Series Conclusion

God of the past, present and future,Today we lift our lived moments before YouYou are the Author and Perfecter of our daysWe know You are attentive to our thread of time. Grant us wisdom as we look back Gently learningAnd see your hand holding us fast Give us peace in the present momentThat we would notContinue reading “Series Conclusion”

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: Hopeful Future (Comfort- Luke 24:33)

“It is true! The Lord has risen.” -Luke 24:33 One of the gifts of faith, is being grounded in the hope of a good future. Even when our circumstances are challenging, the stories of scripture remind us of God’s faithful presence and the promise that this is not the end of our story. When peopleContinue reading “Spiritual Practices: Hopeful Future (Comfort- 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: 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”

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)”

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)”