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My sister wrote a wonderful piece on SisterBlog that fits here: A little glimpse into the differences in worship between the typical American experience and those living and serving in other countries. Here is an excerpt:

Being with these women was inspiring to me on so many levels, so many more than I have time to delve into here. I think the most inspiring part was in the stark contrast between their hunger for the experiencing of worship together as sisters in Christ, and our North American complacency at times. In my world (and as is the case with most who live in America), you can find a place to worship corporately at any given hour of any given day. Homes, churches, Bible studies, colleges, youth groups, worship concerts, retreats…the list is endless. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of corporate worship–available any time, anywhere. This is not so for these precious friends of mine in eastern Europe. They gather together once, maybe twice each year, with other missionaries serving Josiah Venture in various countries throughout the eastern block. And when they do gather, time is at a premium. They know the days and hours are limited, and it’s obvious they don’t intend to waste a moment of it.

Read the post here: http://sisterblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/heart-of-worship/

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Heart of Worship

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in The Heart, Worship

 

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Cultivating Contentment

My girlfriends and I just started a new Saturday morning study. It’s called, “Cultivating Contentment.” Now doesn’t that just sound incredibly inviting? When I first heard of this book, my blood pressure dropped. (That’s a good thing!)  Who couldn’t use a little more contentment in their day? In their life?

This group of women meets every other Saturday in my home. We call it “LINKgroup,” a name our local church gives to smaller groups of people who have varying interests and commonalities (moms, singles, women, men, couples, young adults and on and on) who get together and encourage one another, because we are “better together.” The significance of “link” is the carabiner used (along with other devices) to attach one climber to another in a challenging ascent. I love that.

I belong to three LINKgroups. Some climbs are steeper than others but all are good for the heart and soul. (If we had a LINKgroup that actually hiked while we studied, it would be good for the lungs and legs as well! Hmmmm… a new idea…)

The climb for this study, Cultivating Contentment, promises to be slow and steady, like a beautiful trail gently ascending through the woods, criss-crossing clear streams, and summiting at a lovely spot overlooking all that would attempt to pull us down into negativity and discontent. A pretty picture; a nice analogy. But one I believe will be spot on.

I promise to report our progress. But in the meantime, here is a little treat to treasure:

“Because we live in a fallen world, we will experience negatives in our lives. Heartache and disappointment will come our way. We experience ‘stuff’  we don’t deserve, don’t want, and can’t send back. It’s ours. But thanks be to God, nothing happens in this world that He doesn’t know about and that He can’t handle.”   ~ Thelma Wells

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2011 in Contentment

 

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