Volume 18.07 | July 2017

  • 01-gods_invitation

    God’s invitation

    In working on this issue of Activated, I came across this great quote: “Relationship with God isn’t about what you do, how you do it, or where you do it—it’s about knowing who God really is.” Even Jesus’ disciples struggled with really knowing God. One day when they were observing Jesus while He prayed, they noticed how […]

  • 02-the-day-bouncer-broke

    The day the bouncer broke 

    I was thrilled to be a new mother again. Allen was one of those happy, mellow little guys. I would put him in his bouncer, and he would be happy to sit there, awake or asleep, while I rocked the bouncer with one foot and sat in my chair and worked on my laptop. I […]

  • 03-the-prayer-principle

    The prayer principle

    “Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’”1 Prayer was an integral part of Jesus’ life and ministry. There are numerous references throughout the Gospels of Jesus praying. He taught His disciples to pray, they saw Him pray, they heard […]

  • 04-The-long-dark-night

    The long dark night

    I had walked to the health store, ten blocks from home, to pick up some vitamins. Though I loved walking and made this trip often, something felt different that day. I had fumbled with my change and forgotten my list. On my walk home I stopped at a crosswalk, waiting for the light to change. […]

  • 05-A-piece-of-peace

    A piece of peace

    Have you ever had one of those days where it seemed like the world was against you, and where it looked like everything that could go wrong, went wrong? It was February 29, a day that only comes every four years. Looking at a list of things that had fallen on my schedule for that day, it seemed […]

  • 06-communication-with-god

    Communication with God 

    “God finds ways to communicate with those who truly seek Him,” Christian author Philip Yancey wrote, “especially when we lower the volume of the surrounding static.” Nearly 300 years earlier, Isaac Newton made the same discovery, which he explained this way: “I can take my telescope and look millions of miles into space; but I […]

  • 07-Six-Steps-of-Meditative-Prayer

    Oasis of peace 

    Six Steps of Meditative Prayer  Step 1: Choose an appropriate location. Most people find that meditation is best in quiet, uncluttered surroundings, ideally away from where they work or spend most of their waking hours. A secluded spot outside can be especially conducive. Fresh air not only renews us physically, but it also helps to […]

  • 08-god-to-do-list

    God’s to-do list

    I’ve always been an accomplishment-oriented person. I prided myself in knowing what to do, having my to-do list all prioritized, with the most important tasks highlighted, circled, or written in large print. I’d zip around town, stopping here and there, knocking off the “minors” while on my way to accomplish another “major.” Some years back, […]

  • 09-gods-surprises

    God’s surprises

    The things we need to know, God tells us, and sometimes the things we want to know, He tells us; but often He throws a veil over the future so that it is known only to Him. In any case, regardless of what we know or don’t know, He’s promised to never leave nor forsake […]

  • 10-rest-in-me

    Rest in Me 

    I love it when you take time to commune with Me. There don’t even have to be words, prayers, or praises involved. We can commune in the spirit if you turn your thoughts toward Me and let your mind and spirit dwell there. We can be like two lovers who are happy at the thought […]