From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Appreciation

“Are you so desperate for attention you need to act like this?!” I sputtered in exasperation at my oldest. After three days of doctor visits and scans my younger child had returned home with a casted arm. In the let down from anxiety and vigilance, exhaustion washed over my body. I had nothing left toContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Appreciation”

From Surviving to Thriving: Radical Acceptance (Comfort: Psalm 139:19-21)

“O that you would kill the wicked, O God, and that the bloodthirsty would depart from me— those who speak of you maliciously, and lift themselves up against you for evil!” -Psalm 139:19-21 This is not the life I thought I’d be living. Whether it’s the sleepless nights of new parenthood, the stressful realities ofContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: Radical Acceptance (Comfort: Psalm 139:19-21)”

From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of My Work

Studies show that the level of self-compassion we have for ourselves directly correlates to the amount of grace and care we are able to extend to others.  When the demands on our time are intense, whether from emotionally demanding work outside of the home, the efforts of parenting, or the exhaustion that comes from caregiving,Continue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of My Work”

From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Slowing Down

“It’s hard to relax when there’s always more to do!” I moaned to my husband as I toted another load of laundry to the washline, pointing out the weeds that had sprung up in the flowerbed on the east side of the house.  For many of us, there is much work that is never done.Continue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Slowing Down”

From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Adulting

I’ve been early for most everything in my life. I entered the world six weeks ahead of the appointed time. I started kindergarten before my fifth birthday. I begged to have a summer job despite my dad’s (wise) admonition that I should enjoy my summers because I had “my whole life to work.” I gotContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Adulting”

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”