Time for Joy:  Facing our Limits (Genesis 1:14-15)

“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so.” -GenesisContinue reading “Time for Joy:  Facing our Limits (Genesis 1:14-15)”

Time for Comfort: Facing Our Limits (Genesis 1:14-15)

“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so.”Continue reading “Time for Comfort: Facing Our Limits (Genesis 1:14-15)”

Time for Joy:  Priorities (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

“For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” -Ecclesiastes 3:1 While the advent of modern conveniences was to make life easier for us, the lived reality has been that instead of increased free time, we now expect to be able to accomplish more things within the given hours ofContinue reading “Time for Joy:  Priorities (Ecclesiastes 3:1)”

Time for Comfort:  There is never enough (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

“What has been will be again,what has been done will be done again;    there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9 Let’s face it, our culture is infatuated with busy-ness.  It is easy to be sucked in.  We stack our days full of activities.  For many of us the worth we assign ourselves is directlyContinue reading “Time for Comfort:  There is never enough (Ecclesiastes 1:9)”

New Year, New Series…

Ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Wishing for a few extra weeks of vacation? Or that time would just slow down already?  The start of a new year always brings the cultural pressures of resolutions, improved habits and strategies to live your best life now. But, what if instead of striving,Continue reading “New Year, New Series…”

Advent Comfort: Making Space (Matthew 1:18-25)

“But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid…” -Matthew 1:20 Decision fatigue. Analysis paralysis. Perfect is the enemy of good. We’ve all been there! If only God would send an angelic messenger myContinue reading Advent Comfort: Making Space (Matthew 1:18-25)

Advent Comfort: Hope is Alive (Luke 1:39-45)

“And blessed is she who believed that here would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” -Luke 1:45 While many of us are doing the things of this week with much haste, this familiar story of scripture offers new depths, promises and surprises when we make space to reflect.  MaryContinue reading Advent Comfort: Hope is Alive (Luke 1:39-45)

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: 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: 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)”