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
…everywhere. Much apology to Emily Dickinson and her lovely poem, "I heard a Fly buzz—when I died," but this is now one of my great fears: I will never escape all the buzzing and instead will die and still have houseflies buzzing in my final resting place. It is really hot in Savannah and my … Continue reading I heard a Fly buzz…
Tonight I make the turn to go home after sixteen days away from Savannah and my family. I’ve really enjoyed this trip but absence truly does make the heart grow fonder. I miss my husband and son and am so excited to see them, I refuse to be daunted by holiday traffic. Even in stop … Continue reading Summer Vacation
You may be more familiar with Reiki than I am. My only experience before today was at a health fair at my college reunion about 20 years ago. What I remember is that none of my college friends were willing to try it – they went off for chair massages, I think. But I was … Continue reading The Power of Other People’s Prayers
Today I preached for my husband who is leading a Middle School workshop on Spiritual Photography at Montreat’s Worship & Music Week in North Carolina. I did a monologue instead of a typical sermon and one of the members of his congregation asked me to “publish” it. She’s a regular reader of my blog, so … Continue reading Davy & Goliath
Recently I was listening to a webinar on next steps and the leader suggested that we close our eyes and envision the path before us. Now generally I am not a visualization kind of person. I often lead these kinds of exercises because it is so valuable for many people to “see” something in order … Continue reading Embrace the Mountain
That day I have been waiting for is finally here. MaryAnn McKibbon Dana’s book God, Improv and the Art of Living has been released and is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble (or wherever fine books are sold, I suppose). I highly recommend that if you want to be challenged and have … Continue reading It’s Finally Here!
Do you remember God first reaching out to you?
I just found out that yesterday was my country’s National Day of Prayer. The occasion, once widely covered by the media, is now a side story at best. But no matter. For believers, every day is a day of prayer.
I often say,“I am a writer” because that is something I do with great passion. I’m less inclined to say, “I am a weed plucker” or “I am a shower taker” because, even though those are things I do, they are not what I’m about.
But even more than writing, even more than being a husband or a father, I am about following Jesus. God is not one of the things in my life, he the thing. More accurately, he is the focus of my life. Everything I do—writing, filmmaking, husbanding, fathering—is about knowing him.
Hey, he started it.
Forty-two years ago, sensing that God might just exist and…
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As I sat in prayer today, two words arose again and again – a command, in fact, direct from the Divine. “Let go!” So my initial reaction was to hold on even more tightly. Does this ever happen to you? Sometimes it is in my spiritual life, but often it’s just in everyday living – … Continue reading Letting Go
I am taking my time this week with writing. Be on the lookout maybe this week, maybe next sometime soon on Chasing Unicorns. When you read that, you will probably see a connection to this piece by a blogger I’ve only just started following today. I especially like his description of his experience, but I also relate to his call to writing and wondering if there’s space for that in a Christianity that prioritizes “doing.”
This is our final essay in the series The Christian Soul. Look forward to our new series on The Christian Mind, coming soon 🙂
mindfulness: noun. The practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis; also : such a state of awareness.
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Happy Resurrection Monday! After a wonderful Easter yesterday, I have a bit of a church-y post today. As you probably know by now, I am big into prayer practices. I have my own spiritual director whom I talk with monthly (going Wednesday!). I spend time in centering/silent meditation and prayer almost every day. For several … Continue reading Prayer Practices for Congregations