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Disciple’s Faith

Disciple’s Faith 2560 1920 Nicole

Sometimes faith is believing that you are enough, that I am enough – believing that God’s love is the only true standard – and that if I fall short in loving others (or even myself), God’s love has covered even that. Because, you know, grace.
Faith gives us the courage to be vulnerable.
God promised that this new covenant will mean that every bit of who God is and God’s intention for creation will already be writ large on their hearts. This hope is timeless. As it was for the Israelites, so it is for us. Faith is what got them through it all, and it is faith that moves us now.
We can be fewer in number, decreasing in mobility and endurance – and permeate the community, disciple with nothing but who we are. And that is enough. Because God alone, is enough.

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Inherent Attention

Inherent Attention 2560 1920 Nicole

God is mindful of us. God is attentive to us. We are also created in the very image of God, so we are inherently predisposed to pay attention to one another. First, we must believe God IS. That is faith. Faith moves us. Faith isn’t just repeating lines we heard at church or in a song. It moves us toward a path, a way of being, or course of action. Otherwise, it is just memorizing facts for a test – one that doesn’t give us credit in any university or trade school. And it is an act of discipleship.

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Love is Faith is Love – Day Seventeen

Love is Faith is Love – Day Seventeen Nicole

A full century before I came into this world, Amy Carmichael was born in Ireland. Like me, she was the first-born in her family. Ultimately she would live 55 years in India developing a community that rescued children from temple prostitution, nurturing and enabling them to do the same. Her life story, journal confessions and…

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Confirming Love – Day Seven

Confirming Love – Day Seven Nicole

Today was Confirmation Sunday at our church. It was such an honor to hear the brief description each student shared about what confirmation means to him or her, along with a meaningful verse. Each one was a benediction and a prayer for the congregation, at once affirming their place in the community and reinforcing the…

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Faithful Fifties – Day Two

Faithful Fifties – Day Two 150 150 Nicole

You may have heard of this resource called Google? Apparently, all the kids are using it these days. I jest, of course, but cannot restrain a groan when my kids lament the lack of speed with which their search tab opens and employ the term ‘google’ as a verb, and I recall those early days…

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Lenten Prayer Practice – Day Twenty-Eight

Lenten Prayer Practice – Day Twenty-Eight Nicole

Where is #darkness in my life in which I need faith to see light? #helpmyunbelief With God even #darknessislight Holy Trinity, center me now that I may notice Your creative intention, nest in the broad, safe space of Your presence, and intentionally nurture another with the same. What word or phrase do I notice on…

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Lenten Prayer Practice – Day Sixteen

Lenten Prayer Practice – Day Sixteen 150 150 Nicole

Where am I to go today? #Beloved #godisalreadythere Holy Trinity, center me now that I may notice Your creative intention, nest in the broad, safe space of Your presence, and intentionally nurture another with the same. What word or phrase do I notice on which I may center: Exodus 17:5-7 God said to Moses, “Go on out…

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Lenten Prayer Practice – Day Twelve

Lenten Prayer Practice – Day Twelve 150 150 Nicole

Ballycotten Cliffs, Ireland #FaithOfAMustardSeed From where does my help come? What does your faith motivate me to do? Holy Trinity, center me now that I may notice Your creative intention, nest in the broad, safe space of Your presence, and intentionally nurture another with the same. What word or phrase do I notice on which…

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Take the Byway, That’s the Best! (Ottawa, part 2)

Take the Byway, That’s the Best! (Ottawa, part 2) 150 150 Nicole

English: View at the West end of Wellington Street, Upper Bytown, looking East, 1845. Watercolour. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. The native Ottawa people used the “Great River” (now known as the Ottawa River) for centuries as a trade route. When settlers arrived, a canal was constructed as a bypass…

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Falling Gracefully

Falling Gracefully 150 150 Nicole

English: Blind Faith by Richard MacDonald (Photo credit: Wikipedia) What kind of imprint do I really want to make on this world, in my life, on the people that surround me? Richard Rohr reflects on two possibilities: “Kingdom people are history makers. They break through the small kingdoms of this world to an alternative and…

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