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: The Joy of Knowing Yourself (Psalm 139: 1-2)

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.” -Psalm 139:1-2 People sometimes say, “If I had known that I would have done things differently.”  The same thing can be said about ourselves.  “If I had known that aboutContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Knowing Yourself (Psalm 139: 1-2)”

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”

Epiphany Comfort: Commissioning + Blessing

“Trust in the Lord, and do good.” -Psalm 37:3 The season of Lent is nearly upon us. This is the stretch of time in the liturgical year when we prepare for Easter. The 40 days of Lent hold the echos of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness. And so often we use the coming weeksContinue reading “Epiphany Comfort: Commissioning + Blessing”

Epiphany Comfort: Water and Light

“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,  and your salvation to the upright of heart!” -Psalm 36:9-10 In my neck of the woods, these are long days of cold and darkness. The flash and excess of Christmas decorContinue reading “Epiphany Comfort: Water and Light”

Comfort for Fall: Sing Praise (Psalm 34)

Scroll to the bottom for a link to listen to this post on our Some Comfort and Joy podcast! “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” -Psalm 34:1 “If the lights went out right now, what song would you sing?” This was the question researchers used to identifyContinue reading “Comfort for Fall: Sing Praise (Psalm 34)”

Joy for Fall: Breath Prayer (Psalm 19)

Scroll to the bottom for a link to listen to this post on our Some Comfort and Joy podcast! “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 Cultural self-help encouragement echoes the wisdom of the Psalms: what we give ourContinue reading “Joy for Fall: Breath Prayer (Psalm 19)”

Joy for Fall: Partners in the Kingdom (Psalm 54)

Scroll to the bottom for a link to listen to this post on our Some Comfort and Joy podcast! “But surely, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. He will repay my enemies for their evil. In your faithfulness, put an end to them. With a freewill offering I will sacrifice toContinue reading “Joy for Fall: Partners in the Kingdom (Psalm 54)”