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)”

Advent Practice of Joy: Rituals +Traditions (Luke 2)

“The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.” –Luke 2:40 Christmas is a time when we can easily grow nostalgic. Gathering with family (or not!), enacting long held tradition or starting new ones can all stir up memories. Rituals are a way we join the pastContinue reading “Advent Practice of Joy: Rituals +Traditions (Luke 2)”

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)”

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 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”