"To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us...Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace... Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” Thomas MertonRead More
Sometimes the most powerful action you can take is no action; it's WAITING on God.
That's the message of Part 3 in our series, The Invisible Hand of God. We see how Esther's willingness to wait on God turned the whole story upside down. Her patience opened the door for God to work mightily.
And it might just do the same in your life too...Read More
This week, we were honored to receive a special visit from a longtime friend and partner in the ministry - Fr. Abraham Fam. Fr. Abraham has been serving as a missionary priest in Lusaka, Zambia for 10 years, but this weekend he was gracious enough to join us for part 3 in our series, Meeting (again) for the First Time.
And his topic was a good one...BOYFRIEND GOD! Fr. Abraham addresses the question: how can I believe in God if I don’t feel His presence at all times?Read More
For those of you who are keeping track at home, it’s now been 46 days since Easter Sunday. While that may not mean much to you, it certainly means a lot to me. Why? Because that means that we are in one of my favorite seasons of the entire Church year – the period after the Ascension of the Lord Jesus into heaven (40th day after Resurrection), but before the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (50th day after Resurrection).
One of the best things about the Orthodox church is the balance that it gives to our spiritual lives through the various seasons of the year. There’s a season for fasting and a season for feasting! A season for focusing on repentance and a season for focusing on rejoicing! A season for solitude and a season for mission!Read More
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:25-26)
I HATE WAITING! I’m not alone am I? We all hate waiting don’t we? Raise your hand if you’ve done any of these in the past week…
- Honked at the car in front of you the second that the light turns green if they don’t start moving immediately?
- Put a plate of food in the microwave for 30 seconds and then stopped it after 27 ½ seconds – unable to wait any longer?
- Pushed the elevator button 15 times while waiting for it come – somehow thinking that if you push it more, it’ll come faster (makes perfect sense in our heads doesn’t it?)
WE HATE WAITING! We hate waiting at the grocery store. We hate waiting in traffic. And we hate waiting on God.
It seems like such a waste of time, doesn’t it? Life would be soooooo much better if we didn’t have to wait. If we had WHAT we wanted WHEN we wanted it. Right here…right now… no waiting. Give it to me NOW NOW NOW!!!Read More
What do you do when there's nothing you can do?
When you're waiting for solutions that don't seem to be coming? When the problems just won't seem to get any better? When the more you try to fix them, the worse they get? What do you do when there's nothing you can do?
That's goal of our newest series at The Well called IN THE WAITING ROOM. What do you do when you're in the "waiting room" seasons of life - waiting for an answer that doesn't seem to be coming?
If you (or someone you know) is going through one of those waiting room seasons of life, check out the video above. I won't say that it'll solve all your problems; but hopefully it will help you find hope within them.
Waiting, waiting, waiting. No one likes to wait. I certainly don’t and I’ll bet you don’t either. Waiting at the doctor’s office, waiting for the cable guy, waiting for a job, waiting in traffic…WAITING WAITING WAITING. Sometimes it seems like we spend more time waiting than actually doing what we were trying to do in the first place!
It’s because of my disdain for waiting (aka, my impatience) that I don’t really enjoy going out to eat. If there’s one thing that my wife would change about me if she could, it’s this. I’d always prefer to stay home and eat leftovers out of the fridge as opposed to going out to eat – especially at a sit down restaurant!
Why? BECAUSE I HATE WAITING.Read More