The Scripture ~ Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard…

  The Scripture ~ Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105 The Spiritual Focus ~ “Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out.” Anonymous The Breath Prayer ~ Heal with Words The Devotion ~ Many of us grew up with the saying, “…

The Scripture ~ Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 The Message Translation The Spiritual Focus ~ “The habit of attending to small things and of appreciating…

In Minnesota, there is one sure way to confirm suspicion that a shift is about to happen, when we see EVERYTHING ON A STICK at the Minnesota State Fair ads! As a child the State Fair was a reprieve from school shopping and restored early bedtimes in preparation for the new school year schedule. As…

The backdrop is the beautiful Duluth Harbor with the infamous Duluth lift bridge in the distance. American and POW flags flying in respect as an ore ship passed by, announcing it’s presence with a fog horn that rattles the teeth of the tourists. Duluth is at it’s best, sunshine, light breeze, sweatshirt and shorts kind…

Scripture You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:43–44 Spiritual Focus “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friend?” Abraham Lincoln Devotion One reason the teachings…

Acts 2:1-21 2:1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2:2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 2:3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue…

Scripture Though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 Spiritual Focus “In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost Devotion Have you heard the saying “Things happen in threes”? When we practice asana, we…

In my family, we like to create traditions. One tradition my grandchildren especially like is, after seeing a movie or play each person gets uninterrupted time to say what they thought of the production. The only rules are, no judgment on the comments and no interrupting. We played this tradition out after a particularly powerful…

From the blog found at Yogadevotionthebook.com, please visit and subscribe. Have you wondered why we named our book’s blog, Extra Grace Required? Here is the back-story. In my first year as an ordained pastor, I found myself shocked one day by a tirade from one of our church’s most faithful and supportive members. The topic…

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