Another look into the spiritual treasure chest | Church Corner

A few months ago I suggested we have access to a spiritual treasure chest. I was referring to gifts we find because of our faith. At the time, we looked inside and found resilience.

A few months ago I suggested we have access to a spiritual treasure chest. I was referring to gifts we find because of our faith. At the time, we looked inside and found resilience.

This time we find a new treasure: strength and energy. Looking at most of our hectic schedules and commitments, who couldn’t use more energy? A good diet and a fitness routine help our bodies to function well physically. We also need inner strength to function well. A meaningful relationship with God can give us a different kind of energy and staying power: spiritual strength.

There is a special power that only God can provide. To find that, we need to study the Scriptures, pray regularly and be still before God. Spiritual energy comes from this kind of “workout.” Another important part of this “workout” is letting go. We cannot claim this energy simply by willing it; we have to be receptive to what God has to give. It is a matter of trust.

There is a vastness to this mystery we call God. It is an inexhaustible source of energy that goes beyond any kind of reserves we may possess. There is a paradox in this.  We can tap into this energy, but only by acknowledging our personal weakness. We cannot receive a gift without  opening our arms to grasp it.  Likewise, we cannot receive a portion of God’s energy without being willing to ask for it and to persevere in the “workout” that is required to strengthen our connection to God.

This kind of energy is a byproduct of faith. When you tap into faith, faith gives you a new perspective. Life cannot be dull, ordinary or otherwise devoid of meaning if you develop faith.

Faith makes everything better. It gives us a new appreciation for our work, our relationships and our immediate surroundings. We go beyond just facing the day to anticipation of the good things that life can bring. And when things seem to be falling apart, faith  gets us through with a much better attitude. It is the staying power of God who chooses to sustain us.

More in Life

Enumclaw High hosts 7th annual Empty Bowls event

The event, held at Enumclaw High School, will help fund the Enumclaw Food Bank and Plateau Outreach Ministries.

A modern fairytale with a twist

He did it on one knee. One knee, with a nervous grin… Continue reading

Read the first two books before tackling ‘Banished’

Well, look at you. And you do — ten times a day,… Continue reading

Breakfast for the Birds coming Feb. 21

Celebrate the coming of spring with breakfast, fun hats and Ciscoe Morris.

With help from ‘The Grumpy Gardener,’ you can prepare for spring | The Bookworm

Normally, you’d never allow it. Holes in your yard? No way! Trenches… Continue reading

How to keep The Courier-Herald visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections, and you might see less news. Here’s how you can fix that.

A small act of kindness can make a big impact | SoHaPP

Join SoHaPP’s book group this February to discuss “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. Don’t have the book? Check it out at the Enumclaw Library or visit The Sequel.

This book will WOW you | Point of Review

Wow. Just… wow. Did you see that? Wasn’t it awesome? It was… Continue reading

EHS graduate McNab promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

Tom McNab was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force.

White River Valley Museum opens “Suffer for Beauty” exhibit

Corsets, bras, and bustles, oh my! The White River Valley Museum is hosting its new event, “Suffer for Beauty,” which is all about the changing ideals of female beauty through the ages. The exhibit runs through June 17.

Library’s art and writing contest returns to Pierce County | Pierce County Library System

Pierce County teens are encouraged to express themselves through writing, painting, drawing and more for the annual Our Own Expressions competition, hosted by the Pierce County Library System.

‘School of Awake’ offers advice to adolescent girls

Twinkle, twinkle. For as long as you can remember, you’ve known how… Continue reading