All posts by gailjohnsen

On Sale (and just in time) for the New Year! A 9-month spiritual formation resource!

Keeping Company with Jesus, a 9-month, weekly, interactive, on-line resource/spiritual formation tool that starts and ends with the premise that simply being with Jesus is transformational. The weekly posts includes a reading, reflection questions and a corresponding spiritual practice. Designed to be interactive, it is best done in community and in dialogue with others. Because ...

Purposes Greater Than Our Own – Welcoming 2019

2019 comes to us fresh and alive with possibility! Darrel and I will set aside time this week, as we always have, to share our personal and shared goals. You may have set some kind of goals too (or have dreams in your heart you have not yet given voice to). If you are like ...

Advent Prayer-Week 4 A Present Reality

The coming of Jesus incarnate ushered in the kingdom of God and marked the beginning to the present rule and reign of God in our hearts and lives. So Jesus was not only talking about a place, an afterlife or future return, but a way of seeing, thinking and living right now. A distinguishing mark ...

Advent Prayer: Week 3 “How Long, O Lord?”

This is the third Sunday of Advent. Advent means “Coming”. There is usually anticipation, excitement, and tension all mixed together while we wait for that which is expected. Our prayer this week focuses on the Advent practice of waiting. The season of Advent gives us the opportunity to practice something that is hard for most ...

A Prayer for Advent – Week 2

Last week we began our journey through Advent. Our prayer centered around how in a culture and season cluttered with distractions and busyness, we are desperately in need of something more sacred than all of our hurrying. Today, as we begin Week 2 we focus on Mary’s embrace and even delight in God’s, often disruptive, ...

It is Here! Let the Season Begin!

The Season of Advent Begins Today! For centuries, Christians made space in their crowded hearts at Christmas through participating in a daily devotion called Advent. The word Advent means “coming.” The season of Advent refers to the four-week period leading up to Christmas Day. Jesus’ coming was not just a one-time event as a child ...

“Let the Weary World Rejoice” – An Advent Devotional (ebook)

Advent begins Sunday, December 2nd! If you are you looking for an Advent resource this Christmas season, ebook “Advent Reflections: Let the Weary World Rejoice!” offers a 4-week, daily short, insightful daily devotional, Scripture reading, and two reflective questions. Advent Reflections is perfect for individuals, families, or churches as an affordable resource to help you slow ...