Practice of Joy: Word of the Year (Matthew 2)

 “. . .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 As you think about the new year ahead isContinue reading “Practice of Joy: Word of the Year (Matthew 2)”

Advent Reflection: Earthy Jesus (Galatians 4)

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.” Galatians 4:4-5 One personality typing model designates a person as either earth, fire, or water.  Without muchContinue reading “Advent Reflection: Earthy Jesus (Galatians 4)”

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)”

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 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”