Entries by pete

Why Advent?

To say the celebration of Christmas has become part of a secularized marketing juggernaut should not surprise anyone. From the middle of October through the end of the year, people are subjected to an increased and intense campaign to spend money. Our secular culture is an economic one, and consumer spending is the largest piece of the economic engine that drives it.

Why Advent?

To say the celebration of Christmas has become part of a secularized marketing juggernaut should not surprise anyone. From the middle of October through the end of the year, people are subjected to an increased and intense campaign to spend money. Our secular culture is an economic one, and consumer spending is the largest piece of the economic engine that drives it.

The More I Seek You

“The More I Seek You” by Steffany Gretzinger has been a beloved song for a while. Recently, as I’ve started to learn more about the feminine/mothering Heart of God this has taken on a deeper and more vulnerable meaning for me.

The More I Seek You

“The More I Seek You” by Steffany Gretzinger has been a beloved song for a while. Recently, as I’ve started to learn more about the feminine/mothering Heart of God this has taken on a deeper and more vulnerable meaning for me. When I let this song wash over me I am often taken to a place where I sit on the lap of God as Mama and receive unconditional love like I’ve never known.  This version with Jeremy Riddle is especially effective at opening me to that place in my own heart where I can receive.

I Felt Seen

Before the True Pursuit weekend, my husband and I had what you would call a good marriage.  We loved each other and worked well as a team but we both knew something was missing.  He struggled to lead and I felt pressure to be everything to him and our kids. Neither one of us had any kind of guidance in our lives.  Flying blind would be the best way to describe it! When he went to the weekend I had no high hopes of anything special.

Loving God

In preparation for my talk for the MI True Pursuit weekend I wrote some thoughts down.  When I shared this stream-of-conscious writing from the Tuesday evening before the retreat with Ross and Mark while we were at Michindoh, they suggested that this would make a great Blog entry.  So here are some thoughts…

It Is Well

One of my all time favorites is “It Is Well” by Bethel. It is such a good reminder that in this world there will be trouble…earth quaked, seas shaken and stirred, and seemingly unmovable mountains will threaten and intimidate us in order to get our eyes off of the source of all hope, love, joy, and peace.

Whose Line?

I used to like to watch the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway” hosted by Drew Carey. The show consisted of a panel of three or four performers who create characters, scenes and songs on the spot, in the style of short-form improvisation games. Topics for the games were based on either audience suggestions or predetermined prompts from the host. While sometimes a little coarse, watching the performers act out different situations on impulse was hilarious.

God’s Beloved Sons

On a recent podcast I heard John Eldredge ask this question, “is that even a category you think in?” As I listened, I thought about categories. Or as Dan Allender would say, our assumptions by which we see the world, or operate in our world. In the world of spiritual transformation there are some categories which are important for us to understand, but often we give little attention to them, if any.