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August 27, 2022

Courage Retreat

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others. ~Aristotle Living an authentic life and being a person of integrity takes courage. We need it for the smallest acts of truth telling and the biggest commitments. Through reflection and prayer, we’ll look closely at this first of human qualities. We will explore what it means and name our own people of courage. These processes will guide us in uncovering the fears that hold…

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Courage retreat
October 1, 2021

Fear Not

The phrase 'Fear not' and similar wording is mentioned over and over again in the Bible. Clearly this is a message that God wants to make sure that we hear! It's been very difficult not to have deep feelings of fear during the pandemic though, right? So, let's take time today to refresh our hearts and minds with the scripture below. Then, take a few moments of silence to unwind, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, relax your…

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prayer, fear not
December 11, 2020

Fear Not

During the pandemic, when we are bombarded with news of climbing COVID rates, it's difficult not to feel afraid. When we leave our homes, we even have to wear a visible sign of this caution - our face masks. It's easy to become overwhelmed with anxiety this year. So, today we thought it would be good to go back to the basics of our faith. Please take a few quiet moments and prayerfully read some of the many verses in…

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Bible on altar
October 30, 2020

Prayer for Election Day

As election day approaches, many of us are overwhelmed by the tension amongst voters. We offer today's prayer as a way to give our election fears and anxiety over to God. May we focus on the gratitude for the opportunity to vote, a common ground that we can all find comfort in. Let us pray... Prayer for the Election Year of a President God of mercy, our nation is in a time of great transition. With all of the injustice…

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prayer for election
September 18, 2020

Palms Up Way of Life

Today's post is by a familiar face at our Center, Sales Manager Rainey Taylor. She offers a wonderful analogy that can be applied as we continue to face this time of uncertainty. Let's set aside a quiet moment to read her thoughts. Palms Up Way of Life by Rainey Taylor “The final forming of a person’s character lies in their hands.” – Anne Frank “So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands…

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Re-Imaging prayer
June 25, 2020

Our Fears

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers today's spiritual post. Let's take a quiet moment to reflect on these wise words... Our Fears About twenty-five years ago, I had an injury to my neck and my doctor sent me for an MRI. I was afraid and dreading this – having to lie down motionless in that narrow, enclosed tube. As soon as I got in there, I felt a bit claustrophobic and I quickly decided to do two things: keep my eyes closed…

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May 5, 2020

Pausing Fear, Choosing Joy

We are thrilled to be able to host author Mary DeTurris Poust at our Center for a special weekend retreat next summer! (The retreat will be posted on our website soon.) A gifted writer, Mary offers eloquent spiritual inspiration and shares her recent blog post with us today. To learn more about her and read other posts on her blog, click here. Pausing Fear, Choosing Joy The past month has been a dance of gratitude and fear. Gratitude that, so…

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April 23, 2020

Let Your Love Flow

We're so grateful for another post by Retreat & Conference Center presenters Susan Boruff and Kathy Anderson. They will be at our Center June 17-21 to present, “Healing Our World One Person at a Time: Discovering How God’s Love Transforms Ourselves, Our Families, Our Communities and Our World”.  To learn more about the retreat and these presenters, please click here. Let’s take a moment to breathe as we read Susan’s post. There is also a meditation at the end by…

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ministry retreat, lost and found
April 13, 2020

For Such a Time as This

Rainey Taylor is a familiar face at the Center. She is our Sales Manager and assists many groups to secure their reservations and make arrangements for the group's meeting room, housekeeping and dining needs. Rainey brings today's reflection during this Easter season. “For Such a Time as This” This morning I heard a devotion based on one of my favorite scriptures from the Old Testament. It is a scripture from the book of Esther. The scripture I am referring to…

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