All posts by gailjohnsen

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 ...

Leading From a Healthy Soul…and Why It Matters – Part 2

We continue the conversation from yesterday about the importance of the soul. It’s not a matter of indulgence. It’s a matter of sanity. Finding Sanctuary for the Soul. There is within each of us a need for sanctuary; a place of refuge when a weary soul needs rest. There is a need to find a place ...

Leading From a Healthy Soul…and Why It Matters – Part 1

There is a part of you that no one sees; not even you. But it is real and it matters. I was raised in a non-religious home with no underpinnings of the things or reality of God. Somewhere, however, as a child I learned the childhood prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I ...

Just in Time for Fall!

Are you looking for a new growing-in-Jesus, not-another-Bible-Study resource this fall for you and/or a group to use? One that is online so you can interact with friends and others anywhere? Maybe you are looking for a resource that offers more than information about God but a way of living with God that can be ...

God’s Will: Can I Miss It?

"I just wish God would show me what to do!" God’s will has been the focus of much prayer, angst, hope, and confusion. Our prayers for God’s will often centers around the need for God to fill in the blanks of our lives. “Who should I marry?” Which school should I attend?” Should I take ...

Everyone has Spiders in Their Lives

When my husband and I were in Bible school one of the required classes the first semester of our freshman year was an evangelism called Evangelism Explosion. The class was based on a book by the same title that was considered the text on evangelism at that time. The book popularized witnessing as a systematic ...