My last speaking engagement for this spring was last Thursday and when I got into my car I spontaneously started singing a traditional summer hymn. The hymn usually marks the beginning of summer for us. Maybe I just turned off my brain or something because I forgot to blog last Friday. I’ve been blogging for years now and never before missed a post when scheduled. Interestingly, I did not even notice it until I started to write today’s post. Friends, I apologize if you visited Flowing Faith blog and could not find my regular Friday post. I guess I needed some time off. Thank you for your graciousness.
The purpose of Flowing Faith
The reason and purpose for writing this blog have always been to share the good news of Jesus Christ – hopefully from a fresh perspective. God has given me this huge passion for his incredible grace and there’s nothing else that excites me more. I’ve given my whole life to serve God and this blog is one part of it. I’ve always wanted to put faith in practice and show others how to do it too.
He [Jesus] is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. (Col. 1:28-29, NIV, emphasis added)
As a theologian, I love reading deep stuff but if it does not get lived out, it does not serve any purpose. Hence, I like applied theology and lived out faith empowered by God’s amazing grace. So, the purpose of Flowing Faith blog is to help readers to fully mature in Christ. With the words of Henri Nouwen “My hope is that the description of God’s love in my life will give you the freedom and the courage to discover… God’s love in yours.”
How can I serve you better?
I would love to know how I could serve you better. (You can connect with me either here or Facebook/Google+ or send email to marianna.stalnacke @ gmail.com). Any feedback – requests, ideas, questions, recommendations, advice – is welcome. Also, if you are looking for a Spirit-filled speaker/teacher at your church/event/happening, don’t hesitate to contact me. I speak regularly in Finland but have also taught/preached in the U.S.A. and Australia. This summer I will be working on a book manuscript so I am blogging less – only on Tuesdays and Fridays – but I am happy to interact with you anytime.
My prayer for you
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Eph. 3: 16-19, NLT)
Lord, I thank you for this community of Flowing Faith.
I ask that you show all of us how we can better serve you.
Also, I ask that you will bless each and every reader the way they need it most.
Let us feel your presence and give us inexplicable joy to bask in your love.
Enable us to fully mature in Christ.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Q4U: What are your ideas for Flowing Faith? How can I serve you better?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you continue to grow in Christ.