From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Being Myself (Psalm 139:

“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works;that I know very well.” Psalm 139:13-14 How do we practice being ourselves?  How do we celebrate being unique while still participating in community life?  We areContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Being Myself (Psalm 139:”

From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of My Work

Studies show that the level of self-compassion we have for ourselves directly correlates to the amount of grace and care we are able to extend to others.  When the demands on our time are intense, whether from emotionally demanding work outside of the home, the efforts of parenting, or the exhaustion that comes from caregiving,Continue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of My Work”

From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Balance (Psalm 139: 9-10)

“If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,  even there your hand shall lead me,and your right hand shall hold me fast.” -Psalm 139: 9-10 Each of us is a unique coming together of God’s handiwork.  We are a mixture of personality, intellect and the environment aroundContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Balance (Psalm 139: 9-10)”

From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Slowing Down

“It’s hard to relax when there’s always more to do!” I moaned to my husband as I toted another load of laundry to the washline, pointing out the weeds that had sprung up in the flowerbed on the east side of the house.  For many of us, there is much work that is never done.Continue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Slowing Down”

From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Life-giving and Anxiety Reducing Routines (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 I’ll admit I’m not the best at routines, but I have learned that some daily rituals can be life-giving.  For me, having a clear morning routineContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Life-giving and Anxiety Reducing Routines (Psalm 139: 5-6)”

From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Adulting

I’ve been early for most everything in my life. I entered the world six weeks ahead of the appointed time. I started kindergarten before my fifth birthday. I begged to have a summer job despite my dad’s (wise) admonition that I should enjoy my summers because I had “my whole life to work.” I gotContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Adulting”

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: The Joy of Knowing Yourself (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 People sometimes say, “If I had known that I would have done things differently.”  The same thing can be said about ourselves.  “If I had known that aboutContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Knowing Yourself (Psalm 139: 1-2)”

Spiritual Practices: Hopeful Future (Joy- Luke 24:33)

“It is true! The Lord has risen.” -Luke 24:33 Living generously whether it is expressed with our time or our money is one way to acknowledge our trust in God’s future provision.  Consider making a gift of time or money to an organization or individual you care about.  It could be volunteering at your church,Continue reading “Spiritual Practices: Hopeful Future (Joy- Luke 24:33)”

Spiritual Practices: Grounded Present (Joy- Luke 24:30-31)

“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 Did you ever notice that joy and gratitude operate together in an upward spiral?  In her bookContinue reading “Spiritual Practices: Grounded Present (Joy- Luke 24:30-31)”