Flowing Faith


Welcome to Flowing Faith! I’m so glad you stopped by! My name is Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke and I am a writer/speaker/teacher. I hold a Doctor of Theology degree in Religious Education from the University of Helsinki. I have taught at the university level in both the United States (Concordia College, Moorhead, MN) and Finland (the University of Helsinki and the University of Jyväskylä). Now I live in Finland with my husband and our two children.

I write on things related to Christian spirituality, Christian living, spiritual formation, growing in faith or what it is to be a follower of Christ in today’s world. I aim to encourage my fellow pilgrims on their journey of faith. If you are or want to be a follower of Christ this blog is for you.


FLOWING FAITH is a blog for talking of God so that everyone might know the love of God, receive the grace of Christ, and live in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

“I said to the almond tree: ‘Speak to me of God’ and the almond tree blossomed.” (Nikos Kazantzakis,“The Fratricides”,1964) My calling is to blossom and bear fruit by talking of God so that everyone might know the love of God, receive the grace of Christ and live in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

I will be writing less at Flowing Faith in the coming months (May-August 2017) because I need more time to write a book manuscript. I am hoping and praying that I could finish it over the summer months but we will see. My posting schedule will be Tuesday-Friday from now on. I will be looking forward to interacting with you then. Also, I welcome your prayers for the project and anything and everything that surrounds it. Thank you very much for your understanding.

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Abundant blessings to you! I would love to hear from you!

  • Who wouldn’t need support on the pilgrim… LB

    • Mari-Anna

      Thank you, Lasse! God bless you!

  • Fred

    May His Redeaming Love Overtake You Daily As You Bloom In Testimony Of Our Great God 

    • Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Thank you so much, Fred, for your sweet prayer! May God bless you and keep you now and forever!

  • Mari-Anna! Many blessings to you in this ministry of encouragement in which you are engaged; I know that I’ll be “visiting” with some frequency. Your brother in Christ, Bradn

  • Samantha

    Thank you for your article on finding the Will of God. Very reassuring.

  • Jhen Verdan

    thank you so much for all the encouragement…every word really strikes to my heart…
    i pray that God will bless you more and your family. =)

    • Thank you so much, for your kind words and blessings! Come back often!
      May God continue to encourage you on your journey. Blessings upon

  • Thank you so much, for your kind words and blessings! Come back often! May God continue to encourage you on your journey. Blessings upon blessings!

  • Hi, this is to inform you that you have been nominated for The Reader Appreciation Award (http://reflectionsintheword.org/2012/05/04/the-reader-appreciation-award/).  🙂

    May God continue to Bless and use your ministry for encourage the saints.

  • Marlene Braxton

    Hey Sister in Christ!

    I was delighted to find you amoung my tweets this morning.  Social Media is a new ministerial device for me–but, already I see the merits in your ministry. May God continue to bless us with your insightful and encouraging blog ministry, Flowing Faith. 
    I am teaching transition for women through Vision, Intuition, Relationships, Timing, Uniqueness and Energy! at Lessonsinvirtue@wordpress.com. Check it out should time permit.  BE BLESSED MORE AND MORE!


    • Hello Marlene!
      Very nice to meet you! Social Media is a great way to reach people for God. Thanks so much for your kind words. I will visit your website soon, too. Great to connect with you! Stay in touch! Abundant blessings!

  • Gertrude Nonterah

    Hello Mari-Anna, I found your blog through Missional Women. I love your focus on the blog so much. I am following and look forward to interacting more with you through our blogs.

    Gertrude @ http://www.achosenremnant.com

  • Mari-Anna ~ I was reading your about page and found it interesting that you taught at Concordia College in Moorhead Mn – I am originally from Minnesota and know exactly where the college is. I look forward to reading more of your posts. God’s riches blessings to you!

  • Alicia Elmore Pfahler

    Hi, Mari-Anna~ I found your blog through A Holy Experience. Thank you for encouraging me today. I am a Christian counselor in Florida and am interested in similar topics as you: spiritual formation, encouragement, Father/Son/Holy Spirit relationship, etc. Thank you for your website and many blessings to you.

    • Thank you, Alicia, for leaving a note. Great to connect with you. Always a blessing to meet new people with similar interests. May God use us for his glory! Abundant blessings to you & yours!

  • Dr. Malak Nasr

    Amazing as H.S! Soft as God’s soul! Profound as Jesus’ mind!

  • Natasha

    Greetings from Athens, Greece Mari-Anna! I am so blessed to have stopped by your wonderful and encouraging blog. What an awesome Father we have!!! God bless you!

  • Vegan Greek Girl

    How about making the press this option available which allows others to share an excerpt of your article with a link?

  • Ginger Harrington

    You’re my first Finland friend. How I’d love to visit there sometime!

    • Oh, Ginger! I can’t believe I’ve somehow missed you comment here. Glad to be your first Finnish friend! Finland is at its best at summertime! Blessings upon blessings to you!

  • Elizabeth Giertz

    I really like that quote about blossoming and how you’ve related it to blooming for God… In fact that’s the theme of a message I’m giving in May. Blessings, new friend!

    • Elizabeth, how did you message go? So glad to connect with people who are seeking God and sharing his goodness with others. Thanks for commenting (and sorry I did not respond to you earlier). Blessings to you, friend!