Advent Practice of Joy: Music (Luke 1)

“And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.’” Luke 1:46 Finding ways to experience the hope of Christmas may take some extra intentionality this year.  Music is one tradition that seems to connect our souls to God!  One new way I have learned to enjoy music isContinue reading “Advent Practice of Joy: Music (Luke 1)”

Advent Practice of Joy: Holding On (1 Thessalonians 5)

“…hold fast to what is good…” –1 Thessalonians 5:21 Did you really have a bad day or just a bad moment?  It’s a question that has stayed with me; one I try to use not only on myself, but in conversation with my kids– particularly when I want them to get some perspective.  This passageContinue reading “Advent Practice of Joy: Holding On (1 Thessalonians 5)”

Practice of Joy: Advent Wreath (Isaiah 10)

Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!” Isaiah 10:9 Consider creating an Advent wreath to display somewhere in your home.  ItContinue reading “Practice of Joy: Advent Wreath (Isaiah 10)”

Advent Practice of Joy: Reflection on Fire (Isaiah 64)

“…as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil..”  —Isaiah 64:2 When we talk of Christmas, most often we think of love, joy, peace and hope. Yes, there’s a frenetic level of activity, elf on the shelf to move about, consumerism to battle and calories to count, but we tend to pushContinue reading “Advent Practice of Joy: Reflection on Fire (Isaiah 64)”

Fall Practice of Joy: Pumpkin Pancakes (Matthew 22)

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.‘”- Matthew 22:37 Creating loving, authentic connections can mean sharing food together with loved ones. Continue reading “Fall Practice of Joy: Pumpkin Pancakes (Matthew 22)”

Fall Practice of Joy: Breath Prayers

“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” -Exodus 33:14 Cultural self-help encouragement echoes the wisdom of the scripture: what we give our attention to grows; our attitude impacts our perspective.  God is with us. God cares for us. God provides for us. For the day, choose a breath prayer or mantraContinue reading “Fall Practice of Joy: Breath Prayers”

Fall Practice of Joy: Nature Walk (Psalm 65)

“Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs; you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.” -Psalm 65:8 Take an autumn walk and discover anew the beauty the Psalmist writes about.  Collect seed pods, late flowers, colorful leaves or small branches.  Bring them home with youContinue reading “Fall Practice of Joy: Nature Walk (Psalm 65)”

Fall Joy Practice: Pumpkin Spice Beverages

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 — We can experience beauty through all of our senses. Today, find a sliver of time to drink in the beauty of the day and the season through all of yourContinue reading “Fall Joy Practice: Pumpkin Spice Beverages”