From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Radical Acceptance (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 Practice radical acceptance this week with a meditation prayer.  While sitting with your palms facing upwards, breathe in slowly and then exhale completely. Continue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Radical Acceptance (Psalm 139: 19-21)”

From Surviving to Thriving: Telling the Truth (Comfort: Psalm 139: 15-16)

My frame was not hidden from you,when I was being made in secret,intricately woven in the depths of the earth.Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.In your book were writtenall the days that were formed for me,when none of them as yet existed.Psalm 139:15-16 A few years ago, when our family was going through a toughContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: Telling the Truth (Comfort: Psalm 139: 15-16)”

From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Balance (Psalm 139: 9-10)

“If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,  even there your hand shall lead me,and your right hand shall hold me fast.” -Psalm 139: 9-10 Each of us is a unique coming together of God’s handiwork.  We are a mixture of personality, intellect and the environment aroundContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Balance (Psalm 139: 9-10)”

From Surviving to Thriving: The (Myth of) Balance (Comfort: Psalm 139:9-10)

“If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,   even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.”  -Psalm 139:9-10 When it comes to finding balance in life, there are a myriad of common, concrete images: spinning plates, juggling (glass)Continue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The (Myth of) Balance (Comfort: Psalm 139:9-10)”

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”