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The Growing Christians Devotional blog contains short, timely posts by Ron Reid and Catherine Reid.




A Day of Mindfulness

This past weekend some Buddhists held a “Day of Mindfulness” in my town. I read in the newspaper announcement that they would be training people on indoor sitting meditation (bring your own mat if possible) y, weather permitting, outdoor walking meditation. Curiosamente, the conference was held at the local Friends Meeting House—another group that emphasizes [...]

Casting Your Cares On Him

A couple days ago my son brought home from school that ominous paper that comes home each spring. It says, and I am paraphrasing, “If you put teacher requests for next year in writing we might consider them but don’t count on it. We get to stick your child in whatever classroom we want.” Now begins a [...]

Setting God Always Before You

I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have [...]

How Did You Do?

Wow! It’s March already! How did you do with our February goals? If you were able to establish some new habits, take a minute to thank God for the strength and determination He gave you. Thank Him for the results you are already seeing in your life, like answered prayers, an increased ability to understand [...]

What God Can Do With Quiet #2

Are you worried that seeking silent, private times alone seems the opposite of “Christian?” Aren’t we supposed to love and serve other people? How can we do that when we are always trying to steal away by ourselves? Aren’t we being selfish? Henri Nouwen has something to say about this issue: these times actually enable [...]

What God Can Do With Quiet

Henri Nouwen, who wrote many books on spirituality, says that times of solitude and silence are the furnaces of transformation God uses in our lives. Without them, “we remain victims of our society and continue to be entangled in illusions” of ourselves. Here is how Nouwen says they work. Primero, periods of quiet time alone remove [...]

Why Get Quiet?

Why get quiet? Is there something wrong with DJs, music and TV news? No. Not usually. It’s just that they conspire to keep us from things that are so much better. Like prolonged thought. Like remembering the person who you volunteered to pray for and then forgot all about. Like realizing that the situation that’s troubling you [...]

Got Quiet?

This post is dedicated to the blog reader whoin response to my suggesting a book yesterday for those of you who thought we might be moving too slowly—-asked if there was a book for those who think we are moving too fast. The challenge for March will not take any extra time out of your [...]

Underhill on Planning the Spiritual Life

A few more thoughts from Evelyn Underhill’s The Spiritual Life: Many people seem to think that the spiritual life necessarily requires a definite and exacting plan of study. It does not. But it does require a definite plan of life, and courage in sticking to the plan….New mental and emotional habits must be formed, all our interests re-arranged [...]

Evelyn Underhill on Habits

Evelyn Underhill wrote prolifically during the 1920s and 30s about the spiritual life and what it means to be holy. Many people would describe her as a mystic, so deep and contemplative was her spiritual walk. Yet the thrust of her life’s work was to make a deeper spiritual walk accessible to “normal” people living [...]