Posts with the category “prayer-and-spirituality”

Go On Living Together
September 11th, 2023
You’ve walked courageously with me through some painfully honest processing of what it’s like to get a cancer diagnosis. Sometimes our prayers for optimal outcomes are not answered the way we want. He...  Read More
by Alina Sato
Reckoning With Illness and Death
September 4th, 2023
In the first post of this series, I shared the story about how I received a breast cancer diagnosis just a few minutes before my friend Susan announced her benign results from her own recent biopsy. I...  Read More
by Alina Sato
When God Says No
August 28th, 2023
My friend Susan and I both had biopsies to investigate ‘suspicious findings’ on our mammograms and ultrasounds within a week of each other. As a result, we and our concerned circle of friends were awa...  Read More
by Alina Sato
The Discipleship Pathway, A Recap
October 26th, 2021
If you’ve been at Cornerstone for very long you’ve probably heard us talk about The Discipleship Pathway. Born out of a desire to help bring simplicity and order to the principles of our faith, The Di...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
More Than We Can Ask or Imagine
July 9th, 2020
I’ve been fielding many questions about prayer from my six-year-old daughter recently. Her questions – How do I know that God is really there when I pray, if I can’t hear Him talking to me? What if I ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
This Advent, Ask More Questions
December 20th, 2019
A few weeks ago we were reflecting as a family on what the kids discussed in Junior Church when I noticed their answers were starting to get a little rote— “Jesus,” “The Bible,” “God can do anything.....  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Echoes of David
July 26th, 2018
For years I have been summoned from sleep mid-dreamto tend to imaginary monsters and soaked sheets,to stroke sweaty heads and whisper soft prayers for sweet slumberbefore crawling back to bed myself.I...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Asking More from Women in the Bible
July 3rd, 2018
If you are a woman in the Church, you have likely participated in some kind of Bible study about one of the female heroes of our faith. Ruth, Esther, Sarah, Hannah, Mary—there are a slew of women that...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Abiding and Freedom: A Lenten Meditation
March 28th, 2018
I have so appreciated the Sunday dramatizations at Cornerstone and the literary pieces on the blog during this Lenten season. They’ve reminded me to read my Bible not only with a critical mind, but wi...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
A Meditation on Being "Old and Full of Years"
March 22nd, 2018
"Life can seem more deeply disappointing as you accumulate years and experiences...Yet all of us, at every age, struggle with how life isn't working." "Autumn is really the best of seasons; and I'm no...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Extraordinary within the Normal
February 1st, 2018
“Embedded in your routines, your everyday drumbeat, is something real and true and worth enjoying.”    The pace of life in the city can drum the life right out of you. There’s a background noise of pe...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
Famous Last Words
November 8th, 2017
“In Jesus’s name we pray, amen.”Ever since I was a little girl, I was taught that all prayers end with these words. As I’ve gotten older and spent time around other Christians from all kinds of backgr...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
When You Don't Know How to Pray
October 17th, 2017
“We don’t always have the presence of mind to figure out what to say to the Lord when we are spinning.”It was a beautiful Friday evening at sundown, and I was out walking my dog, reflecting on all tha...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
The Slightest Foretaste of Majesty
July 1st, 2015
"Created beauty trumpets God’s infinite beauty, majesty, and greatness, directing our gaze upward to Him, calling us to marvel in His infinite glory and beauty. In that sense, the beauty around us is ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
A Word On (Bad) Words
February 25th, 2015
"...when our hearts are fully surrendered to God, there go our words."I recently discovered that one of my elementary school-aged kids had written a "bad" word in a journal. (Never mind the fact that ...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles
How To Keep A Prayer List
August 28th, 2014
"Keeping a system for your prayer requests is not just a way to feel organized, it's a way to encourage your own heart as you see God answering prayers and changing lives."    Have you ever told someo...  Read More
by Cornerstone West Los Angeles