When Your Spiritual Growth Seems Stalled: Think About Going To The Spa Instead Of The Gym



This blog post is part of the Soul Spa blog tour. You can start reading it here and continue over at my friend Bronwyn’s site!

After church one Sunday, a member of our congregation jokingly announced that our services would be much shorter if he gave the sermon. He would edit the message down to a few key words:

“Listen up people—do good stuff.”

If he wasn’t joking, I think he may have missed the point. Yet, at the same time I think many of us view the Christian life as a life of doing. I know I did. Even though I received the gift of God’s grace, I still had the feeling that I had to do more in order to please God. To grow spiritually, I needed to put in the time. Ramp up the effot.

I think this was because I viewed Christian life as a gym. Subconsciously I felt a certain repetition of prayers or a prescribed number of memorized Bible verses would automatically make me a stronger Christian. After all, daily doing a few dozen reps of bicep curls inevitably results in stronger arms.

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Is Meditation Dangerous?

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This post is part of the Soul Spa blog tour. My new book is taking a tour around the Internet. You can catch the rest of this post at Natalie Eastman’s website. I remember clearly when a friend mentioned he was seeing a counselor who recommended meditation. “Clear your mind,” the counselor instructed. “Try to […]

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Soul Spa Blog Tour


I’m so excited to announce the kick-off of the Soul Spa blog tour! Some awesome blogger friends are helping other women find relief for their tired and weary souls by reading and writing about my brand-new book Soul Spa: 40 Days of Spiritual Renewal. The Soul Spa is where God  will meet you and care for […]

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6 Ways to Worship When Your Worship Has Grown Stale


The sky was bright with the setting sun. As the sun bounced it’s rays on the clouds the sky turned gold, then pink, then purple. I stopped watering my begonias for a minute and worshiped. I have to admit that too often the only worshiping I do is at church on Sunday morning. And sometimes […]

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Book Review: Women, Leadership and the Bible


I met Dr. Natalie Eastman at a retreat for writers. She nearly bubbled over with excitement for equipping women to study the Bible for themselves. She has since written a book on that topic. Women, Leadership, and the Bible: How Do I Know What to Believe? teaches women a five-step process for studying God’s Word […]

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Freedom From The Tyranny Of People-Pleasing

The Fourth of July is upon us–a day of celebration in our country. A time to celebrate the freedom we enjoy in America. A time to be thankful for the fact that we still have the freedom to worship God. With all the emphasis on freedom during the days ahead, it made me realize that […]

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5 Reasons We Avoid Solitude–And Why We Should Embrace It


  Voltaire wrote, “The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.” But how many of us really believe that? In today’s chaotic, noisy world, it’s easy to avoid solitude. We don’t really have to be alone. Even when we aren’t scheduled to be engaged with people, we can avoid solitude by stopping in a coffee shop humming […]

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The Number One Thing to Learn in a Period of Waiting

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  Elizabeth had a long wait. The Bible tells us that the mother of John the Baptist was “advanced in years” when she gave birth to him. Elizabeth waited a long time to be a mother. She probably questioned her purpose in life from time to time. But when she received the mission of bringing […]

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Great Expectations: What to Do When Life Disappoints

great expectations

  A while back, my husband and I were scrolling through Netflix, trying to find something to watch. I spied a movie with a plot line described as, “An accomplished pianist’s life takes a terrible turn. An aimless college students becomes her caregiver and the two form a bond that enriches both their lives.” The […]

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When You Need God’s Embrace


A little girl, not even two, was sitting with her mother in church. It was a new church for them, they had only attended there a couple of times. The little girl sat patiently through the hymns. She quietly listened to the Bible readings. But when the congregation stood for the reading of the Gospel […]

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