About Chris Manion

The parable of the talents drives Chris Manion to keep sharing what God offers her. God’s joy and compassion shows in her award-winning memoir, God’s Patient Pursuit of My Soul which she wrote while rearing two children and running a home-based multi-million dollar business. She speaks about trusting God and how to hear His voice. She's a musician, loves to laugh and eat M&Ms, and teaches children of all ages. Visit her website for more info.

7 Tools for Your Spiritual Toolbox: Tool #3, The Jesus Prayer

7 Tools for Your Spiritual Toolbox: Tool #3, The Jesus Prayer

Pray unceasingly. You’ve read that scripture, I’m sure. 1 Thessalonians 5:17: “Pray without ceasing.” Every few years, I add “To pray more often” to my goals for the new year. But how exactly does one pray without ceasing? I mean really. I know you can’t see that I’m smiling. I meant nothing snarky in those […]

7 Tools for Your Spiritual Toolbox: Prayer #2

7 Tools for Your Spiritual Toolbox: Prayer #2

We all forget about tools we have in closets, in boxes in the garage, or in the top kitchen cabinets. Some tools we rarely use, whether they be in the garage, the workbench, or our spiritual filing cabinet, often because we don’t want to go through the bother of taking them out. A “best practice” in […]

Spiritual Tools that Deepen My Friendship with Jesus

Spiritual Tools that Deepen My Friendship with Jesus

I noticed today I was using a chef’s knife incorrectly. I shook my head because I’ve been trained how to use a knife. For twenty-six years with The Pampered Chef, I sold kitchen tools and taught others how to use them. Something distracted me.  Unfocused on what I was doing, I regressed to my old […]

How do we see(k) Him?

How do we see(k) Him?

I’ve learned one good lesson from hidden image challenges. You know the ones where you are asked to see the hidden face? Once I do this one thing, I soon find the face. Some find hidden faces challenging to see, others find them easily. I’ve looked at enough of these hidden face images over the […]

Freed from Judging My Seatmate

Freed from Judging My Seatmate

Before I became an author, I used to travel often to visit my team leaders or attend conferences. Airports are one of the greatest places to people watch. The cross sections of nationalities, cultures, races, body types and personalities provide endless opportunities to marvel at God’s creativity and our human quirkinesses. As I sat in […]

The Grilled Cheese Warning

The Grilled Cheese Warning

The heat from the sauté pan cooked the first side of the grilled cheese sandwich.  In the next ten minutes, I needed to leave to pick up my grandson from pre-school. I’d feed the grilled cheese to his two-year-old brother piece-by-piece during our drive. A few distractions later, I smelled the beginning of a burnt […]

Why I Don’t Ask God Why

Why I Don’t Ask God Why

I don’t ask God why. Never have. Most people are shocked by that. ”Never?” they ask. I shake my head. I’m sure, like me, you heard too many why’s growing up that no one could ever answer. Why did a child have to die just as they graduated? Why didn’t God take away a person’s pain […]

Lessons from Grout: How we Cover Up and Avoid What Needs Cleaning

Lessons from Grout: How we Cover Up and Avoid What Needs Cleaning

Mediterranean terracotta tiles cover most of the first floor of my home. I’ve noticed for a few years now how dirty the grout around those tiles has become. Hiring someone to come in with a big steam cleaner felt like a loud and messy solution to improving the look of the floor. A friend had […]

Touched by a Holy Man

Touched by a Holy Man

I dreaded the day of his burial and yet, I wanted it. It didn’t feel real—his death—until his body was placed in the ground. Grief sneaks up on you. You may already know this. It plays inside you like a song or piece of music you can’t seem to get out of your mind. You […]

A Date with God

A Date with God

Dates are on my mind. Quite a few of them. At this time of year, attitudes around dates make significant differences. Today is my father’s birthday. He was called home to our Lord eight years ago. I tell myself I should celebrate the date of his passing instead, August 28th, as his new birthday to […]