5 04, 2019

It’s not supposed to be easy

2019-04-05T09:56:10-05:00April 5th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on It’s not supposed to be easy

A PERSONAL PRAYER  Dear Jesus, The other day after a sermon about the idols we worship, someone confessed to me that he has made "comfort and happiness" his god. I thought a lot about that. I think I can make the same confession. So many times I long for life to be easy. I find myself wondering why everything seems challenging, why nothing just flows along nicely without any bumps and bruises along the way. I think, "well, I must be doing something wrong. If I was doing it right, then life would be going smoothly." Ah, but now I see it. It isn't supposed [...]

7 08, 2016

When the World Shifts: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for August 7, 2016

2017-03-28T14:56:37-05:00August 7th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on When the World Shifts: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for August 7, 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 Gracious and merciful God, Right now, things are calm in my world, at least as calm as my world gets. The problems I face seem surmountable. My heart is at peace. Thank you God, for seasons like this. Joy is easy to claim, and gratitude wells up from my heart. I praise you and thank you. But it hasn’t always been so, God; you know that. There have been some days, some seasons, when it seemed like everything [...]

17 04, 2016

Sabbath Rest: Inside-Out Habits for April 17 with Dr. Tom Pace

2017-03-28T14:57:39-05:00April 17th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Sabbath Rest: Inside-Out Habits for April 17 with Dr. Tom Pace

   We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. WE PRAY: A PERSONAL PRAYER “I am tired. I am weak. I am worn.”  “Sometimes, I feel discouraged, and think my work’s in vain. And then the Holy Spirit, revives my soul again…” “When you’re weary. Feelin’ small…” O God, apparently, I am not the only one who sometimes feels depleted and discouraged, burned out and worn out. The songwriter expresses it so well. When that happens, I don’t feel your joy bubbling up inside me. I need [...]

28 02, 2016

Renewing Hope: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for February 28, 2016

2017-03-28T14:57:55-05:00February 28th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Renewing Hope: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for February 28, 2016

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. WE PRAY: A PERSONAL PRAYER Holy Spirit, I need your guidance. I read the words of Scripture, and want to follow them and apply them to my life, but I know that they only have power to really guide me when they are enlivened by you. Sometimes, I hear your voice speaking to me… or at least I think it is your voice. I sense your nudges and promptings… or at least it feels to me like they are from [...]

21 02, 2016

Who are You? : Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for February 21, 2016

2017-03-28T14:57:56-05:00February 21st, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Who are You? : Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for February 21, 2016

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. WE PRAY: A PERSONAL PRAYER O Jesus, I pray to you today… Every morning I begin with an address to God my creator and parent, but I know that every time I pray, it is through you and in your name and character, Jesus. I imagine you, sitting there on the couch across from me, leaning forward, looking into my eyes and heart as I pray. I can see the weathering of the world on your cheeks, the burden [...]

17 01, 2016

Easier Said Than Done: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for January 17, 2016

2017-03-28T14:58:07-05:00January 17th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Easier Said Than Done: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for January 17, 2016

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in service and generosity. A PERSONAL PRAYER God of Peace, "Do not be anxious..." I hear you, God, but it is easier said than done. Sometimes, I know what makes me anxious. Will there be enough? Enough to pay the bills? Enough to do the things I feel you calling us to do? I have been so blessed over my lifetime, but there have been times in my life when too much of my energy was spent worrying about "enough." Forgive me [...]

1 11, 2015

Paying it Forward: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for November 1, 2015

2017-03-28T14:58:23-05:00November 1st, 2015|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Paying it Forward: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for November 1, 2015

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service.   A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I am so grateful for those who gave and give themselves away in love to me. When I look back, my parents dragged me to church as a small child and must have planted a seed of faith in me. As a teenager, it was in the church family that I discovered real community, as so many people showed me what love looks like. Friends like Steve Warner and Mark Graham loved me joyously, [...]