Usually in the morning I make a fruits and vegetables shake. It usually includes oatmeal, cinnamon, turmeric, prunes, blueberries, swiss chard, spinach, kale and whatever other fruits I have in the house. It takes a bit of time to get it all in the blender, but it seems to be a healthy alternative to some other choices I make for breakfast, a.k.a. donuts.

The problem with the shake is if you spill it or you leave the glass to clean later, it is super thick and sticky and requires a lot of elbow grease and attention. It also requires I put ice and soap and water in the blender until it gets really clean, even under the blade. Did I mention that the blender sounds like an airplane, so you can only make this if everyone in the house is awake? Some mornings it just feels like too much trouble even though I know it’s a healthy and wise choice for me.

There are a lot of things in our spiritual lives that can produce healthy results too. Things like prayer, service, scripture study, stewardship, gratitude and worship. Sometimes, though, if we let these sit too long and don’t give them the proper attention and use them, they can get to feeling kind of heavy and messy and we can start avoiding them because it takes too much effort to find a way to do them, during this Covid time especially. Intentionally engaging in these and other spiritually building passages is essential, even when we do them in ways that are different then we are used to doing.

In Proverbs 4:20-22 it reads, “My child, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.

Our bodies and spirits need God’s presence and words to guide us – every day. How will we make time when we rise up and when we lie down and in the middle to experience God this week?


Abundant Blessings to You,


Pastor Donna



Home Opportunities for the week of August 9, 2020


  • Pray for your enemies this week, intentionally each day. How does God speak to you this week as you pray?
  • Read the second part of Luke, or Luke 20:9-19.


Scripture for Sunday, August 16, 2020:

Luke 20:9-19