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FEWER LIKES, MORE DELIGHT

Kaylea M. Hutson-Miller

Remember Dug, the hyperactive yet loving dog from the movie Up? Dug is easily distracted. Often in mid-sentence, he shouts, “Squirrel!”—and then pings…

Praying Simply

Taylor Gerlach, 17

Read what Jesus says about prayer in Matthew 6:5–13.

Jesus teaches us to be simple and humble in our prayers as well as in everyday life. Every once in a while, I talk with God in Spanish, my…

07/17/19 at 02:27 PM

Walking My Prayers

Richard Lawton

I have trouble sitting still to pray. My mind works better when my body is active. Every morning, I walk for an hour. For about forty-five minutes of that…

07/17/19 at 07:59 AM

SILENCE

David McCoy, 15

Discover God’s voice in the quiet in 1 Kings 19:11–13.

Silence is weird. I avoid silence by putting on music, texting a friend, or pulling up Angry Birds. Sitting still and doing nothing is not only unproductive, it’s strange…

07/16/19 at 11:21 AM

Learning to Be with Me

Chris Hughes

My older sister Sylvia and I had different styles of studying. She was neat and organized, and she needed peace and quiet so she could concentrate. Sylvia hated…

07/16/19 at 11:13 AM

Grant Marquardt

Teen Advisory Board Member

Where do you feel most relaxed?

“Out in the backcountry in the mountains. No distractions, no social media, nothing…

07/16/19 at 08:15 AM

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Pray for God’s World

The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

This week, offer prayers for the people of Djibouti and Somalia.

07/14/19 at 03:59 PM

To Love as God Loves

Loving Creator, thank you for fashioning us in your divine image. Please help us to see the same divine spark in other people. Give us grace so that the…

07/14/19 at 02:03 PM

For the Love of God

Sally Kamerling

Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31b (NRSV)

You are busy with church, school, homework, after-school sports and clubs, chores at home. In the hustle and bustle of every day, it’s hard to feel the presence of…

07/13/19 at 01:50 PM

LOVING AS CHRIST LOVED

Elizabeth Mann, 21

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Luke 6:31 (NIV)

We tend to judge by outward appearances. We see other people and immediately stereotype them or form our own opinions about who they are. Meanwhile, we miss out on…

07/13/19 at 08:57 AM

Serving Others

Maggie Haynes, 17

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Mark 10:45 (NIV)

My dad and I were standing in the checkout line at Walmart when a woman pushed her cart up behind us. It was filled with travel shampoo, sticks of…

07/12/19 at 01:30 PM

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