Listen to Me (Jesus Calling)…

For many of us, one devotional source just isn’t enough – we crave variety. Jesus Calling is becoming a favorite, particularly because the passages are written as though coming directly from Jesus.

“…Instead of scrutinizing your checklist, focus your attention on My presence with you. This continual contact with Me will keep you in My Peace…”

~ May 6th devotional passage from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

During the pandemic this brings a wry grin. Our checklists, planning and actions will be important. Without the focus on all considerations with God at the center, they can become like treading water however. It helps to relax and focus on faith even in frenzied situations, allowing the peace that passeth all understanding to be with us as we journey together …

ACTION: If you have a few minutes today, find a quiet place, sit calmly and enjoy time with God with no words necessary.

May you enjoy this day, drawing nearer to Jesus every step of the way!




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 10, 2020:


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Wilderness Times – journaling Christian experiences…

I’ve always felt a bit of a “Purposes kindred spirit” relationship with Rick Warren. After all, a few years before Rick published Purpose Driven Life (PDL,) my buddy Lee and I developed and presented “Purposes For Life” workshops with lots of themes consistent with PDL. When my brother, Thad, mentioned he likes Rick’s daily devotional posting, it seemed worth a try and I’m glad I have (thanks Thad!)

In an email post from 2016, Rick talks about the importance of journaling the key lessons in our Christian experience. This is of particular value when in wilderness times…

“Some of you are in the wilderness right now. Remember this: The way to the Promised Land is through the wilderness. You’ve got to go through that waiting period. You’ve got to go through that desert. You’ve got to go through that dry spell.” 

~ Rick Warren in Small Lessons Lead to Big Successes post

That commentary is consistent with the concept of “fallow time” that Bill Bridges discusses in the book Transitions. In order to have a proper ending and a positive new beginning, we must go through the wilderness/fallow time. The lessons we learn about ourselves during such times are substantial, and it’s worth writing down your “aha” moments.

POSSIBLE ACTION: Know someone going through such a wilderness right now, especially during this pandemic? If so, consider forwarding this email and/or Rick’s post along with a little encouragement? With prayer, encouragement and love (plus a little journaling?), we’ll all make it to the promised land!

May you have a wonderful day, filled with the Spirit!

P.S. this one bears repeating – it was originally posted in January, 2016…




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 3, 2020:


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Let us rejoice…

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24 

Continuing this Eastertide journey in pandemic times can be unsettling. Stores closing. Vaccine timing uncertain. Celebrations changed/postponed/canceled. 

Yet our Bible verse encourages us to rejoice and be glad. As you start this day, thank God for this creation and the part we get to play in making this world a better place. 

Then….time to go out and do just that!

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!


But does it get the worm? 🙂


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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 3, 2020:


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Beautiful, worshipful music…

Here I Am to Worship

The Church’s One Foundation

Do you have one to add? If so, please add it in the comments section, ideally with notation of where (minutes) in the YouTube it is played…

PRAYER: O God, help us to come to love you in such substantial ways that we can separate from those actions which are not bringing us and others closer to you… Amen

May the Spirit move through you vibrantly during this Easter season!




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 3, 2020:


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…break, blow, burn…

” o’erthrow me, and bend Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new

~ John Donne, Sonnet XIV

Donne describes influences of the Spirit and the human condition in the full sonnet (click HERE.) One beauty of reading such prose is the recognition that someone else filled with faith also experiences similar feelings to our own! Read the passion of his interest in separating from evil ways. Ever feel that yourself?

PRAYER: O God, help us to come to love you in such substantial ways that we can separate from those actions which are not bringing us and others closer to you… Amen

May the Spirit move through you vibrantly during this Easter season!




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 3, 2020:


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Activities for Kids…

Another day, another WOW moment. In the midst of this TERRIBLE pandemic, can you believe all the wonderful things arising?

Here are some valuable resources for those living/working/experiencing times with children: the KIDS section on the Our Daily Bread Coronavirus page!

Specifically, the 30-day edition of ODB for Kids is really nice. It’s a mixture of Christian background and fun facts for children in the 6-10 year-old range. And HERE is a Spring/Easter story read aloud for younger children.

There are many other resources on that Coronavirus page, some of which may be a focus for future posts…

PRAYER: Loving, caring Creator – calm us on this day. Move through us with reminders of your love, experienced in many ways, including the wonderful plants and creatures (including humans!) all around us. We are your thankful and hopeful people… Allellujah. Amen

May the Spirit move through you vibrantly during this Easter season!




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, April 26, 2020:


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Earth Day…

This CAC post about Mysticism and Eco-Spirituality seems appropriate on this 50th anniversary of Earth Day. How do we think about this planet we live on along with the plants, animals and other living things?

PRAYER: Loving, caring Creator – calm us on this Earth Day. Move through us with reminders of your love, experienced in many ways, including the wonderful plants and creatures all around us. We are your grateful and hopeful people about our earth despite some of humanity’s behaviors. Amen

May the Spirit move through us vibrantly during this Easter season!




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, April 26, 2020:


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How Great Thou Art!

Wow – just listened to this version of How Great Thou Art as a starter to the morning. Jennifer Hudson and Pentatonix do an inspiring rendition.

If you can, take a walk in nature today. Focus on the plants and critters. Maybe even a spider spinning a web?

Thank God for the creation of this wonderful world, even in the midst of this pandemic. Our God, how great Thou art!!!

PRAYER: Loving, caring Creator – calm us on this day. Move through us with reminders of your love, experienced in many ways, including the wonderful, plants, animals and humans all around us. We are your thankful and hopeful people… Allellujah. Amen

May the Spirit move through you vibrantly during this Easter Octave!

P.S. Have you taken time with Celtic Daily Prayer? If you enjoyed that time, consider purchase of their CD – the music enhances the experience substantially, including our opportunity to sing these fabulous words [available on itunes HERE. CP gains no benefit from your purchase, except knowing your joy from the enhancement 🙂 ]




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, April 19, 2020:


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Celtic Daily Prayer…

“A regular cycle of daily prayers constitutes the essential rhythm of life around which other activities can take their proper place.” ~ Daily Office webpage

Join us in our Daily Prayer. What a nice welcome on this Northumbria Community webpage!

Start today with morning prayer to get a sense of the practice. What a fantastic way to spend some early minutes with our Creator! [Should you eventually choose to invest in their CD or e-book, you will experience many of the words you are saying, beautifully put to music too.]

POSSIBLE ACTION FOR TODAY: Try morning, midday and evening prayer today using the links on the Daily Prayer webpage.

PRAYER: Loving, caring Creator – calm us on this day. Move through us with reminders of Christ – behind us…beside us…ahead of us. Amen.

May the Spirit move through you vibrantly during this Easter Octave!




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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Celtic Daily Prayer
  • CP Prayer Page – containing LOADS of possibilities…

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, April 19, 2020:


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Easter music…Beautiful!


On this Easter Monday, may this music uplift us…

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!



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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from New Zealand Prayer Book (bottom of first page shown HERE)
  • Lenten Prayer by Rev. Dr. LP Jones: opportunities to read or listen

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, April 19, 2020:


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