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  • How do I start spiritual practices? Wednesday, September 28, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson When I start something new, I go a little too hard. If I’m going to start a new exercise routine, I buy all the gear and create an unsustainable workout plan. Whe...
  • What does the Bible say about prayer? Wednesday, September 21, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson Prayer is a mystery to me. Sometimes it comes so naturally that I feel like I’m in a constant state of prayer, and other times it just feels rote. One thing I wi...
  • How do I breathe in God? Wednesday, September 14, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson Have you ever had the wind knocked out of you? It can be a terrifying experience. The first time it happened to me I was 8 years old. As I was swinging across the monkey...
  • What habits do I need to stop? Wednesday, September 7, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson In this week’s YouVersion Reading Plan , Day 1 introduces us to the idea of spiritual practices as a form of training. Just like an athlete or musician trains to be...
  • Why can't I rest? Wednesday, August 31, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson There is a room in my house that has no modern technology in it except for a record player. I sit and look out the window in my leather chair, with my feet propped u...
  • How am I broken? Wednesday, August 24, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson In Rev. Doug Meyer’s message on Sunday, he said that the first step to healing the brokenness in others is to recognize how we are broken. I’ve been meditating ...
  • How can I be more like Jesus? Wednesday, August 17, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson In this week’s Life + God Podcast episode, Rev. Gracie Millard and I talked about the different understandings of grace identified by John Wesley: prevenient, justif...
  • Do I need community? Wednesday, August 10, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson I am an introvert. If you’ve met me, that might be a surprise to you because I’ve been told I exude confidence and come off as an outgoing, outspoken person. It ...
  • Does God care about money? Wednesday, August 3, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson I have trust issues. My default setting is to assume that someone is trying to take advantage of me or manipulate me in some way. My guard is always up. Don’t worry...
  • Can I disagree with the Bible? Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson How do we approach Bible stories that leave us discontented? To try to wrap my head around some of the weirdest Scriptures, I’ve explored historical and cultural ...
  • Whose side is God on? Wednesday, July 20, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson At the root of humanity, we are tribal. We establish both figurative and literal borders to separate ourselves and create safety. We label individuals or groups who don&rsquo...
  • When Bears Attack Wednesday, July 13, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson And now for a Bible story that needs no introduction, 2 Kings 2:19:25: Now the people of the city said to Elisha, “The location of this city is good, as my lord sees...
  • Do the ends justify the means? Wednesday, July 6, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson This question is full of ethical dilemmas. We ask, “Do the ends justify the means,” when we see someone with good intentions, trying to get to a righteous place, ...
  • Do you wrestle with God? Wednesday, June 29, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson We’re having a little bit of fun this summer with our worship series Weird . In this series we’re taking a look at some of the weirdest stories from the Ol...
  • Where is the Holy Spirit? Thursday, June 23, 2022
    by Pam Taylor I’ve always tried to be in tune with the Holy Spirit. As a child, my mother prayed to the Holy Spirit, asked the Holy Spirit for help, and referenced the Holy Spirit quite of...

Visio Divina

Visio divina is another way to be contemplative. Visio divina shares roots with the ancient practice of lectio divina. (Lectio divina calls for a slow, careful interaction with scripture through meditation and prayer, allowing a word or phrase to rise in one's consciousness, a holy word to be savored and examined.) Similarly, visio divina invites one to encounter God through images. Try Visio Divina Look at the image above painted by our own Rev. Doug Meyer. Let your eyes stay... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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Lectio Divina

This week we invite you to join us in the ancient practice of reading Scripture called Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina can be done individually or in a small group. The passage we are going to explore is John 4:7-15. Begin by acknowledging God’s presence during this set-aside time. Read the passage. Listen for any words or phrases that jump out. Read the passage again. Spend a moment reflecting on the words or phrases. What is God saying to you through this word or phrase? ... Read More
at Monday, February 26, 2018
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Step Out & Join a Life Group

Chay and Ashley Henson prayerfully decided to step out of their comfort zone and lead a Life Group. They were a little hesitant because, in Ashley's own words, they "weren't biblical scholars," but were looking for a way to get better connected to others at the church. Having been at Trietsch for over 8 years and members for the past 2 ½, the Hensons still felt that "big church feel" that so many experience. Since beginning their Life Group,... Read More
at Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Create Space

Rev. Clay Horton and Director of Discipleship Denise Robinson share how to create a space to encounter God: The spiritual practice of solitude is a gift, but it takes intentionality. How can you create space to find solitude on a regular basis? Creating space may mean a physical space in your house, or it might be creating space in your calendar. Spend time today creating time and space for solitude. Add some time for solitude to your calendar so that you'll practice it over the... Read More
at Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Breath Prayer

Breath prayer is an ancient Christian prayer practice dating back to at least the sixth century. Historically, it is associated with the Eastern Church, particularly Greek and Russian Orthodox churches. If you're trying to learn how to pray or what to pray, the breath prayer is a great place to start. Known as the "Jesus Prayer" or "Prayer of the Heart," early practitioners would repeat to the rhythm of their breath the phrase, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son... Read More
at Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Be Still Prayer

Be still and know that I am God - Psalm 46:10 Instruction Find a quiet place, gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Prepare to pray the Psalm in 5 consecutively diminishing sentences. Either aloud or quietly to yourself, say the words, “Be still and know that I am God.” After a couple deep breaths, pray, “Be still and know that I am.” After a couple deep breaths, pray “Be still and know.” After a couple deep breaths,... Read More
at Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Solitude & Silence

Invite God to be with you as you and bless your time together. At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. - Luke 4:42 But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray. - Luke 5:15-16 Reflect on the following questions. Feel free to... Read More
at Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Experience God in Solitude

Rev. Clay Horton  and Director of Discipleship Denise Robinson share tips to experience God through solitude: "And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed." - Mark 1:35 Examples of Jesus finding solitude are throughout the Gospels. Even Jesus needed to escape and find stillness. As we live into our first week of our lenten practices, we invite you to add a time of solitude to... Read More
at Monday, February 19, 2018
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Confessions of a Christian Control Freak

Amy Parsons shares how tough it is to give up control. As we head into Lent, think about what you can give up to God. Is it a habit, craving, behavior, attitude? CHANGE - I love it!  No - wait... I hate it!  Well, I like it when I can control it!  If it's MY idea and I feel good about it and it makes me immediately happy and...and...and that's almost never how it works.  Hello.  My name is Amy and I'm a control freak.    I like change on... Read More
at Thursday, February 8, 2018
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Why Join a Life Group?

Amy Parsons interviewed the Pippetts about their Life Group. See their answers below. Life Groups start the week of February 11, but you can join a new Life Group up until March 4 at TMUMC.ORG/life . I had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie and Alex Pippett, new members at Trietsch, about their involvement in their Life Group. Stephanie grew up at Trietsch as Stephanie Robinson – and I was thrilled to be a part of the village that raised her here! She married Alex who... Read More
at Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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