Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Patience

  • For Your Patience and Your Kindness: Hosanna by Kirk Franklin +

    The angels bow down at the thought of You The darkness gives way to the light for You The price Read More
  • Fruit of Patience by Sylvia Gunter +

    Beloved child of God, listen to your Father's heart and his ways for you in Galatians 5:22-23,25. "But the fruit Read More
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randy_kathyBe not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds; then you will know the good, acceptable and perfect will of God. - Romans 12:2

The term ‘paradigm shift’ is popular in this century. It signifies the changing from one way of thinking and doing to another. We breeze along in life thinking a certain way and Boom!, there is a totally different way of seeing the same issue.

This shifting happened to me during my sophomore year in college. I was striving intently to succeed in academics, financially, and in relationships. But I was hitting a wall. The harder I tried the more I fell short. Yet my persistence only caused me to hit the wall harder. I was not a quitter. I would win.

Part of my ‘winning’ was to understand God the way I wanted him understood. To me he was a beneficent clock-winder, who started the universe and waited for each of us to make a mistake. I knew this to be true because of the pangs of guilt and frustration I would feel whenever I fell short. Publicly it didn’t happen often because I controlled my public image, but internally I was dying from not reaching my self-made standards.

Grace was a concept that changed my paradigm. Grace said God loved me for who I was; I thought that it was up to me to make things right. This paradigm meant God was presently alive and active in human history and my life. I resisted this thinking. But I could not make things right, any more than a dirty man can make himself clean by washing in the mud. Eventually I succumbed…giving credence that this might be true and asking God to validate if it was true…if He was truly there. He did, He was and Is.

I’m not sure what paradigms you hold true that may not be true. If one of them concerns a distant God, you may want to think again.

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • The Lives of the Mystics-an interview with Emilie Griffin +

    An interview with Emilie Griffin—author of the new book Wonderful and Dark Is This Road—on the lives of Mystics and how they Read More
  • We Shall All Be Reunited by Patty Griffin +

    Where is now my father's familyThat was here so long ago?Sitting 'round the kitchen firesideBrightened by the ruddy glow Read More
  • Doorways into the prayer life by Emilie Griffin +

    Emilie Griffin spoke at a 1999 Renovaré International Conference Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Freedom of Simplicity, Richard Foster +

    In Freedom of Simplicity Foster gently encourages us to see that our identity, our sense of comfort and security must Read More
  • Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster +

    The Path to Spiritual Growth The book on spiritual disciplines. Read More
  • Spiritual Classics, Richard Foster and Emilie Griffiin +

    Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines Good collection of essays, saints throughout the ages. A Read More
  • Prayer by Richard Foster +

    A prayer Richard Foster uses when beginning a time of contemplation: By the authority of Almighty God, I surround myself Read More
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