Hidden Work (Part 2): 5 Steps to Strengthening Your Spiritual Core

In last week’s blog post, we talked about how our spiritual core strength—or lack thereof—affects our walk with the Lord and as a result, our ministry to others. A weak physical core affects our whole bodies and eventually begins to cripple our ability to move effectively; I can attest to this personally. In the same way, when we fail to do the deep spiritual work necessary to keep our souls “in shape,” everything we do is affected. In other words, our walk with Jesus starts getting real wonky. 

It wouldn’t be very kind of us, though, to tell you what the problem is without giving you a solution. Therefore, here are the steps God has been working out in us to help develop us spiritually.

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Hidden Work (Part 1): Why a Strong Spiritual Core Matters

Where and how we walk is a frequent theme in God’s Word, but what I’ve realized recently is that we’re not walking where we should or how we should unless we’re willing to do the hidden work of deep spiritual formation. If we want to walk in public ministry, we have to be willing to take ourselves through intimate, private ministry. That having been said, this revelation came to me in kind of a weird way. 


At the end of December, Josiah and I finally decided we had to make an investment in our family’s health and re-institute our gym membership. We tried working out from home for a long time, but it just wasn’t working for us.

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Marriage Isn’t Easy

Can we be honest? Marriage isn’t easy.

 “But those who marry will have troubles in this life…” 1 Corinthians 7:28

We feel like it should be though, don’t we? 

Most of us entered into marriage with some kind of expectation – hope overwhelmed the reality of that verse. Surely, it can’t be that difficult, we think….

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A New Thing: How God is Creating Life in Desert Places

Over the summer, I found myself staring at my computer screen in horror. I felt my stomach plummet to my feet and my heart threaten to escape my ribcage. All our blog posts on our website—more than a decade of writing—was gone. My amateur efforts to switch hosting providers and themes for our website, along with a fair amount of procrastination in fixing issues, resulted in what was, in my mind, a catastrophic loss. My daughter worked a bit on our website the year before, so I called her immediately to see if she, by some miracle, had backed up our website (and our work). She hadn’t, but she said something that almost immediately gave me peace, “I’m so sorry Mom…but maybe this means God wants to do a new thing….”

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