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26 04, 2019

Gratitude in Hard Times

2019-04-26T08:53:58-06:00April 26th, 2019|Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Gratitude in Hard Times

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of love, Sometimes, I win. Sometimes I lose. Sometimes the blues get ahold of me, ah just when I thought I had made it. (With thanksgiving to Carole King, "Sweet Seasons." But all you boomers knew that.) It is so easy to give thanks in the good times. My heart is overwhelmed with how you have blessed me. Thanksgiving flows naturally from my heart filled with gratitude. But there are days things aren't going so well. I am so grateful that those are few and far between, but who knows what life will bring. I can [...]

20 11, 2016

Overflow of Gratitude: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for November 20, 2016

2017-03-28T14:55:47-06:00November 20th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Overflow of Gratitude: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for November 20, 2016

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service.A PERSONAL PRAYERO God, Thank you. Today is one of those days when my gratitude overflows. I am so grateful for family and friends, for work and play, for laughter and tears, for big overwhelming joys and small moments of joy. Funny, those things were around on other days when I wasn’t so thankful. What changed, God?I was reading the Bible this week and came across the story of the feeding of the 5,000, how you had two fish and five loaves. You [...]

30 09, 2016

The Harvest is Coming: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for October 2, 2016

2017-03-28T14:56:13-06:00September 30th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on The Harvest is Coming: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for October 2, 2016

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER Dear God, Give me patience, and I want it right now! I find myself often feeling frustrated. I am frustrated when things don’t happen fast enough for me. I like a microwave world, where I can push a button and it happens right now. And I am frustrated when things don’t work out the way I want them to, when my plan for life doesn’t come to pass. I confess that sometimes; I am arrogant enough to [...]

4 09, 2016

South Louisiana Feels the Love, St. Luke’s!

2017-03-28T14:56:26-06:00September 4th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on South Louisiana Feels the Love, St. Luke’s!

Between the 115 flood buckets, 7,674 diapers, and a team that went to Baton Rouge to muck out flooded houses, St. Luke’s lived out our Inside- Out Habit of giving ourselves away in generosity and service. While in Baton Rouge, the team had the opportunity to serve a gentleman whose house took on more than four feet of water that didn’t recede for three days. He was disabled and unable to physically take on the task of pulling out carpet and sheetrock, but he was a blessing to the team as he continually offered encouragement, warm smiles, and [...]

17 06, 2016

Always Give Thanks – Inside Out Habits with Dr. Pace June 17

2017-03-28T14:57:02-06:00June 17th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Always Give Thanks – Inside Out Habits with Dr. Pace June 17

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, Some weeks are harder than others. We had five funerals for lovely people at St. Luke’s over the last week, all members of our congregation. And there is the Orlando tragedy. And a baby is killed by an alligator. And it is really hot and miserable outside. And the parking lot is a long way off to walk in the heat. You know, all that sadness and annoyance kind of piles up [...]