Category Archives: Spiritual Vitality

Recognizing God’s Presence in Our Suffering

The Following is an excerpt from The Uninvited Companion: God’s Shaping us in His Love Through Life’s Adversities  © 2017 Scott E. Shaum pp. 113, 116-117.   The book is available from Amazon.com in print and Kindle versions. Earlier in this book, I … Continue reading

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Book Release: The Uninvited Companion

The Uninvited Companion: God’s Shaping Us In His Love through Life’s Adversities is a culmination of  wresting with God and his Word through year’s of personal, physical adversity. Here is an excerpt: My Hannah-Like Prayer Moment I remember clearly a Hannah-like prayer … Continue reading

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Toward Becoming A Father or Mother in the Faith

What are some markers of a mother or father in the faith? I take note of John’s descriptions of three generations of believers in his first epistle: “I am writing to you, little children,     because your sins are forgiven for … Continue reading

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The Provisional Gift of Limitations

The God of Limits It is a truth that our infinite God made finitude such an essential aspect of all creation. Rivers flow where God deigns them and they flow to oceans that are bounded by land. Our atmosphere eventually … Continue reading

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A Returned Gaze

“So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, ‘You are a God of seeing,’                             for she said, ‘Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.‘”     … Continue reading

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Theme #5: Lack of Permission for Personal Development and Care

(This is one of a five part series on responding to thematic issues affecting member care providers and cross-cultural worker’s health and effectiveness. You can read the intro.) Some Assumptions I bring into this topic an assumption. That assumption is that God’s … Continue reading

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5 Themes: Theme #2 Total Exhaustion

Weariness Weariness is what I am seeing in so many colleagues. A chronic weariness. As we serve others, we will certainly tire . But is chronic weariness a proper, Christ-like way to live and serve? We know better than to … Continue reading

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5 Themes: Addressing Spiritual Thinness

(This is one of a five part serious on responding to thematic issues affecting member care provider’s and cross-cultural worker’s health and effectiveness. You can read the intro.) This much is true in creation: Input must exceed output. Consider a farmer’s … Continue reading

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