Author: Dana Smith

Manna I Don’t Like

“…and thank you God for the manna I did not like.” I’m not even sure what else he prayed after that. Those words were just hanging there like a giant neon sign flashing in my brain. You know how it feels when something lands just right and you become acutely aware that you need to pay attention? Yeah, it was like that. “Those ungrateful Israelites” I have often read the account of the Israelites’ 40-year journey through the desert and scoffed at their lack of gratitude for God’s provision. Their shoes didn’t wear out for 40 years and their...

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Labyrinth of Love

I recently attended a silent retreat with several members of my church. We met as a group once or twice a day where our director shared some Scriptures and a word to guide our time with the Lord. – Dana Smith, Women’s Equipping Coordinator “ARRIVE” “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matt. 11:28...

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The Set-Up I hate New Year’s resolutions! I think this hatred is tied to my lifelong fear of failure. It seems like there is so much pressure to make a declaration of our grand intentions for the coming year, but then how often do we really keep these resolutions? If you are like me…not very often. So it is like setting myself up for failure! For me this is because any resolutions I might make in the pressure of the season are most likely MY idea based on the shoulds and oughts that are haunting me at the time. ...

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And I did forget things. And my teaching wasn’t perfect. But God still moved and lives were still changed. I didn’t do my job perfectly…or even as well as I would have liked…but I was at rest on my insides, connected to God and connected to community. That is huge.

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