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Author: Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith

Rushing to Christmas?

Rushing to Christmas?

Less than three weeks to Christmas – how are you doing? Are you feeling expectant or are you rushing through the season of Advent? Are you rushing to Christmas without seeing the beauty of waiting? The worst case of the scenario for you is rushing to Christmas by stringing together a constant stream of trivial pursuits, leaving you overwhelmed, exhausted, and your credit card maxed out. Let me tell you, this is not the purpose of the Advent season. A…

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The Comfort of God’s Presence

The Comfort of God’s Presence

When a tragedy strikes, people don’t need words, they just want somebody to be there for them, right? So let’s not stress about what to say, let’s just be there for them. Isn’t it amazing how we are comforted through the presence of others? Just think how much more the comfort of God’s presence will do wonders in our lives. So we all need comfort from time to time. We don’t – even though we might think so – need…

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Only the Fullness of God Satisfies

Only the Fullness of God Satisfies

Fullness is something we crave for, right? We yearn for it. Yet when we receive it, most often than not, we are not satisfied. We’re either too full or we crave now for something else. How come fullness is so elusive? Maybe because we look for the wrong kind of fullness. The only kind of fullness that can satisfy us is the fullness of God. Being too full of food or candy is not pleasant no matter how good the…

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Gratitude Blesses You

Gratitude Blesses You

What do you think? Is gratitude another chore on your to-do list or is it something that blesses you? It might feel it takes more than you have but once we learn to count our blessings, it starts giving instead of taking. I’ve learned that gratitude blesses you. And when we learn this, we can’t live without it. First of all, it teaches us to pay attention to our lives. How else could we find things to be grateful for,…

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The Cost of Soft Living

The Cost of Soft Living

God has promised to never abandon us. Quite a promise, don’ you think? If God is this good to us, why then do we abandon him? We might think we are fond of God but our everyday choices speak otherwise. Somehow, God is far from our mind when we decide how we spend our days, weeks, years, our life. Yet we are called to follow Christ, not the tv schedule. The cost of soft living can be very high. On…

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I-do-it-later Kind of Faith

I-do-it-later Kind of Faith

How do you respond to your computer’s update requests? Do you delay them? An hour? Until tomorrow? Next week? I keep doing it. Pushing the inevitable to a later date. Then I got thinking, do we do that to our faith too? Do we delay the needed conversion or updating of our faith? Has your faith become an I-do-it-later kind of faith? Do you delay going to God until you have got your act together or when you have more…

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Are you afraid of the unknown?

Are you afraid of the unknown?

Are you afraid of the unknown? Many of us keep away from the unknown paths and prefer to stay in the comfort zone where we can handle things. But we are not called to stay where we can handle things. We are called to go wherever God leads us and let him handle things for us. With the wise words of Corrie Ten Boom “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” We do not need…

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Impossible Prayers

Impossible Prayers

How is your prayer life? Are you praying impossible prayers? Or do you settle for nice little prayers? I hope you choose to pray big, bold prayers. Because that tells me your God is big and mighty. You see, “God delights in answering our impossible prayers” as Bob Goff has put it. God delights in you asking for impossible things. Because that tells him that you a) need him, b) you believe he can do mighty things, and c) you…

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How to Navigate Life When You Are Clueless

How to Navigate Life When You Are Clueless

Navigating life is hard. We need to make thousands of little decisions with too little information. Yet those decisions slowly change the course of our life. What to do then? How to navigate life when you are clueless? We do not want to settle for less than God’s will for us, right? You know that is the ultimate best thing for us. But how can we do that? How can we navigate life when we are clueless? We can get…

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God Wants an Opportunity

God Wants an Opportunity

The difference between religion and faith is huge. They might look a lot alike at first but they could not be much more different. People who practice religion try to become good on their own. And people who practice faith know they can’t become good on their own. Hence they surrender to Jesus daily and by doing so let the Holy Spirit work in them. And that’s all God needs. He needs an opportunity to enter our lives. Then he…

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