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 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)”

Maundy Thursday: Loving One Another (Seder Meal +Footwashing)

Today the church honors Maundy Thursday.  The word maundy is from the Latin word for command. And this is a time when we focus on Jesus’ command to “love one another as I have loved you,” by sharing a meal together and washing each others’ feet as modeled by Jesus in John 13.  Many churchesContinue reading “Maundy Thursday: Loving One Another (Seder Meal +Footwashing)”

Epiphany Joy: The Comfort of Home

For a day in your courts is better     than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God     than live in the tents of wickedness. -Psalm 84:10 For me the feeling of being truly at home is one of complete peace.  Perhaps it is a feeling of comfort orContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: The Comfort of Home”

Epiphany Joy: Take a picture!

“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee… He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone…he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me toContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Take a picture!”

Epiphany Joy: Bulbs

“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!     People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house;     you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life;     in your light we see light.” Psalm 36: 7-9 Sometimes it is allContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Bulbs”

Epiphany Joy: Hope & Expectation

“As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts…” Luke 3:15a The new year brings expectations to the forefront of our thinking by way of resolutions. Often resolutions are focused around things to improve or change. Resolutions and goals are a way to identify hopes and unmet expectations.  The storyContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Hope & Expectation”

Epiphany Joy: Creativity in the Margins

“They set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.”  -Matthew 2:9-10 Epiphanies, new understanding, or times of intense clarity need space in ourContinue reading “Epiphany Joy: Creativity in the Margins”

Joy for Fall: Breath Prayer (Psalm 19)

Scroll to the bottom for a link to listen to this post on our Some Comfort and Joy podcast! “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 Cultural self-help encouragement echoes the wisdom of the Psalms: what we give ourContinue reading “Joy for Fall: Breath Prayer (Psalm 19)”

Practice of Joy: Soul Sisters (based on John 11)

“When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.” -John 11:20 As we track with Mary and Martha through the gospel accounts we see the dance of relationship. Sometimes in conflict, other times in alignment. Gifted in with different skills and interest, but both with aContinue reading “Practice of Joy: Soul Sisters (based on John 11)”