Routines

“How can I help you?” Tim said. We’d been sitting quietly at Lystra Tea Company. The coffee was perfect. The quiet was perfect, too. Sometimes, it’s hard for me to create a quiet place. I keep moving, keep listening, keep busy, keep distracting. Sometimes it takes someone we trust sitting quietly with us to give us […]

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How routines can shape our lives.

I don’t think of Lent as a time to form habits. I think of it as a time to give up. But embracing something new always has in it surrender. And surrender always has offers something new. So what if I approached Lent as a time of testing? Not being tested as much as testing […]

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Weekly and monthly routines.

Continuing with a conversation with Nehemiah.  “Second, there were weekly routines. I’m sure you have noticed that Sabbath was a big deal for me. I made a point out of closing the gates for Sabbath.” Nehemiah 13:15-22. “I’ve wanted to talk to you about that. Why so much about gates?” I asked. “That’s for later. […]

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Daily routines.

Nehemiah started explaining the practices that God had given. “First, there were daily routines. You remember how I had talked to God morning and evening for four months as I was wondering how the walls could be rebuilt? That morning and evening prayer had been part of my routine long before my brother came with […]

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