The Holy Spirit is as real and present for me as either of the other two persons of the Trinity. I cannot have a relationship with Jesus without that Spirit dwelling in me. I can never begin to accept the vastness and mystery of the One Jesus called Father without relying on the Spirit to … Continue reading Opening Up
My office sits right across the street from a local fire and ambulance station in our town. I always feel I have to apologize when one of my spiritual direction clients about jumps out of her seat as we sit in a quiet moment of prayer and suddenly a siren goes off. But when I … Continue reading Sirens
I love to write. It’s not a burden. Maybe it’s because I like it so much that it always gets put off – it’s a bit of an indulgence to take the night away and do something that I love. It is also hard work though, and there’s some doubt whether it pays off. I … Continue reading Fictional Value
I enjoyed this post from a blog I follow. Have you ever baked a cake with a toddler? It has a lot to tech us about God!
Have you ever baked a cake with a toddler?
If you haven’t, well, let’s just say that it’s…an experience.
A cute, photo-op filled, splatter-fest, that, if you’re lucky, results in a cake that’s barely holding on for dear life.
This happened today.
You see, we’re celebrating my now-four-year-old niece’s birthday tonight while we’re all up at our lake home in Wisconsin for the Fourth of July.
And so this afternoon, part of making today special for her was to bake her birthday cake together.
She loves cooking in the kitchen, especially when it involves something sweet, so needless to say, she was having a ball.
And if you know anything about almost-four year olds, they are very independent, and want to do things themselves. And baking this cake was no different.
I’ll tell you what, the Type A perfectionist in me was doing everything I could to not just grab…
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I am writing this during a scheduled writing retreat that I planned with a friend. We’re staying up late, drinking caffeine and eating food that is bad for us. (Well, I am; she brought fairly healthy snacks!) I’m enjoying my new Savannah office for Openings: Let the Spirit In and taking advantage of the quiet … Continue reading Friends
It’s been a Vacation Bible School week. Not at my own church, but I’ve volunteered at two other churches in my community this week. That’s why I’m a little late with this post. Yesterday afternoon I did not blog. I napped. For a long time. I’d like to say that I lay down on the … Continue reading Just a Little Nap…
I just love this prayer. Thought you might too! Source: Monday Prayer
Prayer does not come easily when I have a cold. In times of “real” sickness and pain, I can at least cry out to Jesus. But mostly I just want to sleep when I have a cold. I’m thinking Jesus understands. I would guess that being fully human means that Jesus caught a cold or … Continue reading Can a Cold be a Sacred Pause?
"For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your good." Just a quick insight today. I was meditating on this psalm, chanting this morning, and this verse (9) caught my eye, so I spent some time there. God seemed to make it clear that I do not seek the … Continue reading Psalm 122
Source: Our Spiritual Disciplines: Never on Pointe
Due to a scheduling issue today, as I write this I am having an early lunch. Which doesn’t sound too bad, really. Except that I had a late breakfast. So I’m not particularly hungry. But if I don’t eat now, I will be starving* before I can expect to have another moment to sit down … Continue reading Late Breakfast-Early Lunch