Spiritual Growth


How much is enough? Advertisers create demand for a product or service—and often, that serves us well.  But other times, it can feed the flesh.  Proverbs 30:15-16 reads,  “The leech has two daughters.    ‘Give! Give!’ they cry. “There are three things that are never satisfied,    four that never say, ‘Enough!’:      the grave, the barren womb,    land, which is never satisfied…
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Stay Hydrated

At this point in the summer, I’m wilting. It’s just plain hot and fall seems oh, so far away. My skin wrinkles, my mouth feels like cotton, and my spirit is dehydrated too.  My daughter recently shared a word picture with me. Imagine the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit at a table with four…
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Learning Styles . . . and Your Quiet Time?

My children tended to learn one of two ways: by example—or the hard way. God prefers we learn by example. “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.” 1 Cor. 10:11 NIV God’s filled Scripture with good and bad examples: Job’s…
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Spiritual Growth Spurts

The people at Chewy must hate me. I keep changing the shipping date for the dog food. Our puppy is growing. Rapidly. He eats more than double what our aging Lab does and has caught up to him in weight. He’s six months old. Growth requires fuel, even spiritual growth. Valor gets his fuel from…
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Change of Heart, Change of Clothes

The breeze from the north this morning whispered of autumn, sweaters, and boots. But who are we kidding? This is September. In Texas. While I love my boots and sweaters, they’ll stay on the shelf a while longer. Texans layer as temps swing twenty to thirty degrees in the course of a day, so my…
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The Discomfort Zone

Wails erupt in my backyard. I feel the neighborhood cringing. I teach swimming lessons each summer. At present, I’m several days into a new session. Learning to swim is stressful. For most kids, swimming sounds fun until… Until it’s not. It’s hard. It’s scary. And it takes work. While some kids truly are fearful, most…
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Spiritual Meal Planning

We’re eating out more. Not that I mind cooking, I don’t. But the busy schedule makes it easier to pick something up instead. My favorite? Healthy fast food—unlike the burger my son could eat seven days a week. Spiritually, we often eat the same way. It’s easy to get hooked on a steady diet of…
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