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: 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: 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 Introduction

“I’ve heard that the key to aging well is to have a daughter living nearby.”, a colleague commented when he heard my parents were moving next door to me.  I think the words were shared with the sentiment of how good it will, hopefully, be for my parents to be living next door as theyContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving Introduction”

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)”

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)”

Spiritual Practices: Processed Past (Joy- Luke 24:32)

“They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’” -Luke 24:32 The couple smiled lovingly at each other; an incredible seascape spread in panorama behind them.  “I am thankful to have been where I have been and to notContinue reading “Spiritual Practices: Processed Past (Joy- Luke 24:32)”

Spiritual Practices: Processed Past (Comfort- Luke 24:32)

“They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’” -Luke 24:32 “What was your biggest ministry mistake?” he asked. Famous for put-you-on-the-spot questions, my colleague seemed to relish the look of horror that crossed my face as all theContinue reading “Spiritual Practices: Processed Past (Comfort- Luke 24:32)”

Spiritual Practices: Series Introduction

“Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened…But we had hoped that he was the one…” -Luke 24: 13-14, 21 I don’t know that I have ever had a favorite scripture.Continue reading “Spiritual Practices: Series Introduction”