From Surviving to Thriving: Slowing Down (Comfort: Psalm 139: 7-8)

“Where can I go from your spirit?    Or where can I flee from your presence?If I ascend to heaven, you are there;    if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.”Psalm 139:7-8 When my youngest son started Kindergarten his wise teacher shared a beautiful and simple handout comparing children’s growth development to a carefully tended flower. Continue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: Slowing Down (Comfort: Psalm 139: 7-8)”

From Surviving to Thriving: Battling Anxiety (Comfort: Psalm 139:5-6)

“You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.”  -Psalm 139:5-6 Crawling into bed at night is probably my favorite time of day, but in the summer or on the weekends (whenever I don’t haveContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: Battling Anxiety (Comfort: Psalm 139:5-6)”

From Surviving to Thriving: Adulting is Hard (Comfort: Psalm 139: 3-4)

You search out my path and my lying down,    and are acquainted with all my ways.Even before a word is on my tongue,     O Lord, you know it completely. Psalm 139:3-4 “Sometimes you just have to pull up your big girl pants and get on with it!”, my teaching colleague reminded me.  It is true thatContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: Adulting is Hard (Comfort: Psalm 139: 3-4)”

From Surviving to Thriving: Know Thyself (Comfort: Psalm 139:1-2)

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me.  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.”  -Psalm 139:1-2 When my mother-in-law received a terminal diagnosis, my enneagram one self began to make lists. I efficiently packed our family for weekend visits. I carefully scheduledContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: Know Thyself (Comfort: Psalm 139:1-2)”

Spiritual Practices: Grounded Present (Comfort- Luke 24:34-31)

“When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.” Luke 24: 30-31 It is so easy to imagine oneself along the road to Emmaus.  I would have been there.Continue reading “Spiritual Practices: Grounded Present (Comfort- Luke 24:34-31)”

Easter Reflection: Garden of Resurrection (Mark 16:2, 6)

“And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. . .But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laidContinue reading “Easter Reflection: Garden of Resurrection (Mark 16:2, 6)”

Lent Reflection: Prayer of Restoration (Philippians 2: 9-11)

“Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:Continue reading “Lent Reflection: Prayer of Restoration (Philippians 2: 9-11)”

Lent Reflection: My Confession (Philippians 2: 5-8)

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,  he humbled himselfContinue reading “Lent Reflection: My Confession (Philippians 2: 5-8)”

Epiphany Comfort: Commissioning + Blessing

“Trust in the Lord, and do good.” -Psalm 37:3 The season of Lent is nearly upon us. This is the stretch of time in the liturgical year when we prepare for Easter. The 40 days of Lent hold the echos of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness. And so often we use the coming weeksContinue reading “Epiphany Comfort: Commissioning + Blessing”

Epiphany Comfort: The Hopeless Heart

“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful,  a puzzle that no one can figure out,  But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human, I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, Not as they pretend to be.”  Jeremiah 17:Continue reading “Epiphany Comfort: The Hopeless Heart”