Journey

Cut Off the Label

By Lisa Are Wulf ~

Finding Inner Peace - Cut Off the LabelFinding Inner Peace ~

Are you wearing a label? When we buy clothes, everything comes with a label – maybe even two or three. There’s the manufacturer’s label, the washing instructions label, the price label, and sometimes even a sticky label on the front detailing the size.

What about our personal labels? We’d like to think we wear labels touting our success, beauty or all around greatness. But inside it’s often a different story. How many of us secretly feel unattractive, inadequate, or unsure? How many wear an unseen label called unlovable, incompetent or even loser? Some may even carry a label called worthless.

God doesn’t see us that way. We were created in his image, but we’ve just gotten a little tarnished from wear and tear. He looks past the smears and smudges to find souls bathed in beauty. So he takes his giant scissors and cuts off all our troublesome labels. As they tumble to the ground, he delights over us with gladness and singing.

What does your label say?

Tags: Finding Inner Peace, Devotions Online, Christian Spiritual Growth, Gods Peace, God Questions, Trusting God

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